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Gonna be a swell day online
March 7th, 2019 View in browser
Muck Rack Daily

As a PR professional, staying on top of current events and industry trends is a crucial part of the job. You need to be aware of what’s going on in the world, what’s happening in your niche and what the competition is doing. Fortunately, no matter your niche or interest, there’s a podcast out there for you. But how do you sort through all the options? You’re in luck: Muck Rack’s Emma Haddad has done some of the heavy lifting for you. Head over to the Muck Rack Blog for her round-up of 30 podcasts PR pros should listen to.


The List

We start your Thursday off with a big scoop out of NBC 7 San Diego. As the network’s investigative team Tom Jones, Mari Payton and Bill Feather report, leaked documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the migrant caravan (44,000+ shares) and in some cases, placed alerts on their passports.

Julia Ainsley has more on that in her report for NBC News, U.S. officials made list of reporters, lawyers, activists to question at border. The list is titled “San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch: Migrant Caravan FY-2019 Suspected Organizers, Coordinators, Instigators, and Media.” Tweets Micah Grimes, “@nbcsandiego Several people on the list told @NBCNews that they had been pulled aside at the border after the date the list was compiled and were told they were being questioned as part of a ‘national security investigation.’”

The Committee to Protect Journalists notes, “CPJ expressed concern last month about this questioning of journalists at the US border. We said then: ‘Journalists have a duty to protect their independence and the confidentiality of their sources. They should not be subject to questioning that goes beyond the purpose of facilitating lawful travel entry for an individual.’” 

Must-reads upon must-reads

Get ready, because it’s a scoopy day. Charles Ornstein directs you to this “Must, must read. A handwritten note to Trump, addressed ‘Dear King,’ presents another instance of access and influence for Mar-a-Lago associates.” That’s Isaac Arnsdorf’s latest for ProPublica, Trump Mar-a-Lago Buddy Wrote Policy Pitch. The President Sent It to VA Chief. Tweets Katie Rogers, “Recently we reported in a MAL story that Trump's aides spend a lot of time processing (or intercepting) proposals like these from the president's guests. @ProPublica shows us what that process looks like.” Perhaps a “Dear King” salutation gets them to the top of the pile.

But that’s not your only must-read of the day. Matea Gold points to the “Must-read from @partlowj @nickmiroff @fahrenthold”: President Trump’s sons entrusted their private hunting retreat to a caretaker. He was working in the country illegally. Oh, so it’s not just the golf courses. That piece is by Josh Partlow, Nick Miroff and David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post, and Gold notes, “In all, The Post has interviewed 33 immigrants who have worked for the president’s clubs without legal status.”

‘The historical parallel: None’

Meanwhile, in a column for Bloomberg, Timothy L. O’Brien writes about That Time Trump Got $18.3 Million in Palm Beach. “Investigators looking at Donald Trump’s business dealings have landed on the money trail. That will test the willingness of those closest to the president to protect him, @TimOBrien writes,” tweets David Shipley. Adds Greg Sargent, “Via @TimOBrien, all of the hidden fraud in Trump’s past is starting to surface like worms out of the ground after a rainstorm. Good stuff here.”

And here’s a headline: Donald Trump is in the midst of the biggest political scandal in American history, writes Mike Allen of Axios. Sam Baker highlights, “The historical parallel: None.” Tweets Amanda Marcotte, “I’ve been saying this for over a year. The only reason Watergate is still reflexively seen as the stick by which to measure is lingering Boomer-centrism. But the Russia scandal is if Watergate succeeded and was run by the Soviets.” Also worth remembering, as Caroline Baum points out, “And his base doesn't care.”

How the boys play in Hollywood

Another must-read for you today: “This story. This cesspool. Utter disgust,” as Megan Murphy tweets. Kim Masters and Tatiana Siegel have been working on this story at The Hollywood Reporter for 15 months, and Masters calls the piece — “I Need to Be Careful”: Texts Reveal Warner Bros. CEO Promoted Actress Amid Apparent Sexual Relationship — “a window into how the boys play in Hollywood.” Janice Min’s reaction, “Wow 1. This studio chief was promoted YESTERDAY by AT&T  2. The woman is possibly autistic 3. The text messages are Bezos-level insane.” Lacey Rose urges, “Stop what you’re doing and read this. Now.” Joe Bel Bruno notes, “This story has been dangling out there for months. Glad @TatianaSiegel27 and @kimmasters were the ones to finally put it in print — just needed some good reporters to do their homework.” Adds Peter Lattman, “Major kudos to The Hollywood Reporter’s @TatianaSiegel27 & @kimmasters on this excellent and troubling story.”

Writing the truth

At Deadspin, Drew Magary has one simple request: Stop Enabling Barstool’s Shit, and he knows what that means: “Gonna be a swell day online.” But as Heidi Moore emphasizes, “If we want media to be more respected, we're going to have to pay attention to what we boost. Don't boost Barst*ol unless you want more companies to behave like Barstool.” And Foster Kamer notes, “the only positive upshot of barstool's existence is watching magary defenestrate them.” (Choice excerpt: “Barstool’s content—from their sub-Tucker Max postings to their raft of podcasts that exist to supplant Beefer & The Squelch as the go-to sports talk barf-fest for meatheads all around the nation—is the chlamydia of the internet.”) Tweets Matt Schiavenza, “I for one am glad @drewmagary is alive and well so he can write the truth like this.”

Some astute and savage pop culture analysis

It’s that time again. The New York Times Magazine Music Issue is upon us, and it reveals The Top 25 Songs That Matter Right Now, along with “Some astute and savage pop culture analysis. Always happy to see the Midwest mentioned,” tweets Alexandra Hazlett. Jonah Weiner highlights, “There are 30 credited writers on Travis Scott's #1 hit ‘Sicko Mode.’ 14 of them are credited because of just three words. Several of them are dead. One of them is a home-appliance salesman outside Zurich. Up now as part of the @NYTMag music issue.” Adds Heidi Moore, “Usually I believe pop-music writing should be consumed cautiously, if at all, but this is an excellent, smart, clear-eyed feature in which some really good writers really get at the meaning of some popular songs.” In other words, there’s plenty to dig in here. Read it to see why Will Hermes says it’s “One of my fave pop music reads, every year.”

Stay strong, Alex

Finally, today, “Let’s go with ‘Fuck cancer’ for $1,000, Alex,” as Chris Welch puts it. He’s reacting to the message from Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who revealed that he’s been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “Truly one of the giants of television. Hoping and praying the best for Alex Trebek!” tweets Stanton Tang. Adds T.C. Sottek, “good luck alex. I believe we are still very far from your final jeopardy.” Also, as Barry Petchesky says, “Goddamn.”

Thursday round-up


Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: In “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the character “Jaws” (played by Richard Kiel) bit through a chain that was actually made of what?

Answer: Licorice

Congrats to…Eugene Hunt, first to tweet the correct answer. Honorable mention to Jim DeLa, who correctly pointed out that it “probably tasted worse than real steel chain.”

Your question of the day for today is…An old green notebook of poetry with lines such as “We donte want to hurt anney one / but we have to Steal to eat,” is going up for auction in April. Who does the auction house believe wrote the poems in the notebook?

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


Featured Journalist: Erin Sheridan

Today’s featured journalist is Erin Sheridan, a journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She currently serves as Multimedia Editor at The Indypendent and produces Indy Audio. She tells us her favorite social network is Instagram and she became a journalist “to amplify stories that deserve telling.” Find out more and check out some of Erin’s work here.

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