The screaming of the Christies

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The screaming of the Christies
March 2nd, 2016
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Post-Super Tuesday blues


"Sometimes, at night, do you still hear them, Clarice? The screaming of the Christies?" asks Washington Post's Alexandra Petri in today's most celebrated political column titled "Chris Christie’s wordless screaming" (already at 15,000+ shares). Yes, the look on the New Jersey governor's face as he dutifully yet grimly stood behind Donald Trump at last night's Super Tuesday victory speech proffered plentiful fodder for Petri's post: "His were the eyes of a man who has gazed into the abyss, and the abyss gazed back, and then he endorsed the abyss" and "Chris Christie is realizing that the steak he gets to eat inside the Matrix is not worth this." Pitchfork's Philip Sherburne implores "Look deeply into Christie's eyes, and then read this on Chris Christie's wordless screaming." Washingtonian's Benjamin R. Freed similarly urges, "Read @petridishes on last night's hostage video, er, I mean Trump press conference." At KPCC, Austin Cross quips, "Christie, are you okay? Are you okay, Christie?" And journalist Charles Jaco bills it as "Faust staged in Palm Beach: having sold his soul, there was nothing left inside Chris Christie except the fear." We won't give any more of this priceless piece away, but you really should go read it for yourself. Okay, fine, just one more delicious morsel: "He looked as if he had seen a ghost and the ghost had made him watch Mufasa die again."


And, oh, the Vines. There was this one from Ronan Farrow, or this one basically set to circus music. "My not terribly thorough investigation reveals that the Curb Your Enthusiasm Christie vine is the best Christie vine," declares Rolling Stone's Lauren Kelley. Christie's bad day doesn't end there, either: no fewer than six N.J. newspapers have called on Christie to resign, because endorsing Trump is just that bad. "As uncomfortable as @ChrisChristie looks on stage, it might be better than going home," muses commentator David Axelrod. "Schadenchristie? Christiefreude? either way tastes good," shrugs freelancer Sarah Jaffe. And all the while, the GOP split widens to a chasm.

Now for the main course: Hillary Clinton won seven states compared to rival Bernie Sanders’ four, but Clinton notably made few references to her opponent, instead taking the position of “presumptive nominee” and going for the big target: Trump. By comparison, the Republican race is a bit more complicated: Trump secured an impressive seven states and offered a highly irregular victory speech (the one that gifted us with Christie gifs), even as a CBS poll shows nearly three-quarters of non-Trump GOP voters said they would not be satisfied if he won the nomination. Still, as Philip Bump chillingly points out, no Republican nominee has ever won all of the different states that Trump just did, and even "Donald Drumpf" is beating Rubio and Cruz for second in web searches. "KEEP GOOGLING," commands Politico's Michael Kruse.

So how exactly did we reach this Trump tipping point? From a sarcastic GOP admaker quoted in The Atlantic: “A generation of work with African Americans—slow, patient work—I can’t tell you how great it is that we’ve pissed that away because of Donald Trump in one day." And pissed away it has been, when you consider that white supremacists reportedly are broadcasting from inside Trump rallies and if you believe Shaun King's New York Daily News prediction that it won't be long before someone gets killed at a Trump rally. "This is what happens when politicians preach xenophobia, this time in the USA," warns Washington Post's Anne Applebaum. At the Financial TimesMartin Wolf goes so far as to claim Trump embodies how great republics meet their end, because "[e]ven if he fails, he has rendered the unthinkable sayable." Douglas Busvine at Reuters isn't ready to go that far, however: "Commentariat one-upmanship on Trump: A new Augustus Caesar? Err OK."

Elsewhere in the GOP race, Ted Cruz took in home state of Texas as expected, but also collected nearby Oklahoma and squeaked in a win in Alaska, all of which prompted him to offer his own speech presenting the current state of the primaries as a two-person race. Marco Rubio captured Minnesota, although the number of delegates won’t help him much, while John Kasich won none but came very close in Vermont. Finally, Ben Carson barely made a mark anywhere, but previously the good doctor stubbornly vowed to remain in the race until a candidate reaches that magical 1,237 number (although the Post has a scoop that Carson is expected to tell supporters any moment now that he sees "no path forward" for his campaign). This strategy might not be so bad if trailing candidates like Carson and Kasich managed to siphon off delegates from Trump in the blue states while Cruz and Rubio pick away delegates in the red zones, but that doesn't mean establishment Republicans aren't furious with Kasich, who "almost certainly prevented Rubio from winning Virginia," points out BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins.

But wait, this just in: Mitt Romney, yes, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, that Romney, is poised to give a "major address" some time today about the panicked state of the GOP race -- although a person close to him claims, "This is not an endorsement or announcement of candidacy."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: 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? That Elizabeth Warren had given the blessing of her endorsement to Bernie Sanders. The false post "mimicked The Times’s typefaces and design and included the bylines of two of the newspaper’s political reporters" closely enough that it apparently warranted a response by the Times!

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Matt NagelLucia A. WalinchusDavid DanielRon Casalotti (who quips "Good times, bad times, fake 'Times'?"), Thomas FeyerCindi LashChris Lombardi (who jokes "But it was on @dailykos, boss!"),Sarah-Ann SofferKen Walker and Debra Kol for all getting that right, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: While we're on the subject of the New York Times, what supposed leak has public editor Margaret Sullivan been dispatched to explain?

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: Freedom Chevalier


Today we're going to introduce you to a byline you won't soon forget -- that of freelancer Freedom Chevalier, a "rehabilitated thespian" and author of countless feature articles, several dramatic plays, short stories, songs, poems and even a gritty thriller set in the world of Canadian stand-up comedy of the 1990s (check out her Muck Rack portfolio for some of her work!). A Boston-based journalist who covers everything from tech to finance to politics, she got her start writing about professional wrestling for a small magazine back in the early 1980s and was drawn to journalism because she "can't ignore a story." She also appreciates social media's influence on news because it has made it more accessible and opened up the field to "community journalists who may not have had a platform previously." Freedom also promises she has heard every possible joke about her name, so maybe don't test out your fledgling comedic skills on her!

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 jumps to-know for today:

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry:

  • After more than a decade at the New York Times, Nick Bilton soon will join Vanity Fair as a special correspondent. Bilton is finishing up as a columnist at the Times.
  • Gawker soon welcomes Kelly Stout as deputy editor. Right now she's an A-Issue editor at The New Yorker.
  • Harry Siegel will soon be senior opinion editor at The Daily Beast. Siegel is wrapping up as a columnist at the New York Daily News.
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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