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Real cash for my fake journalists, firing squads for my real journalists
November 22nd, 2016
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This isn't real life. This can't be real life. I'm done.

Thanksgiving is this week, and while journalists might not feel like there's much to be thankful for in 2016, at least many of you will get a day or two off to enjoy lots of great food and the company of old friends and loving family members—even if they don't all share your political views, (Oh yeah, today was the day every content site published their "X Things To Talk About On Thanksgiving Other Than Politics" posts. Take your pick.)

In the meantime, there's still lots of news and journalist chatter to bring you after a busy pre-holiday weekend:

Heil victory, Heil the people

No, that's not a quote from Nazi Germany but from the bowels of post-Trump America. "A chilling report from the alt-right's celebration of the Trump election," says the New York Times' Matt Purdy, citing a weekend story by his colleague Joseph Goldstein.

"Words you never thought you would see in @nytimes," tweets the Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg. "'These are exultant times for the alt-right.'"

"This is terrifying," tweets ProPublica, referencing guest speaker and alt-right ideologue Richard B. Spencer. "'As he finished, several audience members had their arms outstretched in a Nazi salute.'" If that sounds hard to believe, the Atlantic got its hands on video footage of the Sieg Heil moment: "Video of a room full of Nazis saluting and yelling "hail Trump" while a guy praised by Bannon's website speaks," tweets the Atlantic's Adam Serwer.

The Toronto Star's Murray Whyte has more from Spencer: "Good God. America, he said, belonged to white people, whom he called the 'children of the sun.'"

And finally, Reuters' European Special Correspondent Noah Barkin offers a view from across the pond: "In Germany these people would be arrested."

Cashing in "bigly"

Josh Marshall and Catherine Thompson of Talking Points Memo bring you fresh corruption allegations against president-elect Trump mere weeks after his election: "When Argentine president called w/ congratulations, Trump badgered him about permits for Buenos Aires office complex," tweets ProPublica's Alec MacGillis.

"WOW!" exclaims the New Yorker's Adam Davidson. Trump used post-election call to ask for permitting help from Argentina President. Emolument. Bribery."

"Very very bad," scolds the National Post's Barbara Kay. "Clinton Foundation redux, but worse. Idiot!"

And ProPublica's Robert Faturechi links to the piece with a phrase that, if the previous three weeks are any indication, we'll be seeing a lot over the next four years: "Huge if true."

A fucking firing squad

That's how one source characterized an off-the-record meeting between Trump and a number of network and cable news executives, according to the New York Post.

"The @nypost is reporting that Trump went Kanye at that off-the-record meeting with media execs," tweets Mike Wereschagin of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Former New York Times and Mashable editor Jim Roberts had a more dire, less fanciful take: "This @nypost account of Trump’s meeting with top news figures is frightening."

VICE's Jason Leopold wonders if the news outlets brought this upon themselves: "First mistake: agreeing to keep the meeting off the record."

Haaretz's Chemi Shalev offers this brutal assessment: "This is thanks he gives CNN for getting him elected?"

Meanwhile, Politico's Hadas Gold also spoke with members of the press who attended the summit, describing the event with the headline, "Trump asks for media 'reset,' but lashes out at execs."

Mic's Emily Cahn provides a despairing perspective: "This isn't real life. This can't be real life. I'm done."

But perhaps the most depressing take comes from the Mises Institute's Ryan McMaken: "That thing about not picking fights with people who buy ink by the barrel? Not even remotely true anymore."

The new yellow journalists

That's what the 20-something founders of a mini-fake news empire call themselves in a piece by the Washington Post's Terrence McCoy that's really infuriating journalists.

"Inside a fake-news website, making things up around the clock," tweets the Post's Marty Baron

"Dear god in heaven," is all the Guardian's Mary Catherine O'Connor can muster in response.

"These dudes feeding fake news to angry Midwest whites: Live in CA.Grew up liberal.Laughing all the way to the bank," says the Wall Street Journal's Marla Dickerson.

"Where facts go to die," tweets NPR's Melissa Block, quoting the following from the piece: "'Violence and chaos and aggressive wording is what people are attracted to.'"

And comedian Mitch Benn isn't laughing: "An unutterably depressing read, online radicalisation of whites is being done for $ by guys who know it's bullshit."

And while we're on the topic...

We'll leave you with this, from the Wall Street Journal:

"Disturbing ---> In a new study, 82% of middle schoolers couldn't distinguish between real and fake news," tweets the Wall Street Journal's Nicole Hong

And it's not just made-up clickbait that confuses youngsters: "82% of middle schoolers couldn’t distinguish b/w an ad labeled 'sponsored content' and a real news story," tweets ProPublica.

"Truly alarming," adds Tam Harbert.

Question of the Day

On Friday, we asked: A recent Indian wedding cost $73.5 million and is estimated to be the second most expensive ever. But the father of the bride was once in prison on what charges?

Answer: Illegal mining. Kudos to Craig Pittman for answering first. Honorable mention goes to Margo Howard who answered, "robbing a bank," confidently but incorrectly.

Today's question of the day: Farmers have long made a major show of presenting turkeys to presidents, but until Reagan, most of those presidents just ate the birds, they didn't pardon them. But while Reagan was the first president to officially "pardon" a turkey before Thanksgiving in a prestaged event, another president did so spontaneously after seeing a massive 55-pound turkey wearing a sign that read, "Good Eating, Mr. President." Who was the president?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

Career Updates
Congrats, Amy and Ashley

The AP has named Amy Finkelstein (who started at the outlet way back in 1995!) to direct coverage of small business news, food, and shopping.

And the New York Times politics reporter Ashley Parker is switching teams to join the Washington Post.

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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