Muck Rack Daily

February 24th, 2016
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What's new this Wednesday


"POTUS turned BLOTUS on SCOTUS," quips The Hill's Peter Schroeder in response to SCOTUSblog's newest guest post, "A Responsibility I Take Seriously" (at 500 shares and climbing), which was penned by -- you guessed it -- President Barack Obama. Obama writes he will nominate someone who has "A sterling record," "A deep respect for the judiciary’s role," but also "An understanding of the way the world really works." "The President of the United States just wrote a post on @SCOTUSblog. That's a great get for a wonderful site," remarks Mike Vorkunov at the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "Ugh. Another blogger weighs in on the SCOTUS debate," jokes Dashiell Bennett at Bloomberg News. "Remember when @SCOTUSblog was denied press credentials?" pointedly asks FiveThirtyEight's Andrew Flowers.

Even so, Senate Republican leaders are doubling down on their refusal to meet with an Obama Supreme Court nominee as Mitch McConnell renews his call to block any nominations. "'Shunning' sounds like a punishment in some remote village. Will the nominee have to sleep in the woods?" wonders Yahoo's Matt Bai. "So is Congress basically in rebellion right now?" asks Fast Company's Jessica Leber. "Obama should call the GOP's bluff and nominate a super-conservative judge to the Supreme Court," suggests TechTarget's Colin Steele. "It's hilarious that Mitch McConnell wants us to believe Obama not nominating someone would embolden his legacy," points out Jamil Smith at MTV News. Meanwhile, a Texas sheriff's department just released the report on Justice Scalia’s death. "Why the pillow case was over Scalia's head—and no, it didn't inhibit his breathing, sheriff's report says," details PRI's David Beard.

Still very much on the politics beat: new poll data measured Trump supporters for their intolerance. Brace yourself: one in three believed Japanese internment was a good idea, one in three would like to ban gays from entering the U.S., and nearly 20 percent disagreed with freeing slaves after the Civil War. "YES, DISAGREE WITH FREEING SLAVES," tweet-screams freelancer Jill Filipovic. But Republican mega-donors have shied away from a Donald Trump fight. "What if Trump is the campaign finance reform so many have been waiting for?" FiveThirtyEight's Chadwick Matlin looks at it another way. And although Trump has deep roots in New York, he seems to have little influence there. "While Mr. Trump gives the impression that he’s a big power broker in New York, our reporting shows otherwise," shares NYT's Mythili Sampathkumar.


Other things you should know: Boston Dynamics just unveiled footage of the next generation of their bipedal Atlas robot. "I've seen movies. Doesn't @BostonDynamics realize this video will be used as propaganda for Robots Against Humanity?" demands film critic Ryan Painter at KUTV-2. "This is going to be the first guy to die in the @BostonDynamics robot uprising," predicts Randy Olson. In more recycled takes, Gizmodo warns that this robot is going to steal your job, for starters. "Remember when the raptors learn how to open doors in Jurassic Park?" Matt Novak reminds us. And because the Oscars are coming up, you really should read up on what it’s like* to work in Hollywood (*If you’re not a straight white man). At least it should be fun for Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron, for whom the Oscars are pretty personal this year -- given that he's depicted in one of the films.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: In an effort to reverse its "rambunctious culture," Zenefits has told its employees not to do what? Well, a few different things, but the one that stuck out the most to the Wall Street Journal was no sex in the stairwells.

Congratulations to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times (who punctuated his response with this gif) for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Alex Brant-Zawadzki (who suggests "Keep it in the elevators, people. That's the Secret to MY Success"), Craig PittmanCraig Pittman (who similarly suggests "keep it to the mailroom or conference rooms"), Eugene HuntJayna Wallace (who wonders "What the hell is going on over there"), Maureen MacGregor (who asks "Are they taking resumes?"), Editor Mark Allen (who re-bills the activity as "one-on-one exercise and morale-boosting sessions with fellow employees"), Dan RosenbaumCarrie Gray, Brian Hyland (who adds "but at least they have great customer service. Oh wait..."), Jade WalkerJohn Wall (who comments "So, less Zen and more Plato's Retreat"), Tyler Gatlin (who adds "Don Draper would be so disappointed"), Lucia A. Walinchus (who remarks "Wow I always thought insurance was boring. I stand corrected"), Ron Casalotti (who quips "Well, there goes the concept of 'Friends with Zenefits'"), Martin BerlinerShawn L. AndersonEve Byron (who wonders "what about at your desk?"), Becky YerakKen Inchausti (who jokes "Brings new meaning to moving up and down the corp ladder???"), Judyth MermelsteinRobin Soslow (who theorizes "Maybe the employee lounge needs comfy couches?"), Hal Davis (who calls them "A messy bunch, apparently") and Margo Howard for all getting that right, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: What is the Washington Post calling the "height of laziness" with respect to millennial tastes?

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!

Featured journalist: Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja


Today's spotlight falls on Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja, a field producer with CNN Indonesia covering environment, arts and entertainment, and politics there. Wargadiredja got her start as an intern at The Jakarta Post and stuck with journalism because "nobody wants to see me wearing heels and suit in Barclays." When she's not at her computer, she's most likely to be in "BED!" and offers this advice to aspiring journalists: "Eat while you can! That's what my boss previously in Reuters told me after his 16 years of experience as a journo in 4 continents." Stop by her Muck Rack portfolio for some of her work, starting with "Indonesian president rebukes minister" over his crackdown on ride-hailing services like Uber and Go-Jek, which triggered outrage on social media in a country where public transport options are limited.

Remember: If you also want to be featured here, you should 1) set up your own journalist portfolio 2) get verified and 3) let us know by emailing Kirsten.

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Wednesday


Your career highlight for today:

  • This Friday will be Keith Laing's last at The Hill before he (at right) joins the D.C. bureau of the Detroit News. Read all about it here.

Elsewhere in the industry:

  • Quartz promotes Jennifer Chang to growth editor. Chang recently served as deputy growth editor there.
  • Chicago Tribune welcomes Joseph Hernandez as a reporter on the food and dining beat. Hernandez joins from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, where he was a senior associate digital editor.
  • Stephen Pulvirent is now executive digital editor for Surface Magazine. Pulvirent hails from Bloomberg, where he was an associate editor.
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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