After watching and reporting on local, state and national government and politics for nearly half a century, it takes a lot to shock or surprise me. But a recent series by the Better Government Association and WBEZ—"Taking Cover: How Cops Escape Discipline for Shootings in Suburban Chicago"—did both.
One of my favorite "Peanuts" comic strips features Lucy, for the umpteenth time, yanking a football she's holding for a placekick out of the path of Charlie Brown's accelerating foot before he can boot it. Down he goes in an angst-filled heap, sadly realizing, once again, that Lucy's not trustworthy. I have a similar reaction when public officials contemplate a good government reform, only to pull a "Lucy" by yanking out key elements before a final vote.
There comes a time when important issues that generally make our eyes glaze over start making us mad: Lamentations on our "crumbling infrastructure" moving from public policy forums to close encounters with jarring potholes. Congressional "debt ceiling" debates ending in debilitating government shutdowns. Alarmist commentaries on "unfunded pension liabilities" foreshadowing costly credit downgrades and tax hikes.
Chatting with Mark Rivera and Stacey Baca after taping our regular Saturday morning Weekend Watch Segment on ABC 7. I’ll post the conversation about “spending on steroids” in the IL gov race a bit later. https://t.co/jUj8z88aQ4
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".