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You emo about this?
December 28th, 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.

Another year is almost behind us—along with the more than 160 posts we’ve posted on the Muck Rack blog in 2017. What topics really caught people’s attention? Jessica Lawlor has the stats and the links in The 17 most popular Muck Rack posts in 2017.

Woah if true

“Hmmm,” says Josh Marshall. New from Kevin Hall at McClatchy DC, Jailed Russian says Russia's FSB ordered him to hack DNC in 2016. John Mone is “Amazed this person is safe enough to make this accusation,” and Brian Dabbs tweets, “Seems way more than suspect the Russian govt would allow an interview like this.” The piece quotes Leo Taddeo, chief information security officer for Cyxtera Technologies and a former head of cyber operations in the FBI’s New York office, who says, “What the defendant (in Russia) is describing would not be inconsistent with past Russian intelligence operations.” “No really, woah if true,” tweets Linette Lopez.

It’s certainly an argument

“Flynn: From ‘wonderful man’ to would-be ‘liar,’” tweets Paul Farhi. He links to Trump legal team readies attack on Flynn’s credibility, by The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig. “Well this will be interesting. And entertaining…” tweets Trita Parsi. “‘We appointed a deranged liar to serve as National Security Advisor’ is certainly an argument that one can offer,” notes Matthew Yglesias

It just doesn’t end

“11th-hour drama in Alabama. Today should prove interesting,” tweets Keith Campbell. As Alan Blinder reports for The New York Times, Roy Moore Sues to Block Certification of Alabama Senate Election Results. “Of course he did,” tweets Alyssa Katz. Mara Gay calls it “Classic southern politics.” “Man, it just doesn't end,” tweets Chelsea Harvey. “Gotta let it go, friend,” says David Larter.

Sob stories about snitches

“So this is a little confusing. You mean that your community treated you differently after they found out you were a snitch and this is a surprise somehow? ‘Dear Abby, I wore a wire for the feds to a big mob meeting and now for some reason I can't understand gangsters want to kill me. WTF?’" tweets Ian Boudreau. He’s referring to What It’s Like to Betray Antifa to the Cops-and Get Caught, by Katie Shepherd of Willamette Week, in which “.@katemshepherd interviews an informant,” as Corey Pein tweets. “Let’s not make sympathetic sob stories about snitches a theme in 2018, k?” tweets Elizabeth King

Sorry for all the sexism

A lot of people are linking to this tweet, by “The word for telling a woman with a law degree from Yale to take up knitting is ... Define Sexist at” The reference: A Vanity Fair video of “New Year's resolutions” for Hillary Clinton, or as Erik Wemple of The Washington Post describes it, Vanity Fair staffers provide snotty, condescending life tips for Hillary Clinton. And now, as Deadline’s Lisa de Moraes reports, Vanity Fair ‘Regrets’ Video Telling Hillary Clinton To Take Up Knitting, Drop Politics. Tweets Ted Rall, “Vanity Fair ‘Sorry’ For Sexism. How About Hiring Actual Humorists Instead?”

Meanwhile, “Don't tell POTUS,” as Dan Zak tweets, but Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Retain Most Admired Titles, according to the latest Gallup poll. Clinton has won the past 16 years; Obama the past 10. Tweets Kyle McCarthy, “@realDonaldTrump you emo about this?”

Just the worst

A new deep dive from Lauren Weber and Deepa Seetharaman of The Wall Street Journal looks at The Worst Job in Technology: Staring at Human Depravity to Keep It Off Facebook. “In her first two days reviewing posts for Facebook, Sarah Katz saw anti-Semitism, bestiality and child pornography,” tweets The Journal. “It’s an awful job, but also humans are just the worst,” tweets Heather Kelly. Adds David Cooperstein, “Reviewing the depravity of social media was my first start up job in 2005. Things cannot be unseen.” “The internet was a mistake. Burn it all down,” says Siraj Hashmi.

Also, “Twitter killed an anti-Nazi bot because it was bothering their valued customers, the Nazis,” tweets Adam Serwer, who links to Yair Rosenberg’s piece in The New York Times, Confessions of a Digital Nazi Hunter. Or, “How Twitter stopped a Jewish journalist from avoiding harassment by Twitter bots…” as Deborah Gage puts it. Tweets Nicholas Riccardi, “Let’s face it: Twitter needs the Nazis. Trolls are part of the business model of social media.” John Temple calls it, “An important article regarding the state of things on Twitter.”

Meanwhile, Facebook has stopped putting “Disputed Flags” on fake news because it doesn't work, reports Axios’s Sara Fischer. In fact, they made users want to click even more.


“We won't miss you when you're gone. A Gadfly toast to the corporate chiefs who departed in 2017,” tweets Shira Ovide, who links to Gadfly’s 2017 Toast to the Departed, by Liam Denning. Tweets Gadfly, “From Travis Kalanick to Jeff Immelt, 2017 had some unhappy endings.”

And finally today, “Lindy Lou Layman was very angry,” notes Amanda Guerra. As Tom Steele of the Dallas Morning News reports, Drunk Dallas woman tore paintings off the walls and threw sculptures at lawyer's mansion, Houston police say. Blake Montgomery reports on the story for BuzzFeed, Texas Woman Allegedly Gets Drunk On First Date And Destroys Man's Fine Art Collection. “So I guess there won't be a second date,” says Tina Susman.

Thursday round-up:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: J. D. Salinger’s son, Matt, made his film debut in what movie?

Answer: He was Burke in “Revenge of the Nerds.”

Congrats to Amanda Shepherd, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Who is Player X, the character Michael Cera plays in the new movie “Molly’s Game,” based on?

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

Career Updates
Updates at All Things Considered, Financial Times, Washington Post

Mary Louise Kelly will succeed Robert Siegel as host of NPR’s All Things Considered beginning January 17. While she was most recently NPR’s national security correspondent, Kelly started her radio career as a senior editor for All Things Considered.

Ahmed Al Omran, who previously covered the Middle East and Saudi Arabia for The Wall Street Journal, will now be covering the beat for The Financial Times. During his career, he has worked for NPR, launched the site Riyadh Bureau in his home country of Saudi Arabia, and published one of the most well-known blogs in the Middle East, Saudi Jeans.

Paul Sonne, who spent eight and a half years as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, most recently as a defense and foreign affairs reporter, is joining The Washington Post’s National staff to cover the Pentagon. He started his career as an intern at The New York Times and Associated Press bureaus in Moscow. Also leaving The Journal to join The Post’s National staff is Shane Harris, who will be covering the intelligence community. Most recently a senior writer and national security correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, Harris has also worked as a correspondent for The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, The Washingtonian and National Journal

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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