The best story you're going to read all week

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The best story you're going to read all week
March 19th, 2018
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Today on the blog, check out Bill Byrne's piece: Stop calling them influencers and start calling them what they really are.

Byrne, himself a PR & social media veteran, insists that there are a few different ways to look at these solitary media properties. Most importantly, there are different ways to harness their social influence for your own brand and business. Read on to find out more

Bombing in Austin

Another bomb went off in Austin over the weekend and the Washington Post reported 2 people were injured in the explosion, according to police. That story was written by Meagan Flynn. It goes on to say that “it is not yet clear whether Sunday’s explosion is related to three package explosions [earlier] this month.”

At the New York Times,  Dave Montgomery and Manny Fernandez reported on the Austin bombing in Police Plea to Austin Bomber: ‘We Want to Listen to You’. @studentactivism said, “Here's a NYT piece from today on the first three bombs, two of which were set off last Monday.”

NBC News’ Tim Stelloh reports that the deadly Austin bombings were 'meant to send a message,' according to the city’s Police Chief Brian Manley.

Insights into Trump’s White House

Washington Post opinion piece from Ruth Marcus reveals Trump’s nondisclosure agreements came with him to the White House. “BREAKING from @ruthmarcus: Trump has required White House employees to sign nondisclosure agreements, with penalties of $10 million,” Karen Tumulty shared. “ Michael Larabee pointed out there’s “some great reporting here.”

While the president is limiting what his staff is allowed to say, Maggie Haberman at the New York Times writes that Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels. Kevin Robillard shared this bit from the piece: “Some of Mr. Trump’s allies have said that Mr. Trump was trapped in a West Wing cage built by Mr. Kelly, and has finally broken loose.” Dean Obediallah added, “I hope Trump doesn’t stop sharing his inner feelings - we will win the House and the Senate this November!

Dispatches from the Trump Organization

The Trump Organization’s real estate partner in India accused of $147 million fraud, according to Annie Gowen at the Washington Post.

Elsewhere at the Washington Post, Michael Kranish and Karen DeYoung found out that Kushner Companies confirms meeting with Qatar on financing. Clayton Swisher tweeted, “2 Weeks after @ryangrim and I reported it, now this.”

The AP followed up with an exclusive from Bernard Condon that Kushner Cos. filed false documents with NYC. “Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings it owned across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds,” Erica Orden tweeted.

What else is happening in Washington

Axios’ Mike Allen thinks he has a huge clue about Mueller's endgame. Allen himself pointed out on Twitter: “Mueller is asking the White House about two main topics.” And Axios tweeted out, “Mueller's conversations with President Trump's lawyers suggest a focus on obstruction of justice while in office, rather than collusion with Russia during the campaign.”

In a Reuters exclusive, some sources contradict Jeff Sessions' testimony he opposed Russia outreach. “3 people who have spoken w/Mueller’s investigators or congressional committees contradict Sessions’ testimony about having ‘pushed back’ on the idea of a campaign meeting w/ Russians. They [tell] Reuters: ‘Sessions had expressed no objections to Papadopoulos' idea,’” Steve Kopack tweeted.

‘The best story you're going to read all week’

She Was the Only Woman in a Photo of 38 Scientists, and Now She’s Been Identified. That headline pairs with a Jacey Fortin in the New York Times that begins: “‘Hey Twitter,’ Ms. Andersen wrote in a post on March 9. ‘I’m on a mission.’ After she posted the photo, hundreds of people replied with comments and suggestions.” Johanna Barr added this part from the story to her Twitter feed: “The photo, with her brown face half obscured by the people around her, is a perfect metaphor for the larger issue of history’s failure to record the work of women scientists, particularly women scientists of color.” Meanwhile, Erin McCann really sold it with, “Listen, I realize it's Monday morning, but this is the best story you're going to read all week.”

‘Almost always a bad idea’

This Poynter piece will definitely have members of this group talking, Indira Lakshmanan writes about Why off-the-record is a trap reporters should avoid.
Ben Mullin agreed: “Going off-the-record is almost always a bad idea.” Peter Baker added, “How off-the-record sessions at the White House represent a trap for reporters, according to the one and only @Indira_L.”

General injustice

In a story that is sure to have us all thinking, there’s a report in the New York Times that Sons of Rich Black Families Fare No Better Than Sons of Working-Class Whites. It is the work of Emily Badger, Claire Cain Miller, Adam Pearce, and Kevin Quealy. “Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds,” Sid Acker tweeted. Justin Wolfers said, “I’ve never seen a better graphical representation of the reproduction of inequality and racial gaps. So good.”

Also at the New York Times, Joseph Goldstein filed a piece on ‘Testilying’ - a Stubborn Police Problem. “An investigation by The New York Times has found that on more than 25 occasions since January 2015, judges or prosecutors determined that a key aspect of a New York City police officer’s testimony was probably untrue,” @LegalAidNYC shared from the piece.


Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Before helming a new media empire on the principles of living life as a happy Man Repeller, what was the name of Leandra Medine’s first blog?

Answer: That would be Four Months In Pairs, which was later rebranded as Boogers + Bagels.

Congrats to Jude Isabella who was the first (and only) reader to tweet the correct answer!

Your question of the day for today is…On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver released a children’s book that’s in direct competition with another children’s book written by which head of state’s family?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners tomorrow!

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