The cult leader Charles Manson, who has died at 83, was a subject of fascination to some sections of the Western intelligentsia. This could take bizarre forms. A few years after Manson’s followers, on his orders, murdered seven people in Los Angeles in August 1969 – including the heavily pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the wife of Roman Polanski – I heard an Oxford University professor of religion argue that, far from being mad, Manson had a lucidly logical mind.
It is impossible to understand Boris Johnson and Michael Gove unless you remember that both are journalists by trade. They were highly successful columnists and commentators. Before they became MPs – aged 36 and 37 respectively – they did nothing after university except write and edit. They are not like most other politicians, who think purely in terms of power. Neither is wholly comfortable with responsibility or with the often unglamorous detail involved in running government departments.
The Daily Telegraph has scarcely bothered to report the Paradise Papers revelations of how the Queen, Bono and other prominent folk have money salted away in tax havens – or “tax neutral” locations, as defenders prefer to call them. Instead, it accuses Labour leaders, who point out that the lost tax could finance schools, hospitals and police, of hypocrisy. The Labour Party rents its London offices from a property fund run by Schroders and based in Jersey.
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".