Listen to the way our MPs fret and whine about the coalition talks in Germany. You’d think our future as a nation depended on how many ministries are offered to the German liberals. We are the sixth biggest economy in the world, for Heaven’s sake, one of five permanent seat-holders on the UN Security Council, and the fourth military power on the planet. Yet we’re working ourselves into a state about someone else’s election result.
It is hard not to cheer the end of Robert Mugabe's autocracy. In a continent where free elections are becoming the norm, the 93-year-old despot stood apart, grotesque and cartoonish. He was like a fictional African dictator, with his ill-gotten millions, his retro-socialism, his ululating rallies, his snaking motorcades, his violent rhetoric ("Our party must never cease to strike fear into the heart of the white man, our real enemy").
It is a sign of how fevered our reporting has become that it is considered odd for the foreign secretary to write a memo to the prime minister about foreign policy. What is odder still is that demanding proper preparations for a no-deal departure from the EU should be regarded as remotely controversial. No one wants a breakdown in the talks: we have an interest in the welfare of our neighbours, and should seek as amicable a settlement as possible.
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".