December 18th, 2015
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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.

2016 gets closer every day! On today's Muck Rack blog, get ready to prep your PR plan for the new year.

Final reads for Friday


"Chuck Hagel: Not a fan of Obama's Syria policy,"  tweets Foreign Policy's David Kenner, sharing his publication's exclusive with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in which Hagel accused the White House of trying to "destroy’" him (at 3300+ shares right now). "Hagel speaks out and is blistering on how Obama 'lacked a clear strategy' on Syria + 'may not have one anytime soon'," BuzzFeed's Mike Giglio explains. "Hagel tells FP White House dithered over Syria, pressured him over Gitmo and trashed him in anonymous leaks," FP's Dan De Luce further elaborates. "There's a good FP essay to be written on Gates, Hagel, and how Obama's co-option of GOP realism went sour," realizes Ross Douthat. "Remember that time Ted Cruz said Chuck Hagel might've accepted $200,000 from North Korea?" Politico's Michael Crowley asks. And then there's this, as pointed out by Washington Post's Craig Whitlock: "Hagel rips White House for anonymous sniping. White House official responds - anonymously." Bit o' irony there.


Seeing as we're talking politics, the DNC is barring Bernie Sanders' team from accessing data after a software error allowed at least one member of Sanders' staff to look at Hillary Clinton's private campaign information, while the Donald managed to say of Russian president Vladimir Putin  "At least he's a leader." "MSNBC: So you know Putin kills journalists and opponents? Trump: At least he's a leader, unlike what we have," summarizes The Guardian's Hadley Freeman. Meanwhile, former President George W. Bush offered optimism and encouragement to his brother's donors during a private conference call today. "Candid moment on Jeb! call: 'Unfortunately that’s not the best venue for us, the debate stage,'" details NYT's Ashley Parker. Simultaneously, Joe Biden's cancer moonshot is off to a good start with a big funding increase. "While you were watching Obama, we posted the inside story on Biden lobbying for cancer research," announces Stat's Dylan Scott. And if you weren't watching today's Obama presser, just click here to catch up. And last but not least, Hayes Brown is making the case that way too many people are in favor of bombing the city from "Aladdin." 

Gaining traction as we type: the NY Times' admission that systemic change is needed after some faulty San Bernardino coverage. "Why did the NYT get it wrong? 'Our sources misunderstood how social media works and we didn’t push hard enough'," shares Stateline's Sophie Quinton.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Uproxx just redesigned every NFL logo as what? Or who, we might have asked, because the answer is Donald Trump. Frankly, Trump is almost always the answer these days, right?

Congratulations to Samantha Kruse with Levick for being the very first to answer that correctly (and also adding the hashtag #AlwaysBeBranding). Honorable mentions go out to these fine people for also getting it right: Waterfield Designs (who adds "Whyyyyyyyyyyyy!?"), Ken WalkerJoseph CampbellPaul SnyderKaren DatangelSarah ScintoMaureen MacGregorMargo HowardFabiola CamachoMark GibbsCharlotte LoBuono and Ron Casalotti (who notes "because you can't abbreviate 'touchdown' (TD) without 'The Donald'." Indeed, you can't!

As for today's question, here it is: According to Quartzthe Mast Brothers fooled the world into doing 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 for today:

  • Today is Hannah Albarazi's last day as a general assignment reporter at Bay City News Service. Next month Albarazi (at right) will be digital media producer with CBS San Francisco.
  • Epic Magazine has named Mark Robinson editor-in-chief. Robinson joins from Wired, where he most recently served as executive editor.
  • The Daily Dot adds Stephanie Gaskell as opinion editor. Gaskell previously served as managing editor of Defense One.
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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