May 25th, 2016
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Muck Rack Daily
Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

Mark your calendars for 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT tomorrow! (Thursday) Join @MuckRack for the first monthly edition of #MuckRackCafe, a live 30-minute Twitter interview with a journalist. Tomorrow we'll chat with Mike Rosenberg (@byrosenberg), a reporter at the Seattle Times, whose recent Muck Rack blog post "America now has nearly 5 PR people for every reporter" went viral. So join us for a discussion about the state of journalism, finding a journalism job in 2016, working with PR pros and more, and bring your questions for Mike, too. See you on Twitter tomorrow at 12:30!

Top of the rundown


"Tfw a story just falls into your lap," muses STAT's Megan Thielking, referring to the Trump aide who mistakenly emailed Politico's Marc Caputo a request for details on "HRC/Whitewater," tipping everyone off that The Donald plans to target Hillary Clinton over Whitewater (at a jubilant 400+ shares right now, but it's only just broken, so wait on it a tick). "OMG> > Hope Hicks accidentally emailed @MarcACaputo instead of Michael Caputo asking RNC for dirt on Whitewater," elaborates Politico colleague Hadas Gold. "That day in the land of @realDonaldTrump when Two Caputos was more newsy than Two Corinthians," observes Major Garrett at CBS News. "The echo chamber demands more cowbell," quips Boston Globe's Alex Kingsbury.

While that story was funny, this is bigger news: A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton (as well as previous secretaries of state) for mishandling email and taking too long to respond to cybersecurity concerns. NY1's Josh Robin reacts, "This isn't good news for @HillaryClinton. $2 billion question is Is it criminal. (She says no). More." Trump's day isn't much better, with The Telegraph claiming he signed off on a deal designed to deprive the U.S. of tens of millions in tax. "Trump approved a $50m investment in a company – only for the deal to be rewritten several weeks later as a ‘loan’," details Jessica Winch there. Meanwhile, it turns out Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel has been secretly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker. "Remember all those desperate fantasies that billionaires would take an interest in journalism? They're coming true!" comes the faux celebratory tweet from NYT's James Poniewozik.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to the CDC, 80 percent of what in 5 U.S. states failed health inspections? That would be public pools. Because you never know whose germs you're sharing that water with, eh?

Congrats to communicator Dagmar Ebaugh for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Fabiola Camacho (who adds the hashtag #luckytoliveinCalifornia), Rachel Sentes (whose answer was "Swimming with the fishes in more ways than one- being in the pool is not cool!"), Mark Gibbs (who remarks "Please tell me no one is surprised by this"), RichelleCharlotte LoBuono (who asks "Conjunctivitis, anyone?"), Jackie Hague (who notes this question gave her "Caddy Shack Flashbacks" to the "Floating Baby Ruth" - ew!), Shawn Anderson (who alternatively dubs them "Chlorine Urine Spas"), Brian Hyland (who offers "and that's just one of the reasons #NJNJ is better than #NY"), Ron Casalotti (who suggests we might call "public access pools" just "cesspools" for short), Claudine Laforce (who resolves "I will never wade into one again!") and Martin Berliner for all getting that right, as well. Special shout out to Katie North, who admits "Idk the answer to the @muckrack Daily's trivia question, but I'm horrified to find out."

As for today's question, here it is: Proving fact truly is stranger than fiction, The Guardian just published a deep dive into the daily lifestyles of men who "live as" 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 Wednesday


Your career jumps to know for today:

  • Craig Jenkins (at right) will soon join New York Magazine and Vulture as pop music critic charged with writing reviews and commentary. Jenkins is finishing up as a contributing editor to Noisey, music coverage by VICE.
  • Jen Chaney joins Vulture as TV columnist, reviewing shows as well as joining the Vulture TV Podcast. Chaney has been a freelance contributor for the New York Times, Uproxx, Esquire, The Dissolve and more.
  • Megan Baker is now senior editor at HGTV Magazine. Baker previously served as staff editor for This Old House Magazine.
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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