A European think tank based in Prague has published a list of some 2,327 people who have been guests on RT (Russia Today) and branded them “useful idiots” — simply for appearing on the channel. According to the think tank, the people on the list (politicians, journalists, activists, actors, musicians etc.) are Kremlin dupes either “due to unawareness of RT’s political agenda” — or indeed “explicit support” of that nefarious agenda.
Can we please stop acting like Sean Spicer is the first White House press secretary who ever lied? Today while watching The View (I know, I know) I actually heard a presenter suggest that the job of the WH press secretary is to “give the truth — to tell the truth to the American people”. I nearly spat out my drink. (Don’t start watching that show, it will destroy your brain cells.)
This isn’t huge news today, but it’ll likely be a big topic of political conversation in March 2020, so let this be a warning. The Democrats are trying to rig the 2020 primary already. California Democrats are planning to move the California primary up from June to March. Why does that matter? An early California primary would “allocate California’s massive haul of delegates just after the nation’s first contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina”.
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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
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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".