The founder of Momentum, Jon Lansman, triumphantly tweeted “a Lan-slide”, having just been elected by a generous margin to one of three newly created seats on Labour’s National Executive Committee. The three seats have been invented to ensure that Corbynites achieve more representation in Labour’s ruling body. One important facet of politics, whichever creed you belong to, is outwitting your enemies.
They might be sharing a ski chalet this Easter with a mixture of Tory aides, tech start-up whizz kids and a sprinkling of cultural stardust, or dropping into the summer villa in France to compare Vilebrequin swimwear around the pool. They could be Tory or high-end Labour and very occasionally Lib-Dem but never Ukip.
Over in W1A, nothing is ever quite as it seems at the start of an episode. The BBC’s China editor, Carrie Gracie, was widely reported as having “quit” the secretive, unaccountable BBC. She then turned up as a guest presenter on the Today programme. Closer reading of her statement revealed that the resignation is really a move in protest from China to the BBC newsroom. It is the sort of quitting that might make poor Ian Fletcher in the all-too-true BBC comedy scratch his head.
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".