June 6th, 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.

 A few weeks ago, Kate Elizabeth Queram read our Muck Rack post on 5:1 ratio of PR pros to journalists, which made her wonder why it's so hard to get a call back from a communications person? So for your reading enjoyment, and care of Queram, check out today's Muck Rack installment: the 5 interactions this journalist has with PR pros.

Must-reads for Monday


"So @BuzzFeed was going to take $1.3 million from the RNC for ads on its site but now they're not because Trump," concludes Reuters' Trump reporter Emily Flitter, sharing Politico's take on Buzzfeed's pulling out of its advertising agreement with the RNC over Donald Trump's rhetoric. In CEO Jonah Peretti's own words: "we don’t run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won’t accept Trump ads for the exact same reason." "Proud of my former employers today," reacts onetime Geeky editor Donna Dickens. "Feel bad for the ad guy whose account this was," admits Ray Downs at New Times Broward-Palm Beach. But the move also inspired plenty of questions. "Are they still going to take Clinton ads? If so, huge mistake," argues Washington Post's Paul Waldman, adding, "If you're a news org you can't shut out one party even if its nominee is a jerk. If you want to refuse all presidential ads, fine." Michael Goldfarb points out, "All the stuff Buzzfeed (fairly) complains about re Trump was clear as day in April when they signed the deal...." And Steve Krakauer at Autonomous Magazine warns, "Never forget that BuzzFeed is not a news organization. BuzzFeed News employees should be furious, but they won’t be."

Perhaps this is why President Barack Obama is rumored to be so eager to hit the stump for Hillary Clinton and shred Trump. "@nytimes says Obama may endorse Clinton this week & very excited to get campaigny game on," summarizes Salena Zito at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Lest you think we're letting Hillary off the hook, however, we should point out that the State Department is blocking the release of Hillay era TPP emails until after the election. "HRC now says she doesn't like TPP 'trade' deal. She liked it before. Her State Sept e-mails on TPP? Unavailable," observes journalist Charles Jaco. "Transparency!" reacts blogger Johnny Dollar. Pivoting back to Trump, though, here's another mystery: how the billionaire continues to receive a middle-class tax break, according to his latest property-tax bill. "That's just rich," quips Mark Rechtin at Consumer Reports Cars. Meanwhile, Chris Christie declined to comment on the judge in the Trump U case and a Texas congressman tells Trump exactly where he can put his border wall. "Important editorial decisions I make: 'Can we put ‘ass’ in a headline?' [Obvi.]," declares Texas Tribune EIC Emily Ramshaw. And elsewhere in politics, New York mayor Bill De Blasio seems to be shifting away from his re-election message of "One City." NYT's J. David Goodman reports, "One city, two cities: my story on @BilldeBlasio's evolving strategy in face of inquiries and brewing 2017 challenges."

And in media, we're remembering NPR's David Gilkey, who was killed in Afghanistan yesterday alongside NPR Afghan interpreter Zabihulla Tamanna. "David Gilkey's steering lens zoomed in on humanity," praises Delhi bureau chief Julie McCarthy. "Sad day. David Gilkey & Zabihullah Tamanna killed in Afghanistan, lives lost chronicling a war that's taken too many," observes Heidi Vogt at the Wall Street Journal.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to one clever Wall Street Journal headline, guacamole lovers are saying what are the pits? Florida’s ‘SlimCado,’ or low-fat avocado.

Congratulations to Amy B. Wang of the The Arizona Republic for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Charlotte LoBuono (who agrees "They are pretty gnarly"), Becky YerakLucia A. Walinchus (who is also "Agreed. Live life on the edge people. Eat a real avocado"), Ron Casalotti (who remarks "Wholly Guacamole? The fact that there are no standards for minimum % for avocado in guacamole"), and Mark Gibbs (who comments "Yet another weird thing from Florida"). Shout out to Kamal Khan for guessing "Headlines that use 80s catchphrases?"

As for today's question, here it is: Speaking of the Wall Street Journal, they recently wrote an algorithm to unravel 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
Gothamist's Robbins joins Village Voice


The Village Voice welcomes Christopher Robbins as city editor, charged with the day-to-day oversight of's content. Currently the features editor at Gothamist, in his new role Robbins will aim to expand the site’s contributor base, contribute to the weekly paper and strengthen its city politics and culture coverage.

"True! In a few weeks I will be City Editor at the Village Voice after 5.5 at Gothamist. Humbled! Excited! (Not) Sad!" Robbins shares, before adding, "In the meantime, smart people should apply for my job, the greatest job I have ever had."

"We are all sooopahpumped @ChristRobbins is clambering aboard as city editor here @villagevoice!!!" reacts EIC Will Bourne.

Meanwhile, freelance journalist and former Gothamist associate editor Lauren Evans muses,  "I hope the @villagevoice is ready for @ChristRobbins's Spring Wardrobe."

... Kitten enthusiasts, beware before you click.


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