Happy Thanksgiving, Mrs. Daghestani. Here in Memphis, Thanksgiving is the one day each year we give thanks we can eat something that isn't barbecued or fried. Actually, for the past two years, many Memphians have been eating more roasted lamb and chicken at your son Mahmood's restaurant, Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill. I've never been to your native Syria, but Syrian and other Arab Americans here tell me it's the most authentic Levantine cuisine this side of Damascus.
Moralizing Bible-thumpers like Roy Moore and amoral chest-bumpers like Harvey Weinstein have this in common. Deep in their addled souls, they believe they are special and, therefore, entitled to bend the moral laws of God and man to their desires. Entitled to determine what is right and moral for themselves and for others. Entitled by might or right to control women and their bodies through intimidation or legislation, by brute of biblical force.
Alex Haley, the late author and journalist who grew up just north of here in Henning, Tenn., became widely known and praised for many things, including this quote: "Find the good and praise it." The U.S. Coast Guard even made that quote the emblem for the USCGC Alex Haley, the cutter recommissioned in 1999 to honor Haley, the first African-American to reach the rank of chief petty officer. I'd like to make it one of the emblems of these opinion pages known as Viewpoint. I need your help.
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".