September 8th, 2016
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Forget counting down to Election Day--why not count down until the holidays, instead? But if you're in PR, beware: these journalists don't want your gift guide pitches.

At the same time, though, we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves, right? So here are 6 ways to kick-start your work after the summer season.

Wanted: a new word for 2016


What with all the Trump bloopers and Clinton controversies getting so much media time, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson must have worried he had been forgotten.

That's no longer a concern.

Because Johnson apparently doesn't know what Aleppo is (that link alone is at 4,000+ shares so far). If you yourself are not well acquainted with Syria's refugee crisis, you might be forgiven for this oversight, as you're not running for president of the United States and commander-in-chief of its military. But Gary Johnson is running, and when asked on Wednesday's Morning Joe what he would do about the calamity in that city, Johnson earnestly asked, "And what is Aleppo?" Which would work great, if you're a contestant on Jeopardy and you're answering Alex Trebek's prompt "This Syrian city is the focus of a global refugee crisis," but this was no episode of America's beloved game show.

This, in a nutshell, is the 2016 election.


"And he wants to be the alternative to @HillaryClinton & @realDonaldTrump ? Woe r we with our choices," laments John Ferrugia at Rocky Mountain PBS. "Ayn Rand was silent on this, to be fair," shrugs Boston Globe's Alex Kingsbury.

We didn't need to wait long to see how Gary would address his gaffe. "Oh my. Gary Johnson, after not knowing what/where Aleppo is - offers this. I may never unclench," admits The Guardian's Simon Ricketts.

At the Washington PostPhilip Bump grappled for the right analogy: "Here, I liken Gary Johnson to the Titanic, if the Titanic had blown up while it was sinking," Bump tweets. "The Germans probably have a word for this," helpfully suggests his colleague Rebecca Sinderbrand.

Per usual, we could count on BuzzFeed to boil this down to a clickable game: Do You Know Where Aleppo Is? Global Women's Rights reporter Jina Moore had no trouble, boasting, "I got w/in 33 miles. And at 5 pm local time, I'm fairly confident this is the greatest thing [I] will accomplish today."

Today in other news


Johnson isn't the only one having a bad day: plenty of journalists are pretty unhappy with NBC's Matt Lauer, who is navigating a minefield of criticism over last night's Clinton-Trump forumVox's Matthew Yglesias says Lauer totally blew it on cross-examining Donald Trump’s flip-flops, while Jonathan Chait declares "Lauer’s pathetic interview made me think Trump can actually win." Probably the nicest thing anyone in the media could say about their peer was Michael Calderone, who concluded that Lauer point-blank "failed the moderator test." NYT's Mike Grynbaum predicts, "Taking notes tonight: Lester, Chris, Anderson, Martha."

Who will factcheck these folks? Hillary Clinton went on Israeli television to claim terrorists are praying for a Trump victory. "This is appallingly dumb, and everyone would be screaming if Trump said it about Hillary," points out Jonathan Shainin with The Guardian. Simultaneously, her emails with Colin Powell have just been released, which should keep media busy for  a few days. At least Trump pledges to end his press blacklist of certain publications (namely BuzzFeed, Washington Post, Politico, Huffington Post, Univision and Daily Beast). "Guess I'm going to have to remove the 'blacklisted' tattoo from the small of my back now," bemoans BuzzFeed's Kyle Blaine. Meanwhile, President Obama weighs in on climate change, calling the trends "terrifying." Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks counters the president on Twitter, "Yet, you have done NOTHING to stop the #DakotaAccessPipeline."

And in breaking news that continues to break our hearts, at least one person is dead after a shooting at the band hall of a Texas high school.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Why was the Green Party presidential candidate's recent Capital University speech delayed?​ Dr. Jill Stein was slated to fly to Columbus, Ohio to make her speech, but mistakenly flew to Cincinnati, Ohio, instead. In Dr. Stein's defense, the Buckeye State does have far too many major cities that begin with the letter "C."


Congrats to freelancer Janet Beatrice (pictured here) for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also answering correctly: John Wall (who also considers it a "Common mistake for the interchangeable Ohio C cities"), Mark Gibbs (who quips "If elected, Stein to lead country in unexpected direction"), Ron Casalotti (who snarks "I guess Geography's not a required skill") and Natalie Tindall (who once again wins the day by tweeting a perfect accompanying gif).

As for today's question, here it is: Depending on whether you're reading it in English or Spanish, Sen. John McCain​'s campaign web site portrays his stance on what issue differently?

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 today


Your career highlight for the day: 

  • Mariana Atencio (pictured) has just started at MSNBC as a Miami-based correspondent. Atencio hails from Univision and Fusion, where she first joined Univision as a correspondent in 2011 and eventually anchored for Fusion when it first launched. Most recently she co-anchored Univision 23’s program Al Punto Florida.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry:

  • This week was Dan Arnall's debut as executive producer of NBC’s Nightly News Weekend. Arnall joins from Bloomberg TV, where he served as deputy head of global television operations.
  • Stephanie Castillo boards Fortune as an online associate editor. Castillo previously served as front-page editor for Medical Daily’s website.
  • Danica Lo goes freelance, leaving behind her gig at Women’s Wear Daily online. Lo was until recently their digital director.
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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