The journalism world has been rightly outraged by the Justice Department dragging the Associated Press (and now a Fox News reporter) into one of its sprawling leak investigations. As we wrote last week, by obtaining the call records of twenty AP phone lines, ?the Justice Department has struck a terrible blow against the freedom of the press and the ability of reporters to investigate and report the news.”
The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists? phone records, perusing their e-mails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn?t chilling, it?s just plain cold.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford is a controversial character. 2300 words in his 7600 word Wikipedia biography make up a section titled ?other controversies?. These controversies include being drunk and picking a fight at a Leafs game, insulting people with AIDS, people of Asian descent, and allegedly groping a female mayoral candidate.
On Wednesday, the New Yorker launched a Tor- and open-source-based file-sharing tool/tip line called Strongbox meant to allow sources to communicate information to the magazine without fear of it being traced back to them.
At a time when Congress can?t pass a budget and the president can?t win approval of any important legislation, the public is indignant about the threat of an overreaching, all-powerful federal government that uses the IRS and the Justice Department to harass its enemies.
Is there too much hype around ?big data?? Kenneth Cukier thinks so, and yet he remains passionate about what we can achieve with it.
Trevor Timm at a Freedom of the Press Foundation writes: “Last night, the Washington Post reported on a little known leak case involving former State Department official Stephen Kim. In an alarming new extreme, the Justice Department and FBI finger argue there’s “probable cause to believe” Fox News reporter James Rosen “has committed or is committing a violation of [the Espionage Act], as an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” by soliciting information from Kim for a story.
Newsweek launched a beta version of their newly redesigned website today. AdAge?s Michael Sebastian has more details on the new site, which he calls a ?dramatic re-imagining.? Along with the new look, NewsBeast has a new plan for how to make money off the former print magazine.
Have you ever tried tweeting at a major news organization? How often have they responded or retweeted? Probably not often ? and that corresponds to the findings offered by aGW/Pew study of 13 major news organizations which found ?limited use of the institution?s public Twitter identity, one that generally takes less advantage of the interactive and reportorial nature of the Twitter.?