February 17th, 2016
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Wednesday words and beyond

"Forget Supreme Court. This is the fight to watch," tweets Chetan Sharma after reading CEO Tim Cook's letter to Apple customers (nearing 19,000 shares now) to explain why the tech giant is refusing FBI requests to retrieve data from an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI has asked Apple to disable the security feature that only permits a few attempts to guess the phone’s passcode before all its data gets deleted, but this “backdoor” means Apple engineers must create a brand new version of the phone’s operating system that would do away with important security features. "If you think Apple is wrong to oppose that court order concerning San Bernardino attackers, read this," urges Kate Irby for the Bradenton Herald.  "If you value your privacy, you have to love Apple's stand here," argues Ebenezer Samuel at the New York Daily News. "This defense of encryption by Apple is fantastic. Where are the other tech company statements supporting them?" wonders Trevor Timm with the Columbia Journalism Review and The Guardian. Even Edward Snowden weighed in: "The @FBI is creating a world where citizens rely on #Apple to defend their rights, rather than the other way around." Although MuckRock founder Michael Morisy points out, "Politically, I have a hard time seeing how Apple wins this encryption fight w/o major change to public conversation." Vox's Matthew Yglesias brings things full-circle with this observation: "Good thing we have a fully functioning Supreme Court to sort this out."

Oh, yeah. About that. Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected passing at that luxury ranch in Texas has prompted a debate about who paid for the trip as well as whether Justices should be required to disclose gifts and free trips. "Who justices the justices?" pointedly asks Chicago Tribune's Charles Johnson. "Owner of ranch where Scalia died has a company that makes parts for hearses. Stick that in your conspiracy pipe!" political animator Mark Fiore takes that ball and runs with it straight into the absurd. Meanwhile, here's where every single senator stands so far on nominating Scalia's successor. It' s an "Awesome visualization that leverages the power of calling up powerful people and asking them a question," applauds National Journal's Andrew McGill. And elsewhere in politics, although Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders appear to be in a dead heat for Nevada, Clinton leads in 10 of the 12 early March primaries and appears to be benefiting from overwhelming black support. Here's how Hillary won Harlem.

Question of the day

Our last question asked: According to Bloomberg Business, the parmesan cheese you've been sprinkling on your penne could be ... what? Wood. The FDA has found evidence that some grated parmesan suppliers have been doctoring their product with substitutes and fillers like wood pulp.

Congratulations to Dan Rosenbaum of for being the very first to answer that (his full answer was "Cellulose. Wood pulp. Recycled Olive Garden menus. Yum!"). Honorable mentions go out to Trey GrahamKen WalkerChia Evers (whose answer was "How much WOOD would a WOODchuck grate if a WOODchuck could grate cheese?"), Hiram ReisnerMatt NagelMark Gibbs (who quips "So, at best, some brands are only kinda cheesy. At worst, they woodn't taste good"), Robin Tierney (who suggests a "Possible American Dairy Assn spin:'contains fiber, so now it's a health food'"), Debkrol (who predicts "Next: Pizza Hut debuts out new choices: oak, walnut or cedar pizzas"), Carrie GrayTyler Gatlin (who wonders "Are we honestly surprised?"), Judyth MermelsteinRon Casalotti (who jokes "When we cell-u-lose"), Karen Elizabeth Fraser and Wendy L. Wilson for all getting right as well. Shout out to Margo Howard for reacting thusly: "Oh, God, you mean it may not be Parmesan cheese?!"

As for today's question, here it is: Move over, Duchess Kate. Who is BuzzFeed's newest "Royal Guest Editor?"

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 Wednesday

Your career highlights for today:

  • Vox Media has hired Choire Sicha (at right) as director of partner platforms, overseeing partnerships with Facebook and Snapchat. You know Sicha as the co-founder of The Awl. Read more here.
  • The Chicago Tribune names Bruce Dold editor, succeeding Gerould Kern, who has retired after nearly eight years. Dold previously served as editor for the editorial and opinion pages there. More here.
  • Linda Wells will join The Cut as Beauty Editor-at-Large. Wells is charged with writing weekly on a range of topics related to beauty, fashion, wellness and health.
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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