Views of the News
6:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Views Preview: Deciding the Aereo case

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The Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of major broadcasters, and against Aereo, in a case over the streaming of copyrighted material on the Internet.

Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch: "Aereo loses in Supreme Court, deemed illegal"

Katy Bachman, POLITICO: "Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court"

Adam Liptak & Emily Steel, New York Times: "Supreme Court rules against Aereo in broadcasters' challenge"

Al Tompkins, Poynter: "Supreme Court Aereo ruling expected soon: Get prepared"

Mike Snyder, USA Today: "Cutting the cord: Aereo decision could be turning point"

David Leiberman, Deadline Hollywood: "What happens to media stocks if Aereo wins at the Supreme Court"

Cecila Kang, Washington Post: "How the Supreme Court's ruling on Aereo could change how we watch football"

Phone hacking verdicts

In the fall of 2010, a scandal involving the phone-hacking of celebrities brought down one of the crown jewels in Rupert Murdoch's media empire: The News of the World. That all became but a page in journalism history as former editor Andy Coulson was convicted of a charge of conspiring to criminally hack telephones. Fellow News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was cleared of the charges against her, as were her husband and three others.

Jill Lawless, Huffington Post: “Andy Coulson convicted, Rebekah Brooks acquitted in phone hacking trial

Alan Colwell & Katrin Bennhold, New York Times: “Rebekah Brooks found not guilty in phone hacking case

Ian Burrell, Independent: “Andy Coulson guilty in phone hacking trial: How hacking scandal punctured the puffed-up House of Murdoch

Matthew Holehouse, The Telegraph: “Phone hacking: David Cameron ‘profoundly sorry’ over ‘bad decision’ to hire Andy Coulson

Nick Robinson, BBC: “Hacking verdict: Prison for Coulson, questions for Cameron

Lisa O’Carroll, Guardian: “Phone-hacking scandal: Timeline

Al Jazeera journalists jailed for 7-10 years

Journalists around the globe are decrying an Egyptian court's decision to imprison three Al Jazeera English journalists on charges of making false news reports and aiding terrorists.

Patrick Kingsley, Guardian: “Al Jazeera journalists jailed for seven years in Egypt

Al Jazeera English: “Egypt court sentences Al Jazeera journalists

Maggie Fick, Reuters: “Egypt jails Al Jazeera journalists, U.S. calls sentences ‘chilling’

David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times: “Egyptian court convicts 3 Al Jazeera journalists

Jared Malsin, Columbia Journalism Review: “In Egypt, a Kafkaesque trial conclused with a victory for censorship

Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post: “Peter Greste’s parents find out about son’s conviction in heartbreaking video

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Sen. Claire McCaskill takes on Dr. Oz

Last week there was lots of talk about a hearing in which Dr. Mehmet Oz met his match in U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). She's the chair of the Consumer Protection Committee.  Oz went before the committee to testify on the marketing of "miracle" weight loss cures.

Michael Hatzlik, Los Angeles Times: “Dr. Oz, still shilling as fast as he can

Lindsay Wise, Kansas City Star: “Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri scolds TV’s Dr. Oz about diet fads

Nick Massella, FishbowlDC: “Sen. Claire McCaskill encourages Dr. Oz to police ‘deceptive’ weight loss procedures

Sarah Smith, POLITICO: “Claire McCaskill prescribes Dr. Oz grilling

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Intern with Democratic ties

Some on the right are giving the New York Times some trouble over one of its new interns.  Teddy Schleifer's resume indicates he's had a few brief stints working for Democratic politicians, including President Barack Obama's reelection campaign.

He wrote a story on the Mississippi Republican Senate primary race with which some conservative pundits take issue.

Paul Fahri, Washington Post: “New York Times takes heat for hiring intern who worked in Democratic politics

Theodore Schleifer, New York Times: “Mississippi senate rivals appeal to veterans before G.O.P. runoff vote

Erick Erickson, Red State: “New York Times sends Obama campaign worker Theodore Schleifer to Cover Chris McDaniel

UPDATE: St. Louis-Post Dispatch drops columnist George Will

The St. Louis-Post Dispatch told readers that it would discontinue publishing George Will's syndicated column in the newspaper after receiving a significant amount of negative feedback following his June 6 column.  In that piece, he said rape victims have a "coveted status."

Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Editor’s note: Michael Gerson replaces George Will

Katherine Fung, Huffington Post: “George Will makes more awful sexual assault comments

Joe Strupp, Media Matters for America: “The Chicago Tribune turned down George Will’s ‘misguided and insensitive’ rape column

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “St. Louis paper dumps George Will for Michael Gerson

George Will, Washington Post: “George Will responds to senators on his sexual assault column

George Will, Washington Post: “Colleges become the victims of progressivism

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World Cup Fever sweeps USA

Bigger than baseball?

With ratings for Sunday's U.S.A-Portugal game tipping in at just more than 24 million television viewers, it's probably safe to say World Cup fever has swept the nation.  ESPN reports more than 18 million tuned in to its main, English-language broadcast -- and audience bigger than single games of both the World Series and the NBA finals.

Bill Carter, New York Times: “Bigger than baseball: U.S.-Portugal World Cup match outdoes World Series in ratings

Alex Weprin, Capital New York: “Record 24.6 million watched U.S.-Portugal World Cup game

Chris Ariens, TVNewser: “18.2 million watch USA v. Portugal; most-watched soccer match ever on U.S. tv

Brian Stelter, CNN Money: “World Cup gets record U.S. ratings

David Zax, Fast Company: “How a Canadian sports network became your must-check World Cup news app

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Hottest felon ever?

When the Stockton, Calif. Police Department published Jeremy Meeks' mugshot, officers thought they were simply notifying the community of his arrest on weapons charges.  Instead, they created an internet hearthrob who found instant fame.

VIDEO: Andrew Kirell, Mediaite: "Local tv reporter interviews 'sexy mugshot' guy because of course"

Prachi Gupta, Salon: "Jeremy Meeks' viral mug shot gives Stephen Colbert 'hope for America's broken prison system'"

Sierra Marquinna, US Magazine: "Jeremy Meeks' wife 'furious' over hot mugshot guy media frenzy"

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “Mika Brzezinski is not happy she has to talk about that handsome criminal’s mugshot

Jim Romenesko: "Someone at USA Today likes ‘bad boys’

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