‘We in New Zealand will give him nothing’

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‘We in New Zealand will give him nothing’
March 19th, 2019 View in browser
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Today on the blog, don't miss another installment of This month in bad PR pitches - which is chock-full of some of the more cringe-worthy tweets from journalists sharing the PR pitches that have landed in their inboxes lately. The great news here is that you told us you love our previous This month in bad PR pitches posts so much, we decided to make it a regular series. Enjoy! 


‘We in New Zealand will give him nothing’

He wanted notoriety. But it is New Zealand's stoic leader who has become the face of a tragedy,  Hilary Whiteman wrote at CNN. She’s talking about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who said of the man who opened fire on two mosques last week, killing 50 people: "We in New Zealand will give him nothing -- not even his name."

In the Washington Post, Shibani Mahtani and Anna Fifield report that New Zealand’s Ardern vows to deny shooter notoriety by saying, “You will never hear me mention his name.”

And from BBC’s post about the PM’s speech, Ashitha Nagesh shared this quote: “Speak the names of those who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them.”

Over in Australia, journalist Rashna Farrukh published a piece in ABC News (again, Australia) titled: I worked at Sky News 'after dark' while right-wing guests slammed people just like me. She added, “As the Christchurch attacks unfolded, I knew I had to quit my job at Sky News.” Rachel Eddie lauded, “This is super brave.” Andrew Stafford called Farrukh a “Young journalist with guts and principles for hire.” Stephen Mayne added, “Well said Rashna, we need more people like you speaking out against the hatred promoted by the deplorable Sky After Dark brigade.”

Using secret locations to detain immigrant children

Revealnews.org went live with a story alleging that the U.S. government uses several black-site shelters to detain immigrant children. Aura Bogado, Patrick Michels, and Emmanuel Martinez wrote that explosive piece. Here’s a tweet from Andy Donohue that explains more: “The Trump administration has been using several off-the-books shelters to detain immigrant children. The arrangement may violate the Flores settlement, and result in little or no oversight. Tremendous reporting…” Laura Morel shared this bit from the story: "There are at least five in Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, holding at least 16 boys and girls for the refugee agency, some as young as 9 years old."

What are they hiding?

For reasons that continue to remain unclear, a Cook County judge blocked ProPublica Illinois, and all other media, from publishing details of one particular child welfare case. ProPublica’s Steve Mills and Mick Dumke reported on this confounding story. The media organization insisted this is “an unusual move” and Dick Tofel insisted, “We are contesting this order vigorously, and will continue to do so.”

Over in Washington D.C., the State Department barred the press corps from a briefing call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They’re also refusing to release a transcript or a list of attendees. In their story from CNN, Michelle Kosinski and Jennifer Hansler reported that only "faith-based media" was allowed. “The afternoon phone briefing was to discuss international freedom with the secretary -- who rarely participates in such calls -- to discuss ‘international religious freedom’ ahead of his trip to the Middle East.” Brian Stelter called the whole thing a “strange situation over at the @StateDept.”

Big money matters

The Wall Street Journal is finally able to share How the National Enquirer Got Bezos’ Texts. Per Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo’s story,  it involves Paying $200,000 to His Lover’s Brother.

According to sources, the Los Angeles Angels and Star center fielder Mike Trout are finalizing a record-breaking 12-year contract worth more than $430 million. This news comes from what sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN, according to Jeff Passan.

This is colonial thinking

The BBC’s Brexit update today is that Theresa May will discuss next steps after the Bercow ruling. “‘If the House of Commons wants to do something it will find a way to do it.’ @DamianCollins says he was surprised by Bercow intervention and that Brexit focus should be on a majority plan,” Rozina Breen tweeted.

In the Irish Times, Fintan O'Toole wondered aloud: Are the English ready for self-government? Charles Arthur called the piece: “Brutal, powerful, also true. Trading deals with Liechtenstein? This is colonial thinking - where the U.K. is the colony getting ‘independence.’”

The story I've been wanting to read for almost 2 years

The Washington Post published Trump’s letter to George Conway from 2006 in which, Josh Dawsey pointed out, the president is “praising his skills as a trial lawyer and his voice and thanking him in a condo board dispute. ‘What I was most impressed with was how quickly you were able to comprehend a very bad situation.’”

Fast forward to July 2017 when, according to the New York Times’ Benjamin Weiser and William K. Rashbaum, records show that Michael Cohen’s Emails Were Sought by the Special Counsel. That’s interesting because it tells us that “Mueller began investigating the email account of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, as early as July 2017, only months after Trump took office,” as Clifford Levy pointed out.

Then there’s David Enrich’s piece in the New York Times - A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump’s History With Deutsche Bank...of which Thornton McEnery said, “Congrats to @davidenrich on writing the story I've been wanting to read for almost 2 years.” Enrich himself shared, “This is the inside story of how Deutsche Bank officials – including 2 CEOs – were so eager to do business with @realDonaldTrump that they ignored years of internal warnings about the risks. Based on interviews with 20+ bank execs w/ direct knowledge.” So now you definitely have to read it.

'Trump exploits Facebook — again'

Axios’ Sara Fischer reported that Trump's campaign secret weapon is Facebook. A snippet from her story: “Trump’s digital sophistication was one of the most over-reported stories of the 2016 election cycle. Trump’s digital head start in the 2020 cycle is one of the most under-reported stories." Fischer added on Twitter: “Trump exploits Facebook — again.” To give this some perspective, Hamza Shaban added, “Trump is outspending top-spending Democratic candidates (Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris) 9-to-1 on total ad spending on Google and Facebook so far.”

But on Facebook’s end, they’re complaining over a lack of local news. According to the AP’s David Bauder, the big blue social network says 40 percent of Americans live in areas that don't have enough local news outlets to fuel its local news project.

Meanwhile, California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some users for $250 million over alleged anti-conservative “shadow bans” and smears. Gregg Re at Fox News had the story. “BOOM!” Michelle Sandlin tweeted.

R.I.P. Alan Kreuger

Princeton University released a statement that prominent economist Alan Krueger passed away. Krueger, who had also been an economic advisor to President Barack Obama, is remembered fondly by those in the Muck Rack community:

Jordan Weissmann: “Alan Krueger helped pioneer the early research showing that minimum wage increases don't necessarily kill jobs. A giant in labor economics. Will be missed.”

Catherine Rampell: “In shock. Alan was a wonderful economist, mentor, human.”

Michael Grunwald: “What the hell. Alan was a good guy, so smart, so young, I can’t believe this.”

Matthew Yglesias: “This is sad and shocking. RIP, Alan Krueger — one of the greats in communicating policy analysis.”

More Tuesday stories you should definitely read

Karen Uhlenbeck Is First Woman to Receive Abel Prize in Mathematics, Kenneth Chang reported at the New York Times. He explained on Twitter that “the Abel Prize [is] math's equivalent of the Nobel.”

The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino published Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun today. On Twitter, she advertised it: “3600 WORDS OF CIVILIZATION REBORN.” While Andrew Smith called it, “Making sense (or trying to) of Shen Yun, absolutely the no. 1 ad campaign in the world.”

Eliza Shapiro at the New York Times brought our attention to the fact that 900 Students Got Into New York’s Most Selective High School. But Only Seven Are Black. The grim statistics will raise pressure on NY's politicians to confront segregation in elite schools,” she said.

Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her. That story comes from Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield at CNN. Peter Hotez praised the reporters for “going up against an increasingly hostile aggressive misinformed #antivax movement. THANK YOU for highlighting the new book: VACCINES DID NOT CAUSE RACHEL'S AUTISM.” “This is America 2019,” David E. Rovella wrote. And Lisa Respers France’s reaction to the news was simply: “Wow.”


Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Preliminary studies of the initial 60 subjects from the Belly Button Biodiversity project study found that of the 2,368 bacterial species discovered, 1,458 of them which might have been new to science. Ultimately, scientists concluded that belly buttons are a lot like ______?

Answer: They compared it to a rainforest, because “In any given forest, the spectrum of flora might vary, but an ecologist can count on a certain few dominant tree types.”

Craig Pittman was the first to tweet the correct answer for the second day in a row. Laura Roberts was only the second person to get it right. Congrats to them both!

Your question of the day for today is…Bill Hader spent his first years in Los Angeles working as a PA but he quit that part of show business after a particularly exhausting experience on the set of what film?

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


Featured journalist: Alexandra Baranova

Today’s featured journalist is Alexandra Baranova, a freelance journalist, editor, and copywriter based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Baranova describes herself as “curious about this thing called life” and adds, “I've found myself in writing when I was a child and it turned over into my whole life passion.”

Baranova speaks English, Russian, and Czech and covers everything from environmental problems, education, EU student life, culture, human rights, politics, business, and even travel. Read more of her work right here.

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