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"The U.S. gov't found an innovative new way to curtail freedom of the press: Ferguson's no-fly zone," notes Will Bunch with the Philadelphia Daily News, in response to an exclusive from the Associated Press unearthing that Ferguson flight ban that was less about safety and more about blocking media coverage (accumulating 11,659 shares and mounting). Fusion's Danny Rivero tweets, "'Freedom of the press' they told me in school.. But ..." Julian Sanchez wonders, "Would it be excessively quaint to suggest that some FAA officials ought to lose their jobs over this?" We'll allow it.
People Magazine broke the deeply saddening news that terminally ill woman Brittany Maynard has ended her own life. "She moved mountains in the 'die with dignity' movement," observes Alix Kendall with Fox 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul. "A beautiful spirit gone, with immense grace," harmonizes Martha Groves for the LA Times.
The Guardian reveals an astoundingly high percentage of killers get away with murdering journalists. "370 journalists were murdered since 2004 for doing their jobs. 90% of their killers went unpunished. Their names," MSNBC's Jamil Smith reflects.
Also via the Guardian, Google's Larry Page says it’s time to change their ‘don’t be evil’ mission statement but we prefer BuzzFeed Andrew's alternate headline of "Google endorses being evil" (831 shares).
More morning must-reads include WaPo's latest on how U.S.-backed Syria rebels routed by fighters have been linked to al-Qaeda as well as New York Times' portraits of those braving Ebola. Also for the Times, Margot Sanger-Katz and Kevin Quealy investigate who would have health insurance if Medicaid's expansion weren't optional. ProPublica's Charles Ornstein has the answer to that: "Many!"
Other informative feats of data journalism: this Wall Street Journal graphic adventure mapping 20 million Facebook users' political sentiment. "That isn't Badger Red folks -- that is worry stoked by governor's race," comments George Stanley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Still, somehow Vice President Biden is staying chipper about the whole thing.
Disappointingly, WaPo's Hunter Schwarz figured out that a lot of the celebrities who appeared in the midterm Rock The Vote PSA didn’t even vote in the last midterm elections (1,153 shares). "Giving new meaning to #turnoutforwhat, a bunch of Rock the Vote celebs failed to vote in 2010," Sun Media's Jessica Murphy quips.