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Who’s next? 
November 20th, 2017
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

This Thanksgiving season, we’re grateful for all the excellent advice that’s regularly served up by the contributors to the Muck Rack blog. Case in point: Judith Rontal, a senior associate at Scott Circle, kicks things off this week with some tips for using your PR skills to make your holiday dinner as seamless as possible. Dig into Turkey confidential: 5 PR lessons from Thanksgiving dinner.


“Lately i wake up and realize i'm going to be angry the rest of the day, and i'm never wrong,” tweets Sarah Jones. As Sydney Ember of The New York Times reports, Glenn Thrush, New York Times Reporter, Accused of Sexual Misbehavior. Ember writes, “The New York Times said on Monday that it was suspending Glenn Thrush, one of its most prominent reporters, after he was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior.” The accusations were revealed in an exclusive from Laura McGann of Vox, NYT White House correspondent Glenn Thrush’s history of bad judgment around young women journalists. Vox tweets, “Star New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush is accused of predatory behavior by four women, including a Vox editor.” “Ugh,” says Kimberly Atkins. Tweets Dara Lind, “I don't think I've ever been prouder of my publication than this @lkmcgann piece.”

And now, “Another woman comes forward on Franken,” tweets Sam Stein. CNN’s MJ Lee has the exclusive, Woman says Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, which was after he became a senator. Also, Jeffrey Tambor Exits ‘Transparent’ After Sexual Harassment Allegations. That’s from Dominic Patten of Deadline. “Wow, it’s still shocking every time,” says Jenny Cooney Carrillo. “I’m dizzy,” says Dee Lockett. “Actor says he would not ‘deliberately’ harass anyone, but leaves show anyway. An accident? Who’s next?” asks Stu Bykofsky.

According to Alex Stone and Mark Osborne of ABC News, Police are investigating 22 alleged sex crimes tied to Hollywood, source says. “Meanwhile this story from the spring continues to have developments,” as James Pindell tweets, referring to Former Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey has agreed to plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense, by Nolan Clay of The Oklahoman.

Charles Manson dead at 83

One of the big stories this morning: Charles Manson, mastermind of 1969 murders, dies at 83. That’s The Los Angeles Times obit from Miles Corwin. Margalit Fox at The New York Times puts it this way: Charles Manson Dies at 83; Wild-Eyed Leader of a Murderous Crew. Former AP reporter Linda Deutsch recalls surreal spectacle of Manson trial. She writes, “‘This is crazy,’ I said to another reporter. Little did I know how crazy it would become.”

Joe Mozingo of The Los Angeles Times explains how Charles Manson crawled from the Summer of Love to descend into Helter Skelter. Natalie Finn of E! News writes about the Summer of ’69: When Charles Manson Scared the Hell Out of Hollywood. And from Theresa Vargas of The Washington Post, Brutally killed by Charles Manson’s followers, Sharon Tate became the face of victim’s rights.

Tax bill insanity

“From Forbes, that bastion of liberalism...” as Melinda Newman tweets, Stan Collender writes in Forbes that the GOP Tax Bill Is The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington. Brandon Weber explains: “The GOP tax bill's insanity is compounded by it not having any idea of the harm it will actually do to the economy.” “This is just more fallacious Democratic punditry from that Communist rag the [squints] Forbes dot com,” tweets Shea Hennum. Jake Bernstein points out, “@TheBudgetGuy is veteran of fiscal policy debate who literally wrote a book on Fed budget, never seen him so alarmed.” “Happy holidays, America,” says Todd Cunningham.

The Russia puzzle

Sonam Sheth of Business Insider reports, Mueller may be close to wrapping up a significant part of the Russia investigation. The piece references a recent article by Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn, Hope Hicks may hold the keys to Mueller's Russia puzzle. As Peter Kadzis tweets, “Mueller Hopes Hicks will spill the beans.”  

The latest from Ashley Parker and Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post‘A long winter’: White House aides divided over scope, risks of Russia probe. Tweets Ken Vogel, “When @WhiteHouse staff gather in the morning, they jokingly greet each other: ‘Good morning. Are you wired?’” And Paul Demko highlights: “‘This investigation is a classic Gambino-style rollup. You have to anticipate the roll up will reach everyone.’” Tweets Cristian Farias, “A long winter ahead for the White House. You know it’s bad when they’re joking about snitches on the inside.” Says Ray Locker, “There is no way the Russia investigation is almost over.”

What’s going on in Zimbabwe

“For anyone interested, this piece from the @nytimes caught me up with what’s going on in Zimbabwe,” tweets Joe Baur, who links to Robert Mugabe Is Ousted From His Ruling Party in Zimbabwe, by Jeffrey Moyo of The New York Times. Tweets Steffen Schmidt, “It's likely the military will execute him lest he become Hugo Chavez - failed coup. Vengeful dictator.” And Kevin Sieff of The Washington Post reports, Mugabe’s party gathers to begin his impeachment.


So “Facebook is out of control,” as Gabriel Sherman tweets. He links to We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself, The New York Times op-ed from Sandy Parakilas, a former operations manager on the platform team at Facebook. Tweets Charlie Warzel, “this, from a former Facebook manager about data/privacy, is eye-opening.” David Sable says, “And we need to be smarter about what we agree to. And more thoughtful about how we use these platforms.” Kim Ghattas calls it “A sobering read.” “A really fascinating @nytopinion piece to kick off your Monday,” says Madeline Buxton.

Space news

At least we’ve got this going for us: Andrew Tarantola of Engadget explains How NASA will defend the Earth against plagues from outer space. And Hanneke Weitering of Space.com shares this video: Wow! Astronaut Captures Incredible View of ‘Fireball’ Meteor from Space.

RIP and we salute you

Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis died on Sunday at age 85. Juli Thanki has the obit for The Tennessean. And, as Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone reports, AC/DC guitarist and founder Malcolm Young died on Saturday at age 64. “For those who rocked, we salute you…” tweets Marke Driesschen.

Question of the Day

On Friday, we asked: Japanese voice actress Hiromi Tsuru died suddenly she week. How many years did she play anime character Bulma?

Answer: 31 years

Congrats to…Craig Pittman, first to tweet the correct answer in the increasingly competitive world of Muck Rack’s Question of the Day.

Your question of the day for today is…Most people thought Grammy presenter Alice Cooper was joking when he announced the winner of the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal award the year that category was introduced. Who was the winner? Bonus points for naming the album.

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