It's raining shoes

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It's raining shoes
July 10th, 2017
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Many communicators have been debating Twitter's future and effectiveness, and the platform continues to shift its capabilities in response. Where does it stand today? Communications pro Rachel Pluck checked in with some journalists and PR professionals to see what they think. Check out her new post on the Muck Rack blog to find out what they said: 6 journalists and PR pros explain how they use Twitter in 2017.

Are we colluding yet?

The big scoop over the weekend comes from Jo Becker, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman at The New York Times: Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton (229,000+ shares). This, as Trip Gabriel tweets, “According to 3 WH advisors and 2 others briefed on the matter.” Yes, “Donald Jr is somehow even more busted than Chris Christie sitting on an empty beach,” notes Christopher Hayes. Stefan Becket observes, “It's raining shoes.” “Are we colluding yet?” asks David Poller.

The Washington Post’s Callum Borchers calls it Donald Trump Jr.’s stunningly incriminating statement to the New York Times (64,000+ shares), writing, “Trump Jr. confirmed that he went into the meeting expecting to receive information from the Russian lawyer that could hurt Clinton. That is a breathtaking admission.” Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine agrees, writing Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia ‘Denials’ Are Actually Confessions.

For more plot thickening, Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger at The Washington Post confirm the Times story in President’s son met with Russian lawyer during presidential campaign after being promised information helpful to father’s effort (15,000+ shares). They reveal, “Rob Goldstone, a music publicist who is friendly with Trump Jr., told The Washington Post that he had arranged the meeting at the request of a Russian client and had attended it along with Veselnitskaya.” As Helderman tweets, “Manager for Russian pop star whose family brought Miss Universe to Moscow, confirms he set up Trump Jr. meeting.” BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner has more background on Goldstone in This Music Publicist Says He Set Up The Donald Trump Jr. Meeting With A Russian Lawyer.

At NBC News, Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann have assembled an “Important timeline on the events just before and after the Don Jr. meeting. Worth a read,” says Kyle Griffin, linking to Putting the Trump-Russia Timeline Into Perspective.

Meanwhile, David Remnick of The New Yorker cautions, “Don’t get ahead of the reporting,” in The Truth Behind Donald Trump, Jr.’s Meeting with a Russian Lawyer. But, he adds, “we live in a moment when the President of the United States is, without shame, trying to intimidate the people whose business it is to come to an honest reckoning.”

So we’ll leave it here for now: Trump Aides: Russia Flap Proves Don Jr. Is The ‘Fredo’ of The First Family, as Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng of The Daily Beast report. Tweets Justin Rohrlich, “Nostalgic for the days when this family was merely a local embarrassment.”

Making lists

In case you were wondering, Steve Bannon Is Back in Trump’s Good Graces. Tweets Joshua Green, of his piece in New York Magazine, “New excerpt from my book just posted at @NYMag about what Bannon really does for Trump.” “This @JoshuaGreen account fleshes out how Bannon weaponized Breitbart for Trump & agst DJT targets (Megyn Kelly etc),” says David Folkenflik. It also reveals, as Ben Jacobs tweets, “Ann Coulter helped to write the Trump campaign's immigration policy paper.”

Not in Trump’s good graces? Those who’ve landed on President Trump's enemies list. As POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt reports, “The president remembers every political slight — and the politicians who abandoned him during the ‘Access Hollywood’ scandal.” 

Warped tour

According to reporting by John Solomon for The Hill, Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material (28,000+ shares). However, the piece notes that it’s “unclear when the documents were shown to Congress whether the information deemed secret or confidential was classified at the time Comey wrote the memos or determined so afterward, the sources said.”

About that piece, Philip Bump of The Washington Post tweets, “A Hill report warped by Fox was warped by Trump to accuse Comey of breaking the law,” linking to his story, Trump accuses James Comey of breaking the law - based on a misleading Fox News report. Tweets Brian Stelter, “As @pbump noted, ‘that's not what The Hill’s report says.’  Multiple errors in this Fox News segment. Corrections?” Writes Bump, “If there was classified information in the memo that Comey asked his friend to leak to the Times, that’s not yet been reported.” He adds, “Which is not to say that Comey’s behavior was without concern.”


That’s the reaction from Jack Witthaus to the story from Jim Rutenberg at The New York Times, News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook. Says Dan Hodgson, “Google and Facebook are posing a bigger threat economically to journalism than President Trump is with his rhetoric.” Lydia Polgreen calls it “A shot across the duopoly's bow.”

Welcome to the future!!!

“If you are tired of thinking about Trump, here's something that will haunt your nightmares,” offers Jamelle Bouie. He’s referring to “The Uninhabitable Earth,” by New York Magazine’s David Wallace-Wells, which reveals When Will Earth Be Too Hot For Humans? Sooner Than You Think.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Google Home Breaks Up Domestic Dispute By Calling the Police, reports Gizmodo’s Rhett Jones. “welcome to the future!!!” says Louise Matsakis.

Making the rounds:

Question of the Day

On Friday we asked: Lena Dunham is in the news for giving up her adopted dog. As of 2017, she also has two new dogs. What are their names?

Answer: Just your typical, everyday dog names, Susan Simmons and Karen DiMango.

Congrats to...Craig Pittman, first to tweet the correct answer, and honorable mention to Margo Howard, who correctly notes they “sound like girlfriends, not pets.”

Your question of the day for today is…Describing his reaction to one of the songs that inspired him to make the movie “Baby Driver,” director Edgar Wright says that it was “the closest thing to having action-movie synesthesia.” What was the song? Bonus points if you name the artist, too (who also has a cameo in the movie).

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

Career Updates
Changes at BuzzFeed, The New York Times, Idaho Statesman and CQ Roll Call

Tom Gara, BuzzFeed’s business editor since December 2014, has been named the new opinion editor for the website. Prior to joining BuzzFeed in 2014, he had been editor of the Journal’s Corporate Intelligence blog and previously worked at The Financial Times, Egypt Today and The National.

Kathleen Kingsbury, who has been the digital managing editor at The Boston Globe, is joining The New York Times as deputy editorial page editor. Prior to joining the staff at The Boston Globe in 2013, she worked for TIME. She has also contributed to Reuters and The Daily Beast.

Chadd Cripe, who has worked in the Idaho Statesman’s sports department for two decades, has been named the paper’s new sports editor. Cripe, who spent 14 seasons as the Boise State football reporter, replaces Mike Prater, who left the paper in April and is currently co-host of Idaho Sports Talk @KTIK-FM.

And Mary Ellen McIntire, previously a healthcare reporter for Morning Consult, is now working for CQ Roll Call as a reporter covering healthcare policy and politics.

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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