This is, uh, an adventure 

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This is, uh, an adventure 
September 7th, 2017
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In a recent study, 90 percent of consumers said they’re influenced by online reviews when making purchasing decisions. That’s huge, and a huge opportunity for communicators since these reviews can change the way the public perceives a product or service. So, how can you creatively leverage customer reviews? In a new post on the Muck Rack blog, Adam Beeson, who leads communications for G2 Crowd, one of the world’s fastest growing tech companies, shares 3 tips for using online reviews in PR storytelling.

Russian trolls on Facebook. Who knew?

“SCOOP on RUSSIA: Facebook reveals to Congress it found it sold political ads to Russian troll farm in 2016 election,” tweets Carol Leonnig, who links to her piece in The Washington Post with Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman, Facebook says it sold political ads to Russian company during 2016 electionVindu Goel and Scott Shane cover the story for The New York Times, Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads. Linda Deutsch sums it up: “Russian trolls on Facebook. who knew?”

“NEW: Here’s the full @Facebook statement on Russian influence accounts,” tweets Christina Wilkie, who links to An Update On Information Operations On Facebook, by Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos.

Beyond the U.S., Alleged Russian political meddling documented in 27 countries since 2004, reports USA Today’s Oren Dorell.

Meanwhile, McClatchy’s Kevin Hall, Ben Wieder and Gabrielle Paluch report, Russian émigré in Trump saga still surrounded by fellow financial fraudsters. Tweets Kristin Roberts, “New: Felix Sater, whose emails are in Trump investigators' hands, linked now to fraudsters operating in Long Island.” As Wieder explains, “When not scouting deals for Trump in Russia, this is the gang of financial fraudsters Felix Sater hangs out with.”

Extremely good at emailing

Also “NEW: Ty Cobb says in leaked emails that he&Kelly are the ‘adults in the room’—and explains why he's repping Trump,” tweets Natasha Bertrand, linking to her piece in Business Insider, Top Trump lawyer in leaked email exchange: 'Me and Kelly' are the 'adults in the room'. “The Trump lawyers remain extremely good at emailing,” Jeremy Barr notes. Indeed, “This is not even the first time a Trump lawyer has gotten too real over email w/ a random troll for no reason at all,” as Sarah Westwood tweets. “This, from @NatashaBertrand, is, uh, an adventure,” tweets Sopan Deb. David Brown explains it, “I'm guessing ‘Ty’ is short for ‘Typo.’”

Low energy

Of his piece for The Atlantic, Trump Strikes a Fiscal Deal With Democrats, Russell Berman tweets, “Trump abandons Ryan and McConnell for a fiscal deal with 'Chuck and Nancy,' handing Democrats leverage in December,” adding, “The significance of Trump's deal isn't the substance but the precedent, & the increased odds of a Dreamer fix.” Tweets Katie Glueck, “this is a great @russellberman dispatch on Trump's debt ceiling machinations with Democratic leadership.” Jon Gabriel figures, “Somewhere, Jeb just called Trump ‘low energy.’” Also, the piece quotes an aide as saying, “Republican leaders were visibly annoyed by Ivanka’s presence.”

At POLITICO, Burgess Everett, Rachel Blade and John Bresnahan are reporting, GOP livid after Trump cuts deal with Democrats. Michael Kruse highlights this: “.@CongMikeSimpson on @realDonaldTrump: ‘He’s the best deal-maker ever. Don’t you know? I mean, he’s got a book out!’” And it turns out Mitch McConnell is literally the “it’s fine” meme: “It’s fine,” McConnell said of his relationship with Trump. “Everything’s fine.” Jeremy Peters and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times also report, For Conservatives, Trump’s Deal with Democrats Is Nightmare Come True.

Did someone say Ivanka? “Real question: Is anyone out there still waiting for Ivanka Trump to come through?” That’s from the new opinion piece by Lindy West in The New York Times, The Ivanka Trump Guarantee. “Lindy West is my new hero,” says Lisa Bain, and Nina Bernstein says, “Lindy West on Ivanka Trump -- it doesn't get better than this. Great to finally have such a voice in @nytopinion.” Tweets Jill Filipovic, “This is the best column about Ivanka maybe ever.”

So, “Cohn said neo-Nazis couldn't be equated with pro-equality demonstrators, so Trump's leaning against him for the Fed.” That’s Warren Bass’s Cliffs Notes version of President Trump Unlikely to Nominate Gary Cohn to Become Fed Chairman, the scoop by Michael Bender of The Wall Street Journal. Tweets Jennifer Rubin, “after all that he won't even get the Fed.” And, as Kate Davidson tweets, “The change in Cohn’s chances to be Fed chair potentially bolsters Yellen’s prospects, @MichaelCBender reports.” 

Read the whole freakin’ thing

“Group text was jumping before 730. Knew it had to be a new Kanye verse or Ta Nehisi Coates. It's the latter,” says Astead W. Herndon. They’re texting about Donald Trump Is the First White President, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new piece in The Atlantic. “Coates goes from A to Z on this one,” says James David Dickson. Nicole Dungca notes, “The thing about Ta-Nehisi Coates pieces is that you want to screenshot absolutely everything. So just read it.” As Evan Narcisse tweets, “goes without saying, but: read the whole freakin’ thing.”

Fire and rain

Danica Coto and Anika Kentish of AP News have the latest as Hurricane Irma blacks out Puerto Rico, heads for Hispaniola. In South Florida, tourists flee and hotels prepare to welcome evacuees as Irma approachesChabeli Herrera and Nancy Dahlberg report for the Miami Herald. Meanwhile, from BuzzFeed’s Jane Lytvynenko, Here's A Running List Of Misinformation About Hurricane Irma.

Potentially lost in the hurricane coverage is the fact that After burning for months, Montana looks like a fiery apocalypse. That’s from Kate Yoder of Grist. As Taylor Graham reports for NBC MontanaMore than 1 million acres of Montana burned this fire season. John Hopewell of The Washington Post has more on the wildfires in Wildfires ravaging the Western U.S., smoke sprawls across the nation.

Inarticulate scream-gurgle

Max Nisen is reacting to McCain backs Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare repeal effort, by The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, who tweets, “STORY on McCain backing Graham Cassidy Obamacare repeal, even without committee hearings.”

Here’s a “ferociously good rebuke by @andersen to the awful @nature editorial called out earlier by @rocza + @ethnography911,” as Maryn McKenna tweets, referring to Nature's Disastrous ‘Whitewashing’ Editorial, by Ross Andersen for The Atlantic. Michael Moyer calls it “A necessary response by @andersen to that abomination of an editorial in @nature this week.” “Thank you, @andersen. Nature's 'whitewashing' editorial is a mess,” tweets Kamala Kelkar.

Did you know? “The Russian anchor-baby business is booming, and — surprise! — Trump's Florida properties are at the heart of it,” tweets Harry Siegel. He links to the exclusive from Katie Zavadski in The Daily Beast, Russians Flock to Trump Properties to Give Birth to U.S. Citizens. “You know what I love? The delicious irony of birth tourism at Trump properties,” Zavadski tweets. “...i just... ...what... ...sigh…” says Ariana Tobin.


Some good news: “Victory for a reporter who was arrested after aggressively questioning a Trump cabinet member,” tweets Peter Khoury. The New York Times’ Matt Stevens is reporting Reporter Arrested After Asking Tom Price Question Will Not Be Prosecuted. The reporter is Dan Heyman of the Public News Service, who says, “The intense response to my arrest gives me confidence that people will defend the free press, because they believe in it.”

“The Spectator's no-CV policy means we had no idea the new intern would be a 48-year-old mum of 3. Here's her story,” tweets The Spectator’s editor, Fraser Nelson, who links to Katherine Forster’s piece, At 48, and with my three boys growing up fast, I’m the new office intern. “This is terrific,” says Oliver Franklin.

Dan Stewart tweets, “TIME's Firsts project is now live, celebrating women who broke glass ceilings #SheIsTheFirst,” linking to TIME Firsts: Women Leaders Who Are Changing the World. Tweets David Flumenbaum, “Check out @TIME's amazing new series ‘Firsts’: 46 women who are changing the world (filmed entirely on iPhone).” “This is how you should spend your day,” says Nate Hopper.

And now, “The amazing @maggieNYT on how she gets ppl to talk to her <3 <3 <3” tweets Dan Saltzstein, who links to New York Times Journalist Maggie Haberman, the latest “How I Get It Done” column by Kaitlin Menza of The Cut. Tweets Maria Amante, “Preach, @maggieNYT: ‘There is literally no adrenaline rush as good as a scoop.’” And Jess McHugh says, “.@maggieNYT on why bartending was the best journalism training is my new ANTHEM.”

hi i have thoughts about this

Emma Barker is referring to This Is What Happens to Ambition in Your 30s, by The Cut’s Lisa Miller. “This essay on women and ambition (and the way it can get thwarted in your late 20's) is worth discussing,” says Stella Bugbee. “This speaks to me,” says Jill Krasny. “The most it me of all the it me-s,” says Courtney Smith. But “Every bit of depression described here is justified by an insecure economy and bad political times, not gender,” tweets Michelle Dean. “And like most pieces about millennials, it doesn't really address the recession, student loans burdens, etc.” Casey Quinlan says.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Which library has the largest collection in the world?

Answer: That’s The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., which has more than 164 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves.

Congrats to…Deirdre Blake and Craig Pittman, who pretty much tied getting their correct answers in. Craig also notes it’s the location of his favorite scene in All the President’s Men. And Robin Soslow calls it the “bookworm wormhole.”

Your question of the day for today is…You may not have seen the early ’90s punk band Whizzy perform, but you’ve most likely seen its frontman since then. Who was the lead singer of Whizzy?

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

Career Updates
Updates at CNBC Digital, CBS News, TheStreet

Christina Wilkie, most recently a White House reporter at HuffPost in Washington, D.C., has joined CNBC Digital to cover the White House. Before HuffPost, she wrote the “In the Know” column for The Hill and was managing editor at Washington Life magazine.

Bianna Golodryga has joined CBS News as a correspondent based in New York, having reported for the network as a contributor and substitute anchor this summer. She’ll also continue as a contributor at CNN. Golodryga began her career in television as a bureau producer at CNBC. She’s also worked at ABC News and Yahoo News. has hired personal finance columnist Robert Powell to expand its personal finance and retirement coverage, author a regular column, and launch a new subscription retirement product. He’s also a columnist for USA Today and a frequent speaker and moderator. Prior to joining TheStreet, he wrote the “Retirement Weekly” newsletter at

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