Escape is a mere 40 light years away

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Escape is a mere 40 light years away
February 23rd, 2017
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Every month, Muck Rack hosts #MuckRackCafe, a 30-minute live journalist Q&A on Twitter. Yesterday, we chatted with Olivia Nuzzi, Washington correspondent for New York Magazine. You can catch up on the entire conversation by checking out the Storify here. Thanks to Olivia for joining us! And be sure to follow us @muckrack for details on our March chat.

If you think your office culture is bad, read this.

“Ever wondered what it's like to work at Uber?” Katie Benner of The New York Times asks. “@MikeIsaac takes a look.” A warning before you read Mike Isaac’s piece, Inside Uber's Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture. Business Insider’s Biz Carson tweets, “I got to the fourth graf of this @MikeIsaac story and my jaw is already on the floor.” What did Isaac find? Well, “if a wizard turned charlie sheen into a startup it would just be uber,” is how Kate Knibbs of The Ringer puts it. The Times’ Pui-Wing Tam specifies: “Managers groping employees and making threats over performance.” A bright side maybe? “If you think your office culture is bad, read this,” says John McDuling of FairFax Media. Tweets Brian Chen of the Times: “Insanely great inside story by @MikeIsaac about the aggro, sexist and homophobic work culture at Uber.”

President Toddler

“This story is amazing. Trump aides plant stories in conservative media so they can show him and manage his moods.” Paul Waldman of The Week and the Washington Post is referring to Tara Palmeri’s piece in POLITICO, How Trump’s campaign staffers tried to keep him off Twitter. In this “Fascinating and terrifying @tarapalmeri story on how Trump's team try to manage his Twitter use,” as Stephen Bush tweets, we also learn that “Trump may be one of the last die-hard readers of print news over online offerings,” notes The Wall Street Journal’s Michael S. Derby. Yes, according to the story, “Trump loves the Failing New York Times,” tweets Colin Jones of The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast’s Erin Gloria Ryan comments that “our president acts like an early roald draft of matilda's parents.” “We are being governed (such as it is) by an infant,” says Ana Marie Cox of MTV News. Josh Terry of RedEye Chicago keeps it simple with “president toddler."


“*David Attenborough voice* “Observe, two wild lanyard wearers, clashing most vociferously over a Twitter feed.” Charles Johnson of the Chicago Tribune sets the scene for Jeff Stein’s Newsweek exclusive that includes audio of controversial White House terrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka's angry call to a critic. “If you don’t like being criticized by strangers, maybe the White House isn’t the best place to work.” offers Sean McMinn. “This is bonkers,” says Colin Jones. But then, “For the Gorka completist, this is... catnip,” tweets POLITICO’s Stephen Heuser.

The Russia plot thickens

“Stolen texts appear to show threats to expose ties between Russia-friendly forces, Trump & former campaign chairman,” tweets Dexter Roberts of Bloomberg Businessweek, linking to the POLITICO story, Manafort faced blackmail attempt, hacks say, by Kenneth Vogel, David Stern and Josh Meyer. “Count the number of big political stories beginning with, "An apparent hack of a computer has revealed...." tweets Orin Kerr. “The Russia plot thickens,” says Mark Gongloff of Bloomberg Gadfly.

Here's why GOP rushed Pruitt confirmation vote

Steven Greenhouse refers you to Carol Davenport and Eric Lipton’s reporting in The New York Times, The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. Chief Was Arm in Arm with Industry. “Surprising no one,” says Deborah Blum. Adds Steve Popper of The Record (Bergen County): “Shocker. Well, not a shocker at all I mean.”

Finally, an exit plan.

Vogue’s Patricia Garcia sees a new hope in the discovery of not just one, but seven Earth-sized planets orbiting around a dwarf star (70,000+ shares). “Well now we have options,” tweets Drew Hansen of the Washington Business Journal. “Also,” asks Jackie Tempera, “do you think they'll take American refugees? #AskingForAFriend.” “Escape is a mere 40 light years away,” notes Nina Burleigh of Newsweek. “Just in time, too!” tweets Rikha Sharma Rani.

RIP Alan Colmes

This morning, we learned that Fox News Channel’s Alan Colmes has died following a brief illness. Perhaps best-known as the liberal co-host to conservative counterpart Sean Hannity on the long-running “Hannity and Colmes” program, Colmes was 66. He got his start as a stand-up comedian before moving to talk radio and then Fox News when it launched in 1996. In a statement this morning, Hannity described Colmes as "one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people you'd ever want to meet."

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Jeff Bezos named his company Amazon after the river, both to suggest scale and to capitalize on the fact that website listings were often alphabetical at the time. But what did he originally plan to name it?

Answer: It was Cadabra

Congrats to Craig Pittman for being the first in with the right answer. Honorable mention goes to Dan Tynan who elaborated, “Cadabra. as in 'abra cadabra'. but he thought it sounded too much like 'cadaver' so...Amazon,” and Carrie Gray, who tweeted, “cadabra (not cadaver).”

Your question of the day for today is…Roald Dahl was writing a third book featuring Charlie Bucket (of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator) when he died. What was the name of the unfinished work?

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

Career Updates
Goldenberg and Reis join Washington Post, Auriemma named Money editor in chief, staff changes at CBS This Morning

Susan Goldenberg and Patrick Reis have joined the Washington Post as economics and policy editors, where they’re overseeing coverage for the paper and also the Wonkblog. Goldenberg was most recently with the Guardian, and Reis was deputy national editor of POLITICO.

Adam Auriemma is the new editor in chief at Money. He previously served as deputy digital editor of Fusion before joining Money in October 2016 as editor of

CBS This Morning has made a number of staff changes to “reflect a desire to have people report to the Senior or Supervisor they work with the most,” says the show’s executive producer, Ryan Kadro. Among them, Lulu Chiang is now senior producer of special events for CBS News. Moving into her spot to head up the the booking unit in New York is Adam Verdugo, who was previously a west coast senior producer. Sarah Huisenga takes over Verdugo’s post, and Brian Gottlieb has joined as White House producer.

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