Standing out in the storm 

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Standing out in the storm 
September 11th, 2017
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Bill Byrne, veteran PR pro, former NYC agency guy and co-founder of Remedy Communications, tells us, “There’s been a trend in the media relations industry that drives me, along with some of my colleagues, absolutely insane.” Find out what’s making them crazy—and learn some valuable tips about how to make the most of your media relations efforts—by checking out Bill’s new post on the Muck Rack blog, Do you believe your own PR?

Remembering 9/11

“We all remember where we were; for some, remembering 9/11 is every day,” tweets Chris Jansing. At The New York Times, Alexandra Levine shows us The Children of 9/11. Also, “Thousands of 9/11 responders have fallen ill from exposure to toxic substances at Ground Zero. Here's what we know,” tweets Mitchell Landsberg, who links to the piece from Matt Hansen of The Los Angeles Times, 9/11 responders who became ill from toxic exposure now have a monument to their heroism. The Associated Press’s Jennifer Peltz and Karen Matthews report on the Solemn, personal ceremonies as US commemorates 9/11. And NBC News’s Ali Vitali reports as President Trump commemorates 9/11 anniversary, first as president.

Everything is under water

“Report from ‘refuges of last resort’ in Key West, where person died overnight apparently of natural causes,” tweets Noah Cohen, who links to the reporting from the Miami Herald’s David Goodhue, Hurricane Irma slams Keys: ‘Everything is under water. I mean everything’. A bright spot: According to an MSNBC report, Hemingway House in the Keys is intact -- and the 54 six-toed cats are safe -- after Hurricane #Irma.

“So what's the deal with TV reporters doing dangerous hurricane stand ups? I tell you here,” tweets Sopan Deb, who links to his piece in The New York Times, As Irma’s Winds Rise, So Does a Debate Over TV Storm Reporting. Tweets John Schwartz, “TV storm reporting: Why do these idiots stand out there, anyway? Great @sopandeb reporting and insight on Ratherism.” Tweets @nytimes: “TV reporters are standing out in the storm as Irma lashes Florida. Is that necessary? They say better them than you.”

Meanwhile, as S. Mitra Kalita tweets, “The safest place to ride out Irma was ... the Miami Herald.” CNN’s Oliver Darcy has that story: At the Miami Herald, newsroom turns into shelter for reporters and their families.

The Weather Channel’s Pam Wright reports nearly 6 million are without powerABC News’ J.J. Gallagher, Emily Shapiro and Meghan Keneally have more Irma coverage here.

At The New York Times, Azam Ahmed and Kirk Semple report on Irma’s aftermath in the Caribbean, Violence Erupts on Desperate Caribbean Islands: ‘All the Food Is Gone.’ Tweets Vera Maria Bergengruen, “As survivors in Caribbean face severe food and water shortages, they warn there's a disintegration in law and order.” But Spared Irma’s Worst, Puerto Ricans Sail to Virgin Islanders’ Aid, writes Luis Ferré-sadurní, also at The New York Times.

“When is it time to talk about climate change? Scientists say right now,” tweets Lisa Friedman, linking to her Times piece, Hurricane Irma Linked to Climate Change? For Some, a Very ‘Insensitive’ Question. Tweets Georgina Gustin, “For scientists, discussing global warming & hurricanes ‘as controversial as talking about geology’ post-earthquake.” And yet, as Sam Stein of The Daily Beast reports, Donald Trump Hasn’t Faced a Single Climate Change Question Since Hurricanes Hit

THIS is what journalism looks like

In Seven Days of Heroin, the Cincinnati Enquirer “sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time.” “Just heartbreaking and overwhelming, all the way around. What 7 days of Cincinnati's heroin epidemic looks like, tweets Dana Branham. Paul Ford says, “This amazing Cincinnati Enquirer week-of-heroin feature gets excruciating and then you realize it's just Tuesday.” Tweets Julie Scelfo, “THIS is what journalism looks like. Bravo @Enquirer SEVEN DAYS OF HEROIN: THIS IS WHAT AN EPIDEMIC LOOKS LIKE.”

At The New York Times, Maggie Haberman asks, A Month Has Passed Since Trump Declared an Opioid Emergency. What Next? She tweets, “At issue is, in part, the funding mechanism. Christie report recommendation of using Stafford Act rankled some.”

Also at The New York Times, Ben Protess, Danielle Ivory and Steve Eder explore Where Trump’s Hands-Off Approach to Governing Does Not Apply. Tweets Ivory, “The Trump administration is aggressively using the administrative state to push socially conservative policies.” She adds, “At DOJ, many civil servants have decided to retire or leave rather than carry out Trump policies.”

The Guardian’s Lucia Graves takes a look at The Wall Street Journal's Trump problem. She tweets, “I talked to 18 staffers amid concerns their coverage is overly soft.” Tweets Barry Ritholtz, “WSJ losing reporters as current + ex-staffers show outrage over pressure from management to normalize Trump.”

Might potentially be a big deal

So here’s some scoop by POLITICO’s Michael Isikoff and Hunter Walker: Sputnik, the Russian news agency, is under investigation by the FBI. “This seems like it might potentially be a big deal, Trump-Russia-wise,” tweets Elizabeth Picciuto.

Meanwhile, Trump promised not to work with foreign entities. His company just did, reports McClatchy’s Anita Kumar. As Charles Johnson tweets, “Trump Organization's partner company hires Chinese state-owned firm for $32M Dubai golf project, despite pledge.”

Legitimately insane

Axios’s Jonathan Swan brings us the scoop about Jeff Sessions’ lie detector idea. Tweets Keith Olbermann, “Nixon thought this was a good idea too. 1 of his Attorneys General wound up in jail, another on trial. Go ahead, Elf.” “This is insane. Legitimately insane that the attorney general would keep bringing this up,” says Asawin Suebsaeng.

Plotting midterm mayhem

In case you haven’t watched it yet, “Before you watch Steve Bannon on @60Minutes, read @politicoalex on Bannon's plans to unseat Senate GOP incumbents,” Steven Shepard advises, linking to Alex Isenstadt’s piece in POLITICO, Bannon plotting primaries against slate of GOP incumbents. Tweets Isenstadt, “Billionaire BOB MERCER poised to fund anti-incumbent Senate effort. Spent 5 days meeting w/Bannon in Long Island.” “Bannon plotting midterm mayhem, another great scoop from @politicoalex,” tweets Glenn Thrush.

“For 9/11, here's transcript Charlie Rose talking vision with Bannon (but no R0bert M3rc3r questions).” Ray Pride links to the transcript from Bannon’s interview with Charlie Rose last night on 60 Minutes, Breitbart's Bannon declares war on the GOP.

In other midterm election news, Utah Policy’s Bryan Schott has the Exclusive: Mitt Romney planning to run for Senate if Orrin Hatch retires. And CNN’s Manu Raju is reporting that Tennessee’s Bob Corker weighs whether to retire in 2018. He tweets, “Source says he's torn but raising loads of money in case he runs.”

Caught up in ICE

At ProPublica, Howard Berkes, Michael Grabell and Hannah Dreier report of Relatives of undocumented children caught up in ICE. ProPublica tweets, “400+ people who have taken in young undocumented relatives are being swept up in ICE's crackdown.” Tweets Dreier, “A man who's lived in the US legally for 15 years agreed to take in a nephew. Now ICE is calling him a human smuggler.”

CNN’s Delia Gallagher reports that the Pope says rescinding DACA is not 'pro-life'.

Emmys for days

Talk about a drawn-out awards season. “The first half of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place on Saturday night,” as Vulture’s David Canfield reports in Ava DuVernay, Meryl Streep Among Creative Arts Emmy Winners. The Creative Arts Emmys continued on Sunday night, and the whole thing will be aired next Saturday on FXX. The official Primetime Emmy Awards show, meanwhile, will be broadcast live on CBS on September 17. Got that? Variety’s Cynthia Littleton has the complete list of Creative Arts Emmy Winners: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Win Big. Jill Serjeant and Sandra Maler of Reuters highlight, Spicey skits bring an Emmy for Melissa McCarthy.

Elsewhere in the world:

Question of the Day

On Friday, we asked: What interesting relationship does Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have to his current manager?

Answer: The Rock’s manager Dany Garcia also happens to be his ex-wife.

Congrats to…Brian Gluckman, first to tweet in the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…An 11-year-old British schoolgirl is credited with naming Pluto, and now a crater on the planet has been named for her. What was her name?

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

Career Updates
Changes at Columbus Business First, CBS This Morning, Reuters Breakingviews

Tristan Navera has joined Columbus (Ohio) Business First as its commercial real estate and development reporter. He was most recently a senior reporter at the Dayton Business Journal, where he covered workforce development, economic development and technology.

Sarah Demarest, who spent more than a decade at NBC News’ Today Show, has moved to CBS News, where she is a DC-based supervising producer for CBS This Morning. Prior to the Today Show, she was a tape producer for MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

And John Foley will be taking over as New York-based U.S. Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, while its current U.S. Editor, Jeffrey Goldfarb, is moving to Hong Kong to oversee coverage in the region as a Deputy Editor. Foley joined Breakingviews in 2004, most recently serving as EMEA Editor based in London.

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