Oh no, Carlos Danger is now a movie

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Oh no, Carlos Danger is now a movie
January 19th, 2016
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Topics of note this Tuesday


"Oh no, Carlos Danger is now a movie," realizes Michael Learmoth with the International Business Times, linking to the new film that highlights Clinton aide Huma Abedin's own struggle with the Anthony Weiner scandal (currently at 1,300+ shares right now). "Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin gave filmmakers unfettered access to document his spectacular comeback as mayor. Oops," explains Patrick LaForge with the New York Times. "Why oh why did they let cameras in and continue to let them film when the laundry got really dirty?" plaintively asks New York Post's Kirsten Fleming. "No one ever doubted former Rep. Weiner wanted his "full person" to be seen on film. No one," snarks Washington Examiner's Eddie Scarry. And it's full of details like this one: "Anthony Weiner races through a McDonald’s to avoid a woman w/ whom he traded texts, whom aides code-named Pineapple," shares columnist Katherine Rosman. "What, if any, effect will the 'Weiner' docu have on Clinton's candidacy?" wonders NYT's Ginia Bellafante. "Quick, someone call Olivia Pope," advises CJR's Sarah Grieco. We fear it may be too late, even for Olivia.


Elsewhere in politics, the U.S. Supreme Court preps to hear a challenge to Obama's immigration actions that aimed to shield some undocumented immigrants from deportation. "If #SCOTUS upholds Obama’s #immigration actions, White House vows #DAPA enrollment before next prez takes office," details WBEZ's Chip Mitchell. Across the pond, a British court simultaneously rules in the David Miranda case that the Terrorism Act is incompatible with human rights. "Great court victory for David Miranda in Snowden-related case. Absurd he was held at Heathrow under terrorism act," reacts Guardian's Ewen MacAskill. Meanwhile, a Navy SEAL has turned over a picture of Bin Laden’s body and faces investigation. "No easy day for former Navy Seal who wrote about killing bin Laden as faces new investigation by NCIS," observes First Look Media's Charlotte Greensit. And it is with heavy hearts that we add Eagles founder Glenn Frey has passed away after reportedly succumbing to complications from a number of ailments. "Somebody better ready a room at the Hotel California. RIP," tweets Simon Marais.

Murmurs from the media


What follows is no parody headline, but kudos to NPR and David Folkenflik for making it possible: "Area Satiric Publication The Onion Sold To Univision (Seriously)." We'll repeat that, so it's clear this is no satire -- Spanish language network Univision just bought a controlling stake in our beloved The Onion. "Congrats to @TheOnion on its new job at Fusion?" half-jokingly tweets Justin Sink with Bloomberg News.


Something equally weird and yet just as true: A fake Politico reporter is friend-requesting a suspiciously high number of journalistsYahoo's Daniel Roberts wonders, "what's the fun in trying to catfish journalists anyway, we're boring." So if you get a request from an attractive Politico journo named Emma Parker, or an even more attractive Anna Goldberg from The Atlantic, don't get too excited. "Wait, then who am I sexting right now?" demands HuffPo's Benjamin Hart. Hey, at least we didn't grant her request to be featured in the newsletter! And this just in: CNN will replace NBC for the GOP's SuperTuesday debate. "RNC snubs NBC for Super Tuesday debate. (NBC had an amazing, fair debate last night with the Dems.)," TechInsider's Steve Kovach noted yesterday. And Univision investigative journalist Gerardo Reyes is the latest reporter to explain why he too turned down the interview with ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán. At this point, we've never seen this many journalists clamoring to humblebrag that they didn't interview someone. 

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Twitter had a meltdown during last night's GOP debate when Republican candidate Rick Santorum asked viewers to do the last thing anyone would have expected from him. What was it?  The answer we were looking for was to google him. A request that, if you know anything about Santorum's unfortunate history with Google search, was a surprise, to say a least.

Congrats to Carrie Gray for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Thomas FeyerCraig PittmanChris Lombardi (who adds "yielding giggles from @fakedansavage and all the rest of us"), Martin BerlinerPaul DelColleCarey BodenheimerMark Gibbs (who notes that Santorum seems to be "a slow learner"), Ken WalkerSøren Dal Rasmussen (who adds "I still get the chuckles from this Daily Show takedown") and Ron Casalotti for all getting that right, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: Speaking of surprises, NPR recently featured a find on what's left of an old volcano that emerged from the sea about 7 million years ago. What was discovered (or rather, re-discovered) there?

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!

Featured journalist: Van Meguerditchian


Today's spotlighted journalist has a name you won't soon forget. Van Meguerditchian is a producer for The Debate, a live, topical debate program on France 24. Previously a reporter for The Daily Star, Lebanon's leading English-language newspaper, Meguerditchian is a politics and history junkie whose headlines frequently draw from these twin passions. In his opinion, being a journalist entails being "Fearless. Annoying. Restless. Critical." As for aspiring journos, he advises, "Avoid writing about a story just because it is trendy. If it is that important, critique it, raise questions. Stop bandwagoning." Check out his Muck Rack portfolio for some of his highlighted work, starting with the recent offering "Frangieh's road to the Baabda Palace." 

Remember: If you also want to be featured here, you should 1) set up your own journalist portfolio 2) get verified and 3) let us know by emailing Kirsten.

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Tuesday


Your career moves to know this morning:

  • Molly O'Toole (at right) has joined Defense One as a politics reporter. O'Toole comes from the Huffington Post, where she was news editor.
  • Will Mendelson is now a news associate producer at TMZ. Mendelson previously freelanced as an online news writer at Us Weekly.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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