Journalism is a strange place right now

Muck Rack Daily

Journalism is a strange place right now
February 2nd, 2017
View in browser
Muck Rack Daily
Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

Here’s a can’t-miss: Our very own Gregory Galant, CEO of Muck Rack, will be hosting a panel entitled “How to Use Social Media for PR” at HIGH TECH, the ultimate networking event for communicators in engineering and technology, which will be held March 21-23 at the Cornell Club in New York. Greg will be joined by experts from LinkedIn, Twitter and Wynne PR who will share tips on how to promote your research and experts on Reddit.

An essential tool for today’s world: Be sure to check out Geoffrey King’ s A guide for journalists covering protests, which focuses on how U.S. journalists can manage the security of their devices and reporting materials when covering protests.

Welcome to our darkest timeline.


“Dear American foreign policy community: welcome to our darkest timeline,” tweets Daniel Drezner. He’s referring to colleague Greg Miller’s scoop in the Washington Post that, in his call with one of America’s staunchest allies, “President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win” before cutting the call off in under a half hour. Mitchell Bingemann of The Australian calls it “hands-down the best news story of the week,” while  James Massola of the Sydney Morning Herald tweet-shouts, “THIS. IS. INCREDIBLE.”

And that’s not all. “Trump threatening to invade Mexico seems like a buried lede,” notes Vox’s Matthew Yglesias. Vivian Salama of the Associated Press reports that, according to a transcript the AP obtained of the conversation between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Trump threatened to send US troops to Mexico to stop “bad hombres down there.” “Who had War with Mexico on their End of Days Bingo card?” Krystal Ball of Glamour asks.

But let’s not stop there. “The leaks have only just begun,” tweets Carolyn Abate. The Nation and The Investigative Fund obtained a leaked draft of Trump’s religious freedom order, which, Sarah Posner writes, “reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination.”

“Where my eye roll emoji at,” Asawin Suebsaeng of the Daily Beast wonders. In the “legit the 3rd big scoop @JuliaEAinsley's had in the last 8 days,” as Dara Lind of Vox puts it, Julia Edwards Ainsley and her colleagues Dustin Volz and Kristina Cooke of Reuters report that Trump plans to change the name and scope of a current counter-extremism program to focus only on "Islamic extremism."

Good reminder for journalists, everywhere.

That’s how POLITICO’s Kate Day describes Covering Trump the Reuters Way (56,000+ shares). The message from Reuters’ Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler provides some dos and don’ts based on the organization’s work in “places such as Turkey, the Philippines, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Thailand, China, Zimbabwe, and Russia, nations in which we sometimes encounter some combination of censorship, legal prosecution, visa denials, and even physical threats to our journalists.”

But that’s not what Matt Pearce of the Los Angeles Times is talking about when he says “Journalism is a strange place right now.” No, that would be his reaction to the news that Trump’s longtime doctor has revealed the president takes “a prostate-related drug to promote hair growth.”

How about a quick break from the relentless political news? “BEYONCE IS PREGNANT,” Jezebel’s Kara Brown tweet-exclaims. In other words, as Carolyn Ganz of The New York Times says, "’Lemonade’ was fake news.”


And speaking of fake news, it turns out the man who claimed his 75-year-old mother died after getting caught up in Trump’s travel ban was lying. More tweet-shouting ensues, as Kyle Feldscher of the Washington Examiner offers some advice for publishing these kinds of stories: “STOP RUNNING THINGS YOU CAN'T CONFIRM.” Adds the Washington Post’s Steven Rich: “ALWAYS. BE. SKEPTICAL.” These are shouty times.

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Last week, the brilliant British actor John Hurt passed away. Known for iconic roles in Alien, 1984, The Elephant Man, Watership Down, Midnight Express, Snowpiercer, and countless other critical and popular favorites, his last credited role will be Joe Wright's Winston Churchill biopic, Darkest Hour. Which real-life historical figure does Hurt portray?

Answer: Neville Chamberlain

Congrats to Dan Rosenbaum, who was the first to answer correctly, adding, “I can’t even make a joke here.”

Your question of the day for today is…Where in Australia would you find Lake Disappointment?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack.

Career Updates
New Roles at ABC, New Investigative Unit at CNN

At ABC News in Washington, Jonathan Karl has been named chief Washington correspondent and chief White House correspondent, and Cecilia Vega is now senior White House correspondent. CNN has formed a new investigative unit, with Lex Haris, previously executive editor of CNNMoney, leading the unit as executive editor. Carl Bernstein and James B. Steele will join as contributing editors. Rich Barbieri takes over Haris's role at CNNMoney.

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!
Follow Muck Rack on Twitter and check in through the day to find out what's interesting the journalism community.
If this newsletter was forwarded to you and you'd like to receive it every day, click here to subscribe.
If there are any journalists on Twitter you'd like to follow through Muck Rack, let us know.
Brought to you by:
Sawhorse Media
588 Broadway Suite 503,
New York, NY 10012
Unsubscribe from this newsletter