Views of the News: 2013 Security Edition

Dec 17, 2013

The past week has been a busy one for stories about national security and how the media have handled those stories.  A judge rules the National Security Agency's phone records collection program is probably unconstitutional.  Meanwhile, the plaintiff in that lawsuit gets into an on-air battle with a CNN anchor and analyst.  60 Minutes airs what many critics consider a puff piece on the NSA.  The AP and Washington Post publish a story connecting a missing American to a rogue CIA program in Iran.  And American leaker Edward Snowden gets the nod from many for "person of the year."

The Judge, the NSA and CNN Name-calling

Ellen Nakashima and Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post: "Judge: NSA's collecting of phone records is probably unconstitutional"

60 Minutes "Puffery": First Amazon, Now the NSA?

John Miller, CBS News: "NSA speaks out on Snowden, spying

Joshua Kopstein, Slate: "60 Minutes' NSA Report: An Awful Lot Like MTV Cribs"

Kevin Poulsen, Wired: "60 Minutes Puff Piece Claims NSA Saved U.S. from Cyberterrorism"

Ann Silvio, 60 Minutes Overtime: "How did 60 Minutes get cameras into a spy agency?"

Edward Snowden: Person of the Year?

James Poulos, The Daily Beast: "Edward Snowden, Not Pope Francis, Is the Person of the Year"

Tom Kludt, Talking Points Memo: "Greenwald Attacks Time For Person of the Year Selection: 'A Meaningless Award From a Meaningless Magazine'"

Mark Rice-Oxley, Leila Haddou and Frances Perraudin, The Guardian: "Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year 2013"

Edward Snowden, Folha De S. Paulo: "An Open Letter to the People of Brazil"

No More Sitting on the Levinson Story

Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, AP: "Missing American in Iran was on unapproved mission"

Massimo Calabresi, Time: "Should the AP and Washington Post Have Published Their Scoop on the CIA?"

Jacob Fischler, BuzzFeed: "AP Reporter: Keeping the Levinson Story a Secret was the 'Hardest Thing I've Done'"

Katherine Fung, Huffington Post: "Matt Apuzzo, AP Reporter Behind CIA Scoop, Calls Out U.S. Government"

TV Station's Questionable School Safety Probe

A Fargo, ND TV reporter takes a hidden camera into public schools to show how easy it is for a stranger to violate safety procedures.  But was she playing fair?

Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Mellaney Moore, Valley News Live (KVLY-TV, Fargo): "How Secure Are Area Elementary Schools?"

Archie Ingersoll, InForum (The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead): "Police investigate Valley News Live reporter for hidden-camera story inside area elementary schools"

Wendy Reuer, Duluth News Tribune: "Fargo TV reporter faces additional investigation after school security story"

Mellaney Moore, Valley News Live: "School Security Story Disputes: The Video Says It All"

Tweets of the Year 

At the end of each year, the social media giant reveals the most tweeted and re-tweeted items of the past twelve months in news, sports, entertainment and other categories.  Here's the 2013 Year on Twitter.

Drones Over Kiev

Small drones are showing up at breaking news events around the world.  Will they be 2014's biggest trend in newsgathering?  

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Mashable: "Breathtaking Video of Kiev Protests Wasn't Filmed by Humans"