Not one but two Washington Post staffers have weighed in on how to best to operate as journalists in a post-Trump world.
First, there's the paper's executive editor Marty Baron who upon receiving the Hitchens Award from Vanity Fair delivered a "Message to Journalists in the Trump Era" which can be boiled down to a pretty basic principle: Tell the truth.
"The truth is not meant to be hidden," Baron writes. "It is not meant to be suppressed. It is not meant to be ignored. It is not meant to be disguised. It is not meant to be manipulated. It is not meant to be falsified. Otherwise, wrongdoing will persist."
Bloomberg's Mark Milian calls the essay "A timely reminder from Marty Baron about why journalism exists." But most of the 11,000 journalists (and counting) who shared the piece have opted to let Baron speak for himself, pulling out one ace quote after another:
"[Trump] called journalists the 'lowest form of humanity.' That wasn’t enough. So he called us 'the lowest form of life,'" tweets Corby Kummer of the Atlantic.
"'The ultimate defense of press freedom lies in our daily work,'" tweets Alex Howard of the Sun Foundation.
"'Just do our job. Do it as it’s supposed to be done,'" tweets Matt Yglesias of Vox.
But aside from the quotables, few would disagree with the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza's take on the speech:
"God Marty Baron is just the best."
As for the second Washington Post staffer to offer advice to journalists on the eve of Trump's presidency, there's the unsinkable ex-ombudsman of the New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, whose counsel is a bit more pointed than Baron's: "Lose the smugness, keep the mission."
"Is it possible for journalists to have a sense of humility about their work, even as they burn with purpose?" Sullivan asks. "That’s a tough balance, bound to be elusive. But it’s a requirement of the New . . . New Journalism."
Here's Sullivan's colleague Cameron Barr on her recommendations: "Wise words from @sulliview: Journalists need to stop thinking of themselves as so right and so much in the know."
Another of her colleagues, Steven Rich, had this to say: "Totally agree with everything @Sulliview says here. Would add 'File lots of FOIAs and give docs/data to public.'"
Ex-Reuters journalist and current Daily Show staffer Anthony De Rosa calls it the "best advice I’ve seen so far on how to cover Trump."
And finally, The Wall Street Journal's Bradley Olson perhaps best sums up the reaction to Sullivan's piece among journalists: "YES. THIS."
And now, in the spirit of Sullivan's advice, the news that's not about how journalists feel about themeslves:
Vanity Fair's Sarah Ellison has the lowdown on the much-anticipated new media venture from Politico's Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen. "Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei Annouce Axios," tweets NBC's Andrew Blankstein, "what you get if the 'Economist mated with Twitter.'"
According to the New York Times, Steven Mnuchin, "a financier with deep roots on Wall Street and in Hollywood but no government experience," will be Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary. "Fun fact: The US constitution says we can't go more than 8 years without a Treasury secretary from Goldman Sachs," the Times' Neil Irwin tweets glibly. Meanwhile, Politico reports that Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling Mnuchin "the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis," which could either refer to his love of jogging and shrimp, or his participation in a number of key events on Wall Street which helped lead to the Great Recession.
Also at the New York Times, Nelson D. Schwartz reports that Trump is set to announce a deal with Carrier that will keep 1,000 factory jobs in Indiana out of 2,000 jobs the air conditioner manufacturer had originally planned to move to Mexico. "Alt-hed: Trump, Pledging Taxpayer Money to Corporation for Pre-
Inaguration Stunt, Keeps Half a Promise," tweets freelance journalist Jonathan M. Katz.
"Anti-vaccine activists believe they have a friend in Trump," tweets ProPublica's Charles Ornstein, linking to a piece by STATNews' Rebecca Robbins titled, "Seeing Trump as an ally, activists press fight against vaccines."
"Does this haircut make me look like a Nazi?" That's the question posed by the Washington Post's Dan Zak who, while pondering a certain long-on-top/short-on-bottom hairstyle—a variation of the "fade" that's recently become fashionable with what we might reasonably call "hipsters"—came to an uncomfortable realization: This high-and-tight look also happens to be popular among white nationalists within the so-called "alt-right" community. Response to the article on Twitter has been all over the map. Zak's colleague at the Post, Amy Argetsinger, calls his piece "the most essential style guide you will ever read." But as The Daily Beast's Ben Collins points out, the article fails to mention the haircut's prominence within African-American communities, which predates its adoption by hipsters and neo-Nazis alike. "I'm sure the Internet is gonna love that this story calls a fade a "Nazi haircut" without looking into its origins," says Collins.
"BOOM," tweets Bloomberg's Lisa Fleisher before linking to her colleagues' report that OPEC has agreed to cut its oil output by 1.2 million barrels a day, "to end record glut," adds Jodi Xu, also of Bloomberg.
And finally, we don't usually include sports highlights in the Muck Rack Daily, but this one was too hilarious to pass up. And besides, over 1,000 journalists felt the same way, sharing it to various social networks. And so, behold J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavs as he "decides to stop playing defense to say what's up to Jason Terry," thus allowing the opposing team to make an easy layup and immortalizing J.R. Smith, in the words of The Ringer's Shea Serrano, as "easily one of the five best humans alive."