Remember the Mooch? Remember how he turned up at the White House – shiny aviator sunglasses, shiny hair, shiny suit – and took over as spokesman from Sean Spicer? (Does anyone even remember poor old Spicy? Or do they just get an image of Melissa McCarthy in a giant suit?)
This was never going to be a normal byelection – there was simply too much at stake, much of which had nothing to do with the poor old voters of Bennelong. Still, few could have predicted how bitter or broad the political proxy war being fought on their suburban streets over the past weeks would become. When John Alexander executed a dignified fall on his sword on November 11 over questions about his citizenship, the Opposition smelled blood.
The Coalition holds a clear lead over Labor two days out from the Bennelong byelection, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten step up their personal attacks in a sign of how much is at stake in the crucial contest. With his absolute majority in Parliament at risk on Saturday, Mr Turnbull warned voters against installing star Labor candidate Kristina Keneally, saying it would take the country a step closer to a "catastrophic" Bill Shorten prime ministership.
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".