Punch today in the face 

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Punch today in the face 
July 6th, 2017
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As PR guy Tim O'Brien, owner of Pittsburgh-based O’Brien Communications, points out, one of the most common publicity assignments a PR person will take on at some point is to generate publicity that results in local television media. There are plenty of ways to go about it, and then there are those things you definitely should not do. Tim reveals eight of the don’ts in his new post for the Muck Rack blog, Want local TV coverage? Here's what not to do.

Life is a Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip plot

“A plaque above his desk reads ‘Punch Today in the Face.’ @grynbaum interviews CNN boss Jeff Zucker,” tweets Emily Steel. She links to The Network Against the Leader of the Free World, by The New York Times’ Mike Grynbaum. As The Times tweets, “Jeff Zucker hired Donald Trump for ‘The Apprentice.’ Now, as CNN president, Zucker is a Trump target.” Ben White notes, “WH official says they could use pending Time Warner/AT&T merger as ‘leverage’ over CNN. Chilling.” “Life is a Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip plot,” says Glenn Fleishman. Although Matt Negrin questions the headline: “By what objective measure is Trump the ‘leader of the free world’?”

Meanwhile, according to BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg, CNN Is Standing By Its Controversial Reddit User Story, noting that CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski “and his family are the subject of an ongoing harassment campaign.” Tweets Perlberg, “CNN source on the ‘reserve the right to publish’ line: ‘Someone did it as a safeguard and it backfired.’” Says Heidi Moore, “Okay but the problem is: this is the kind of thing you either do or you don’t.”

Poynter’s Benjamin Mullin conducted a Q&A session with Indira Lakshmanan, Poynter's Newmark Chair for Journalism Ethics, about the network's decisions, in Ask the ethicist: Did CNN blackmail a pro-Trump Reddit troll? Tweets Lakshmanan, “Social media is a public soapbox, so don’t expect anonymity. But CNN created more controversy by shielding identity.”

Arrested Development Season Five takes an unexpected turn

So in case you don’t believe us, “This is 100% real: Hobby Lobby purchased artifacts looted from Iraq (which ISIS is notorious for doing),” tweets Emily Cahn. And Mike Isaac says, “just a quick fyi, folks, that everything you have heard is true. This is in fact awesome.” They’re referring to the release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, United States Files Civil Action To Forfeit Thousands Of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts Imported By Hobby Lobby. Or, “Arrested Development Season Five takes an unexpected turn,” as Jim Tankersley puts it. Says Ben White, “I mean how do you decide it’s a good idea to covertly import looted Mesopotamian tablets from Iraq? Mind boggling.” But Ron Charles explains, “I bet you could use those smuggled tablets to make a super-cool collage about the evils of birth control.”

Who knows?

On the first stop on his European tour, Donald Trump, in Poland, Urges West to ‘Defend Our Civilization’, Glenn Thrush and Julie Davis report for The New York Times. AP’s Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville report, Trump chides Russia, but doesn’t condemn election meddling. They write, “In a news conference before his speech, Trump questioned the veracity of American intelligence about foreign meddling in the U.S. election, arguing that Russia wasn’t the only country that may have interfered. ‘Nobody really knows for sure,’ Trump said.”

MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin tweets, “Watch: Trump is asked if he believes Russia interfered in our election, instead attacks Obama and the media.  http://snpy.tv/2ssCM8V.” And NBC News’ Bradd Jaffy tweets, “In a span of 13 minutes, on foreign soil, Trump trashed the American free press, the U.S. intel community, and Obama http://snpy.tv/2staY3Z.”

Once upon a time

So here’s “How Trump ditched the multicultural triumph of ‘The Apprentice’ and went full birther to run for president,” tweets Jena McGregor, who links to The Remaking of Donald Trump by Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek. The piece is, as Green tweets, “Excerpt #1 from my new book: ‘How Trump morphed from multicultural corporate icon to hard-right birther.’” Says Stryker McGuire, “Once upon a time, ‘Trump was extremely popular with minority audiences.’ It's true. Read on... “

Meanwhile, Hopes of ‘Trump Bump’ for U.S. Economy Shrink as Growth Forecasts Fade, writes The New York Times’ Nelson D. Schwartz. “Deeply buried lede: Absurd cost of health care & higher education is holding back US economy,” tweets Gershom Gorenberg. In related news, GOP promises lower health premiums but ignores all that’s driving them, writes Joanne Kenen for POLITICO.

That’s not to say no one’s shopping. As Suzanne Kapner of The Wall Street Journal reports, QVC to Acquire Rival HSN for More Than $2 Billion. Andrew LaVallee has the “1st comment on QVC-HSN merger: ‘Was the deal structured in three easy payments and free shipping?’”

Today is your lucky day

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Mark Penn and Andrew Stein command, Back to the Center, Democrats. Matt Novak’s assessment: “This op-ed to make the Dems more centrist flies in the face of the most basic lessons from 2016. What idiots.” Joshua Topolsky says, “If you're looking for a list of bad ideas, today is your lucky day.” And Tom Scocca tweets, “This is like Plato’s cave if the only figures on the walls were made by the inhabitants throwing their own feces.” Eric Boehm is a little more charitable, tweeting, “This is exactly right, except there's little political reward to being a centrist in the current environment.” Dashiell Bennett sums it up: “yes this will be a good day on twitter dot com.”

Very good/harrowing/depressing

And finally today, some Instagram thoughts.

“This is very good,” says Katie Foran- McHale. At Wired, Ashley Feinberg reveals, Nothing Bums Me Out Like Scott Walker’s Instagram Feed. She tweets, “scott walker’s instagram is harrowing and also the only thing i love.” Says Adrian Crawford, “thanks @ashleyfeinberg for this most depressing and unsettling content so early in the morning.”

Also, “this this this this this this this this this this this this this,” says Melissa Buote, who’s referring to Instagram Food Is a Sad, Sparkly Lie, by Amanda Mull for Eater. “burn everything down burn it,” says Michelle Lopez. Kate Bratskeir is “kinda head-nodding at this takedown of instagram food influencers,” and Nisha Chittal says, “This is a terrific read on Instagram food and the influencer economy.” “This is the article I've been waiting for,” says Charles Lam. “amanda: good at writing,” tweets Alanna Okun.

Making the rounds

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Before joining Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose earned some money by participating in a UCLA medical study that paid him $8 an hour to do what?

Answer: They paid him to smoke cigarettes.

Congrats to...Craig Pittman is quick on the draw again, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Beginning in August, Taco Bell’s Las Vegas flagship restaurant will have a new menu item available, which you can purchase for $600. What is it?

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

Career Updates
New roles at AP, Glamour, POLITICO, ABC News

Paul Harloff has been named global markets editor for The Associated Press. He joined AP in 2004, where he helped build and run APFN and most recently, led the autos, airlines and energy team. Prior to AP, Harloff managed various teams for Dow Jones and WSJ.com.

Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker is now also a contributing editor for Glamour, covering Washington, D.C., and politics. Parker has covered politics since 2005, including 11 years with The New York Times. She joined The Washington Post this year and has contributed to Glamour since 2015.

Mark Scott, currently a European tech correspondent at The New York Times covering technology and business in London, will be joining POLITICO Europe this month as its chief technology correspondent. And Chris Vlasto is the new senior executive producer for investigative reporting at ABC News. He had been the executive producer for the 7 AM hour of ABC’s Good Morning America, and he was previously a senior producer for primetime and 20/20.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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