Meanwhile, aboard the papal airliner

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Meanwhile, aboard the papal airliner
February 18th, 2016
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If you're in communications, you're very likely a type A personality, which means you probably give yourself a hard time for even the tiniest missteps. On today's Muck Rack blog, here's why you should stop beating yourselves up!

Thursday in flights and fights


"Meanwhile, ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRLINER," teases NYT's Neil Irwin, noting the dateline accompanying news that Pope Francis suggested that Donald Trump is "not Christian" (nearing 10,000+ shares right now), pointing to Trump's desire to "build walls" rather than bridges. We're guessing the Pope's freshly finished visit to Mexico just may have had something to do with starting this conversation. "Good thing @realDonaldTrump isn’t Catholic, because I think @pontifex just excommunicated him. Snap!" reacts Daily Beast's Christopher Allbritton. "Have waited all my life (ok, only since the start of campaign season) for a Trump-Pope Francis showdown," admits Quartz's Jacqueline Bischof. "The best part of Pope vs. Trump is when the Pope trash talks Trump by quoting Aristotle," points out freelance journalist Scott Lucas. "If Trump attacks @Pontifex then we've truly reached the Ninth Circle," concludes NBC's Luke Russert. "So does #Trump go with "low Energy", "lightweight" or "dummy" when he insults #ElPapa on #Twitter?" wonders Pedro Rosado with the NY Times.


No need to wonder for long, of course -- because Trump has already released his response to the pope, which includes the phrase "For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful," among other interesting conclusions. "Does Donald Trump write his statements himself, or does he hire the angriest local 5th grader?" wonders freelancer Jill Filipovic. "This press release is like a blissful quicksand pit of hypothetical propositions that is impossible to navigate," Wall Street Journal's Robbie Whelan observes. Washington Post's Alexandra Petri pleads, "please tell me this is performance art please tell me this is performance art please tell me this is performance art." What's truly amazing, however, is what Justin Sink with Bloomberg News just realized: "A sitting US president announcing he's visiting Cuba just decisively lost a news cycle."


And oh yeah, about that. President Barack Obama confirmed this morning on Twitter that he will briefly visit Cuba, making him the first sitting president to do so since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. "14 months ago, I announced that we would begin normalizing relations with Cuba - and we've already made significant progress,” Obama tweeted. "Next month, I'll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people." Here’s why. And while Obama still faces an uphill battle in naming a replacement for the recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a few key senators have signaled support for considering a new Supreme Court justice, breaking away from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s position that it be left up to the next president. Even retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor opposed the McConnell suggestion.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Who is BuzzFeed's newest "Royal Guest Editor" to follow Duchess Kate's turn? Princess Fluffington IV the corgi. We think it's a joke. We think.

Congratulations to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to guess that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to these wonderful people for also getting it right: Maureen MacGregor (who adds "no word whether it's Holly or Willow, one of HRH's 2, discretion=better part valor"), Robin Tierney (who theorizes that Fluffington "was tired of just fetching those outmoded newspapers"), Lucia A. Walinchus (who suggests "Sounds like Buzzfeed has a massive case of editor envy"), Margo HowardMark Gibbs (who is "not surprised, it's a fact that #corgis rule"), Dan Rosenbaum (who admits he "was hoping it was Prince Nelson Rogers's passport pic"), Martin Berliner and Ron Casalotti (who admirably is "abstaining from the obvious joke in a rare display of self-control").

As for today's question, here it is: What does one Huffington Post editor appear to view as the standard for determining "authentic journalism" (and causing an outcry in the process)?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Thursday


Your career highlights for today:

  • Mark Luckie (at right) has joined Reddit as head of journalism and media. Luckie previously served as Twitter's manager of news and journalism. Read all about it here.
  • Stefan Holt will soon join WNBC in New York, where he'll actually work in the same building as his father Lester Holt, famed anchor of NBC Nightly News. For the past five years Holt has served as morning news anchor at NBC 5 ChicagoRead more here.
  • The Associated Press has named David Caruso news editor for New York City. Caruso had been a national investigative reporter for the news organization. More here.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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