June 9th, 2016
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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.

Lawyers, artists, and programmers, oh my! On today's Muck Rack blog, we're discussing how your next great PR hire may not be a PR professional at all.



"BREAKING (but not surprising)," Joe Garofoli with SFGate reacts to President Barack Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president (at 11,000+ shares and climbing). "And that's game," Chris E. Hayner at "Welp, @BarackObama's with her. Watch him endorse Sanders' platform before asking his supporters to fall in line," predicts Travis Reilly. Tellingly, Obama doesn't mention Donald Trump at any point during the video, but he lists values that "make America great" that will be "tested" in this election. "In endorsing Hillary, Obama suggests America is great already," points out Wall Street Journal's Neil King. The sitting president also praises Clinton's "courage" and "character," saying that "as somebody who had to debate her more than 20 times." NYT's Matt Chaban confesses, "I'll admit it: I cried a little watching out first black president endorse maybe our first female president." Key takeaway quote from Obama's endorsement: "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office."

Clinton, obviously, welcomed the endorsement with open arms, saying "it just means so much."


So what about Bernie? Likely seeking to exit on his own terms, the senator from Vermont went to Washington this morning and was greeted at the White House by Obama. "Per @agearan, O told Sanders he would endorse on Sunday. Sanders camp asked WH to wait until after today's meeting," reports Washington Post's Abby Phillip. Sanders also indicated he had a long list of issues he plans to pursue at the convention ... perhaps in this election he's the catfish nipping at Hillary's salmon?


Turning our attention to the other half of this race, Trump has his own endorsement -- from KKK's David Duke, who is defending Trump and shares some theories of his own about the source of the nominee's ongoing bad press. We probably don't need to tell you where that's going, but you're welcome to have a click and find out for yourself. But has Trump inadvertently exposed the hypocrisy of "objective" journalism? "Trump has journos rethinking objectivity. Joe McCarthy did that too," points out Christopher Zara. Meanwhile, NYT's Nate Cohn observes that there are more white voters in American than people (apparently) think, and that’s good news for Trump. "It's a narrow path, but if Trump can get enough white voters, he could win," realizes Michael Tackett with the NY Times.

Incidentally, if you caught that (actually) breaking news of Maria Sharapova's suspension yesterday, it provided a priceless opportunity for Chris Christie to weigh in on the attractiveness of women tennis players, which we'll all agree was needed.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: In what's being called "the worst hangover ever," three British clubbers ended up where? Supposedly Syria, but it turns out it was all just an elaborate prank. Hilarious, guys.

Congratulations to David Daniel of CNN for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these incredible individuals for also answering correctly: Buck BoraskyKendra BishopKen Walker (whose answer technically was "Syria. Wait, Syria? SYRIA? Holy crap, Syria"), Bill ChuckMaureen MacGregor (who quips "I'll take a tardis to Tartus, pls"), Mark GibbsJake WengroffDan Rosenbaum (who wonders "Has Paul Feig or Guy Ritchie bought the rights yet?"), Ron Casalotti (who muses " I guess they just weren't Syriaess").

As for today's question, here it is: What's the latest inexplicable trend for 30-year-olds to celebrate the end of their 20s?

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 Thursday


Your career moves to know this morning:

  • Welcome aboard: Jessica Janner Castro (at right) will soon join ABC7 News - KGO Bay Area and San Francisco News as morning news anchor. Janner Castro is finishing up at FOX5 Vegas, where she anchored morning and midday news.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek welcomes Jared Hopkins, adding pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical companies to his beat. Hopkins was most recently an investigative news reporter for the Chicago Tribune covering sports, the environment, public health, and consumer issues.
  • Beginning in late June, Politico adds Megan Cassella as a reporter on the international trade. Cassella will join from Reuters, where she currently reports on economics and politics in D.C.
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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