June 24th, 2016
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So Brexit happened


"Waking up to a pound collapse and econ doom, Brits now frantically Googling to figure out what they've done," points out MSNBC's Joy Reid, sharing the news that 8 hours after polls closed, Google reported searches for "what happens if we leave the EU?" tripled. "Democracy in 2016: Vote first, Google later, hope for the best," freelance journalist Sarah Bennett sums things up. "This is not to suggest that any electorate is ever fully informed on anything, but COME ON," reacts Rebecca Tucker at Arts and Life. "One good reason why referendum on this kind of complex question a bad idea," concludes The Guardian's Jon Henley. "Sometimes data drives the best stories," observes Lauren Prince with Vice. Of course, data can be misconstrued, too. "Notion that googling EU means 'many Britons may not even know what they had actually voted for' is total bollocks," argues Toby Harnden at The Sunday Times. "I love the totally unfounded assumption that the Google queries must be coming from 'leave' voters," tweets Mark Perkins. If you're someone who's confused by Brexit -- on either side of the pond -- Vox has you covered in one chart.


Anyway, by now you received the middle-of-the-night alert that Britain did indeed vote to leave the European Union, and if you read the media's take on this, you'd think they'd just voted to leave the planet. "With a single vote, England just screwed us all," Felix Salmon writes for Fusion. "It will take an age to recover from this victory for the exit fantasists," insists The Times. "Cameron and Osborne are to blame for this sorry pass," FT's Nick Clegg points the finger. "If you've got money, you vote in ... if you haven't got money, you vote out," John Harris declares simply. But what of the county Cornwall, where they're pleading for reassurance it will not be 'worse off' following Brexit vote, having received "significant amounts" of funding from the EU for the past 15 years due to its "relatively weak economy." WaPo's Loveday Morris emphasizes, "Even Cornwall, one of the poorest areas of the UK & biggest recipients of EU funding voted out. Now panicking."


Of course, The Onion was all over this like honey on a hot biscuit, with headlines like "Queen Elizabeth Screaming At Stockbroker To Dump Everything." Plus, Prime Minister David Cameron's stunning promise to resign prompted our favorite parody press site to trot out the not-entirely-untrue headline "Americans Confused By System Of Government In Which Leader Would Resign After Making Terrible Decision." Elsewhere in satire, The New Yorker's Andy Borowitz wrote that the British just lost their right to claim Americans are dumber. Also at The New Yorker, cartoonist Barry Blitt commemorated his own disbelief with a new “Silly Walk Off a Cliff.” Blitt laments, "I just sent money to my kid, who’s travelling over there—if I had just waited, I’d have saved a bundle now that the pound has collapsed.”


Although it's worth pointing out Scotland voted to stay, and someone should tell Donald Trump that -- or rather, many Scots did tell him, and it was hard not to laugh. "Scottish insults are kind of amazing," realizes BuzzFeed's Jon Passantino. "Hard to say which v. Scottish insult directed at Trump is my favorite, but I think 'spoon'?" guesses colleague Kate Aurthur. While Trump has dubbed Brexit "a great thing," several interviews uncovered Brits who wish they voted to remain in the EU. "Someone *actually* feels 'robbed of their vote' because they believed Leave 'lies' & would now like to vote Remain," incredulously tweets The Telegraph's Kate McCann. Meanwhile, Miriam Elder argues that the real winner here is Vladimir Putin. "There’s nothing Putin loves more than chaos — and nothing he mistrusts more than Western alliances, Elder writes. "Good job everyone. Fantastic job. Look at what you've done," scolds BuzzFeed's Stacy-Marie Ishmael.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: After more than 70 years, an internal investigation by the Marine Corps just concluded it has been wrongly identifying what? It wrongly identified one of the men raising the flag in the iconic Iwo Jima photograph.

Congrats to MLB Network freelance researcher Bill Chuck for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Thomas FeyerCraig PittmanVP_Divya (who adds the hashtag #oops), Ron Casalotti (who wonders, "So, one has been a poseur all this time?"), Jake Wengroff (who notes "Harold Schultz, not John Bradley, was one of the flag raisers at Iwo Jima"), Mark GibbsJohn WallAlex Brant-ZawadzkiBrian Gallagher (who adds "As a former Marine, I'm speechless!") and Waterfield Designs for all getting that exactly right, too.

As for today's question, here it is: A new brand of glasses claims to correct 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 Friday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • A change in pace: Fox News is moving Jennifer Griffin (at right) to Clinton campaign detail. Previously the network's national security correspondent since 2007, Griffin will resume covering the Pentagon once the election ends.
  • New addition: Fast Company welcomes Ruth Reader as a writer. Reader joins from Mic, where she was a senior writer on the tech beat.
  • New to Beantown: Natasha Verma joins NBC Boston as a reporter. Verma hails from WBBH in Fort Myers, Fla., where she served as traffic reporter.
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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