Looks like the real thing this time 

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Looks like the real thing this time 
December 8th, 2017
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While all of the sales managers and marketing directors are out there looking for the next social-media-personality-for-hire, many companies are missing out on the “influencers” right under their noses: their employees. On the Muck Rack blog, PR pro Lindsay Salandra explains Why companies should treat their employees like influencers.

White smoke over Brussels

“Looks like the real thing this time,” tweets Pierre Briançon, who links to UK reaches historic Brexit divorce deal, by Alex Barker, Jim Brunsden and Arthur Beesley of the Financial Times. “White smoke over Brussels,” tweets Lionel Barber.

But is it actually “The end of #Brexit? Brilliant as ever from @fotoole,” tweets Imogen Foulkes. Fintan O’Toole of The Irish Times says that Ireland has just saved the UK from the madness of a hard Brexit. He writes, “By standing firm against their attempts to bully, cajole and blame it, Ireland has shifted Brexit towards a soft outcome. It is now far more likely that Britain will stay in the customs union and the single market. It is also more likely that Brexit will not in fact happen.”

Haroon Siddique, Kevin Rawlinson and Claire Phipps have been covering the story at The Guardian, with continual updates here

Tenacious as hell

“SCOOP by @bridgetbhc w/ assist from me @rollcall,” tweets Lindsey McPherson, of her piece with Bridget Bowman for Roll Call, Arizona’s Trent Franks to Resign Jan. 31. Tweets Manu Raju, “Members of Congress dropping like flies these days - and this is a big name among House conservatives.” CNN’s Chris Cillizza shares Rep. Trent Franks' absolutely bizarre resignation letter.

In The Los Angeles Times, Dylan Farrow asks Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen? “Dylan Farrow wrote a blistering op-ed in the @latimes. Why have we failed her so spectacularly?” tweets Swapna Krishna. “The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades. It works for Woody Allen still,” says Gilda Stahl.

Meanwhile, “.@jodikantor and @mega2e, who broke the Harvey Weinstein story, are writing a book,” tweets Maggie Astor, who links to her piece in The New York Times, 2 Times Reporters Will Write Book on Sexual Abuse Scandals. “Fantastic news from two powerful, brilliant, tenacious-as-hell reporters,” says Carolyn Ryan.

And “hell yeah,” as Ashley Feinberg tweets. Ryan Grim of The Intercept reports that MSNBC Reverses Decision To Fire Contributor Sam Seder. Says Harry Cheadle, “This is good but the whole saga shows that MSNBC is wayyyyyyyyyyyy too sensitive to criticism.”

At Slate, William Saletan says Roy Moore’s story is unraveling. And you can always count on The Onion: RNC: ‘We Warned You Gay Marriage Would Be A Slippery Slope Toward Accepting Pedophilia.’ “This is too good,” says Jeffrey Boxer.

Happy Hanukkah...to some

The Hill’s John Bowden has the report as Trump holds first White House Hanukkah party, and Jewish Congressional Democrats were not invited. Katie Rogers tweets, “A festive Hanukkah party, but not for everyone. By @juliehdavis and me,” linking to her piece in The New York Times with Julie Davis, Congressional Democrats Left Out of White House Hanukkah Party. They note, “He also did not invite Reform Jewish leaders who have been critical of him or progressive Jewish activists who have differed with him publicly on policy issues.”

“At what point does smoke become fire?” Isaac Saul is asking in light of the exclusive from CNN’s Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, Email shows effort to give Trump camp WikiLeaks docs. As Trevor Aaronson tweets, “Email from mystery sender to Trump and Trump Jr. offered decryption key and URL for hacked documents in Sept. 2016.” “Hoo boy,” tweets Eric Geller. “Oh, Fredo,” says Matt Staggs.

Here’s how you know it’s a good story

“You know it's a good story when you ask the subject for comment and his reply is, ‘You're a fucking hack,’” tweets Keegan Hamilton. He’s referring to Aram Roston’s piece in BuzzFeed, Private War: Erik Prince Has His Eye On Afghanistan's Rare Metals. “It is hard to reconcile the insanity of this plan with the banality of a poorly designed slide deck,” tweets Jason Wilson. “Great reporting by @aramroston,” says Mark Mazzetti.

Plot twist!

“MBS bought the $450 million da Vinci. That's why it's called ‘fuck you money,’” tweets Myles Udland, who links to the scoop from Shane Harris, Kelly Crow and Summer Said of The Wall Street Journal, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Identified as Buyer of Record-Breaking Da Vinci. “Is the Saudi crown prince a closet Christian?” asks Tunku Varadarajan. “Plot twist!” tweets Ben Gittleson. “Nothing like buying a $450 million painting right in the middle of your ‘corruption’ crackdown,” says Trevor Timm.

Weekend reads

“What editor or copy editor would not dread having to edit David Foster Wallace,” asks Mike Dang. He links to Derivative Sport: The Journalistic Legacy of David Foster Wallace, by Josh Roiland for Longreads, in which editors and writers discuss the ways David Foster Wallace’s work influenced them and what it was like to work with him.

Julia Alsop advises, “read this excellent critique of streaming services and our bland acceptance of them.” At The Baffler, Liz Pelly discusses The Problem with Muzak. “Music as ‘emotional wallpaper’ wow,” says Alex Laughlin. Tweets Steven Hyden, “This is a great and vital primal scream by @lizpelly.”

Go Behind the Scenes With the World’s Top Feather Detective, courtesy of Chris Sweeney for Audubon Magazine. He tweets, “icymi, a profile of Pepper Trail, the world's top criminal forensic ornithologist.”

And take note: At The Guardian, John Dugdale explains How to collect a Nobel prize for literature.

Friday round-up:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Patti LaBelle infamously forgot the words to “This Christmas” while singing at what event? You must also include the year to win.

Answer: That was the 1996 National Christmas Tree Lighting. As Esquire’s Dave Holmes describes it, “It is an aria of irritation, and she delivers it flawlessly, while wearing a duvet cover from West Elm.” (Side note: Do yourself a favor and read that piece.)

Congrats to Jude Isabella, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Fifty years ago the first human heart transplant surgery took place, in Cape Town, South Africa. How many days did the first heart transplant patient live after the surgery?

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

Career Updates
New Roles for Foss, Mishkin, Farrell

The Associated Press has named Brad Foss, a veteran AP reporter and previously its deputy business editor, global business editor. In this new role, he’ll be responsible for guiding AP’s coverage of business, industry and finance around the world and in all media formats. Prior to joining AP in 1999, Foss was a science and medical writer at the University of California, San Francisco, and a reporter and editor at The Mill Valley Herald in Northern California. 

Shaina Mishkin has joined Money magazine where she’ll be covering real estate. She previously worked as an entertainment producer at MassLive.com, where she led real estate, arts and culture coverage. 

And Stephen Farrell has been appointed Jerusalem bureau chief at Reuters, leading its coverage of Israel and the Palestinian territories. The award-winning foreign correspondent and video journalist previously worked at The New York Times, where helped launch its first foreign blogs, “Baghdad Bureau” and “At War.” Farrell has spent years covering the Middle East, including at The Times of London.

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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