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Somewhere the Mooch is smilingĀ 
December 12th, 2017
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Every time news reporters repeat the slogan “fake news,” they breathe fresh life into President Trump’s most popular battle cry against them, says Sandy Bodner, a long-time specialist in media relations with an independent public relations practice. On the Muck Rack blog, Sandy explains why it’s time to Stop calling news “fake” (Hint: find other words).

What a year

Financial Times has named Susan Fowler, the software engineer who lifted the lid on sexual harassment at Uber and inspired women to speak out, its Person of the Year. Tweets Alice Fishburn, “A really deserving FT person of the year. The fascinating Susan Fowler is brilliantly profiled here by @lesliehook.”

Mary Bowerman of USA Today reports that Merriam-Webster names ‘feminism’ as its word of the year.

At Politifact, Angie Holan reveals the 2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a ‘made-up story.’ Notes Amy Hollyfield, “First two-time winner of @PolitiFact Lie of the Year is @realDonaldTrump.”

And now we have the “QUOTE OF THE YEAR!!!” as Joseph Barracato tweets: Roy Moore’s Wife: We’re Not Anti-Semitic, Our Lawyer’s a Jew. Margaret Hartmann has the story for New York Magazine. “The quote is awful, and the video is worse,” says Jamil Smith. Also, “This was in her prepared remarks,” tweets Tommy Vietor. The Daily Beast files the story under the heading Sure. Tweets Jonathan Kay, “remember when George Costanza took his black exterminator out for dinner to prove he wasn't racist?” “L' Chaim!” says Scott Simon.

Alabama updates

Yes, it’s finally here: Voters head to the polls in contentious Senate race in Alabama, as The Washington Post team of Sean Sullivan, David Weigel, Michael Scherer and Elise Viebeck report. Politifact’s Jon Greenberg notes that Fake news in the Alabama Senate race surges before Election Day. At NPR, Brakkton Booker has your Timeline Of Plot Twists And Bombshells: How We Got To Election Day In Alabama. will have continuous updates throughout the day: Alabama Senate election 2017 live updates on Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones: Who will win?

The latest from New York

The latest from NBC News New York on yesterday’s attempted attack, Port Authority Bomb Suspect Says He Was Angry About Muslim Killings, Meant Blast as Suicide Attack: Officials. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, is a 27-year-old man of Bangladeshi descent with a Brooklyn address. Jonathan Wolfe of The New York Times highlights What We Know About the Subway Bombing.

Another one (or four)

Next up: Ryan Lizza Fired by The New Yorker Over Sexual Misconduct Allegation, as Liam Stack reports for The New York Times, and “Somewhere the Mooch is smiling,” tweets Kevin R. Kosar. Andrew Kirell and Asawin Suebsaeng have the story for The Daily Beast, The New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over ‘Improper Sexual Conduct.’ Justin Miller notes, “Lizza disappeared from Twitter and CNN in recent weeks, leading to speculation about his demise.”

And then next up: Jordyn Holman and Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg report, NFL Harassment Suit Alleges Groping by Top Executive, Ex-Players. They write, “The NFL Network suspended a trio of analysts, including Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, after allegations of sexual harassment by a former co-worker. The former football players, including Heath Evans and Ike Taylor, allegedly groped and made sexually explicit comments to female colleague Jami Cantor, according to a lawsuit filed against NFL Enterprises by Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist at the NFL Network.” 

In an exclusive for The Hollywood Reporter, Rebecca Sun reports CAA Cancels Golden Globes Party, Will Start Legal Defense Fund for Sex Harassment Cases, writing, “The financial resources that normally would be committed to the Friday night bash...will be redirected to a legal defense fund to assist victims of workplace harassment cases from all industries, not just entertainment, a source tells THR.” “Correct call,” says Erin Strecker.

Gillibrand v Trump

And now, “#MeToo knocks on the White House door,” tweets Lauren Smiley. As Mick Krever reports for CNN, Exclusive: Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign. And in the ongoing saga of “Gillibrand v Trump,” as Jon Campbell puts it, David Jackson of USA Today reports, After Trump Twitter attack, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says: ‘You cannot silence me.’ 

Meanwhile, Willa Frej of HuffPost reports, Trump Lawyers Want A Second Special Counsel. Yes, “Trump's legal team calls for a special counsel to investigate the special counsel…” tweets Jennifer Kho. Tweets Al Johnson, “This is what desperation looks like.”

That cat story

“Ha, @Jonesieman talked to the author of that cat story in @NewYorker,” tweets Sopan Deb, and if you don’t know about that cat story, well, you’re about to get sucked into it along with everyone else. (Note: It’s not really about cats.) As Jonah Bromwich of The New York Times writes in ‘Cat Person’ in The New Yorker: A Discussion With the Author, “When a short story makes a splash these days, you can see the ripples in real time.” Also, “This is, as @gpveis just pointed out, the most New York Times photo caption ever,” tweets Lydia Polgreen, referring to “The writer Kristen Roupenian’s recent fiction piece in The New Yorker, ‘Cat Person,’ drew widespread interest online.” So, ICYsomehowMI, here’s Cat PersonKristen Roupenian’s short story in The New Yorker.

Will @Gawker squawk again?

Good question, Peter Kadzis. He links to Former Gawker employees are crowdfunding to relaunch a that’s owned by a nonprofit and funded by readers, by Shan Wang of Nieman Journalism Lab.

RIP SF Mayor Ed Lee

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65, reports Demian Bulwa of the SFGATE. He writes, “Mayor Ed Lee, the city’s first Asian American mayor and the man who presided over San Francisco’s rise to the top of the tech world, died early Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 65.” Debra J. Saunders tweets, “Sad news. A good man and the rare adult in City Hall.” Tweets Dan Runcie, “Damn... RIP.”

Tuesday round-up:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Apparently, we may someday need to worry about volcanoes in New England. What is the only continent without an active volcano?

Answer: That’s Australia.

Congrats to Kelsey Down, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…What was unique about the dress Meryl Streep wore to the first Golden Globes ceremony she attended, in which she won the best supporting actress award for her performance in Kramer vs. Kramer?

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

Featured Journalist: Bill Retherford


Today’s featured journalist is Bill Retherford, a freelance multimedia journalist, writer and producer who covers the environment and science. A four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing, a five-time winner of first place honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the first place winner of the “Awards for Reporting on the Environment” from the Society of Environmental Journalists, Bill works in all media—television, films, radio, print and online. His portfolio includes a short-form blog column on Forbes, long-form cover stories, and “Crocumentary,” the Emmy and Murrow award-winning nature documentary he wrote and produced. Get more info on Bill and check out his portfolio here.

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