VIDEO TRACKERS have trailed candidates as long as there have been camcorders, but the candidates had little cause to fear them until August 11, 2006. That afternoon, Shekar Ramanuja Sidarth, a 20-year-old Indian-American volunteer for Democrat Jim Webb’s Senate campaign, followed Webb’s opponent, Senator George Allen, to a campaign event at a state park near the Kentucky border and rolled tape.
In December, seven months before President Trump announced his intention to ban transgender people from serving in the military, I attended one of Trump’s postelection victory rallies, in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a Trump supporter named Jayne Locke. As it happened, Locke was a transgender veteran. This was not one of those journalistic exercises in deliberate expectation-thwarting; it had happened more or less by chance.
They didn’t — and this was something that struck me, too, at the handful of Trump rallies and similar events I attended before and after the election. The abiding atmosphere, encouraged by Trump himself, was always us versus them, and eruptions of collective rage — toward protesters, reporters, Hillary Clinton in absentia — that would have been hard to imagine in pre-Trump American politics were routine.
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".