And the James O'Keefe Award goes to ...

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And the James O'Keefe Award goes to ...
January 26th, 2016
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Headline highlights


"And the James O'Keefe Award goes to..." tweets Huffington Post's Paul Blumenthal, sharing yesterday's late breaking news that the two anti-abortion activists behind the Planned Parenthood videos have been indicted on charges of tampering with a governmental record and purchasing human organs (at 36,000+ shares right now). "Grand jury investigating potential misconduct by Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two anti-abortion activists," further explains Yamiche Alcindor with the New York Times. "Man did that backfire," reacts Slate's Jordan Weissman. "Is this the definition of irony?" wonders James Ford at WPIX New York. "What's amazing about this is that it happened in Texas," points out NYT's Stephanie Strom. Although Ars Technica's Jon Brodkin notes, "grand jury says PP wasn't selling body parts but then indicts someone for 'purchasing human organs' from PP... what?"


BuzzFeed's Ruby Cramer triggered a lot of buzz with a major profile of Hillary Clinton in which HRC wants to talk to you about love and kindness. "Anyway, in conclusion, in 1993, Clinton was the type of person who QUOTED POETRY in an interview with a reporter," points out Katherine Miller, also at BuzzFeed. And now that we're well into the weeds of the political beat, yes, there was a Democratic town hall last night. "We’re having fun at the #DemTownHall live blog, just like Bernie and this Clinton voter," shares CNN's Tal Kopan. And ICYMI, President Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons yesterday, and penned a Washington Post missive on why we must rethink that policy. "You know a system has gone terribly wrong when u know of #KaliefBrowder," argues Nancy Cutler from the White Plains Journal News. Also, Concepcion Picciotto, whom you may better know as the woman who held vigil outside the White House for decades, has passed. "I was once privileged to profile a tenacious, strange protester who lived outside the WhiteHouse. She has died at 80," details Charlotte Observer's Ely Portillo.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Who, according to the Huffington Post, secretly did the soundtrack for Sonic the Hedgehog? That would be the one and only Michael Jackson.

Congratulations to Lucia A. Walinchus (who adds "Though nothing is ever strange when it comes to MJ") with Professional News Services LLC for being the very first to answer that correctly. Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also getting it right: Fabiola CamachoMark GibbsDan Rosenbaum (who shrugs "I kind of see the resemblance, I guess...."), Cindi LashKit WohlKen Walker (who also found this picture), Ron CasalottiClaudine Laforce (who notes "What music couldn't this guy do?") and Robin Tierney (who also wisely observes that Jackson is "not in a position to deny it...").

As for today's question, here it is: In order to spare Iranian president Hassan Rouhani any embarrassment on his recent visit to Rome, Italian officials did what?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Tuesday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • The New Republic promotes Laura Marsh (at right) to story editor, charged with overseeing books coverage across print and web. She first joined TNR in September as an associate editor.
  • John Fenoglio is now a reporter at KTLA in (you guessed it) Los Angeles. Fenoglio joins from KTRK in Houston, where he was also a reporter.
  • Aimee La Fountain joins Thrillist as a contributing writer. La Fountain was previously a PR consultant at Score Bergen.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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