“Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair,” the mother says to her son in a poem Langston Hughes published in 1922. “It’s had tacks in it, and splinters, and boards torn up, and places with no carpet on the floor—Bare.”So on this Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, how appropriate it is to look back at Dr. King’s use of Langston Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son” in an address to high school students in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland.
Take a day, any day, in January 1973 and you will find some momentous act. On January 8, 1973, for example, Richard Nixon met with his advisor Chuck Colson in the Executive Office Building. Across town, the Watergate burglars’ trial was opening in Judge John Sirica’s courtroom. Nixon and Colson discussed executive clemency for the leader of the burglars, E. Howard Hunt, should he plead guilty and keep his mouth shut. But of all the significant days of January 1973, Monday, January 22 wins the prize.
Democracy is messy. When we let the masses vote and decide upon their government, we get quirky results. That is why the founders set up a system of checks and balances—so when democracy goes awry, there are remedies. We need to teach, Souter said, that the Constitution is more than a simply a blueprint for structure—though it is that. It is more merely a Bill of Rights—though it is that.
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".