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October 27th, 2016
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

Hello, hello, hello. Welcome to the Daily.

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Seriously, you’re going to have to wait for it. Gannett's billion-dollar deal to buy Tronc has been put on hold. As Ken Doctor reports for Politico, on Wednesday afternoon it looked like Gannett, the largest newspaper chain by circulation in the U.S., was on the cusp of announcing a $1 billion deal to purchase Tronc, the publisher of such well-known papers as The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun. According to Doctor's report: All along, though, Ferro has fought the sale to Gannett, first publicly and acrimoniously, and then behind doors closed to the public, preferring to continue his Tronckification of the publishing company, transforming it into a technology-driven publisher. Continuing shareholder pressure (and a lawsuit, and an additional likely lawsuit) have seemed to lead him to acquiesce to a sale.

What will happen next in the Tronckification of America? Stay tuned.

BIG talker today and you'll soon see why. H.I.V. arrived in the U.S. long before ‘Patient Zero.’ Here’s a sample from the story by Donald G. McNeil Jr. at The New York Times: In the tortuous mythology of the AIDS epidemic, one legend never seems to die: Patient Zero, aka Gaétan Dugas, a globe-trotting, sexually insatiable French Canadian flight attendant who supposedly picked up H.I.V. in Haiti or Africa and spread it to dozens, even hundreds, of men before his death in 1984. Mr. Dugas was once blamed for sparking the entire American AIDS epidemic, which traumatized the nation in the 1980s and has since killed more than 500,000 Americans. The New York Post even described him with the headline “The Man Who Gave Us AIDS.” But after a new genetic analysis of stored blood samples, bolstered by some intriguing historical detective work, scientists on Wednesday declared him innocent. This means that AIDS reached the U.S. as early as 1971. Karen Weise summed it up perfectly in one word: Fascinating.

Patton Oswalt: ‘I’ll Never Be at 100 Percent Again’. After getting up early, he helped his daughter, Alice, get dressed, packed her lunch and drove her to school, then picked up a cup of his wife's favorite coffee. Back home, he went to their bedroom, where she was snoring. He gently placed the Americano on a bedside table. Plenty of kind words on this piece by Jason Zinoman at The New York Times, including Bruce Andriatch who tweeted: “Maybe the most beautiful, horrible thing I've ever read.”

Megyn Kelly seeks salary north of $20 million in contract talks with Fox News. Joe Flint at The Wall Street Journal reports Fox News star Megyn Kelly has changed agents and publicity teams since last year. Now the question is if she will change TV networks. The host of "The Kelly File" is in active talks over her contract, seeking an average annual salary north of $20 million. George Lettis tweeted this in response: “She's excellent and deserves that kind of pay day.”

Now turning to election news, a new AP-GfK Poll finds Hillary Clinton appears on cusp of commanding victory. Julie Pace and Emily Swanson at the Associated Press have the details.

Trump halts big-money fundraising, cutting off cash to the party. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has effectively shut down his high-dollar fundraising operation for the rest of the campaign, a highly unusual move that deals another serious blow to the GOP's effort to finance its get-out-the-vote operation before Election Day. Matea Gold reports for The Washington Post. Ernie Schell made us laugh by tweeting it this way: “Party Pooper!”

In more Republican Party news, Karen Tumulty at The Washington Post brings us this: A new ‘war on women’ breaks out. This time, it’s inside the Republican Party. A growing number of prominent Republican women are worried that as members of their male-dominated party step up to defend Donald Trump against accusations of sexual assault, they are causing irreparable damage to the GOP's deteriorating relationship with female voters. Craig Whitlock tweeted “Smart, devastating take on damage Trump and pals are causing for GOP with women.”

And finally today, Facebook's trending algorithm can't stop fake news, computer scientists say. Craig Silverman at BuzzFeed reports that Facebook has placed a high-stakes -- and, experts say, unwise -- bet that an algorithm can play the lead role in stanching the flood of misinformation the powerful social network promotes to its users.

Question of the Day

On Wednesday we asked: This year, the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers broke one of the longest championship droughts in American sports, giving "Believeland" its first national professional title in a long long time. Now, Cleveland's baseball team playing in the World Series is trying to double-down on breaking the drought, beating the Chicago Cubs last night in Game 1. The question is... before 2016, when was the last time Cleveland had won a pro sports championship? And which team won it?

Congratulations to David Daniel who answered 1964 and the Browns. Honorable mention goes to Paul Snyder.


Today’s question: In yuuuuuge news yesterday, someone destroyed Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a sledgehammer. In case you were wondering, it will be replaced. There have been many stars unveiled on the famous walk. What number was his and what year did he get it?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily.

Career Updates


The New York Times' Michael Luo is heading to The New Yorker. Luo, currently with the Times' metro desk leading a team focused on investigations, will be a senior editor in charge of investigations, leading a stable of writers aimed at upping The New Yorker's game on investigative reporting. Luo said that leaving the Times after 13 years was "an incredibly difficult decision" — but that he feels like he’s moving from the “best newspaper in the world” to the “best magazine in the world."

More from Hadas Gold at Politico.

CNN has hired Emmy-award winning Leyla Santiago as a correspondent based in Mexico City, reports Media Moves. In her new role, Leyla will contribute across CNN’s television and digital platforms, highlighting the relationship between Mexico and the United States, the report says. She joins CNN from WRAL in Raleigh, where she was an anchor and reporter since 2012.

Talking Biz News reports Karen Mracek, a Federal Reserve Board reporter for Market News International, has been named acting managing editor for the global news service.

Congratulations to all of you in your new roles.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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