It’s always a mistake when raisins are involved 

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It’s always a mistake when raisins are involved 
September 11th, 2018 View in browser
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PRovoke18, the Holmes Report’s seventh Global Public Relations Summit, has moved to Washington, DC. As the most important event in the global communications world’s calendar, the 3-day conference is a high-level forum designed for senior practitioners to address the critical issues facing the profession. The event attracts a diverse group of top-tier speakers and delegates from across the globe and also benchmarks and celebrates the best public relations and marketing work from around the world. The Independent PR Firm Forum—a half-day event designed to help PR agency principals anticipate the challenges and exploit the opportunities facing their businesses—will take place on Monday, October 22. The PRovoke18 conference itself will take place on October 23 and 24, culminating in the Global SABRE Awards ceremony on the evening of the 24th. Tickets available now.

With PR pros now outnumbering journalists 6 to 1, some journalists are crossing over to the other side of media relations—from being pitched to pitching. Muck Rack’s Emma Haddad caught up with three former journalists to find out more about their transition from the newsroom to public relations. Head over to the Muck Rack Blog to read about their experiences Making the switch: 3 former journalists talk about their transition to PR.


Remembering 9/11

On the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terror attack on the United States, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum held a ceremony at ground zero to remember the 2,983 people killed in the attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93, which went down in Shanksville, PA. Thom Craver of CBS News has details on the 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony from the New York City World Trade Center memorial at Ground ZeroABC News is also compiling September 11th news, videos and analysis.

In an op-ed for The New York Times, U.S. Army veteran Joe Quinn writes of The Real Lesson of Sept. 11. Quinn joined the Army in the aftermath of 9/11 to avenge his brother’s death. Be sure to read this powerful piece to the end.

Meanwhile, “Seventeen years later, the horror only grows as the cancer tally from the WTC mounts,” tweets Nolan Hicks. As Erin Durkin of The Guardian reports, among those near Ground Zero on 9/11, illnesses abound 17 years later, with FBI agent Lu Lieber calling Lower Manhattan “a cesspool of cancer.” As of the end of June, more than 43,000 people have been certified with a September 11-related health condition, including 9,375 who have a related cancer.

Hurricane Florence

The imminent threat this week is from Mother Nature. The latest from Jason Hanna, Kaylee Hartung and Susannah Cullinane at CNN, Hurricane Florence nears Category 5 strength as it moves toward the Southeast coast. More than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation orders in coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Seanna Adcox of The Post and Courier has been reporting on the latest updates and evacuations along the South Carolina coast. From Tampa, Jack Evans is “Thinking this week of all my friends in SC — especially the ones staying behind to cover this storm.” Stay safe if you’re in the range of Florence’s path. This storm is a monster. The Weather Channel reports that a life-threatening storm surge is expected with landfall, along with massive inland rainfall flooding lingering into next week.

Prime suspect

Julie Bykowicz links to a “Big development. Great reporting by ⁦@JoshNBCNews⁩ & NBC.” She’s referring to the story from Josh Lederman, Courtney Kube, Abigail Williams and Ken Dilanian of NBC News, U.S. officials suspect Russia in mystery ‘attacks’ on diplomats in Cuba, China. They report that the evidence isn’t conclusive enough to formally assign blame to Moscow, but Russia is considered the main suspect, according to what three U.S. officials and two others briefed on the investigation told the NBC News team. Lederman notes that “The US military has been working to reverse-engineer the device or weapon used to harm US diplomats in #Cuba.”

The worst of the worst

Sami Sillanpää sets this one up as “America fails again.” The scoop from Coral Davenport of The New York Times, Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air (91,000+ shares). Yes, methane, “Among the worst of the worst of greenhouse gases,” as Jan Ellen Spiegel points out. “If you want to talk about ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ this is the real derangement,” says Tom Krattenmaker

Low on moral capital

Also at The New York Times, Edward Wong has the scoop that the U.S. is weighing sanctions against Chinese officials over Muslim detention camps, but Kim-Mai Cutler says, “It is unfortunately hard for me to take this seriously when our Supreme Court upheld a travel ban clearly rooted in racial, religious animus and when Kavanaugh refused to say whether the 1889 SCOTUS ruling on the Chinese Exclusion Act was wrong last week.” A. Trevor Thrall agrees: “It would be a lot easier to pressure China if the US had any moral capital in the bank right now…”

High-quality journalism p0rn

Michael Schmidt of The New York Times sat down with Bob Woodward for an episode of “The Daily” podcast and talked about Trump, Nixon and Anonymity. Host Michael Barbaro calls it “two journalistic greats in conversation.” Adds Shannon Proudfoot, “Today’s episode of The Daily is a masterclass in deep reporting and also some extremely high-quality journalism p0rn.” Kaitlin Ugolik says she “Highly recommend[s] this episode of The Daily, especially if you have questions/concerns about anonymous or unnamed sources and are seeking a bit of context from a true pro.”

Meanwhile, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter and Jamie Gangel, Simon & Schuster, Bob Woodward’s publisher, says it’s printing 1 million copies of ‘Fear’ to keep up with demand.

More journalism news

In a note from executive editor Nancy Barnes of the Houston Chronicle, we’ve learned that the Houston Chronicle is investigating one of its own journalists, veteran Capitol reporter Mike Ward, about the accuracy of a story and, specifically, whether he made up sources. Although he denied the allegations, Ward resigned last week. Tweets Todd Stone, “This is what authentic leadership in journalism looks like: transparent, honest, and accountable to the public.” Tiney Ricciardi adds, “Trust is earned. Every journalist knows that and all the ones I know do not take it lightly.”

Trump slump

A couple of new polls are out, and Jennifer Agiesta has the latest numbers from CNN’s, which finds Trump approval dips, hits low among independents (49,000+ shares). Overall, 36% approve of the way the President is handling his job, down from 42% in August. Paul Kane thinks “This Trump slump might be fallout from McCain memorial, which was a week to 10 days of contrast, not particularly good for Trump.”

But it might be more than just the McCain memorial. According to a new Quinnipiac University National Poll, by a 2-1 margin, U.S. voters believe the anonymous allegations that aides work behind Trump’s back to keep him from making bad decisions. Tweets Dana Nuccitelli, “Interesting poll numbers. About half of Americans disapprove *strongly* of @realDonaldTrump, and that's consistent across all age groups including seniors. Only about one-quarter approve strongly.” And David Weigel says, “Q-poll really gets at why GOP sounds nervous about midterms. You couldn't ask for better macro economic numbers heading into an election... and the president is under 40 percent. In next eight weeks, economy will still grow, and he'll still be president.” That poll also found that 55% of Americans believe Trump is not fit to serve as president.

And in North Carolina, Amy Gardner of The Washington Post reports that “A different sort of hurricane may be bearing down in NC.” Her piece explains how voter backlash to Trump, bathroom law has put N.C. conservative legislature in play.

Taking a toll at both ends

Alec MacGillis of ProPublica takes a look at How Struggling Dayton, Ohio, Reveals the Chasm Among American Cities. His piece expands on the documentary “Left Behind America,” a ProPublica/Frontline collaboration that premieres tonight on PBS. MacGillis summarizes on Twitter: “Our growing regional divides aren’t just urban-rural. They’re among cities, too, between a handful of winner-take-all cities and countless others, an imbalance that's taking a toll at both ends.” Patricia Callahan calls it “A smart look at the divide between cities.”

Not too big to fail

Devjyot Ghoshal links to “An important, deeply-reported piece by @Amannama and the @HuffPostIndia team. Will the @UIDAI respond honestly, or again hide behind the (increasingly tattered) cloak of ‘security’?” The report by Rachna Khaira, Aman Sethi and Gopal Sathe of HuffPost, UIDAI’s Aadhaar Software Hacked, ID Database Compromised, Experts Confirm. Tweets Access Now, “#India’s #Aadhaar ID system is big. But it's not too big to fail in ways that endanger Indians’ #privacy and other fundamental #humanrights. Read analysis of the latest failure by @accessnow's @foobard, who examined the vulnerability code.”

Cool reasoning vs. hot takes

We’ve heard from Billie Jean King, who wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post about how Serena is still treated differently than male athletes. Now, Martina Navratilova weighs in with an op-ed for The New York Times, in which she writes about What Serena Got Wrong (77,000+ shares). Stephen Barrett says, “This perspective from @Martina on the @USOpen women’s final demonstrates why cool reasoning is more meaningful than hot takes. It’s worth the wait.” Also, says Mark Harris, “This is good and reasonable and a lot of people on Twitter are going to hate it.” But David Beard points out, “Whatever side you are on in the @serenawilliams / referee issue, @Martina shows enough understanding and wisdom here to make all parties think. That's a real skill in this age.”

A touch of gaslighting bluster to get through the moment

Shane Goldmacher of The New York Times tweets, “NEW: Cuomo has said pre-primary timing to open a new bridge was decided by contractors alone. A letter obtained by NYT shows administration offering enticements to get it done by late August.” The details are in his piece, Ahead of the Primary, Cuomo Administration Offered Sweeteners to Get New Bridge Open. Nick Confessore sums it up: “Shifting explanations from Cuomo admin, previously unknown facts presented as common knowledge, and a touch of gaslighting bluster to get through the moment, confident that the FOIL litigation will take a year.”

“Yeah, but Cynthia Nixon ordered a gross bagel!” as John Bresnahan reminds us, and if you somehow managed to miss that story, SEE IT: Cynthia Nixon Orders Cinnamon Raisin Bagel With... Lox And Capers. We learned about this gastronomic atrocity thanks to Jake Offenhartz of Gothamist, and Abe Kenmore says, “So this is a really dumb story, but also ... come on, cinnamon raisin, lox and onion?” Jen Carlson points out, “it’s always a mistake when raisins are involved tbh.” Anyway, as Jim Schachter tweets, “Please make your own joke and tweet it.”

R.I.P. Adam Clymer

Farewell to legendary political reporter, editor and pollster Adam Clymer, “who covered congressional intrigue, eight presidential campaigns and the downfall of both Nikita S. Khrushchev and Richard M. Nixon as a reporter and editor for The New York Times and other newspapers.” Sam Roberts has the New York Times obituary for Clymer, who died Monday at 81. Among his many distinctions, Clymer was called a “major-league asshole from The New York Times” by George W. Bush. Tweets Diana Henriques, “Always looking forward: Before his death, Adam Clymer had thrown himself into his first novel. He asked me a dozen smart, fun questions and we had a ball with plots and possibilities. Heartbreaking loss.” Adds Robert Costa, “One of the ‘boys on the bus’ in ’72 and a first-rate reporter for many decades. RIP.” And NYT Obituaries tweets, “As a reporter, his favorite dateline was with an article for The Baltimore Sun, quoting Richard M. Nixon in 1973 during the Watergate scandal as telling a convention of newspaper executives, ‘I am not a crook.’ The dateline was Disney World.”

Tuesday round-up:


Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: HBO’s show “The Deuce” gets its name from what famously seedy block in New York City?

Answer: West 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, known in the 1970s and '80s as the “Forty-Deuce” because of its many low-rent movie theaters that specialized in pornographic films.

Congrats to…Maureen MacGregor, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…How many secretaries did Murphy Brown have in the show’s initial ten-year run? Bonus: Name the actress who played the last one.

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


Featured Journalist: Michael de Yoanna

Today’s featured journalist is Michael de Yoanna, a Colorado-based investigative reporter, editor and documentary filmmaker. A former news director currently working as a reporter for NPR affiliate KUNC-FM in Colorado, Michael worked for many years as a newspaper and alt weekly reporter, transitioning to broadcast by freelancing for 60 Minutes48 Hours Mystery and as a full-time investigative producer for 7News in Denver. You may also have seen his work in, The New York Times, Colorado Public Radio and 5280 magazine, among others. A multi-award-winning journalist, Michael directed the documentary film “Recovering” about veterans recovering from the wounds of two wars. Find out more about Michael and check out some of his work here.

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