Yes, the best job in the world exists

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Yes, the best job in the world exists
October 23rd, 2017
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When you live in earthquake country, disaster preparedness is ingrained early on. Just ask Deirdre Blake, a senior content manager with Silicon Valley public relations firm Sterling Communications. She applies some of the same strategies to prepare for and manage potential PR crises. Don’t get caught off guard. Read her new post on the Muck Rack blog, Disaster prep 101: The PR emergency preparedness kit.

Le Carre, only in real life

Got a case of the Mondays? Here’s just what you need: “Thrilling read and great reporting by WSJ on a US-China story that deserves more attention stateside,” tweets Gerry Shih, referring to China’s Hunt for Guo Wengui, a Fugitive Businessman, Kicks off Manhattan Caper Worthy of Spy Thriller, by Kate O’Keeffe, Aruna Viswanatha and Cezary Podkul at The Wall Street Journal. It’s like “Le Carre, only in real life,” as Matthew Rose puts it. Julie Bykowicz calls it an “Amazing tale by @Kate_OKeeffe et al. One detail: Wynn, RNC $ chair, slipped Trump a note. It almost became policy.” “A terrific read. Feet up and enjoy,” tweets Paul Beckett.

The best media job of all time

Or maybe you need to get away from it all. Well, “This is it. The best media job of all time. Guessing this will get 1k plus applicants,” as Robin Wigglesworth tweets: The New York Times wants to hire a journalist to travel the world. “NYT dreams up a wild new travel writing job that I might just apply for -- 52 times,” tweets Jesse Pesta. “This job posting makes me want to pack a small suitcase, kiss my sleeping children and slip away in the night…” says Leah McLaren. Tweets James Longman, ‘Yes, the best job in the world exists. And you can APPLY!” “Might want to quit your job for this no matter what your job is,” says Sam Dolnick.

The Chris Christie exit interview

You could also check out “The Chris Christie exit interview w/@zengerle! On getting yelled at by Trump, getting screwed by Bridgegate & more,” tweets Geoffrey Gagnon, who links to Jason Zengerle’s piece in GQ, Chris Christie's Last Fight. Josh Dawsey calls it “A great read on the diminished but still-punching-away governor by @zengerle.”

Elizabeth Warren tries a novel approach

In the GQ interview, Christie says, “I don't see myself running for office again.” But Elizabeth Warren? “She’s running,” tweet both Charles Johnson and David Weigel, who link to Elizabeth Warren warms up to the press, by Victoria McGrane of The Boston Globe. Tweets Aaron Blake, “Elizabeth Warren tries a novel approach: Actually taking questions from reporters.” Tony Romm’s take? “area senator does what area senators generally are supposed to do.”

Another predator

Making lots of headlines over the weekend, More than 30 women come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment (35,000+ shares), reports Glenn Whipp of The Los Angeles Times. He tweets, “UPDATE: 38 women contacted me for this story. That number has now doubled since it was published.” “Another predator, another group of women that no longer shut up,” tweets Annalisa Merelli.

Also not shutting up: the 25 women who say John Besh restaurants fostered culture of sexual harassment. That’s the result of a months-long investigation by restaurant critic Brett Anderson of Tweets Lee Zurick, “Great respect for @BrettEats. Not often you see a Restaurant Critic spend 8 months on an investigative project.” Anthony Bourdain calls it “The beginning of the end of institutionalized Meathead Culture in the restaurant business.”

And At Fidelity, New Fallout From Claims of Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Sarah Krouse and Kirsten Grind report for The Wall Street Journal. Tweets @WSJ, “Complaints about inappropriate conduct at a Fidelity stock-picking unit prompted an emergency employee meeting.”

Teach the children

Meanwhile, “A Cub Scout is thrown out for asking a politician about (sensible) gun control,” tweets Brent Staples, who links to Cub Scout Is Exiled After Pressing Legislator on Guns and Race (32,000+ shares), by Christine Hauser of The New York Times. Tweets @nytimes: “‘Why on earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?’ the Cub Scout, 11, had asked.” “By all means let’s teach our children to shut up, not rock the boat and not question authority. #Fascism,” tweets Michael Balter.

Couldn’t get more absurd

A “surreal update this morning from @AndrewKramerNYT on the Russia/ Browder/ Magnitsky story,” tweets Scott Rose, of Turning Tables in Magnitsky Case, Russia Accuses a Nemesis of Murder, by Andrew Kramer of The New York Times. Tweets @nytimesworld, “After sanctions, bitter feuds and a noteworthy meeting in Trump Tower, a tragic case is entering the realm of farce.” “Utterly bizarre,” says Jessica Lussenhop. And Bill Browder tweets, “Couldn’t get more absurd. Russian authorities are accusing me & unknown MI6 agent of murdering Sergei Magnitsky.” 

At the National Review, Jay Nordlinger asks, Why Is Bill Browder Banned from America? Tweets Browder, “Not only did Putin add me to the Interpol list, but the US simultaneously revoked my visa. @jaynordlinger explains.” “Clerical error? Probably not. In which case this stinks @Billbrowder #TrumpRussia,” tweets Rupert Allman.

Mueller doesn’t mess around

New from NBC News’s Tom Winter and Julia Edwards Ainsley, Mueller Now Investigating Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta. “The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller's inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the sources,” they write. “Robert Mueller doesn’t mess around, apparently,” says Mike Madden.

The United States of climate denial

Josh Robin tweets, “I will be talking about #ClimateChange & Sandy all week @NY1. Meanwhile, over at the @EPA....” He links to the scoop from Lisa Friedman of The New York Times, E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists (33,000+ shares). “EPA gives global warming cold shoulder,” says Matt Purdy. “The United States of climate denial,“ tweets Maddie Stone

Grab some tissues

But “For all the bad in this world we get great stories like this. This is why I love sports. #TheDutchDestroyer,” tweets Justin Prince, who links to the ESPN SC Featured video: ‘The Dutch Destroyer,’ from Tom Rinaldi. “Really didn't want to start today with a Rinaldi-enduced cry, but here we are. Man, happy I did #DutchDestroyer,” tweets Tess Quinlan. “There's a lot of news about NFL players and bad behavior. But, there's also guys like @cj_wentz. Grab some tissues,” Ralph Garman advises.

The shrink steals the show

For a few laughs, though, we still have Letterman. Geoff Edgers of The Washington Post reports on how David Letterman’s friends - and shrink - make his Twain ceremony as funny as his late-night legacy. Spoiler: “The shrink steals Dave's show,” Edgers tweets. Read more coverage from USA Today’s Cara KellyDavid Letterman (and his beard) get a hilarious roasting at the Mark Twain Awards, and Scott Neuman of NPRDavid Letterman Honored With Twain Award For American Comedy.

Question of the Day

On Friday, we asked: What is significant about the just-announced release date of Netflix’s new Marvel series “The Punisher”?

Answer: It’s debuting on Nov. 17, the same day DC’s “Justice League” arrives in theaters.

Congrats to David Alpern, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…On Oct. 21st Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell album celebrated its 40th anniversary. Todd Rundgren says he agreed to produce the record because he thought it would be a funny parody of what artist?

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

Career Updates
Updates at ABC News, Washington Post, CNN

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, who joined the ABC News Medical Unit five years ago, has been named its Chief Medical Correspondent. Before ABC News, she was a medical contributor for Fox News Channel.

Abha Bhattarai is the new retail reporter for The Washington Post, where she’s worked since 2010 covering a range of businesses. Prior to The Post, she was a James Reston Reporting Fellow at The New York Times.

And Joe Ruiz, who has been Weekend Editor for NPR digital since 2015, is now the Senior Weekend Editor for Politics at CNN Digital. Prior to NPR, he worked for the NBC affiliate KSHB in Kansas City,, and, among others.

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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