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Another headline from an alternate universe
February 21st, 2017
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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.

Just who are the media and why are they always taunting us with their fake news? You won’t have to look far to find a “media expert” willing to weigh in, but as Christina Nicholson explains, “nine times out of 10, that person has never worked a day in the media industry.” A former TV reporter, Christina has the real-deal insider scoop. Read her post to find out how “the media” really works.

The North American Excellence Awards celebrate the best in North American PR and HR communications, and Muck Rack’s own Executive Vice President, Natan Edelsburg, will be a judge this year. If you haven’t submitted your work yet, you’d better get on it! The deadline is this Thursday, Feb. 23. Apply here.

And finally, mark your calendars for 12:30 p.m. EST tomorrow! Join @muckrack for the February edition of #MuckRackCafe, a live 30-minute Twitter interview with a journalist. Tomorrow, we'll be chatting with Olivia Nuzzi, Washington correspondent for New York Magazine. Bring your questions for Olivia. See you on Twitter at 12:30!


“Well, here's hoping that literally none of the things in this story come to pass.” Just what is Jordan Runder of The Dallas Morning News so optimistic about? It’s the news that “Oof: New editor in chief takes Texas Monthly in a ‘lifestyle’ direction,” as Chase Hoffberger of the Austin Chronicle tweets it. Lyz Lenz reported yesterday in the Columbia Journalism Review that Tim Taliaferro “plans to pull back from the kind of longform and political coverage that gave the title a national profile to focus instead on lifestyle coverage, website enhancements, and a live-events business.” Since the “real bummer of a story” (as Kevin O’Keeffe of Mic puts it) was released, Taliaferro responded with a note to readers, particularly those who seemed alarmed/confused/dumbfounded by this point, tweeted by Ciara O’Rourke: “Of his plans to scale back local political coverage, he says, ‘Texans don’t care about politics.’” As he explains in the note, “Texans care about politics, yes, but they also want to know about barbecue. And energy. And music. And football.” Will that change minds? Siddhartha Mahanta of The Atlantic says, “This explains nothing.” But let’s end with the words of Evan Smith, former editor in chief of the Texas Monthly and now CEO of the Texas Tribune. As Joshua Benton of Neiman Lab tweets, here's how the original article concludes: "When asked for comment on Taliaferro’s vision, former Texas Monthly e-i-c Evan Smith...replied simply, 'Nah.'"

How many more patriots will quit?

“Lots to unpack here,” tweets Daniel Flitton of The Age. "'America First' orthodoxy that sees Russia as an ally and Australia as a punching bag." He’s referring to I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit, the widely shared (32,000+ shares) piece by Edward Price in the Washington Post, which prompted Ron Fournier of Crain’s Detroit Business and The Atlantic to wonder, “How many more patriots will quit?” Says Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek, “Anyone who cares about reality in the era of Trump must read this and watch this video.”

Essential reading this AM from @TimOBrien on Trump/Russia/Sater.

ThinkProgress’s Judd Legum is referring you to Tim O’Brien’s story for Bloomberg News, Trump Can't Seem to Shake Those Russia Problems. As O’Brien tweets, “Things you may want to know about Trump, Russia, Felix Sater, Putin and epically bad judgment,” and “That time my lawyers deposed Trump about Felix Sater and about organized crime.” If Legum hasn’t convinced you, then “Come for the Sater history,” says Maggie Haberman of The New York Times.

RIP, Steve Buttry

“You never stopped teaching us, even when it came to your own mortality,” Jim Brady of ESPN says, of the news that journalist Steve Buttry died of pancreatic cancer on February 19 at the age of 62. “Every journalist's dear friend @stevebuttry has died,” tweets Jeff Jarvis. “Sigh. RIP Steve Buttry, a model journalist and journalism thinker, teacher and communicator,” adds John McQuaid. “Such sad news,” tweets Abigail Edge, in a sentiment similar to many others shared on Twitter today. “I didn't know @stevebuttry, but his insightful blog and varied career were an inspiration.” Jerry Ceppos says, “If you haven't already, read the final Buttry Diary--Steve's obituary, written by Steve. Read it at:”

Making the rounds:

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Franklin Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to appoint a woman to his cabinet. What was her name, and what cabinet position did she hold?

Answer: That was Frances Perkins, who served as Secretary of Labor.

Many answered correctly, but congrats to Thomas Feyer who got there first. Honorable mention goes to Wendy Wasserman, who pointed out, “Story goes passion for fair labor partly ignited as witness to #triangleshirtwaistfire,” and Cindi Lash, who added the factoid that Perkins was the “Namesake of Frances ‘Nobody puts Baby in the corner’ Houser.”

Your question of the day for today is…Speaking of Dirty Dancing, the movie was first released 30 years ago this August. A successful campaign and petition led to its re-release in theaters in 1997. Who led that campaign?

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

Career Updates
Sperling joins The Atlantic, Mancini moves to Quartz, WSJ reporter Browning retires

Gene Sperling, former director of the National Economic Council under President Obama and President Clinton, as well as former chief economic advisor for the Hillary Clinton campaign, has joined The Atlantic as a contributing editor covering the economy and government. John Mancini is the new global news editor at Quartz, which is owned by Atlantic Media. Mancini leaves his role as director of digital news gathering at NBC. He previously worked at the Associated Press and at Newsday.

Meanwhile, at The Wall Street Journal, reporter E.S. “Jim” Browning has announced his retirement after 44 years in journalism—38 of them at the Journal. In a note to colleagues, he said, “My career took me to France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and New York, and I could hardly have asked for more.”

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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