I’m going to begin this column the way the Detroit Lions began their game against the Browns. Wake me up in 20 minutes. The Lions were as ready for Sunday as Warren Beatty was for last year’s Best Picture announcement. If their fingers were drenched in butter and grease, they couldn’t have flubbed this opening more. Go three-and-out. Surrender a field goal. Throw an interception. Surrender a touchdown. Ten points down in less than 8 minutes played? To an 0-8 team? Hey, guys.
Recently, at the University of Kentucky, a student named Lexi Baskin came out of the library to find her car covered in fliers. Although her vehicle was legally parked in a handicapped spot, and displayed a handicapped tag, the fliers on her front, back and side windows suggested she was some kind of fraud. One of them, duct-taped to her rear glass, read, “NOT REALLY (HANDICAPPED) JUST LAZY.”“Shame on you!” it said. “There are legit handicapped people who need this parking space.
What makes a terrorist? Can anyone really say? There are generalities about poverty, but well-to-do men have gone on killing sprees. There are accusations about being raised in certain countries, but terrorists pledge fealty to groups halfway around the world. Religious fervor is cited as a motivator, but not every terrorist is motivated by faith. And while the “angry loner” is a common movie profile, we regularly see terrorists who have wives and young children. It doesn’t seem to stop them.
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".