March 15th, 2016
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We've got some bad news and some good news. The bad is, today's Muck Rack contributor Eric Hazard probably thinks your LinkedIn profile "sucks." The good news? Here's how to fix it.

Plus, a little more good news:  it's another #muckedup day! Got a media-related question you'd like to discuss at our weekly Twitter chat? Tweet it to our moderator, then join the chat at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST by tweeting with and following the #muckedup hashtag.

How many more Super Tuesdays can you take?


"Despite a hair salon on his estate, Trump insists on doing his own hair. (So that explains it)," concludes NYT's Shreeya Sinha after consuming today's most popular Super Tuesday read, "A King in His Castle: How Donald Trump Lives," through the eyes of Trump's very own butler (at roughly 6,000 rubbernecking shares). "[I] didn't know rich people actually still have butlers," admits Emily Cohn with Business Insider. "When Trump's in a bad mood, his butler has hired a bugler to play 'hail to the chief' when he gets home. Yes, really," shares freelance journalist Laura Stampler. "If you put all this—the bugler playing hail to the chief and the rest—in a novel, everyone would dismiss it as OTT," notes Daily Mail's James Forsyth. "Breaking (not-so-shocking) news: Trump's butler says the boss exaggerates his golf prowess," Stina Sternberg from Golf Digest points out another tidbit. "So really, Senecal is to @realDonaldTrump as Hobson was Arthur and Nanny was to Eloise," realizes Ashley Lane at The National. We also learned that Trump likes his meat cooked so well-done, it's rock hard. "Either Trump's butler is dumber than he seems or this is a velvet shiv job," Boston Globe's Joel Brown is forced to conclude.

As for whom to thank for this masterpiece of a profile-within-a-profile, it's Jason Horowitz, "who brought us Biden's 'articulate' (2008) & Romney's haircut (2012), Trump's bonkers butler," explains The New Yorker's Lauren Collins. "I didn't know it at the time but this article is the reason I learned to read," declares this chick.


Getting to the Super Tuesday part, now. More than 1,000 delegates are up for grabs in five states today, meaning the day’s primary voters have the power to significantly alter the course of either the Republican or the Democratic races (or, hey, maybe even both). Specifically, a total of 358 Republican delegates and 691 Democratic delegates are primed for the picking. On the GOP side, Donald Trump could clear his path to the nomination, even if he isn’t the overwhelming victor. But if Ohio goes for her governor, Trump could be facing a contested convention later there this summer, which Kasich has outright named as his strategy. And in Florida, Marco Rubio could snatch those delegates back from Trump -- but if his trailing polls there prove accurate, not only will Rubio’s campaign likely get snuffed out, if paired with a Trump win in Ohio, the billionaire’s nomination would seem inevitable.


So while we're waiting on the future of America to be determined (NBD), we may as well tell you that Trump's campaign manager might just have a tidbit of a behavior problem that goes beyond the Michelle Fields episode. "Oh look, the violent Trump staffer was a problem at his last job too," notices GlobalComment's S. Smith. "More revealing, to me, is that Trump's campaign staff were afraid to tell him about L and couldn't easily reach him," argues Daily Beast's Shane Harris. Simultaneously, his campaign's volunteer contract forbids all criticism of Trump -- theoretically for the entirety of that volunteer's life. "Sneak preview of President Trump's revisions to the Pledge of Allegiance," freelancer Corey Pein quips. Maybe Trump could hire a new manager with all the money he hasn't had to spend on what's amounted to $2 billion in free media coverage so far. "I'm very skeptical of the 'media handed Trump the election' argument, but this data is a good foundation for debate," points out Nicholas Confessore, who co-wrote that article. All this has the far right In Europe hoping Trump will pave the way for them. BuzzFeed's Siraj Datoo shares, "erm, I spoke to far right groups in Europe about Trump. Not sure you want to come here now either."


At least in these trying times we can count on BuzzFeed's K-file, a group of twenty-somethings whom NPR says campaigns should fear. "Breakthrough: A 'Buzzfeed does journalism' story that doesn't mention cat videos!" praises Washington Post's David Weigel. The K squad is the group responsible for unearthing much of the video material that highlights candidates' hypocrisy. "I don't know of any other news orgs with 'kids' doing this type of heavy lifting. Kudos, @BuzzFeed," chimes in Peter Nickeas at the Chicago Tribune. For a start, BuzzFeed just dropped this handy comparison of how Obama handled protesters at rallies vs. how Trump handles them. "Just as you’d expect, but what a thing to see," muses Charles Arthur. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is fishing for extra cool points by appearing in this Broad City teaser. "HI THIS IS A CLIP OF HILLARY ON BROAD CITY IS EVERYONE ELSE WRITING FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE TOO," tweet-screams USA Today's Kelly Lawler. Not to be outdone, America's sitting president also appeared in a video with "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who laid down some free-style for Obama. Plus, #Bam4Ham is an admittedly great hashtag.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to Politico's Andrew Saunders, the last time a party's bigwigs tried to stop a front-runner from becoming president, this happened. What was it? Andrew Jackson, passed over for John Quincy Adams despite winning a plurality of the vote, came back with a vengeance for the next election, supported by a new coalition that would become the Democratic Party. He beat John Quincy Adams out of a second term and the rest is history.

Congrats to Carrie Gray of Columbia Business School for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these wonderful people for also answering correctly: Ken Walker (who points out an eerie similarity in that "We elected a guy with little experience or grasp of policy but outrageous hair"), Nickolaus Hines (who wonders "If history repeats itself, does this mean Trump will be the new face of the $20?"), Sarah-Ann Soffer and Mark Gibbs (who adds the hashtags #nochanceofanythinglikethathappeningagain and #justkidding).

As for today's question, here it is: Gawker just finished chronicling 500 days of 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


Some major moves at the Associated Press:

  • The AP is expanding its coverage of race and ethnicity: under the direction of Race and Ethnicity Editor Sonya Ross (at right), the team will add more reporters, photographers, and videographers dedicated to covering race, with a focus on the 2016 election and how it affects people of color.
  • Ross will be assisted by AP's Pauline Arrillaga, the national enterprise editor based in Phoenix, as well as Amanda Barrett, in charge of editorial planning at the AP's global Nerve Center in New York. Check out more here.
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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