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Love 2 b hacked
December 1st, 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.

You probably already heard the story of Daily Beast reaching out to Scott Rogowsky, the host of a tremendously popular app called HQ Trivia, and the very nutty phone call that ensued with co-founder Rus Yusupov. In response, Micah Warren wrote 6 PR lessons from the HQ Trivia incident and they are all worth a read. 

Breaking Flynn news

Flynn to Plead Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I., Eileen Sullivan, Adam Goldman wrote in the New York Times this morning. President Trump’s former national security adviser admitted he lied to the F.B.I. about a conversation with the Russian ambassador in December 2016.

This might explain an earlier piece from the paper: Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry, according to Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, and Alexander Burns at the New York Times.

The GOP Tax Plan

“This is the best, most sweeping piece I've seen on the reckless, evidence-free aspects of the GOP tax bills,” Lydia DePillis.” She’s referring to an explanation of the tax cut in the New York Times by Peter Goodman and Patricia Cohen described as: It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life. “A must read on just how impactful the GOP tax plan would be,” Robert Faturechi explained. “This article is a Times-ian alarm bell, at the maximum volume they’re permitted,” Brian Hiatt added.

According to Politico, McCain will vote for the GOP tax bill. But there’s a catch. Apparently he wants “a major lift to the bill's prospects” and Republicans are now rewriting it hours before a possible vote.


Muck Rackers can’t stop sharing the Washington Post story of a Woman’s effort to infiltrate The Washington Post that dates back months. It was written by Beth Reinhard, Aaron C. Davis, and Andrew Tran and as Sarah Ryley put it, “This is just insane.” Jesse Rodriguez added, “The details here are just astounding.”

Apparently Conservative Megadonor Robert Mercer Funded Project Veritas, according to a seriously great scoop from Kendall Taggart in BuzzFeed.

The Garcia Zarate verdict is in

After nearly a week of deliberations, the jury in the Garcia Zarate case acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of manslaughter charges. Zarate is an undocumented immigrant who’d been accused of fatally shooting 32-year-old Kate Steinle two years ago at San Francisco’s Pier 14. Angela Ruggiero reported on the verdict at Mercury News. “President tweets about #KateSteinle trial.” Ruggiero shared.

If you’re wondering How the Steinle Verdict Could Alter the Political Landscape, Scott Shafer explains at KQED. Carla Marinucci hailed it a “Smart story.”

ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan issued a Statement on the Verdict in this Steinle Case and it includes phrases like “blatant threat to public safety,” “undermines the rule of law,” and “it is unconscionable.”

Media news

Brian Stelter’s Reliable Sources newsletter is out for December it is chock full of info like Trump v. Tillerson; Kimmel v. Moore; today in leaks; Lauer update; Vice fires three staffers; Simmons out; "Reputation" is streaming.

Stelter also filed a story at CNN about Vice firing three employees amid investigations into sexual harassment.

Jimmy Kimmel’s scathing response to Roy Moore after their ‘Twitter war’ is up on the Washington Post thanks to Emily Yahr and it is a doozy. Mark Harrington called it the “The Trump-era Antidote…” Steve McMillan said it is “brutal!”

And for a long read that’ll take you into the weekend, there’s How the Super Lawyer David Boies Turned a Young Novelist’s Sexual Past Against Her in the New Yorker by Sheelah Kolhatkar. “In addition to Theranos and Weinstein, David Boies’ body of work now includes this,” John Carreyrou wrote. Doreen St. Felix called it “insane.” And Michael Luo pointed out the “Ugly tactics employed by David Boies in case against Emma Cline, author of The Girls.”

And a couple of international updates

BBC reports 'Heavy gunfire' at a Pakistan training center where “at least two gunmen entered the Peshawar Agriculture Training Institute” and several were injured.

AFR’s Paul Smith has news that Uber admits 1.2 million Australian accounts were breached in a worldwide hack. Johnny Lieu take on the situation is especially great: “Love 2 b hacked.”

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: What movie just became the best-reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes, surpassing previous record-holder “Toy Story 2”?

Answer: That would be Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.”

Congrats to Deirdre Blake‏ for being the first to tweet correctly. And congrats to everyone who answered because there were A LOT of you.

Your question of the day for today is…This week, one rapper released a glorious Christmas song cover and admitted to tax evasion. Big week. Who was it?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

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