Anyway, big day for bee news

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Anyway, big day for bee news
April 10th, 2019 View in browser
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You may remember that, before the start of the year, Julia Sahin made a prediction: Companies will need to own their narratives, and the challenge will be to use data to create a compelling story, leverage digital channels the right way and actively connect with all stakeholders. Now she’s checking back in on that prediction, and in a new post on the Muck Rack Blog, she expands on four key elements and how PR pros can incorporate them into their ongoing programs.


The buzz today (sorry)

Things are tough all over, but at least doctors haven’t discovered four live bees feeding on tears inside your eye, which is what happened to a Taiwanese woman who went to the hospital complaining about her swollen eye. Hannah Ellis-Petersen of The Guardian has the details on the “sweat bees” that were “living under her eyelids, feasting on her tears.” So, enjoy that story. As Theodora Sutcliffe says, “asdfghjkl.” Kathryn Bromwich calls it “The David Cronenberg/reality crossover literally no-one was asking for.” Michael Cragg confirms, “Absolutely not. Nope. No thank you.” But “anyway, big day for bee news,” tweets Alex Hern.

Firing wildly from the hip

No less terrifying: At The Washington Post, David Nakamura, Josh Dawsey and Seung Min Kim take us inside twelve days of chaos and the Trump White House’s growing panic to contain the border crisis.“Threatening to close the border and end Central American aid, reversed by courts, pushing family separation again, firing Nielsen: Portrait of POTUS firing wildly from the hip as he loses ground on his top 2020 issue,” tweets Trip Gabriel. Glenn Thrush says it’s a “Terrific inside-the-cone tick-tock of Nielsen's attempt to hold onto her job by @DavidNakamura @jdawsey1 @seungminkim -- which ultimately raises the question: Why, on earth, would anyone want to run DHS for Trump/Miller.”

Also at The Post, Ashley Parker, Dawsey and Robert Costa write about the villain and the naif: Miller and Kushner on a potential collision course in Trump’s border crisis. Dawsey gives some highlights on Twitter: “Stephen Miller has worked around protocols, alleged to POTUS his government is working against him & pushed for firings, tougher policies. He tells others he’s executing Trump promises. Kushner meanwhile wants to strike a big deal that he says POTUS wants.” “So Kushner is going to deliver not only peace in the Middle East but also a resolution to the immigration debate. Wonder what’s on the agenda for the afternoon?” tweets Max Boot.

Possibly an SNL skit

On to other things that defy explanation, POLITICO’s Eliana Johnson and Daniel Lippman tell us about Trump’s ‘truly bizarre’ visit to Mt. Vernon last April with French president Emmanuel Macron, where he “marveled at the first president’s failure to name his historic compound after himself.” And now we’re at “Peak populism: ~~Actually it’s good that Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about because it puts him in touch with average people who would also be bad at being president.~~” tweets Matthew YglesiasJonathan Martin notes, “This reads like an SNL skit ⁦@BeschlossDC⁩ coulda hatched >> The rooms, Trump said, were too small, the staircases too narrow, and he even spotted some unevenness in the floorboards. He could have built the place better, he said, and for less money.”

Consequential investigations

Speaking of money, Jason Gay points out that “The @WSJ’s @nicole_hong @rebeccaballhaus @rebeccadobrien keep following the money…” and the latest by Nicole Hong, Rebecca Ballhaus and Rebecca Davis O’Brien of The Wall Street Journal is that federal investigators, looking into payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, questioned longtime aides of the president and amassed more evidence than previously known. The general consensus is, as Ray Locker tweets, “@wsj continues to crush this story.” Paul Beckett calls it “Another extraordinary groundbreaking piece by the great @wsj team on Cohen,” and Jay Yarow says, “The WSJ has owned what may ultimately end up being the most consequential investigation of Trump.”

Meanwhile, the scoop from Chris Strohm and Billy House at Bloomberg is that AG Barr has assembled a team to review the FBI’s actions in the Trump probe. Kyle Cheney notes, “This is the 4th or 5th Republican-led review of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, depending on how you count them.” As Alex Wayne tweets, “NEWS: Trump has demanded an investigation of how Mueller’s probe came to be, and his attorney general intends to deliver.”

Get you a lucrative book deal

Alright, here’s some good news for all of us: “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.” Thanks, Bernie Sanders! He tells Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times, yes, he is a millionaire, and he really truly is going to release his tax returns by Monday. You can check for those on Tax Day. We’ve got a book to finish so we can collect our million dollars.

About writing and reading the news

Peter Schorsch says, “This will be making the rounds today because, if nothing else, it’s every legacy journalist’s fantasy.” He’s referring to The Urgent Quest for Slower, Better News, by Michael Luo of the New Yorker, who writes, “The pressures for speed and volume created by the digital age can’t be ignored––but they can be resisted.” “In praise of the slow news day,” as Jennifer Brett tweets. “Are we becoming ‘monitorial citizens’? Does it matter? @michaelluo making us stop and think about writing and reading the news,” says Vera Titunik.

In a similar vein, at The Atlantic, Andrew Ferguson writes about The Joys of Reading a Print Newspaper. Jerry Zremski’s advice: “Try subscribing to your daily paper. You may actually like it.”

Another reason to do that: When local newspapers shrink, fewer people bother to run for mayor. Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton writes about a new study by Cleveland State’s Meghan Rubado and the University of Texas’ Jay Jennings, which looks at what happens to mayoral elections in cities where staffing at the local daily gets cut.  


We know this edition of the Muck Rack Daily has had more than its share of horrifying stories, but we’re not done yet. Drew Harwell of The Washington Post reveals that the pregnancy-tracking app Ovia lets women record their most sensitive data for themselves — and their boss. Tweets Jonathan O'Connell, “One story at a time @drewharwell is chronicling the Big Brother world we have created for ourselves and I, for one, am very afraid.” As Dylan Matthews says, “Every paragraph of this piece is jawdropping.” Adds Tony Romm, “whenever i think ‘hmm i cannot be more creeped out by the tech industry,’ i am quickly proven wrong. today’s entry in that category is this must-read from @drewharwell on apps that allow employers to track workers’ pregnancies.”

Meanwhile, Maris Kreizman tweets, “I wrote something. I think the headline speaks for itself.” In her op-ed in The New York Times, she explains Why I Am Stockpiling Insulin in My Fridge, writing, “No one should die from lack of insulin, a patent for which was granted nearly a century ago for $3.”

Buckle up (thread)

OK, after the bees-in-the-eyelids story and everything else, here’s what you need: Listen up bitches, it’s time to learn incorrect things about someone you’ve never heard of. This is where Rosa Lyster of The Outline wonders, “Why do people love yelling about random historical figures online and how do we stop it?” As Sam Biddle points out, “there's never been a better time in history to have no fucking idea what you're talking about.” (See: Trump visits Mount Vernon.) It’s also a good time for Paul Blumenthal, who says, “I only accept history screamed at me with expletives.” Casey Johnston tweets, “.@rosalyster is a gift to humanity,” while Brandy Jensen shares, “i remain deeply in love with ⁦@rosalyster,” and Jared Keller reveals, “I want this tattooed on my lower back.” Anyway, buckle up (thread), or be like Joanna Scutts, who tweets, “I unbuckled & flew straight through the windshield.”

Wednesday round-up


Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: According to the results of a survey conducted by The Beer Institute, which celebrity would Americans most like to drink a beer with?

Answer: Of course it’s Betty White.

Congrats to…Dan Rosenbaum, who answered, “Betty White. who is the answer to everything, isn't she?” That’s correct. Pashva gets an honorable mention shout-out for his answer, “I don’t know about the majority of Americans, but I would like to drink with Craig Pittman.” (For the record, yes, Craig tweeted the right answer again today, but he didn’t get there fast enough this time.) And Dan Tynan responds from a time machine with “Spuds McKenzie.”

Your question of the day for today is…Well, while we’re at it: What was the name of the bull terrier who portrayed Spuds McKenzie?

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

Career Updates

Updates at New York, Newsweek

At New York magazine, Noreen Malone has been promoted to editorial director, and Genevieve Smith has been promoted to features director.

Malone had been the magazine’s features director since 2014 and was part of the team that won the 2016 George Polk Award for magazine reporting for the cover story on Bill Cosby. Smith was most recently an editor-at-large for the publication, which she joined in 2012 as a senior editor covering news and features.

Elsewhere, former Fortune deputy editor Hank Gilman has been named Newsweek’s new editorial director. He served as Newsweek’s senior editor from 1991 to 1996. He’s also the co-owner and editor of High Water Press.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!

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