The metaphor that is the White House Easter egg roll 

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The metaphor that is the White House Easter egg roll 
April 11th, 2017
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Spring is beginning to take bloom, and we’re breathing it all in. In between sneezes, we’re also thinking about how to revitalize our media relations approach. Lucky for us, Michelle Garrett has a new blog post on that very topic. In Spring is here: 5 ways to breathe new life into your media relations efforts, Michelle offers up some fresh ideas for brightening up some of your old media relations tactics. Check it out here.

Big nerve in a small town

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday, and Poynter’s Kristen Hare gives us the full rundown here. This year’s winners included Art Cullen of The Storm Lake Times, a family-run newspaper in Iowa, who took on big business with his “tenacious” editorial writing. As Poynter’s James Warren puts it, “Here’s the Pulitzer Prize winner with perhaps the most balls. Big nerve in a small town.” (Susan Carr calls Warren’s piece on the tiny paper’s big win “Irresistible; must read!”)

Also being recognized for his nerve? David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post, whose dogged reporting of Trump’s philanthropy earned him the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Or, as Gwen Moritz says, “Guy who lied about his philanthropy rewarded w/ presidency. Guy who proved he was lying got a consolation prize.” Trip Gabriel tweets this context: “About 1000 journos were in Des Moines when Trump made claim of donating $1 mill to vets. He alone followed up.”

In another story-behind-the-win, Hare writes that The journalist who won the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s first Pulitzer still does a monthly night cops shift. Mike Edgerly calls Eric Eyre’s win “A win for all working reporters.”

Among the other winners, The New York Times earned three Pulitzers (and jumped the gun a bit in celebrating); the New York Daily News and ProPublica shared the prize for public service; Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal won the commentary award for columns; and the Miami Herald, its parent company McClatchy and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists won the 2017 prize for explanatory reporting for their coverage of the Panama Papers.

Congrats to all the 2017 winners!

Shooting at San Bernadino elementary school

As Veronica Rocha reports in The Los Angeles Times, an eight-year-old boy and his teacher were slain in a San Bernadino elementary school shooting. The gunman, who was the teacher’s husband, then killed himself. Two other students were also shot in the incident at North Park Elementary School, which occurred in a classroom for students with intellectual disabilities.

A helluva accusation

“Every day there is a new headline that rises fully formed from the black pit of despair,” says David Greenwald. “Here is today's.” AP’s Robert Burns reports that “a senior U.S. official says the United States has concluded that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week.” Says Sam Coates, “If the US make this charge formally rather than privately, it's is a helluva accusation.” Barbara Plett adds, “#Tillerson's trip to #Moscow gets more interesting by the hour.” Says Noah Rothman, “The implications for global security are grave if Moscow was complicit in battlefield use of WMD. An urgent threat.” Harry Cheadle is “really curious about the identity of this single 'senior official' making some pretty dramatic allegations.” “Did Moscow know?” asks Sig Christenson, who adds, “A source tells me Russians on Syrian base likely saw careful prep for loading chem weapons on jets.”

Around the $$$$$ in 80 days

At CNN, Dan Merica reports that Trump is on pace to surpass 8 years of Obama's travel spending in 1 year. More specifically, as Andrew Kaczynski tweets, “Trump has spent $21 million dollars on travel in six weekends. Obama spent $97 million in eight years.” In case you didn’t quite get that, here’s Chloe Johnson: “$20 million in! 80! Days!”

If you can pull off an Easter Egg Roll, you can do anything

Meanwhile, “Oh, this @juliehdavis story on the metaphor that is the White House Easter egg roll,” tweets Margot Sanger-Katz. Says Amanda Katz, “‘White House party catastrophes have been the stuff of presidential nightmares in the past.’ Click.” Julie Davis of The New York Times writes, The Latest Test for the White House? Pulling Off Its Easter Egg Roll. As Davis tweets, “With little staff & last-minute plans, White House faces telling test: Can it pull off a successful Easter Egg Roll?” Observes Daniel Drezner, “Huh, it's almost as if the Trump White House is incapable of organizing, you know, anything at all.” Many were tweeting these choice bits from the piece: “If you can pull off an Easter Egg Roll, you can do anything,” and “It is unclear, for instance, whether Sean Spicer will reprise his appearance in a bunny suit for the event…”

The binders full of women exist!

Here’s something from a long-ago political era. Jim O’Sullivan reports in the Boston Globe that Romney’s binders, still full of women, have been unearthed. Sean Smyth explains, “Mitt Romney wasn’t lying. He really had ‘binders full of women,’ and they’ve been found.” “2012 controversies were so quaint,” says Nik DeCosta-Klipa. Tweets Ben Terris, “Of course, if Mitt Romney's ‘binders full of women’ existed, @JOSreports would be the one to find them.”

Here’s why flying sucks so much now

You’d be hard-pressed to escape the ongoing coverage of the passenger who was dragged off of that overbooked United Airlines flight, but here’s one you may not have seen. Morgan Watkins of The Courier-Journal takes a closer look at the passenger, in David Dao, passenger removed from United flight, a doctor with troubled past. And trending in dictionary circles, Merriam-Webster reports in United: 'Our Team Looked For Volunteers' that lookups for the word "volunteer" spiked 1900% on April 10, 2017. But if you’re wondering “why flying sucks so much now,” as Mat Honan puts it, Tom Gara of BuzzFeed has the answer: Airlines Don't Treat You Better Because They Don't Have To. Meanwhile, as  Fred Imbert and Lauren Thomas report for CNBC, the PR nightmare catches up with United investors as shares slide.

State media gets new orders from the White House

Adam Serwer is referring to the news, reported by Oliver Darcy for Business Insider, that Breitbart editors have told staffers to stop writing stories critical of Jared Kushner, according to two sources who spoke with Darcy. “House-trained nationalists,” says Rich Lowry.

At The Guardian, Amanda Meade reports that News Corp Australia has fired most of its photographers and subeditors to cut costs. As Dave Earley tweets, “45 jobs at CourierMail alone. As many as 40 at HeraldSun, where staff were told NewsCorp 'in a fight for its life.’” Says Calla Wahlquist, “News Corp has some of the best photogs in the business. Surely all those exclusive pics drive sales + traffic?” And lawrence money says, “Now Murdoch swings the editorial axe. But not at the Oz, Rupert's trophy paper (& the biggest loss-maker).”

Will London fall?

Jim Yardley advises you to “Check out the first piece in our series looking at the fate of London, post-Brexit. Incredible work by @sarahlyall.” Richard Colebourn calls Sarah Lyall’s New York Times piece, Will London Fall?, a “Lovely, sad piece about Brexit London.” Says Damien Cave, “Moody, changing London; immersive, powerful journalism.” And Patrick Kingsley says it’s “A beautiful meditation on the future of post-Brexit London.” Yardley sums it up: “A stunning visual package by @sergeyponomarev with a stunning essay by @sarahlyall.”

Luv Guv checks out

Yesterday we told you that embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley was expected to resign this week (and he has). Today we have, courtesy of Talking Points Memo’s Allegra Kirkland, 5 Of The Wildest Details In Report On Alabama Guv's Efforts To Hide Affair. Enjoy, because as cartoonist J.D. Crowe writes for, Bentley may always be the Luv Guv, but he’s no longer The GUV.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: What famous novel, first published on April 10, 1925, was almost called Trimalchio?

Answer: The Great Gatsby.

Who wins the big congrats today? Let’s start with an honorable mention: Dan Tynan tweets, “My answer to @muckrack Daily's trivia question: The Great Gatsby. But really, is there any point trying? @craigtimes has already gotten it.” Well, Dan, there IS a point trying, because while Craig Pittman did tweet in the correct answer, he wasn’t the first this time.

That honor goes to David Daniel, who added, “('Cause that title would have made it even MORE appealing to HS readers.)”

Your question of the day for today is…American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 thanks to this single cost-cutting measure. What was it?

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

Featured Journalist: Corbin Hiar


Today's featured journalist is Washington, DC-based Corbin Hiar, a natural resources reporter for E&E Publishing. A "lapsed Minnesotan" and bicycling aficionado, Corbin has also written for Mother JonesCenter for Public Integrity and S&P Global Market Intelligence, among others. We also happen to know that Corbin recently celebrated a birthday, scoop that was revealed to us by his "sidekick" Susanna Murley. Join us in wishing Corbin a happy birthday, and don't forget to check out his bio and portfolio here.

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