Views Preview: Greitens, aides use secret messaging app

Dec 12, 2017

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been using the ephemeral messaging app Confide to communicate with top aides, leaving many to wonder what they’re discussing and whether records that should be public are being destroyed before the public can see them. Reporters across the state are trying to learn how and why it’s being used, with little success. Why the secrecy? And what will it take to access that content under the state’s Sunshine Law? 

Jason Hancock, Kansas City Star: “Greiten’s penchant for secrecy goes digital with messaging app that leaves no trace

Jason Hancock, Kansas City Star: “Greiten’s self-destructing texts inspire call for attorney general investigation

Associated Press: “Greiten’s team facing pushback over messaging app

Associated Press: “Missouri attorney general weighs in on Confide messaging app

Tessa Weinberg, Columbia Missourian: “Governor, state agencies largely exempt from Attorney General’s scrutiny

Tessa Weinberg, Columbia Missourian: “Meet people who have been blocked by Greitens on social media”

Jones defeats Moore in Alabama senate race

John Archibald, Alabama.com: "Alabama sent a message ... to women"

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: "Alabama columnist on 'archaic' voting access story: 'It just blew up'

Brian Stelter, CNN Money: “Stelter: Is the Roy Moore race a referendum on the media?

Pete Vernon, Columbia Journalism Review: “Roy Moore’s anti-media strategy tested at the polls

Steven Shepard, POLITICO: “Is this the beginning of the end of the exit poll?

USA Today editorial: Trump is unfit

Editorial Board: "Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?"

Credit via Flickr user Jennifer Boyer

Jail time for spreading fake news?

Irish News: “New laws propose five years in prison for spreading fake news

Kevin Doyle, The Independent: “Five years in jail for spreading ‘fake news’ under FF proposal

Daniel Funke, Poynter: “In Ireland, lawmakers are trying to criminalize sharing fake news

Lizza fired, Seder rehired

Andrew Kirell & Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast: “The New Yorker fires star reporter Ryan Lizza over ‘improper sexual misconduct’

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Questions about the New Yorker’s firing of Ryan Lizza

Tom Kludt, CNN Money: “New Yorker fires star political reporter over alleged ‘improper sexual conduct’

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “The odd episode of Sam Seder’s firing – and rehiring – by MSNBC

Pete Vernon, Columbia Journalism Review: “MSNBC makes the right call

Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times: “MSNBC rehires contributor Sam Seder: ‘Sometimes you just get one wrong’

Ryan Grim, The Intercept: “MSNBC reverses decision to fire contributor Sam Seder

Tom Kludt, CNN Money: “MSNBC decides to bring back Sam Seder after controversy

Crowdfunding Gawker’s return

The Gawker Foundation, Kickstarter: “Save Gawker.com”

Shan Wang, Nieman Lab: “Former Gawker employees are crowdfunding to relaunch a Gawker.com that’s owned by a nonprofit and funded by readers

Anthony Ha, TechCrunch: “Former Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.com

John Bonazzo, Observer: “Ex-Gawker staff launch Kickstarter to ensure site’s post-Hulk Hogan future

Ruling in ‘Making a Murderer’ case

James Warren, Poynter: “A criminal outrage revealed by Netflix is undone by a federal court

Bruce Vielmetti & Tom Kertscher, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “U.S. Appeals Court upholds conviction of Brendan Dassey in ‘Making a Murderer’ case

Tufayel Ahmed, Newsweek:”’Making a Murderer’ miscarriage of justice? Brendan Dassey conviction upheld at appeals court, despite considerable doubt

Daniel Victor, New York Times: “Court rules against Brendan Dassey, subject of ‘Making a Murderer’

Booker, Reed remembered

Doreen McCalister, NPR: “Simeon Booker, dean of Washington’s black press corps, dies at 99

Leonard Greene, New York Daily News: “Civil rights journalist Simeon Booker dead at 99

Emily Langer, Washington Post: “Simeon Booker, intrepid chronicler of civil rights struggle for Jet and Ebony, dies at 99

Associated Press: “Simeon Booker, who brought Emmett Till death to the nation, dies at 99

Greg Toppo, USA Today: “Civil rights chronicler Simeon Booker dies at 99

Neda Ulaby, NPR: “Civil rights reporters, Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr. and Roy Reed, die at 99 and 87

Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online: “Arkansan, civil-rights reporter Roy Reed

John Schwartz, New York Times: “Roy Reed, Times reporter who covered civil rights era, dies at 87

NWA Editorial, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: “NWA editorial: A man of his words