Excruciating, but probably necessary

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Excruciating, but probably necessary
April 26th, 2017
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Join MuckRack on Twitter tomorrow (Thursday) at 12:30 p.m. EDT for #MuckRackCafe. This month’s 30-minute live journalist Q&A features Lily Herman, a freelancer for Teen Vogue, Glamour Magazine and more. Catch it tomorrow on Twitter.

Crisis communications has been a bit of a hot topic in PR lately, to put it mildly. On the Muck Rack blog, we’re sharing highlights from part three of Gini Dietrich's excellent three-part series for Spin Sucks on crisis communications. Find out the 6 important questions communicators need to ask in a crisis, based on a planning framework Gini’s team uses with clients at Arment Dietrich.

Dudes, really?

Just so we’re clear, “House Republicans actually want healthcare for themselves, but not for their constituents,” explains Frederick Deknatel. In House GOP exempt themselves from their latest health care proposal (23,000+ shares), Vox’s Sarah Kliff tells us, well, just what that headline tells us. The piece notes that, while the new proposal would allow states to waive out of the Obamacare pre-existing conditions protections, “Republican legislators want to keep popular Obamacare provisions for themselves and their staff.” Says Benjy Sarlin, “Congress is on Obamacare because they really did get ‘If it's so good, why aren't YOU on it?’ attacks. This is bad.” Ted Perry sums it up: “Dudes, really? C'mon.” As Ezra Klein tweets, “This might be the one provision that could actually make the GOP health care bill even less popular.”

I'll wait for the outrage

In Workers endured long hours, low pay at Chinese factory used by Ivanka Trump’s clothing-maker (30,000+ shares), The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell reports that, according to an audit released Monday, the factory pays workers about $62 for working a 60-hour week. The company, G-III Apparel Group, also makes clothes for Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and other brands. Tweets Gene Sperling, “Proud to see great work Fair Labor Association is still doing - 18 years later - investigating labor abuses.”

Meanwhile...have you heard about Ivanka's new fund? As Mike Allen writes in Axios, “Ivanka Trump told me yesterday from Berlin that she has begun building a massive fund that will benefit female entrepreneurs around the globe. Both countries and companies will contribute to create a pool of capital to economically empower women.” Put another way, Lachlan Markay tweets, “Ivanka Trump is soliciting donations from foreign governments for a new group focused on female entrepreneurship.” OK, now let’s put it in an alternate universe: Edward-Isaac Dovere tweets, “President Hillary Clinton's top adviser Chelsea Clinton will fundraise for Clinton Fdn while in West Wing office.” In fact…"Sounds an awful like Ivanka's setting up her own Clinton Foundation,” says Igor Bobic. “Congrats to Ivanka Trump on re-launching the Clinton Foundation and Goldman Sachs' charity!” tweets Ben Walsh. “Ivanka Trump is a WH employee and starting a foundation just like the Clinton's had. I'll wait for the outrage,” says Emily Cahn.

Moral panic

“This interview with the NYT's new hire is crazy both because of what he says & the ‘evidence’ he uses to back it up,” tweets Alex Leo. She’s referring to Jeff Stein’s interview in Vox with Bret Stephens, The NYT's new columnist defends his views on Arabs, Black Lives Matter, campus rape. Derek Mead’s take: “Not sure what's novel about a columnist whose arguments consist of moral panic and ‘Isn't it strange?’” And Jamelle Bouie says, “The thing about bringing Bret Stephens to the NYT op-ed page is his views are actually pretty well represented.” But let’s look at it this way: “Everyone assumes Brett Stephens was tapped to be a conservative columnist, but what if NYT has a slot for sophists?” offers Aaron Rutkoff.

Lock who up?

Philip Gourevitch is asking in light of the news, reported by Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Post, that Flynn likely broke the law by failing to disclose foreign payments, House Oversight leaders say (11,000+ shares). And as Emmarie Huetteman reports in The New York Times, the White House Refuses to Turn Over Flynn Documents to House Inquiry (28,000+ shares). Says Seanan Forbes, “Oh, bother. Donald doesn't like people who get caught.”

Today in your daily media bummer…

Big news being reported by Daniel Roberts of Yahoo! Finance that ESPN will cut 100 on-air personalities today, a much larger number than the 40-50 originally reported. Ahiza Garcia and Frank Pallotta at CNNMoney also have details on the job cuts at ESPN, which include television, radio and online personalities as well as “a limited number of additional off-air jobs.”

Also “Today in your daily media bummer…” as Nick Rondinone puts it, Poynter’s Kristen Hare reports Layoffs come to the East Bay Times after Pulitzer win, writing, “Earlier this month, the staff of the East Bay Times won a Pulitzer Prize for their breaking news coverage of the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire. Last week, their editor informed them of coming newsroom layoffs.”

Short-fingered vulgarian stopped again in 100 days

That’s one way to put it, Bill Chuck. Or, as Vivian Yee reports in The New York Times, Judge Blocks Trump Effort to Withhold Money From Sanctuary Cities (33,000+ shares). As Peter Baker notes, “What comes around: Ruling against Trump on sanctuary cities relies on ruling against Obama on Medicaid expansion.” The news was also reported by Bloomberg’s Kartikay Mehrotra in Trump’s Sanctuary Cities Order Blocked by Federal Judge (23,000 shares), which prompted a Larisa Alexandrovna to tweet, “Poor Benito, the Constitution keeps kicking him in the arse.”

Riddled with errors

In her new piece, Trump Inauguration Admits Errors, Vows To Correct Numerous Faulty Donor Records, HuffPost’s Christina Wilkie writes, “Donald Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee acknowledged late Monday that a final report it filed with the Federal Election Commission this month was riddled with errors, many of which were first identified through a crowdsourced data project at HuffPost.” Sam Stein adds, “Trump inaug committee’s filings are filled w/ errors. After @christinawilkie reported they’ve now vowed to correct.”

How many agencies does it take to cross the Hudson River?

There’s a riddle for you, courtesy of Theodore Kim. He’s reacting to the news, reported by Emma Fitzsimmons and Patrick McGeehan in The New York Times, Amtrak Said to Weigh Extended Track Closings for Penn Station Repairs. John Schwartz’s feelings on the matter? "'Weekday track closings would undoubtedly lead to misery' ha ha such understatement oh, the laughing hurts.” And Alex Fitzpatrick says, “This would be excruciating, but probably necessary. Like a root canal!” But Allison Benedikt reveals, “I will take this short-ish term misery for long-term gain. I will also complain about it every day. “

U.K. looking very leaky

Are U.K. traders getting an early glimpse at government data? According to Mike Bird’s new piece in The Wall Street Journal, the currency markets seem to be answering “yes.” In Lucky, Good or Tipped Off? The Curious Case of Government Data and the Pound, Bird reveals, “An analysis of how the Swedish Krona and the British pound trade ahead of economic data raises questions about whether some traders see U.K. statistics ahead of release.” Tweets Jenny Strasburg, “U.K. looking very leaky compared to Sweden in govt data releases. @Birdyword on the convincing evidence.”

Actual headlines

Ted Cruz introduces "El CHAPO Act" to pay for the wall, report Justin Green and Jonathan Swan of Axios, who write, “Senator Ted Cruz wants to use assets seized from drug lords such as El Chapo, the Mexican kingpin who was recently extradited to the U.S., to pay for border security and the border wall.” To which Brian Ries tweets, “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order I'm impressed, acronym writer.”

And then there’s this: United Airlines in new PR disaster after giant rabbit dies on UK flight, as Jamie Grierson reports in The Guardian. “It never rains, it pours,” says Oscar Williams-Grut.

Doing damn articles

For unbeatable headlines, though, you can’t top this one: The NBA Is Lucky I'm Home Doing Damn Articles. Of Dion Waiters’ damn article for The Players Tribune, Zach Lowe tweets, “I'm not sure the Players Tribune will ever beat this.” Says Clay Ferraro, “After reading this, Riley should give him a max deal. Two max deals. This is fantastic.” Adds Rohan Nadkarni, “holy shit give dion waiters literally everything.”

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: The word "factoid" first appeared in a 1973 biography, where it referred to an "invented" fact that people believe is true because it appears in print. Name the author who coined the word. Extra credit if you name the book, too.

Answer: That was Norman Mailer, who coined the word in his Marilyn Monroe biography, “Marilyn.”

Congrats to Craig Pittman, who was first to tweet in the correct answer, and honorable mention goes Laure for tweeting, “goodbye, Norma Jean, hello alt-facts.”

Your question of the day for today is…Whose mannerisms did Christian Bale study to prepare for his role as serial killer Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho"?

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

Featured Journalist: Sam Pedley

Our featured journalist today is Sam Pedley, a staff writer with Talk Nerdy With Us and interviewer at @Basicshadowstuf, who reveals that, while she has used a typewriter before, she finds that "they're beautiful but exhausting. The novelty wears thin, fast." Based right here on Earth, Pedley shares that, in addition to being a writer, reviewer and interviewer, she’s a “part-time doodler, full-time professional #Shadowhunters spaz and aggressive optimist.” We know that's piqued your interest, so find out more and check out Pedley's portfolio here.

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