Twitter, not for amateurs

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Twitter, not for amateurs
February 28th, 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.

March will be here tomorrow, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Head on over to our monthly top picks feature, and take a look back at the top PR/journalism links from around the web in the month of February. You’ll find out what’s trending on Muck Rack and the 5 links we loved.

v. unusual

“The Kansas City Star's editorial board asks where their president is,” tweets Matt Pearce of the Los Angeles Times. With 23,000+ shares, yesterday’s editorial in the Kansas City Star, Trump’s silence on deadly Olathe shooting is disquieting, has struck a chord. “Is there an explanation for Trump's silence after Kansas attack on Indian immigrants? KC Star can't see a good one,” notes the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeffrey Gelles. “I grew up here. My best friend is a member of the Indian community. This editorial on the tragedy is v. unusual,” tweets Audrey Cooper of the San Francisco Chronicle. Many retweeted this quote from the editorial: "At some point, embarrassingly late begins to verge on something more disquieting."

Slap fight

Your “Morning must read hot off the @BW press,” says Megan Murphy of Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “Does Stephen Miller speak for Trump? Or vice versa?” Joshua Green’s piece explains that “This 31-year-old is a driving force behind the White House’s policies,” as Bloomberg News’ Silla Brush explains. But if that doesn’t tempt you to read it, maybe this tweet from Green will do the trick: “There's a Bannon-Scarborough slap fight in my new @BW piece.” Or maybe this: “Bannon sprung refugee ban on a Friday cuz he wanted huge protests + knew opponents would have weekend off from work.” That’s right. According to the piece, “Bannon was hoping for travel ban protests,” notes Noah Shachtman of The Daily Beast. Of that particular point, “This seems...unlikely,” tweets Brendan O’Connor of Gizmodo. But back to Miller: “Another day, another piece telling us what a good little partisan boy Stephen Miller is,” says Nora Biette-Timmons of The Trace.

Evil Journalism School

“President calls New York Times ‘evil’ in interview with publication that has a section dedicated to ‘black crime.’” That’s Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times, referring to Matthew Boyle’s Breitbart piece, Trump: NYT ‘Intent Is so Evil and so Bad,’ ‘They Write Lies.’ The Times’ Mike Grynbaum (and many others) highlighted this point: “Trump tells Breitbart’s @mboyle1 that one of his favorite reporters is…Breitbart’s @mboyle1.” “lol when u write a story about Trump praising u,” tweets Cosmopolitan’s Rebecca Nelson. “This is a truly remarkable piece of journalism,” says The Times’ Binyamin Appelbaum. “Kill me,” says Jessie Hellmann of The Hill. Adds Ben Pershing of the National Journal, “I just hope NYT didn't waste two years going to Evil Journalism School.”

File under: Never tweet

That’s advice from Catherine Thompson of Talking Points Memo on the revelation that PwC Partner in Charge of Oscar Winner Envelopes Was Tweeting Backstage Minutes Before Best Picture Mix-Up, as reported by Ben Fritz, Michael Rapoport and Erich Schwartzel in The Wall Street Journal. Says WSJ’s Aaron Lucchetti, “This is an unfortunate #Oscars look for PWC.” Other advice? “You should never text while auditing,” says Tom Gara of BuzzFeed. “PSA: Don't simultaneously tweet and hand out #Oscar envelopes,” says Tracy Jan of the Washington Post. “Twitter, not for amateurs,” warns Edmund Lee of Recode. But maybe a little empathy is in order. “Imagine the worst day you've ever had at work and multiply it by five million,” tweets Lindsey Adler of Deadspin.

Every kiss begins with NAY

“Okay, so, like, A: Jared isn't the weird mom-and-pop jewelry store their ads imply. B: They're horrible humans,” says Maggie Koerth-Baker of FiveThirtyEight. She’s referring to reporting by Drew Harwell in the Washington Post about the sexual harassment and discrimination allegations against Kay and Jared jewelry company Sterling Jewelers. Tweets Harwell: “The Post has for years fought to review sex-misconduct allegations at Kay and Jared. Finally, they're revealed.” According to arbitration documents obtained by the Post, hundreds of former employees claim that Sterling’s “chief executive and other company leaders presided over a corporate culture that fostered rampant sexual harassment and discrimination.” Notes Ben Ramsey, “Nearly 70k current & former employees bring a class-action harassment suit against Sterling Jewelers (Jared/Kay).” Says Anthony DeMarco of Forbes, “This has been in arbitration for years. This document dump is bad, bad, bad for Kay, Jared, Sterling, Signet etc.” Tweets Newsweek’s Jeff Stein, “'Every (unwanted) kiss begins with Kay.'” Or as WaPo’s Caitlin Moore puts it, “every kiss begins with NAY.”

Will they allow carry-ons?

“Holy moly, @SpaceX is sending a crewed spacecraft ‘beyond the moon’ NEXT YEAR,” tweetxclaims LiveScience’s Elizabeth Palermo. Emily Shanklin reports that SpaceX will fly two tourists around the moon in 2018. Who those two tourists are remains a mystery. “So begin epic quests,” tweets Sarah Scoles. “SpaceX's: to send two secret citizens to the Moon. Everyone else's: to find out their names.” The really big question, though, is posed by Mark Douglas of WFLA-TV (Tampa): “Will they allow carry-ons?”

RIP, Ward B. Chamberlin Jr., a “founding father” of public broadcasting

Ward B. Chamberlin Jr., who helped set up the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and played a critical role in kick-starting the career of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, died Feb. 23. He was 95. Considered a “founding father” of public broadcasting, Chamberlin served as executive vice president of public broadcasting’s WNET in New York and senior vice president of the Public Broadcasting Service. In 1975, he became president and chief executive of WETA, eventually turning it into the third-largest producer of original shows for PBS. Read Adam Bernstein’s piece in the Washington Post for more about Chamberlin’s pioneering work and impact.


Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Who gave the longest acceptance speech—five-and-a-half minutes—in Oscar history? Extra credit if you tell us what award it was and for what film.

Answer: Greer Garson had a lot to say when she accepted the Academy Award for Best Actress for “Mrs. Miniver” in 1943—so much, in fact, that her speech earned her the Guinness World Record for "Longest Oscars Acceptance Speech."

Congrats to Craig Pittman, first in with the correct answer and the extra credit bonus points.

Your question of the day for today is…On this day in 1983, the final episode of the TV series M*A*S*H* aired, with a record 125 million viewers watching. What was the name of the physician who was largely credited with the development of the U.S. Army's MASH units, which were based on his concept of stationing doctors closer to the front lines?

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

Career Updates
Univision, USA Today’s Money team and Automotive News Announce Moves, New Hires

Univision Houston anchor Michelle Galván will join Pamela Silva Conde as co-host of the network’s “Primer Impacto” beginning March 13. Several changes are also afoot at USA Today’s Money team: After leading the team through a period of transition over the past year, interim editor Philana Patterson has been named editor. David Brinkerhoff, formerly with The New York Times, is now deputy Money editor in New York. And Zlati Meyer joins as a consumer reporter in New York after nearly 14 years at the Detroit Free Press. Meanwhile, Michael Wayland, formerly an auto reporter for The Detroit News, has been hired by Automotive News.

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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