A euphemism without the euphemism

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A euphemism without the euphemism
January 11th, 2018
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How’s it going with those New Year’s resolutions? Well, Lindsay Salandra, PR Manager at Empire City Casino, has one more for you, and it’s a good one: “Let’s take back our time and our energy wasted on emails.” Don’t worry — she’s going to help you stick to this one. In a new post on the Muck Rack blog, she offers 5 email etiquette tips to follow in the new year (and beyond).


Yesterday, Jaclyn Peiser of The New York Times wrote about A Feminist Twitter Campaign Targeting Harper’s Magazine and Katie Roiphe, after word spread that Roiphe’s upcoming article in the magazine would reveal the name of the woman who started the “Shitty Media Men” list. (Worth noting: This is “Wherein the mighty @jackiepeiser and @jimwindolf get the word ‘shitty’ approved in a family newspaper,” as Alexandra Jacobs points out.) But by last night, there was no need for Harper’s to out the woman, because she beat them to the punch. 

At The Cut, Moira Donegan reveals, I Started the Media Men List. She tweets, “In October, I made a google document. My life has been strange and sometimes frightening ever since.” “Revelatory & thoughtful essay by the woman who created the Shitty Media Men List, clarifying the Harpers timeline but also much more,” notes Emily Nussbaum. The lesson, says Anne Helen Petersen, “Never trust anyone - man, woman, Roiphe - who uses the word ‘hysteria’ to discredit something.”

To put it mildly, sordid

Meanwhile, more men are being outed for alleged shitty behavior. The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi reports that Post reporter Joel Achenbach has been suspended for 90 days for ‘inappropriate workplace conduct.’ NPR’s David Folkenflik has the scoop that Top Fox News D.C. Reporter James Rosen Left Network After Harassment Claims. “I’m trying to imagine what it must be like to work at H.R. at @FoxNews and failing,” Daniel Drezner tweets.

And the latest from Daniel Miller and Amy Kaufman of The Los Angeles Times: Five women accuse actor James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior. As Joe Berkowitz puts it, “Franco’s Sex Scenes Master Class sounds like a euphemism without the euphemism.”

This is probably a good point to take a moment out and read I Believe Women, Unless They’re Talking About Me, at the Reductress.

But we’re not done yet. A huge story from Lauren Trager and John O'Sullivan of KMOV TV 4 St. Louis, Blackmail alleged as Missouri Governor Greitens admits to extramarital affair. “Holy crap. An affair is bad enough. But asking your hairdresser to come to your house, and photographing her naked while blindfolded then blackmailing her? This story is crazy,” says Alexandra Martellaro. Tweets Staci D. Kramer, “The story detailed on the audio is, to put it mildly, sordid. The blackmail claim adds a legal issue.”

Here’s another one: The “big @SebastianMurdoc scoop: @JeffKleinNY, leader of the breakaway Dems that give Republicans control of New York's legislature, accused of sexual misconduct,” tweets Alexander C. Kaufman. He links to the exclusive from Sebastian Murdock of HuffPost, New York State Sen. Jeff Klein Accused Of Sexual Misconduct.

Oh, and “In case you were wondering,” Jennifer Ryan refers you to the new piece from Bloomberg’s Max Abelson, which explains Why Wall Street Hasn’t Had Its ‘MeToo’ Moment Yet.

And then there’s this story from Joseph Cox in The Daily BeastTop U.S. Government Computers Linked to Revenge Porn Site. We’ll let Alanna Vagianos sum it up for you: “This. Is. Insane.” The details, courtesy of Cox, “Scoop: we obtained IP logs for notorious revenge porn site Anon-IB. Found users from the U.S. Senate, Navy, and Executive Office of the President sharing or commenting on images.”

Strong, vulnerable, fierce, maternal

For a terrific profile of Serena Williams on Her Pregnancy, Motherhood and Making Her Tennis Comeback, read Rob Haskell’s new interview with Williams in Vogue. “I love how this profile of Serena portrays her as strong, vulnerable, fierce, maternal, & a competitor. Such complexity for a female icon is so rare. I'm here for it,” says Rebecca Ruiz. Also, as Andy Hooper puts it, “Serena's been through it” — to say the least. But, she tells Haskell, “At my age, I see the finish line. And when you see the finish line, you don’t slow down. You speed up.”

The Dutch are just not having it

“The new ambassador to the Netherlands did not have a great first press conference,” tweets Alexander Quon. At The Washington Post, Eli Rosenberg and Amar Nadhir report, Trump's Netherlands ambassador Peter Hoekstra was asked to name a person ‘burned’ because of Islam. He couldn't. Tweets Katie Martin, “This is pretty great. The Dutch are just not having it.” Adds Michael K. Lavers, “Journalists are supposed to hold those in power accountable. The Dutch journalists who attended Wednesday’s press conference with U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra in the Hague did just that.”

Also having some issues, Confused Trump Tricked by Fox News Into Opposing Own Surveillance Bill, as Jonathan Chait reveals in New York magazine. This happened during his morning Executive Time. Chait has since posted an “Update: Trump has now been informed of his own position on FISA.”

Secrets and scoops

Seung Min Kim points to “A big @jenhab scoop —> New doc shows Trump’s secret plan to unilaterally tank Obamacare.” That’s Jennifer Haberkorn’s latest in POLITICO, Trump’s secret plan to scrap Obamacare. She tweets, “As early as March, the Trump administration had an elaborate but secret plan to undermine Obamacare through executive power.”

USA Today’s Nick Penzenstadler reports that Trump’s secretive real estate sales continue unabated. Their investigation reveals that Trump’s companies sold more than $35 million in real estate in 2017, “mostly to secretive shell companies that obscure buyers’ identities.”

And then there’s Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark, which Olivia Zaleski and Eric Newcomer report on for Bloomberg. You know, “Another day, another batshit crazy Uber story from @OliviaZaleski @EricNewcomer,” as Giles Turner tweets. David Slavick is ready to get the chant going: “Can you imagine if a mom and pop taxi company hid evidence of tax evasion in a foreign country after being raided 20+ times? Lock @Uber up!”

Sanctuary gyms

A Gym Chain Is Banning Cable News. It’s for Your Health, reports Maggie Astor of The New York Times. Raju Narisetti calls them “Sanctuary Gyms.” The enthusiastic reaction from Niki Blasina: “I kind of love this.” James David Dickson is willing to take it a step further: “Amen to this, though I question the existence of ‘cable news.’” And Siobhan O'Connor offers, “New idea: treat cable news like cigarettes and ban it in all places of work, not just gyms.” Andrew Siciliano weighs in with the counterpoint: “Pathetic. Small-minded.”

Send postcards, plz

After today’s round-up, maybe you need to get away. Well, you’re in luck, because it’s that time again: The New York Times interactive feature 52 Places to Go in 2018 is “A starter kit for escaping into the world.” Alyssa Coscarelli shares that “every time this comes out i want to pull an eat pray love.” Tweets Taffy Akner, “I really encourage you to take a break from all the bullshit and look at this. I did, and it reminded me that the world is very large and worthy of our love. Just what I needed today.”

And really, we’re not jealous at all: Meet Our 52 Places Traveler, Jada Yuan. “Congrats @jadabird!!!! Send postcards, plz,” says Madison Malone Kircher.

Thursday reads:

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Who stole Meryl Streep’s seat next to Steven Spielberg at the Golden Globes?

Answer: That was Mariah Carey, who was probably just looking for her tea.

Congrats to David Daniel, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…What did Stephen King say was the inspiration for the title “The Shining”?

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

Featured Journalist: Redwan Ahmed

Today’s featured journalist is Redwan Ahmed, a multi-media freelance journalist working mostly with the Agence France-Press, Bangladesh Bureau, as a stringer. He’s currently doing text and video stories focused on the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. With a background as a trained journalist direct from a newsroom, he’s accumulated a broad experience in journalism, communications and editorial work. He considers himself a MOJO (mobile journalist) enthusiast and says his particular interest is on the application of neojournalism tools and mechanisms in the newsroom. Find out more and check out some of his work here.

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