When the ruling People's Action Party eventually decides who will be its next leader, neither you or I will have any say in the matter. Going by the actual selection process, it is obviously true because the matter is strictly a party affair. In fact, it does not even involve members of the PAP, nor its secretive cadre membership, or even its elected Members of Parliament.
When Danny Yong first started work as a financial trader at an American investment bank in 1997, he felt like the dumbest person in the company. He was a first-class honours graduate but nothing he had studied in his four years at university seemed relevant or helpful to the job. He knew zilch about trading and had to learn everything on the job: doing it, learning from others and reading stuff. As he recounted this to me, I cast my mind back to my early years as a journalist for this newspaper.
Fake news is in the news, but there is fake and there's FAKE! This is the official fake: Fabricated stories done for financial gain or for some ulterior political purpose, such as to influence an election. It is what many governments, including Singapore's, are concerned about and want to eradicate. But there is also FAKE NEWS! which is now a favourite of some world leaders including US President Donald Trump and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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".