I took a call a couple of weeks ago from a reader who was livid. As she spoke she grew louder and angrier, I had difficulty understanding exactly what had caused her to become so upset. It didn’t sound like it had to do with the news report. And it didn’t. The reader was mad about an emailed promotion she received from the Union-Tribune about a book titled “Our Dishonest President” by the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board.
A few weeks ago I wrote that I hear various descriptions from readers of what they consider to be “fake news,” the buzzwords President Donald Trump has popularized. Some people call a news story they don’t agree with “fake news” or a story they felt received too much play. To me it’s a story that is undeniably untrue — completely false.I asked readers to email how they define fake news.
A photo appearing on the July 22 Business front looked more than odd to a few readers — it looked fake. Definitely not what a mainstream media company wants at any time, and even more so in today’s political/media climate. The photo accompanied a Los Angeles Times piece on an Assembly bill that would extend low-emission vehicle subsidies. The picture showed a worker on the assembly line for Tesla electric cars.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".