Despite mounting evidence that most terrorism is home-grown, Pauline Hanson continues to rail against Muslim immigration. In my house, if you claim to know something, you'd better be correct. It's become a common reflex to ask whether the dispenser of facts is 100 per cent certain of their veracity. Such is the quest to be first with knowledge that serious familial opprobrium rains on those who dare to insist they're right when they are not.
On December 10, 1988, 27-year-old American Scott Johnson was found dead at the base of the cliffs at North Head in Manly, Sydney. Since that day, Scott's heartbroken older brother Steve Johnson has reportedly spent up to a million dollars on private detectives looking for a murderer who NSW Police are confident does not exist. A first inquest in 1989, held before then deputy state coroner Derrick Hand, found Scott jumped from the cliff at North Head with the intention of taking his own life.
Let me dive in to the murky waters of commercial media and clean them up for you. These were once rivers of gold where the likes of Fairfax Media and News Corp ambled uninterrupted by as much as a clown fish. Then, about 20 years ago, the sharks began to circle. First it was Realestate.com.au (1995) then Carsales.com.au and Seek.com.au (both 1997). Each of those businesses is now worth more than Fairfax, publisher of The Sun-Herald.
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".