That's-a spicy headline!

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That's-a spicy headline!
March 14th, 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.

Are PR professionals getting younger and younger? Or are you just getting older? And do you really want us to answer that last question? On second thought, let’s turn it over to Tim O’Brien of O’Brien Communications. His new blog post answers all these questions and more about what’s going on at agencies today and how journalists can make the most of their PR relationships. Check out When agencies turn PR newbies loose on journalists.

Breaking. (Well, the story, too.)

John Branch is referring to the news reported by Thomas Kaplan in The New York Times that the G.O.P. Health Law Insures Fewer People, Nonpartisan Review Shows (32,000+ shares). In it, Kaplan reports that, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 24 million people would lose insurance under the GOP's health bill within a decade. Michael Barbaro says, “A reminder: the CBO is a nonpartisan budget watchdog. This isn't about politics. It's about math.” As J. David McSwane says, “At last we can stop talking about the uninsured gap and start talking about the uninsured abyss.”

Don't listen to CBO...listen to, wait, don't listen to us either.

File this under: If you think that’s bad...On the heels of the CBO’s grim assessment, Paul Demko at POLITICO reports that the White House’s own analysis forecasts even deeper losses. Yes, “White House trashed CBO. Their own analysis showed even more lose coverage,” Josh Dawsey notes of this “Wild story by scoopmeister @pauldemko.” Tweets Josh Greenman, “Somebody be leaking.” Patrick Reis puts it this way: “Don't listen to CBO...listen to, wait, don't listen to us either.” And Erik Malinowski says, “congrats you played yourself.”

Speaking of math...

Today is Pi day, and “Nerd king @chriswilsondc nerds out,” as Sam Jacobs puts it. He’s talking about Chris Wilson’s piece in TIME, Find Your Birthday Hidden in Pi. Wilson calls it simply, “My recent labor of love.” At CNET, Amanda C. Kooser explores Pi Day through time: From Albert Einstein to Linux and Tom Waits. And at ABC News, Kelly McCarthy has compiled Pi day deals for celebrating “math's more than one trillion digit number.”

Not what you want when you're trying to sell healthcare.

What’s Gabriel Sherman referring to? “Some pretty big news,” says Matt Fuller. “Breitbart got their hands on audio of the October conference call where Paul Ryan dumps Trump.” In the exclusive audio, posted by Brietbart’s Matthew Boyle, Ryan says, “I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future.” “Interesting timing of this audio leak,” says Seung Min Kim. Asks David Thomas, “Bannon's take down of Ryan?” “Unleash the Kraken,” tweets Adam Goldman. And Rob Eshman paints this picture for us: “Remember the shark pool in James Bond? Breitbart/Bannon just threw Ryan and Trumpcare into it.”

Kushner, Trump, China, real estate, 'sweetheart deal'

Jeff Grocott captures it with one succinct tweet. Says Shashank Tripathi, “Shoutout @CalebMelby on this scoop. This is going to be a bfd.” The scoop, reported by Caleb Melby and David Kocieniewski in Bloomberg, is that a company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is set to get $400M from a Chinese company's investment in its marquee Manhattan office tower (16,000+ shares). Says John Lauerman, “Taking care of that trade deficit, one China deal at a time.” Not sure we believe Dan Gillmor when he says, “Shocked, shocked to learn Kushner family gets ‘unusually favorable’ deal from Chinese in real estate deal.” Eilene Zimmerman has a good question/idea: “Will they donate this to the Trump supporters losing health insurance?”

Don't you feel silly not knowing that?

Let’s get one thing straight: Trump didn't mean wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping (46,000+ shares). “That's-a spicy headline!” says Colin Jones. CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reports on White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s “changing tune on Trump's wiretapping claims,” as Rebekah Metzler tweets. And sure, as Amy Oztan says, “HE ***LITERALLY*** TWEETED THAT OBAMA WAS TAPPING HIS PHONE,” but Jim Gardner explains, “‘Wiretapping’ does not equal wiretapping. Don't you feel silly not knowing that?” Francis Wilkinson calls it “This day in White House lies explaining previous white house lies.” And R. Eric Thomas says, “Jeremy Diamond is my new hero for the level of factual shading he does in reporting this absurd article.”

Paging Carlos Danger

Wayne Tracker? Is that you? John Cushman says, “I don’t know whether this is a smoking gun but it looks like something in a holster that gives off sooty fumes.” He’s referring to Erik Larson’s piece in Bloomberg, Tillerson Used ‘Alias’ Email for Climate Messages, N.Y. Says. But still, “Whatever else you think of this, ‘Wayne Tracker’ is a cool alias,” Justin Fox says. “Paging Carlos Danger,” tweets David Beard.

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Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: How many teams competed in the first NCAA tournament?

Answer: Eight teams competed in 1939, with The University of Oregon claiming victory.

Congrats to Dan Rosenbaum, who was first in with the correct tweet.

Your question of the day for today is…The U.S. is getting another blast of winter, but nothing compares to this village, considered by most to be the coldest permanently inhabited place on earth, where temperatures average around -58 degrees Fahrenheit. Name that village!

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

Times-Picayune Launches Coastal Reporting Team; Moves and Promotions at Billboard, NBC, Telemundo and W Magazine

In partnership with the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), the New Orleans Times-Picayune has launched a coastal reporting team dedicated to in-depth coverage of the state’s land loss. Editor Mark Lorando says they intend to “ramp up staffing and use every storytelling tool at our disposal to make sure everyone understands the full scope of the problem.” Environment reporter Mark Schleifstein will lead the team alongside state news editor Drew Broach, and outdoors reporter Todd Masson and photographer/videographer Ted Jackson will contribute. The newspaper also plans to hire two full-time environmental journalists.

Elsewhere, Dave Brooks has joined Billboard as senior correspondent, covering the touring and live entertainment beat. Maya Rodriguez, formerly with Denver's KUSA, has joined NBC News's Miami bureau as a reporter, covering the southern U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Miguel Varoni has been promoted to VP and Creative Director of Telemundo Studios and Telemundo International Studios. And at W Magazine, Mia Adorante has been promoted to beauty and health editor for both the print and online publications.

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