You're too big to fail, General Motors. But you keep doing it. I'm not even talking about the George W. Bush bailout, the $50 billion federal life raft that saved your bumpers and wound up costing taxpayers more than $11.5 billion - or more than twice last year's gross income for Starbucks. No. It's the GMC truck commercial that plays infinitely on. It's the message that's backwards. You tried to play to American values, and ended up turning them into something appalling.
Forget the Bradley Effect, along with that upstart Reverse Bradley. Say a temporary farewell to sound bites strung together to mimic actual human speech. Forget red and blue maps, and recognize, if just for now, that talking points can never substitute for straight answers. The campaigns are over. I guess I'll go to the polls to catch the historic fervor. But I will not vote for Barack Obama. Nor will I vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin.
It's too late for "I do." They already did. Alabama's attorney general and his prosecutors this week filed a motion with a judge asking for a videotaped deposition of Yareima Akl, a key witness in the perjury charges against elected Jefferson County District Attorney Charles Todd Henderson. They feared - with good cause, as it turned out - the two would up and get married. Then Akl, a key witness in the case against him, could not be forced or compelled to testify.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".