With the 2017 off-year election now history, let the real games begin – the verbal fisticuffs, jousting, infighting, bickering, backstabbing and attacking leading up to the Nov. 6, 2018, midterm election. Once those results are tabulated, expect no break in the action, because the 2020 presidential campaign will have begun.
The Nov. 6, 2018, midterm elections are on track to be the most divisive, contentious, nasty, expensive and consequential elections in modern times. And that’s just among Republicans! Throughout the 2018 primary season and even in the general election we can expect Republican civil wars to erupt between the Trump-huggers and the Trump-deniers. Not surprising, the first shot was fired by President Trump.
By now you have likely heard or seen the avalanche of news reports about the brouhaha at Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. The controversy centers on the Church Vestry unanimously voting to remove two historical plaques commemorating Robert E. Lee and George Washington from their present location in the sanctuary. There are times when national news reports are very personal, and for me that time is now. From 1980 to 1998, I was a member of Christ Church.
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".