September 30th, 2016
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.


Today on the blog, Jane Callahan identifies five ways startups hurt their PR campaigns. You see, a publicist’s job is to advise clients on strategy and occasionally run interference on things they shouldn’t have done (or said). When that time comes, Jane’s also found solutions to these common roadblocks with startups. Read all about it here.

If that’s not enough to help, we also have a list of five books professional communicators must read, courtesy of Kenna Griffin.


It hasn't been a particularly good week for Donald Trump

When it comes to this election, editorial boards are breaking all sorts of precedents. Today, it’s USA Today who’s weighing in on the presidential race for the first time...ever. They’ve written to say Don’t vote for Trump: Our view. Jon Passantino wrote, “‘In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race.’ Until now.”

Meanwhile, Josh Hafner added, “@USATODAY makes its first-ever presidential (non)endorsement.”Over at the Chicago Tribune, their editorial board published A principled option for U.S. president: Endorsing Gary Johnson, Libertarian. Mike Memoli tweeted: “@chicagotribune, which mainly endorsed Republicans until hometown @BarackObama, latest to endorse @GovGaryJohnson.” Charles Johnson added, “Read it. Or don’t.”

In the Washington Post, David Fahrenthold wrote that the Trump Foundation lacks the certification required for charities that solicit money. Steven Ginsberg tweeted, “More problems for the Trump Foundation.”

While the Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein and Dave Michaels write that Donald Trump Pointed to 9/11 Attacks in Asking SEC for Leniency During a Fraud Probe.

In other Trump news, Josh Lederman and Catherine Lucey at the AP write that he shamed an ex-beauty pageant winner for her sexual history. A tweet from AP Politics explains: “Trump shames former beauty pageant winner for her sexual history in early morning tweet, calls woman ‘disgusting.’”

New York Magazine’s Claire Landsbaum explains What It’s Like to Be a Female Reporter Covering Donald Trump by interviewing several of the women who’ve been on the campaign trail.

And from CNN, Brian Stelter points out Donald Trump's last press conference was on July 27. He also tweeted, “Trump, who previously knocked Clinton for avoiding the press, has not held a press conference for more than 2 months.”

In other election news…


Today, Nate Silver at 538 reveals we’re “Starting to get some high-quality state polls. They suggest Clinton's in a considerably better position post-debate.”

A poll Chad Livengood reported on in the Detroit News tells us Hillary Clinton holds a 7-point lead in Michigan.

While a WBUR Poll Anthony Brooks got his hand on reports that Clinton Leads Trump In New Hampshire.

The Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz explains Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome. Jennifer Rubin tweeted: “WOW.” While @UrbanAchievr just said, “Dorothy Rabinowitz 🔥🔥🔥.”

BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski reports that Newt Gingrich called Alicia Machado "The New Benghazi Lie". Andrew pointed to the piece saying, “Ladies and gentlemen.” While Kyle Blaine tweeted, “B E N G H Alicia Machado Z I.”



What’s going on in the rest of the world?


Well, in the New York Post, Steve Cuozzo breaks the news that the Carnegie Deli will close at end of 2016. From the piece, Jennifer Rubin tweeted, “Ex-husb carried on affair w former waitress and stole Carnegie’s pastrami and cheesecake recipes. <-- can't beat this.”

For a look into The Unbearable Smallness of Benjamin Netanyahu, look no further than Jeffrey Goldberg’s piece in The Atlantic. Yoni Appelbaum wrote: “‘To Israeli politics go the mediocrities.’ @JeffreyGoldberg on the passing of a giant, and the dwarves left behind.”

Elsewhere in the world, the Philippines leader has likened himself to Hitler and wants to kill millions of drug users, according to Jimmy Lovaas at Reuters. Jean Yoon details the quote: “‘If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…’ Duterte said, pausing and pointing to himself.” Yeganeh June Torbati added, “Duterte compared himself to Hitler today and said he'd ‘be happy’ to exterminate 3 million drug users.”

On Twitter, Lady Gaga announced: “It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA! @nfl @FOXTV @pepsi #PERFECTILLUSION #GAGASUPERBOWL” So get ready for that excitement.

Congress Signals Regret After Overriding Veto of Saudi 9/11 Bill, according to Steven Dennis and Billy House at Bloomberg. Kevin Whitelaw tweeted, “One day, Congress overrides a veto. The next day, they're already talking about changing the law.” Alex Wayne says, “This Saudi 9/11 legislation is a stupid mess and exhibit A (today) for Washington dysfunction. Via @bpolitics.” And Toluse Olorunnipa adds, “@PressSec says Congress has "rapid onset of buyer's remorse" after overriding veto of 9/11 bill.”

And Matea Gold in the Washington Post published Here comes the Republican Senate super PAC blitz. Which seems not at all like fun news. And about which Alex Roarty added, “Steven Law calls Indiana the Senate Democrats ‘Waterloo.’”

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