October 4th, 2016
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There's nothing better than New York City in the fall, something the Society of American Business Editors and Writers clearly thought about when choosing its location for this year's fall conference.

This conference is co-chaired by Kevin G. Hall, past president of SABEW and chief economics correspondent of McClatchy Newspapers and Suzanne Baryln, correspondent at Reuters. It's taking place on October 6 and 7, and it will be held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

For registration and more information, please go to

And on the Muck Rack Blog, Crystal Richard has The ABCs of tweeting your way to PR success. (Spoiler alert: She starts off by making a confession.)

Man brings a live raccoon to a Canadian McDonald's fistfight

Man brings a live raccoon to a Canadian McDonald's fistfight

How about that headline, huh?

Today we begin our MuckRack trending topics journey in Canada, or more specifically a McDonald's in the capital Ottawa. In what referred to as the "most Canadian fistfight ever," Twitter lit up when Alison Mah of the Ottawa Citizen tweeted the following: "i don’t know how to describe this .gif of a mcdonald’s fight on rideau street except to say that at one point, someone pulls out a raccoon"

Son of a raccoon, she was right. Turns out the video is from 2014 but surfaced Monday in the Ottawa subreddit in the form of a gif. Still funny two years later, Mah tracked down the video and tried to explain it to us. Or as she put it, "OK, I wrote a quick thing on the McDonald’s raccoon. Because how could I not."

Indeed, Alison. How could you not?

For a short story, it's full of gems like this one: "But at the 38 second mark in the video, a man off to the side of the fight pulls out of his sweater what appears to be a baby raccoon, and briefly holds it up like infant Simba on Pride Rock in The Lion King," Mah writes.

Tyler Dawson, deputy editor for the Citizen's editorial pages, tweeted perhaps the perfect summary: "I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the newsroom as worked up as they are rn about this raccoon thing."

So to recap: McDonald's, fight, raccoon, internet, Canada. It feels like someone should drop the mic and we just end there. But we can't. There's much more happening that we want to share with you.

So let's get to that now.

David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post has the most tweeted about story this morning: Trump Foundation ordered to stop fundraising by N.Y. attorney general’s office. As Fahrenthold's Post colleague J duLac tweeted, "When @Fahrenthold writes, you should blind-open and read."

• BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski and his scoop-driven political research team are joining CNN for the election and beyond, reports The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone. Buzzworthy for sure among fellow journalists. Sam Stein of The Huffington Post tweeted "Whoa," while Lindsay Adler of Deadspin tweeted "holy heck."

• Speaking of stories from Buzzfeed, the headline on this story by McKay Coppins makes us want to read the whole thing (as good headlines should): "Paul Ryan, So Handsome, So Sad." You'll laugh. You might even cry.

• In this tweet from the National Hurricane Center's Atlantic Ops Twitter page, "Hurricane Matthew made landfall near Les Anglais, Haiti at 7 am EDT. This is the first Category 4 #hurricane landfall in Haiti since Cleo in 1964." The NHC tweeted soon after that tropical storm and/or hurricane watches will likely be needed for portions of the Florida peninsula and Keys today. This is going to be a big story over the next several days.

• And speaking of Matthew, here are some dramatic views of the storm taken from the International Space Station.

• You know that Donald Trump tax return story the New York Times broke over the weekend, the one we couldn't stop reading? Well, there's another fascinating twist. Turns out, The Daily News also had Trump's tax return -- they just couldn't verify it. Dylan Byers of CNN has the story. Alexandra Svokos of Elite Daily called it "tragic," while Sam Thielman of The Guardian tweeted "this is the kind of thing I have actual non-metaphorical nightmares about."

• Great piece by Carol Morello of The Washington Post about one of their own. Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his family file federal lawsuit against Iranian government. As Wall Street Journal Saudi Arabia correspondent Ahmed Al Omran explained, "WaPo reporter @jrezaian sues Iran under “terrorism exception” to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (not JASTA)." 

Topics to watch today:

VP debate: Kaine vs. Pence. 9 p.m. Eastern. If you are a sucker for potential vice presidents battling it out in front of podiums, you don't want to miss this one because there's only one.

Today is National Taco Day: Our hope is that you are reading this and scrolling with one hand, while eating a taco with the other. Please tell us that's what you are doing.



Questions need answers. And at Muck Rack we are always happy to provide both.

Yesterday we asked: "Last night, HBO debuted the much-anticipated sci-fi adventure epic Westworld to predominantly positive reviews. But the show is actually based on a 1973 film of the same name. What director, known primarily as a very famous fiction writer, made the original movie?"

And the answer is... (drum roll please) Michael Crichton.

Here's a cool fact about that movie that we found on Wikipedia: Crichton's 1973 movie Westworld contains one of the earliest references to a computer virus, and the first mention of the concept of a computer virus in a movie. Anyone else totally want to check to make sure their virus software is up to date?

Congrats to writer Chris Lombardi of Philadelphia, for being the first to tweet us with the correct answer. And thank you for playing our game.

Speaking of games, we'll take game show feats for $1,000, Alex: This guy is setting the Jeopardy! world on fire with his impressive win streak. Even Alex Trebek is impressed with his winnings, which total more than $200,000. Tonight he goes for his 12th win. What is this man's name? (It's not a rule at Muck Rack, but it would be awesome if you would please answer in the form of a question. Because Jeopardy!)

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!

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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