NBC News has landed the first sit-down interview with NSA leaker Edward Snowden by an American television network. The hour-long special will air at 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 28.
Richard Esposito, Matthew Cole & Mark Schone, NBC News: “EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden gives wide-ranging interview to Brian Williams”
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “NBC News’s Brian Williams interviews Snowden, Greenwald”
Kyle Drennen, NewsBusters: “NBC promotes Snowden interview: “Is he a ‘traitor’ or a ‘patriot’?”
Bill Carter, New York Times: Edward snowden talks to Brian Williams of NBC”
How the Veterans Affairs Scandal unfolded
What prompts a whistleblower to come forward to tell their story and attempt to right a wrong? How much time do you let pass and try to work out a problem through channels? CNN's Brian Stelter asked Dr. Sam Foote that very questions on CNN's Reliable Sources this weekend.
Hadas Gold, POLITICO: “How the Veterans Affairs scandal unfolded”
Covering the Isla Vista, Calif. shooting
Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured another 13 during a violent rampage Friday night. Evidence he left behind, including a 130-plus page manifesto and YouTube video, is leading investigators to believe the lot may have been years in the making.
Ralph Ellis and Sara Sidner, CNN: “Deadly California rampage: Chilling video, but no match for reality”
Jessica Valenti, The Guardian: “Elliot Rodger’s California shooting spree: further proof that misogyny kills”
Katie McDonough, Salon: “Elliot Rodger’s fatal menace: how toxic male entitlement devalues women’s and men’s lives”
The Onion: "'No way to prevent this,' says only nation where this regularly happens" (satire)
Kelsey Brugger, Santa Barbara Independent: "Isla Vistans protest news crew presence"
Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times: “Isla Vista shootings: University newspaper editor was near crime scene”
Hannah Davey, The Bottom Line: “Op-Ed: Why we have not yet published anything on the Isla Vista shooting”
UPDATE: Magazine ban lifted
The Missouri Department of Corrections has lifted its ban on the May issue of St. Louis Magazine. Initially, it has restricted inmates from reading the issue because of a belief a feature called "How We Kill" would provoke a "violent" or "hateful" reaction among inmates.
William Powell, St Louis Magazine: “Missouri prisons overturn ban of St. Louis magazine’s May issue”
William Powell, St. Louis Magazine: “Missouri prisons ban St. Louis Magazine’s May issue over death penalty article”
William Powell, St. Louis Magazine: “How we kill: The state of the death penalty”
Watchdog site sits out Ricketts campaign
You'd expect a site called Nebraska Watchdog to be keeping an eye on things, right? Covering political campaigns and looking out for the voter... But what happens when the pol you're supposed to covering donated the money to fund your site?
Apparently, you sit out the campaign in order to avoid a conflict of interest.
Joe Jordan, Nebraska Watchdog: “Governor’s race: A letter from the editor”
Journalist safety in Ukraine
The situation in Ukraine continues to decline day by day. According to one report, at least one journalist covering the unrest is arrested, detained or goes missing each day.
Anne Mortensen, The Independent: “A journalist goes missing nearly every day in Ukraine”
Human Rights Watch: “Ukraine: Free ‘disappeared’ journalist”
Committee to Protect Journalists: “Journalists missing, attacked covering crisis in Ukraine”
‘Don’t do anything stupid’
The staff at BBC News was told "don't do anything stupid" after an editor used a trending hashtag to Tweet her feelings about the Ukip party in the upcoming election. Jasmine Lawrence has since been removed from BBC News' election coverage and her Twitter account disabled.
Tara Conlan, The Guardian: “BBC News staff told ‘don’t do anything stupid’ on social media”
Tara Conlan, The Guardian: “BBC editor taken off election coverage after branding Ukip racist and sexist”
Chris Hamilton, BBC: “Updated social media guidance for BBC journalists” (2011)
John Stevens, Daily Mail: “Top BBC editor brands UKIP racist and sexist on Twitter”
Leo Barraclough, Variety: “Rise of UKIP challenges for British film and TV folk”
CNN moving to NYC?
Two more of CNN's weekday news anchors will be moving from the network's Atlanta headquarters to New York.
Once Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin make the move in August, all of CNN's weekday programming will be presented from New York while several of those shows are still produced in Atlanta.
Dylan Byers, POLITICO: “CNN moves to centralize in New York”
Staff, Atlanta Business Chronicle: “CNN anchors leaving Atlanta for New York”
Merrill Knox, TVNewser: “CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, Carol Costello move to NYC”
Rodney Ho, Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Atlanta loses CNN’s final weekday anchors Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin to NYC”