Clean water for me, not for thee

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Clean water for me, not for thee
January 29th, 2016
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And in today's very special edition of our Muck Rack blog, we discuss 10,000 character tweets -- or in other words, the reason why we can't have nice things.

The hardest of headlines


"Clean water for me, not for thee," tweets MLive's Susan J. Demas, accurately and pithily summarizing the disturbing Detroit Free Press scoop that Flint state workers got purified water even as its government denied to public there was a problem with the taps (at 15,000+ scandalized shares right now). "Michigan gave state employees in Flint clean water while taking it away from kids. No excuse possible," Scientific American's Josh Fischman puts it another way. "Sorry, I started seeing red and stopped numbering my tweets," admits MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "How long did this go on? Who paid? How much? MI officials tell Free Press they're 'looking into these issues'," reacts James Hill with ABC News. "HECKUVA JOB, GOV SNYDER !" chimes in Bloomberg View's Barry Ritholtz. "We take care of our own," quips NBC's Luke Russert.

So who won last night's ratings raceFox News or Donald Trump? "Trump will claim victory, but note: CNN and MSNBC, which showed parts of his speech, only had 1/4 the ratings of Fox," points out CNN's own Brian Stelter. Meanwhile, we invite you to feast your eyes on the untold story of Bernie Sanders, high school track star. "Oh, I also called Bernie’s old high school and was told that they were legally barred from discussing him," reveals WaPo's Philip Bump. Um. Totally normal, right? On the other hand, Eric Garner's daughter just endorsed Sanders because "Black lives like my father's should matter in America."

One example where the press didn't have to fight very hard to get footage of a police shooting: the FBI just released the complete, unedited video of the confrontation with the Oregon militia men (trigger warnings abound). "Again, pretty extraordinary for @FBI to release pursuit/shooting video footage like this," points out NBC's Andrew Blankstein.

Purely for the press


POLITICO reportedly has imploded, which sounds awful and messy to us ("restructuring" is the word from the other end of the spectrum, and somewhere in the middle is "shake-up").  "Politico is breaking up with us," laments Newsweek's Margarita Noriega. Here's the statement from Politico CEO Jim VandeHei, who is departing along with Mike Allen. "In 2017, Politico will not have Jim VandeHei, Kim Kingsley, Mike Allen and (likely) Susan Glasser…. Who steps in?" asks CNN's Dylan Byers, who goes on to add, "From the readers’ perspective, the most pressing question is this: What happens to @MikeAllen’s Playbook?" BuzzFeed's Ben Smith asserts, "Politico doesn't get enough credit for being among first competitive, aggressive new news outlets. Sad to see." Daily Mirror's Mikey Smith takes it even further: "Remember when @paulwaugh left Politics Home and everyone panicked? This is worse. You should panic." Also, David Granger is out at Esquire and Town & Country’s Jay Fielden has been named editor-in-chief. More in Monday's career updates.

Elsewhere in sadness, the 149-year-old Canadian newspaper Guelph Mercury's final front page is pretty much perfect. "Yesterday, the community came out to thank reporters and hug the building," Poynter's Kristen Hare shares a tear-jerker detail. And this happened: "I have been sacked from my Sunday Herald column after expressing solidarity with @GrahamSpiers," tweets The Common Space's Angela Haggerty. "At the risk of wading into a stupid meta journalism fight, local media was there for Flint. A nat'l audience wasn't," harmonizes BuzzFeed's Brandon Wall. And in Burundi, two foreign journalists have been arrested. "#Burundi, erstwhile eager for credibility in eyes of global community, arrests 2 eminent foreign journalists," elaborates Jina Moore, also with BuzzFeed.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: The Atlantic just pointed out that we're the only animals with ... what? That would be chins, and no one really knows why.

Congratulations to frequent champ Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right. Honorable mentions go out to Yael L. MaxwellJohn Wall (who adds "Although Vincent Gigante probably wishes that wasn't the case"), M Edward/Ed Borasky (who adds "And espresso machines. Coincidence? I think not!"), Johnathon Briggs (who reminds us what liars the three little pigs were for their mantra), Nico McLaneLeigh Carver (who notes "Thank goodness we have them. Without them, there would be no Fabio"), Mark Gibbs (who observes that China boasts Chins of another variety), Ron Casalotti (who boasts "Looking in the mirror, looks like I'm double-special!"), Lizzy Shaw and Katie Toth for all answering that correctly, as well. Shout-outs to Rachel Hunt for guessing "smartphones," Margo Howard for guessing "crazy people trying to lead the pack" and Robin Tierney for guessing "Morality. So says...humans. So maybe I married out of my species?" Well, that got dark fast!

As for today's question, here it is: The New York Times (yes, really) just compiled the complete list of Donald Trump's 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!

Featured journalist: Fabian Garcia


Today's spotlight falls on Fabian Garcia, a freelance entertainment writer based out of Sacramento, CA. Garcia covers anything and everything pertaining to art and creativity, contributing to such publications as the Daily DemocratThe Sacramento Bee and SF Weekly. You'll find samplings of his work showcased here in his Muck Rack portfolio. 

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