There is a temptation after tragedies — be these the ones by lead, the ones by liquor or the ones by lightning — to abstain from recriminations. It’s thought to be in bad taste to cast blame while the bodies are still warm. But these tragedies now repeat so often that there is barely time for reflection before recurrence. When the waters rose in Houston on Memorial Day in 2015, we were told it was a 100-year event. Another one followed barely 10 months later on Tax Day in 2016.
Last Saturday night, the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And in through the gap in the firmament came a mighty deluge. First the street flooded, as it always does. Then it went onto the sidewalk. An errant car, driven by inebriates, attempted unsuccessfully to traverse the flooded roadway. As a last-ditch effort, it drove up on the front lawn. Its occupants abandoned the vehicle and then continued on foot. In a matter of hours, the previous records of rainfall for Houston were shattered.
In a spectacle that is tragic for a few reasons, the best summation of our country’s political ills of late can be summed up in a recent series of tweets. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Cal., the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and a rising star in the center-left, delineated the catastrophes that would occur if TrumpCare were implemented as written at the time.
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".