May 19th, 2016
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News encounters of the unexpected kind


"This, real talk, is stunning to me," admits Gradient's Bradford Davis, in response to a startling new Washington Post poll that shows 9 out of 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by the Redskins name (at 7,000+ gobsmacked shares right now). "Hey, look: The whole uproar about the Redskins' name is not grounded in actually offending most native Americans," points out Washington Examiner's Timothy Carney. "So it turns out group most offended by #Redskins is white liberals," concludes Debra J. Saunders at the San Francisco Chronicle. "Hey #Halbritter: 90% of American Indians want jobs, healthcare, education etc. NOT your PC war on @Redskins name," contributor Sean Kennedy takes it a step farther. "I'm not terribly surprised by this. Although I do think cultural appropriation is another issue w/ prob diff results," argues Kelyn Soong, before continuing, "I think if the Q was 'Are you offended by fans painting themselves red & wearing headdresses' the A would be diff. There were others who pushed back against the poll's findings, too: "Asking Native Americans about offensive football team is like asking people on sinking boat if the water's cold," insists Jason Nark at the Philadelphia Daily News. At MTV NewsJamil Smith doubles down even harder: "The name of Washington's NFL team is a slur. If American Indians aren't offended by it, it doesn't change that fact."


Trending at the top of today's headlines is the seemingly vanished EgyptAir Flight 804, the wreckage of which has just been found, an airline official says. Despite no distress call from the plane, officials are pushing terrorism over technical as the reason: early theories seem to indicate that Flight 804 was taken down by a bomb. Follow CNN here for live updates. Hillary Clinton has already jumped on the story, claiming it "shines a very bright light" on the real threat of terror and that it "reinforces the need for American leadership." Vox's Dylan Matthews responds to that piece, "This is dangerous fearmongering. Americans shouldn't be afraid of terrorism, & politicians shouldn't tell them to be." Meanwhile, a dying GOP senator apologized to Muslims for Donald Trump. "This @timkmak is incredible and is hard to read while wearing mascara," confesses Olivia Nuzzi. And in tech, the Wall Street Journal's latest bombshell on the embattled Theranos indicates the company voided two years of Edison blood-test results. "Theranos looking more like Thanatos," quips Slate's Jacob Weisberg.

And in media, we're mourning the iconic Morley Safer, once of CBS News. "We are sad to report that legendary @60Minutes correspondent Morley Safer has died at 84," CBS announced on Twitter.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to BuzzFeed, who is it who has "beat the Kardashians at their own game?" That would be Blac Chyna, fiancé to the only Kardashian son. (How is it we manage to know these things without ever picking up a celebrity magazine?!)

Congrats to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also answering correctly: Lucia A. WalinchusAmanda Shepherd (who adds "*all the eye rolls*"), Mark Gibbs (who wonders "Why the %*^& does anyone give a $#*&?"), Charlotte LoBuonoDebkrol (who notes "just what we need, more Kardashian/crazy-for-fame people mashups!"), Cindi LashWendy L. Wilson and Ron Casalotti (who interestingly has dubbed BC "the Jennerizer bunny").

As for today's question, here it is: According to Quartz, what app is turning our friends into petty jerks?

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!

Featured journalist: Frances Locke


Frances Locke refuses to call herself a "wordsmith," but she does consider herself a writer, editor, and content specialist with experience in both online and print publishing. Previously a senior editor for Punkin House Press and weekend editor for Defy Media's Mommyish (one of TIME Magazine's 2012 top fifty websites), Locke has contributed to publications such as The Gloss, The Mary Sue, Dead Housekeeping, Whovian Hub, and The Frisky, among others. Her favorite fictional journalist is Murphy Brown ("Who else?") and when she's not at her computer, you'll find her "squinting at my iPhone." Check out her Muck Rack portfolio here for a sampling of her work, which ranges from the saucy ("I Bred With A Juggalo") to the serious ("AnonIB's Date Rape Problem"). "You could say that I'm kind of a big deal," she tells us. "You'd be lying, but you could say it."

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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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