The Spy Who Scooped Me

Aug 06, 2014

It ranks pretty high on any journalist's list of least favorite grievances: getting scooped. So you can imagine The Intercept's irritation when a spy agency "stole" their scoop and gave it to the Associated Press, presumably because the AP would cover it more favorably (2,048 shares). "'That was our bad,' is a thing a government official said in real life after handing one newsroom's scoop to another," NYT's Danielle Ivory incredulously tweets.

The spurned journalists in question are Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux (along with editor John Cook) who went ahead with their detailed investigative piece anyway: "Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers" (14,441 shares). Not only is the piece damning, but its infographic may also go down in history as the first to contain the following beloved emoticon:  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. The Verge's Benjamin Popper reacts, "Strangest use of the shruggie so far - to discuss expansion of the No Fly Watchlist." Can't make this stuff up.

No more ridiculous, of course, than Wikipedia refusing to delete this photo because a "monkey owns it" (3,176 shares).

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