When Sue Bell Cobb went for her annual checkup last month, not long after the December 12 special U.S. Senate election won by Democrat Doug Jones, a nurse in the doctor's office told her: "Everyone in this office voted." The nurse was African American, as were many of the office employees.
No, Harley Barber, you can't say "nigger" just because you're "in the South now." Let's presume she pretty much knows that by now, wherever the University of Alabama student--at least for now--may be. Hopefully, on the way back to Marlton, New Jersey, where her racist core was raised, nurtured and fed. By now we all know Barber, an ex-member of Alpha Pie sorority, shared the ugliest side of herself with the world (when are young folks going to learn the Internet is open to the whole world?!)
This is who we are, sadly. We are ignorant. We are arrogant. We are dismissive. We are isolationist. We are misogynistic. We are despicable. We are dishonest. We are racially and culturally oblivious and ignorant, which means, yes, we are racist. Whole truth be told: in many ways, we are the shithole country. And we've finally and emphatically shown it to the rest of the world. Of course, we are not those things, too. Not in our ideal.
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".