February 25th, 2016
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Ledes you won't believe


"So apparently Scalia's final hours were ripped from the missing chapter of 'The Da Vinci Code'," concludes Will Bunch with the Philadelphia Daily News after learning that the recently passed Justice Antonin Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters (reaching thousands of incredulous shares right now). "'Elite hunters' seems a bit much, how about 'rich gun owners'," suggests The New Yorker's Silvia Killingsworth, who was clearly not impressed. Most people had a very different reaction, however: "What kind of Eyes Wide Shut s#it is this right here?" demands Anil Dash. "Was the Archduke of Austria an eyewitness to Scalia's death? What else is the secret society hiding?" wonders Washington Post's Craig Whitlock. "Scalia was in Marfa on a hunting trip with the International Order of St. Hubertus. So the Illuminati did it," resolves CityLab's Kriston Capps. Still others were just plain hung up on the hunting angle. "Honoring God by Honoring His Creatures ... By shooting them," snarks Courier-Journal's Joseph Gerth. Members of this worldwide, male-only society wear dark-green robes embroidered with a large cross, prompting Kate Bennett with the Independent Journal to tweet, "also men and their secret societies. ladies amirite?"


And if that doesn't surprise you, how about this other scoop by the Washington Post (where they're clearly on a roll today!): Republican Nevada governor Brian Sandoval is being vetted (by Harry Reid, for one!) for Scalia's Supreme Court vacancy. "This is 1) politically shrewd and 2) a testament to who runs the Democratic Party," points out NYT's Ross Douthat. "It's almost like the GOP hasn't fully thought through its bull-headed refusal to consider any SCOTUS nominee," muses Robert Wright at the Financial Times. Interestingly, Sandoval is pro-abortion, pro-environment but called Obamacare "unconstitutional." "Liberals: The Obama Administration would like to inquire, on a scale of 1 to 10, how much this freaks you out," tweets The Daily Dot's Aaron Sankin. "Hard to imagine Senate GOP doing a 180 just because Obama nominates Sandoval, especially since he's pro-choice," observes National Journal's Ben Pershing. Meanwhile, a New York Times opinion piece assails Republicans for losing their minds over a Supreme Court seat.


Turning once more to the Apple/FBI squabble, the tech giant is rumored to be working on an iPhone it can't event hack. "Apple is reportedly developing security measures to make it harder for gov't to break into iPhones. Shots fired," Mashable's Megan Hess elaborates. Also, freelance journalist Steven Petrow got hacked mid-air while writing an Apple-FBI story. "Learn from my bad," Petrow tweets. 


There's a lot of Trump trending, too, but you already knew that. Trump’s negatives among Hispanics is on the rise, becoming the worst in the GOP field. Trump said a lot of gross things about women on "Howard Stern" (surprise, right?). Trump hired a mostly foreign work force for his Florida club. Looking too closely at his global deals reveals many trouble spots. Also, Trump regularly punts puppies and kicks kittens -- kidding, we can't verify that. But Matt Taibbi does argue it's America that's made the Donald unstoppable. "Flaw in the American Death Star: It doesn't know how to turn the cameras off, even when it's filming its own demise," explains WaPo's Ben Terris.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What is the Washington Post calling the "height of laziness" with respect to millennial tastes? 40 percent of millennials consider cereal an "inconvenient breakfast choice" because they had to clean up after eating it (perhaps we should blame the Ryan-Gosling-won't-eat-his-cereal meme). H/T to the New York Times for spotlighting this finding first, by the way.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also getting it right: Carrie GrayLaura AlixEllen Wernecke (who smells a "recipe for a lazy thinkpiece" coming on), Mark PoepselChris Lombardi (who adds "Shame I murmur, finishing my protein bar b4 yogurt"), Auditi GuhaArlene WeintraubSamantha KubotaLizzy Shaw (who asks "this is the end, isn't it?"), Fabiola Camacho (who notes "But we'll gladly listen to #serial"), Elaine Iandoli (who adds "guess they don't want those prizes like we used to..."), Ken Walker (who also blames Ryan GoslingDebkrol (who wonders "what, do they think that they're supposed to lap it up outta the box?"), Hal Davis (who offers this solution), Ron Casalotti (who dubs millennials "a generation of 'cereal killers'"), Mark Gibbs (who notes "If sex also too much of hassle then the human race is doomed") and Oonagh B. McQuarrie (whose answer was "ugh, I'm too lazy to say cereal").

As for today's question, here it is: According to The Guardian, a team of researchers from the University of London’s department of life sciences just completed a study on 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!

Featured journalist: Diana-Ashley Krach


Today we'd like to introduce you all to Diana-Ashley Krach, a full-time freelance writer with extensive SEO experience and a background in copywriting. Krach's work focuses on news as well as personal opinion essays, with bylines appearing in and on such publications as Good HousekeepingHelloGiggles, XOJane,  and Lumen Magazine. She's also very socially savvy, relying on Sprout Social, Google Drive, and Paper Rater as well as using SourceSleuth and ProfNet for sources. As for the piece she's most proud of, it's her look at endometriosis, the women's health issue that radically changed her 20-something life, because "the response was very positive." That's an understatement --  that personal essay has garnered 1,700+ shares so far. Check out her Muck Rack portfolio here for more of her exemplary work.

Remember: If you also want to be featured here, you should 1) set up your own journalist portfolio 2) get verified and 3) let us know by emailing Kirsten.

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Thursday


Your career jumps to know:

  • CNN’s New Day just named Jennifer Henderson (at right) editorial producer. Henderson was most recently an editorial producer for breaking news at the network.
  • Marketing Land welcomes Tim Peterson as social media reporter. Peterson previously served as a digital media reporter for Ad Age.
  • Rex Santus is VICE's newest social editor. Santus hails from Forbes, where he was assistant social media editor.
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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