In July, Minneapolis city officials issued a news release proclaiming: "Minneapolis posts deleted EPA climate change data." The city was joining a national effort to showcase the agency's climate science, in the face of President Donald Trump EPA appointees' denial that human activities are warming the climate. One problem: The web pages in question are still on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website. You can find them linked from the EPA home page. This apparent disconnect was puzzling.
Those of us who routinely ask government for records are used to suffering. We wait, and wait, and wait, sometimes for months, or years, for a magic e-mail or a letter in the mailbox. So I confess to schadenfreude to see my friends in government feeling the same pain. In this case, it's Mille Lacs County that has discovered the Freedom of Information Act's exasperating reality.
America waited 25 years for what came on Thursday, and it could have been worth it. In 1992, Congress decreed that every secret file in the investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy should become public on Oct. 26, 2017. The National Archives was so bombarded by inquiries that it stopped answering them. JFKfiles was trending on Twitter, and President Donald Trump himself stoked the drama, saying Wednesday that he would release the files and that they were "So interesting!"
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".