It's Super Tuesday! But WTF does that mean?

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It's Super Tuesday! But WTF does that mean?
March 1st, 2016
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Happy Super Tuesday, and also, happy #muckedup day! Got a media-related question you'd like to discuss at our weekly Twitter chat? Tweet it to our moderator, and then join the chat at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST by tweeting with and following the #muckedup hashtag! Also, it's officially March 1, and that means it's time for Muck Rack's monthly top picks! Here are the 5 links we loved in February.

Talk of this Super Tuesday


"It's Super Tuesday! But WTF does that mean? Brilliant explainer by @hcjewell [and] @flashboy for non-Americans," praises BuzzFeed's Stuart Millar, sharing colleagues Hannah Jewell and Tom Phillips' illuminative collaborative effort on what the hell is even happening today. Fellow journalist Tom Chivers calls it  "by 10,000%, the clearest, funniest and best Super Tuesday explainer you will read," and we have to agree -- especially once you look at Ted Cruz's candidate summary paragraph and realize those aren't arbitrarily underlined and emboldened letters. Enjoy while you can, because it looks increasingly inevitable that Donald Trump will solidify his place today as the GOP frontrunner after 11 states hold their primaries, while Hillary Clinton also boasts a big lead in at least six of those states thanks to large blocs of black voters, who so far appear not as drawn to her opponent Bernie Sanders. But a new CNN/ORC poll shows that either of the remaining Democratic presidential candidates could win over Trump in hypothetical general election match-ups. You can watch all the Super Duper Tuesday madness unfold live here as voting takes place across America!


Then there was that time video footage showed a Secret Service agent putting a war photographer in a choke hold and then body-slammed him at a Trump rally. "Oh my God. Secret Service agent tried to rip the photographer's head off," reacts Mashable's Brian Ries. Here's a response from TIME. Later that day at a different Trump rally (in Georgia), about 30 black students who had been standing silently in the bleachers were removed by security before the event began. "Removed for standing while a Trump rally. Just when you think we've hit bottom, we haven't," laments WNYC's Brooke Gladstone. It was enough to make the New Hampshire Union-Leader admit they really shouldn't have endorsed Chris Christie, after all: "Watching Christie kiss the Donald’s ring this weekend — and make excuses for the man Christie himself had said was unfit for the presidency — demonstrated how wrong we were." So now the Clintons are forced to grapple with answering a question they probably thought would never be uttered: how to defeat Trump in a general election? "And y'all thought #2016 was already ugly?" asks Emily Cadei at OZY Magazine. "Clintons rightly recognize to beat Trump you would have to take him deadly seriously unlike GOP he has savaged," points out The New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch.

Perhaps they could begin by consulting the rumored recording where Trump secretly told the New York Times what he really thinks about immigration. "It's pretty unusual to record an off-the-record conversation, no? I generally don't do that," observes American Spectator's John Tabin. Okay, yeah, that's fairly weird, Times.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: In honor of yesterday's unusual date, what is the reason Leap Years were invented? There have been a lot of reasons bandied about, but according to the Wall Street Journal, the Catholic Church actually revamped the calendar to calculate the date of Easter, rather than to regulate the seasons, as lore tells us. But we counted both answers.

Congratulations to David Daniel of CNN for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Lucia A. WalinchusMarina StenosKen WalkerMargo Howard (who suggests "to help women lie about their age"), Mark Gibbs (who jokes the phenomenon only occurs "if scientists don't see own shadow"), John WallSarah-Ann S.Ron Casalotti (who quips "So some 40-yr-old born Feb 29 can joke he's only 10 yrs old") and Andrew Holtz.

As for today's question, here it is: A recent fake New York Times article that looked so much like the real thing the Times had to write about it has claimed what?

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 Tuesday


Career moves you should know:

  • Welcome back: Josh Barro (at right) will soon rejoin Business Insider as senior editor, overseeing its commentary team as well as writing columns on politics, business and the economy. Barro left to join the New York TimesThe Upshot. More on that here.
  • Another return: veteran journalist Michael Casey will soon return to the Associated Press as administrative correspondent for northern New England. Casey is finishing up as science and technology editor for and and as a reporter for Fortune, VICE and Scientific American. More here.
  • Mic snares Tech Insider's Kelly Dickerson to cover science with a focus on space, astronomy and NASA. Dickerson first joined Business Insider in January of last year before moving to its tech off-shoot.
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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