Another documentary continues to unfold 

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Another documentary continues to unfold 
March 5th, 2018
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“The difference between being news and helping to make news was pretty apparent to me once again recently when I handled the launch of a small tech startup,” writes Tim O’Brien, owner of Pittsburgh-based O’Brien Communications. Check out his latest for the Muck Rack blog, Helping to make news is more effective than “being” news.

Oscars round-up

Michael Rothman of ABC News has the Oscars 2018: Complete winners list, a night in which “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” both had big nights. At Entertainment Weekly, Dana Schwartz queues up a future Muck Rack Daily Question of the Day for us in Robert Lopez becomes the first person in history to double EGOT. Also making history, Jordan Peele, who became the first African American to win the award for best original screenplay, for his film “Get Out.”

From Shirley Halperin of Variety, we learned Who the 10 Activists Were Who Shared the Oscars Stage With Common and Andra Day. And just what is an inclusion rider? Katie Kilkenny of The Hollywood Reporter has the details: Frances McDormand’s Oscars Speech Explained. Eriq Gardner is a little skeptical: “I look forward to covering the first breach of inclusion rider case. Of course, if the contracts aren't specific, have penalties, and must be arbitrated, actors may as well insist on a world peace rider because it won't amount to anything.”

And of course, The Onion has the best recap of all: Perverted Creep Keeps Asking Women What They’re Wearing.

Other dramas

Academy Award winners weren’t the only ones making news last night. Jonathan Swan of Axios has the scoop on Mueller's hit list, and “If your name is on this list, you should be very worried and have a very good lawyer,” tweets Frida Ghitis.

More on that story from Katy Tur and Alex Johnson of NBC News, Special counsel wants documents from Trump, numerous campaign associates. Tweets Rebecca Bingham (McCormick), “While Hollywood soaks up a night of Oscar-ing, another documentary continues to unfold with an increasingly broader cast of characters. #MuellerIsComing #TrumpRussiaCollusion.” “‘Hurry up, Bob’ is one of the most common refrains I hear from voters in my reporting. Well, he’s hurrying,” Jamil Smith notes. 

Also, “This story is breaking through the Oscars coverage with NYT readers tonight,” tweets Patrick LaForge. Barry Ritholtz explains: “Russia’s virtual war against vs USA continues unabated as midterm elections approach. State Department has yet to spend ANY of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections.” The breaking news, reported by Gardiner Harris of The New York Times, the State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0. “By all means, let Putin run our elections then,” says Kara Swisher.

Meanwhile, “This article is extraordinarily damning -- of Trump and his team foremost, but also of Comey and the FBI for dereliction of duty, and the Obama administration for negligence,” says Sarah Kendzior. Jane Mayer of the New Yorker profiles Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier. Natasha Bertrand highlights, “New in this fantastic Chris Steele profile: Steele wrote another memo in November 2016 that said the Kremlin had intervened to block Trump’s initial choice for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney.” And Pamela Colloff says, “No other woman writing today has produced so many blockbuster stories, of such urgent importance, over such a sustained period of time. @JaneMayerNYer is an inspiration.”

And just announced by ABC News, James Comey to give first interview to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.

The Wild West . . . Wing?

Josh Dawsey tweets, “‘Pure madness’: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages. Inside a wild stretch in the West Wing, even by Trump standards, as POTUS goes his own way and those near him worry how much worse it can get. W/@ AshleyRParker & @PhilipRucker.” That’s his piece in The Washington Post with Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker, ‘Pure madness’: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages. To which Christopher Ingraham says, “The White House production of King Lear looks amazing.” Steve Daniels’ take: “Up to a point, I appreciate these, ‘Trump is melting down,’ stories. Really, I do. But can't we just now assume that this is how it is with this man? Let me know when he moves on Mueller. Until then …”

The scoop from Katherine Sullivan at ProPublica, ‘Trump, Inc.’ Podcast Extra: The Trump Organization Ordered Golf Course Markers With the Presidential Seal. That May Be Illegal. “Trump selling out the presidential seal— literally,” tweets Richard J. Tofel.

At The Wall Street Journal, William Mauldin reports that Trump Links Planned Steel Tariffs to Nafta Renegotiation Effort. Paul Vieira explains, “Trump on Monday increased pressure on top U.S. trading partners, saying he will only lift planned tariffs on steel imports if Mexico and Canada sign a new version of Nafta that addresses various US complaints about pact.”

Scary stuff

A warning, from Joe Weisenthal, “This is really bleak.” And “Woah. Great, scary piece,” says Josh Lowe. That piece, if you dare, is How Trump’s Hudson Tunnel Snit Threatens the National Economy, by Elise Young and Demetrios Pogkas of Bloomberg. Adds Aaron Rutkoff, “Love to live in a nation where 20% of the economy hangs by a thread of disintegrating WWI-era train tunnels.”

Here’s another scary thought: The report from CNN’s Kevin Liptak, Trump on China's Xi consolidating power: ‘Maybe we'll give that a shot some day’ (148,000+ shares). As Peter Gleick puts it, “Well, let's just leave this pile of steaming shit on the table and stare at it for a bit.”

And while we’re at it, Alex Ward links to one more “Amazing, and scary, story.” “What happens in Congress stays in Congress,” writes Rachel Wolfe in her exclusive for Vox, Congress requires many unpaid interns to sign nondisclosure agreements. To sum up, “Day 1 of your Capitol Hill unpaid internship—sign away your legal rights and STFU,” as Joel Winston puts it. 

WT actual F

“As of 2014 the city had paid 900k to settle accusations against this cop, who is still on the force. What the actual fuck.” Jonathan Smith links to Secret NYPD Files: Officers Can Lie To Juries Or Brutally Beat Civilians And Still Keep Their Jobs, by Kendall Taggart and Mike Hayes of BuzzFeed. As Heidi Blake elaborates: “Explosive cache of secret NYPD files obtained by @KendallTTaggart & @michaelhayes reveal how officers who lied, cheated, stole, drove drunk, used excessive force, fired their guns unnecessarily, and sexually harassed women were allowed to keep their jobs.” Tweets Eric Umansky, “This is terrific journalism. Buzzfeed got a leaked list of abusive NYPD cops still on the job. And then did a shit-ton of work to confirm it.”

And here’s a “Big story from @wendygillis @jayme_poisson @katecallen, who worked so diligently to tell it to you: Toronto Police said they haven’t used controversial ‘Stingray’ device, but documents prove they have,” as Jennifer Pagliaro tweets. She’s referring to Two years after they said they didn’t, Toronto police admit they use Stingray cellphone snooping device, by Wendy Gillis, Jayme Poisson and Kate Allen of The Toronto Star. Tweets Robert Benzie, “The @TorontoStar’s tenacious @katecallen, @jayme_poisson, and @wendygillis prove that @TorontoPolice lied. #journalism”

More horror stories

Elsewhere, Italy’s Election Result Was A Hot Mess, Even By Italy’s Standards. That’s the analysis by BuzzFeed’s Alberto Nardelli. As Jim Waterson tweets, “Actual Italian @AlbertoNardelli explains what happened in the Italian election: ‘The arithmetic is clear: no government is possible without the support of either Lega or the M5S.’” James Ball calls it a “Brilliant and clear piece from @AlbertoNardelli on Italy’s elections. Nothing good can come of this result.” Adds Jane Bradley, “‘The country is used to instability: it has had more than 60 governments since the end of the second world war.’ - This analysis by @AlbertoNardelli is *the* authoritative read on Italy's election result.” And Ian Dunt sums it up: “Italian election results are a horror story.” 

In a new piece for The Guardian, ‘I felt a nausea of fury,’ Nesrine Malik reveals how she faced “the cruelty of Britain’s immigration system.” Ian Birrell calls it a “superb, very personal piece on the unpleasant realities of May’s hostile environment by @NesrineMalik. Please read.” Kate Lyons calls it “An absolutely searing read.”

In case you were wondering

“In case you were wondering when Amazon was going to take over banking, too,” Liz Hoffman directs you to her piece with Emily Glazer and Laura Stevens of The Wall Street Journal, Are You Ready for an Amazon-Branded Checking Account? Tweets Louise Lucas, “@Amazon taking another leaf from #Alibaba playbook - but in quaint retro twist it may ‘give customers the ability to write checks .. or access to a nationwide ATM network.’” The point is, “Eventually, Amazon will be the only company,” as Sam Baker tweets.

At Bloomberg Gadfly, Stephen Gandel has Five Charts That Show How Companies Are Spending Their Tax Savings.

And there’s a new “#Foodie-related M&A,” as Gillian Tan tweets. Michael de la Merced of The New York Times reports, Google to Sell Zagat to The Infatuation, an Upstart Reviews Site.

Every journalist should read this …

In The source at Columbia Journalism Review, Jay Solomon explains “How hacked emails and a yacht in Monaco ended my career.” Hadas Gold sets it up: “Remember Jay Solomon of the WSJ? He writes his side of the story in CJR... says WSJ did not explain ‘who was targeting me, nor did it seem to want to help me defend myself’ but acknowledges errors in his source relationship.” “Well worth reading, a cautionary tale for journalists by @jaysolomon,” tweets Glenn Kessler. Greta Van Susteren goes further, tweeting, “Every journalist should read this ...and every non journalist, too.” 

In his piece about Brandy Zadrozny, David Beard of Poynter writes that the Librarian-turned-journalist rises; she ‘helped us be this giant scoop factory.’ He tweets, “A new move for this librarian-journalist who exposed Eric Trump's strange charity, explored the depths of Russia's troll farm & turned @thedailybeast into a ‘giant scoop factory.’” Adds Betsy Woodruff, “@brandyzadrozny is absurdly good at her job. NBC is lucky to get her.”

Question of the Day

On Friday, we asked: In a first-person write-up about her salary negotiations for The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo wrote that which actress (also a presenter at last year's Oscars ceremony) now drives a Prius?

Answer: Faye Dunaway

Congrats to Dan Rosenbaum, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Who paid for Chadwick Boseman to study acting at Oxford University?

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Career Updates
Updates at Reuters, Washington Post, Fast Company

Reuters has hired Kari Howard to be the global enterprise team’s storytelling editor, based in London. Most recently, she was at the Nieman Foundation, where she has been the editor of Storyboard, the review of narrative journalism and online storytelling. Prior to that, she was Column One editor and assistant foreign editor at The Los Angeles Times.

Megan McArdlewho has spent the last five years as a columnist for Bloomberg View, has joined The Washington Post as opinions columnist, focusing on economics, business and public policy. She has also worked for Newsweek and The Atlantic.

Stephanie Mehtaformerly the deputy editor of Vanity Fair, is Fast Company’s new editor in chief. Before Vanity Fair, she worked at BloombergLIVE and Fortune.

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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