The corporate criminal’s best friend 

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The corporate criminal’s best friend 
October 24th, 2017
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Mark your calendars for 1:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow (Wednesday)! Join @MuckRack for the October edition of #MuckRackCafe, a live 30-minute Twitter interview with a journalist. Tomorrow, we’ll be chatting with Cory Schouten, Senior Editor at Columbia Journalism Review.

Also, ever wondered how news rooms and reporters can use Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming app, to deepen audience engagement, create empathy and reinvent storytelling? Then be sure to join Muck Rack’s CEO Greg Galant and Periscope’s editor in chief Evan Hansen on Thursday, November 2nd for a webinar walkthrough of the technical basics along with some live streaming best practices for reporters in the field. Get the details and register for the webinar here.

And check this out: Over on the Muck Rack blog, veteran PR pro Bill Byrne answers the question How much does a press release cost?

A meta-look at the meta-look

Yoni Appelbaum tweets, “This @mollyesque piece—on the gaps between what voters say, and what researchers hear—is unforgettable.” He’s referring to On Safari in Trump's America, Molly Ball’s new piece for The Atlantic. She tweets, “Here is a piece I've been working on for a while, about what America's elites have learned since the last election.” Robinson Meyer advises, “Read @mollyesque on the think-tank elites who sojourn into the heartland and hear exactly what they want to hear.” “A meta-look at the meta-look,” tweets Tim Fitzsimons.

Of One Meeting. Two Photos. Many Questions, by Mujib Mashal of The New York Times, @nytimesworld tweets, “Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and President Ashraf Ghani met in Kabul. No they didn't.” Andrew Stanfill tweets, “Two govs say Kabul on photos, one is doctored. But pool photog @alexbrandon says Bagram. Photojournalism matters.”

Meanwhile, This Is Definitely James Comey's Twitter Account And It Sure Is Something, writes BuzzFeed’s Hayes Brown. “Comey: good at Twitter,” says Alex Kantrowitz. At The Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein reports, James Comey named his secret Twitter account after Reinhold Niebuhr. Here's what we know. She tweets, “Religion journos breaking down Comey’s Niebuhr love include @jackmjenkins and @CTmagazine.”

The ghost

Just in time for Halloween comes John Hudson’s latest for BuzzFeed, Stephen Bannon Haunts Tillerson From Beyond The White House. In a nutshell, “Tillerson is trying to resolve a conflict among US allies in the Persian Gulf. Bannon is working to stoke it,” tweets Vera Maria Bergengruen. “Nothing says resurgent american nationalism like acting as a freelance saudi publicist,” says Matthew Zeitlin. “The ghost,” says Mark Seibel.

Puerto Rico news

“What the hell?” asks Eric Alterman. “A $300-million contract to a two-person electric company from the hometown of Interior Secretary Zinke,” tweets Manu Raju, who links to Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on, by Steven Mufson, Jack Gillum, Aaron C. Davis and Arelis R. Hernandez of The Washington Post. Tweets Matt Pearce, “??????????????????????”

Vox’s Yochi Dreazen tweets, “I went to Puerto Rico to dig into why so much of the island has no power & what it will take to get electricity back.” He links to his piece, Darkness: life in Puerto Rico without electricity. Tweets Vox, “Lack of electricity in Puerto Rico isn’t just inconvenient for residents. It’s seriously slowing the relief effort.”

And “Make no mistake, Puerto Rico has been cast back to a deeply underdeveloped time post-storm,” tweets Maggie Haberman, who links to ‘Like Going Back in Time’: Puerto Ricans Put Survival Skills to Use, by Caitlin Dickerson and Luis Ferré-sadurní of The New York Times.

Media news

Axios’s Sara Fischer takes a look at the Conservative media slump. Tweets Justin Green, “Business-centric sites, like CNBC, Business Insider, and Bloomberg are seeing big traffic bumps.” “Meanwhile, despite repeated predictions of our demise, Trump-skeptical conservative magazines are doing just fine,” says Noah Rothman.

An update on the murder of murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia: “Murdered #DaphneCaruanaGalizia wrote about illegal fuel trade. Days after her murder, Italy acted,” tweets Stephanie Kirchgaessner, who links to her piece in The Guardian with Lorenzo Tondo and Jon HenleyDeath of Maltese journalist ‘linked to fuel smuggling network’ says Italian prosecutor.

And Anna Nemtsova tweets, “My piece abt assassination attempt on our colleague& friend Tania, who was stabbed today,” referring to her piece in The Daily Beast, A Knife in the Throat Nearly Silences a Top Independent Broadcaster in Moscow. “U.S. journo friends: Look around and be grateful,” tweets Katie Zavadski.

Meanwhile, “This dude…” as Newy Scruggs tweets. Bill O'Reilly ‘mad at God’ over sexual misconduct allegations, reports CNN’s Tom Kludt. Kludt tweets, “In Bill O'Reilly's most dramatic claim for victimhood yet, the former Fox News host admits, ‘Am I mad at God? Yeah.’” “I suspect it's mutual,” tweets Luc Hatlestad.

Weinstein et al

On that note, new from Megan Twohey at The New York Times, Weinstein Company Faces Rights Inquiry by New York Attorney General. And Matthew Garrahan of the Financial Times explains How lawyers kept a lid on the sexual harassment claims. Tweets Stephen Foley, “Zelda Perkins is breaking an NDA to talk about working for Mr Weinstein and her ‘incredibly distressing’ experience.” “Non-disclosure agreements: the corporate criminal’s best friend,” tweets Nick Cohen.

Then there’s this. “Oscar-nominated filmmaker, David Russell, behind hits like ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ has a dark, disgusting past,” tweets The Daily Beast. The story by Amy Zimmerman: Hollywood Terror: Director David O. Russell’s History of Groping and On-Set Abuse.

Ian McNulty of the New Orleans Advocate has the report as Chef John Besh steps down from the restaurant company he founded. Tweets Bradford Pearson, “The bravery of 25 women in combination with @BrettEats’ reporting led to this. Journalism matters!” referring to the investigative journalism work of Brett Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune that broke the story.

And now, “The @Oregonian's story on Sara Gelser has made The New York Times, via AP,” notes Gordon Friedman, who links to Oregon State Senator: Sexual Harassment Common in Capitol.

News from around the world

At The Guardian, Anna Fazackerley has the story, Universities deplore ‘McCarthyism’ as MP demands list of tutors lecturing on Brexit. Tweets Claire Phipps, “Tory whip writes to all universities asking what they are teaching about Brexit and for list of teachers’ names.” “Incredible, what next...#Brexit #witchhunt,” tweets Lindsey Alexander.

Bloomberg’s Ting Shi reports, China's Communist Party Further Elevates Xi Jinping, in a move that suggests Xi will influence China policy for decades. “Most powerful since Mao,” as Rosalind Mathieson tweets. But, as Bloomberg’s Keith Zhai reports, China Names Top Leaders, With One Notable Absence: Xi ally Wang Qishan, China’s “powerful anti-graft chief.”

At AP News, Matthew Pennington reports State Department review to confirm Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing.' “Good scoop on an important story from @mattpenn_99,” tweets Julie Pace. Tweets Alex Sanz, “#APNewsBreak: The recommendation is being prepared as U.S. lawmakers urge fresh sanctions on Myanmar's military.”

Peter Goodman tweets, “‘Where is the freedom?’ In economic terms, apartheid carries on. My story from South Africa.” He links to his piece in The New York Times, End of Apartheid in South Africa? Not in Economic Terms

FiveThirtyEight viz’d the ratio

So we’ll wrap things up here today: Oliver Roeder, Dhrumil Mehta and Gus Wezerek of FiveThirtyEight “did some #datajournalism on The Ratio,” as Nate Silver tweets, and it turns out The Worst Tweeter In Politics Isn’t Trump. “omg, FiveThirtyEight viz'd the ratio,” tweets Tyler Machado. “Lots of fun/interesting findings here,” tweets Micah CohenChris Canipe notes, “Democrats get likes, Republicans get replies. Really great charts here.”

More Tuesday news:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: 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?

Answer: Bruce Springsteen. As Rundgren said, “I saw the whole presentation as being a spoof of Bruce Springsteen, and that’s why I decided to do it,” adding, “as it turned out, you know, Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan from the E Street Band wound up playing on the record, so that kind of made it even spoofier.”

Congrats to Dan Rosenbaum, first to tweet the correct answer: “Springsteen, which was, um, not right.”

Your question of the day for today is…A Florida couple who ordered storage totes recently from Amazon got an extra surprise when the package arrived. What did they find inside?

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

Featured Journalist: Dustin Murphy

Today’s featured journalist is Oklahoma-based Dustin Murphy, a freelance video games and entertainment journalist. The lifelong fan of video games, comics and gaming technology covers games, movies, TV shows and comics, with his work appearing in places like @BlastAwayTGR, and If he had to pick a favorite fictional journalist, it would be J. Jonah Jameson from Marvel Comics. “The guy has the drive to obtain the latest news as it breaks,” he says. Check out Dustin’s bio and porfolio here.

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