Politicians vs. reporters

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Politicians vs. reporters
May 26th, 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.

Before you head into the holiday weekend, take a sec to read this facinating piece in Forbes about Twitter beating Snapchat -- Among Journalists, At Least. It includes data from a Muck Rack survey so you know it'll be good. Enjoy! 

Breaking news out of Egypt

There was breaking news overnight that Gunmen had Attacked a Bus in Egypt, Killing at Least 20 Coptic Christians.

Declan Walsh and Nour Youssef covered the tragedy for the New York Times.

Unruly politicians

After the assault heard around the world on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, The Onion invited Republican candidate Greg Gianforte (now an election winner) To Physically Assault Their Entire Editorial Staff. Emma Roller had the natural reaction: “I love the Onion so much.” while Nicole Narea tweeted this quote from the editorial: "Grab by hair and smash face into tabletop.”

In an editorial of a different kind, the Billings Gazette wrote: We're pulling our endorsement of Greg Gianforte.

Indeed, there was a small bit of time when the Assault Charge for Greg Gianforte Lifted Democrats’ Montana Election Hope.

Those hopes were unceremoniously dashed when Gianforte won last night’s election with 50.2% of the vote.

It might seem that In Trump's America, that reporter body slam didn't come out of nowhere, or at least that’s what Will Bunch wrote in Philly.com. “This is the real war on journalism - not Orwellian censorship but goon tactics. Public must stand up for free press,” Bunch added on Twitter.

There was a time when reporters carried daggers to deal with unruly politicians. Greg Gianforte is lucky, Michael Rosenwald writes in the Washington Post. “People often ask me if it’s ever been this bad before ... it's actually been worse,” Martin Baron tweeted.

Meanwhile, Some Conservatives Await the Media’s Apology to the body slam incident, Mike Grynbaum writes in the New York Times. Christopher Flavelle tweeted, “I like the part where Mark Sanford is non-ironically the voice of moral restraint.”

And if you were hoping to see the footage of Gianforte attacking Jacobs, you’ll have to wait a little longer. That’s because the Montana station that caught the attack on camera won't air it. “@KECI13 decided not to air recording of @GregForMontana beating up reporter. Here's anchor excuse AKA ‘censorship,’” Rebecca Aguilar wrote on Twitter. Lydia Polgreen had a simpler response, “Of course.”

Trumpworld under a microscope

“Before Blackstone's big Saudi infrastructure investment: more than $400m in loans [went to] to Kushner Cos,” says Caleb Melby at Bloomberg. Read his and Hui-yong Yu’s piece about it: The Kushners, the Saudis and Blackstone: Behind the Recent Deals.

Also important to note, Jared Kushner Is Now Under FBI Scrutiny in the Russia Probe, multiple officials told NBC News.

If you’re a little more curious about the First Son-In-Law (understandable), check out Politico, where they invite readers to Meet the Real Jared Kushner. David Freedlander writes, “He was supposed to be the calm one, cool and unflappable under his Ray-Bans and beltless blue bespoke suits.”But not everyone agrees with the profile. “Entire premise of this Kushner is offensive to me: He's white, quiet, & well-educated so must be reasonable. Um,” Marcy Wheeler tweeted.

For more foreign meddling with domestic elections, read all about How An Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With A Florida GOP Operative thanks to some digging Alexandra Berzon and Rob Barry did for the Wall Street Journal. “The inside story of how a Russian hacker spread stolen DNC materials to Republicans and a @realDonaldTrump aide,” David Enrich tweeted. “You know you want to read this story,” Matthew Rose added.

Elsewhere in the country, the New York Times asks: Did the Turkish President’s Security Detail Attack Protesters in Washington? Malachy Browne, Troy Griggs, Chris Cirillo, and Natalie Reneau reviewed What the Video Shows. "Mr. Erdogan conferred with Muhsin Kose ... A few seconds after Mr. Kose spoke into his earpiece, the men charged,” is the quote from the story Jillian Stampher chose to highlight.

And an Appeals Court Will Not Reinstate Trump’s Revised Travel Ban, Adam Liptak tells us from the New York Times.  

Weekend reads

“This is the last column,” Walt Mossberg tweeted about his piece in ReCode. Alas, The Disappearing Computer. Chetan Sharma tweeted: “End of an Era.” Mathew Ingram called Mossberg, “a pioneer of the genre and an all-around standup guy.” And Edmund Lee tweeted, “It was an honor to help with the signoff.”

The conservative mind has become diseased, according to Michael Gerson at the Washington Post. “This from one of the top CONSERVATIVE writers in the country…” Kevin McDermott pointed out on Twitter.

Spend the weekend reading about the Army Infantry’s 1st Women, who face Heavy Packs and the Weight of History. The story was written by Dave Philipps for the New York Times and includes this inspiring quote: "Forget male-female; she's one of the best in the company. She's one you're happy to have."
Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: What was the first toy to be advertised on TV?

Answer: That would be Mr. Potato Head and you can watch that 1952 commercial right here.

This time, congrats once more to Dan Rosenbaum‏ who was the first to tweet in correctly and honestly we don’t know how he does it all the time.

Your question of the day for today is…Nicole Kidman just vowed to do what regarding her work as an actress?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

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