At first, it was just odd that Texas' highest elected official, Gov. Greg Abbott, would take time out of his busy schedule to meddle so personally in a lowly state house race. It was odd that he was backing the opponent of a popular veteran lawmaker in his own party, Republican state Rep. Sarah Davis. It was odd that, in doing so, Abbott was making his own party vulnerable to defeat in the highly educated West University Place district where moderates like Davis abound.
There are two kinds of shitholes. One is physical. One is a state of mind. We all know which one President Donald Trump was in when he reportedly asked in a meeting with Congressional members why the United States should admit people from "shithole countries" such as Haiti and some African nations that are predominately black, rather than places like Norway, which is predominately white.
Oprah Winfrey running for president isn't as crazy as it may have seemed a few years ago. As Rice University political science professor Mark Jones told me Tuesday, "three years ago, I would have immediately put 'Oprah for President' on my 'When Pigs Fly' shelf, right next to 'Eva Longoria for Governor' and 'Tommy Lee Jones for U.S. Senate.'" The question is why it doesn't seem so crazy now.
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".