Media murmurs and mutterings

Our "hero of the day" (and possibly year) goes to New York Times journalist James Risen, who refused to offer clues on his sources during tense questioning in federal court yesterday (2,000+ shares). Jesse Eisinger with ProPublica applauds, "I love that @JamesRisen's position was: 'I'll ask the questions here!'"
 
Speaking of government pressure, the Columbia Journalism Review just unveiled their most discomfiting cover yet to accompany a story on 21st-century censorship and how governments are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media (400+ shares). "New forms of censorship make open internet a reality "for the minority of humanity." Smart big picture look via @CJR," praises Sasha Chavkin with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
 
Here's a big get: Bloomberg's Alex Sherman and Scott Moritz report that Verizon is said to be approaching AOL about a possible takeover or venture. "I can’t imagine the conflict-of-interest disclosures necessary should Verizon come to own TechCrunch and Engadget," points out Casey Newton with The Verge. Plus, BuzzFeed's Joseph Bernstein is attracting both love and disgust with his lengthy investigation into the hidden language of the ~tilde~ (600+ shares). Colleague Alanna Okun decides,
 "this jaybash joint is good except he neglected to include the best possible use of ~, which is to signify SMELL RAYS."
 
Also, Jaime Fuller with the Washington Post would like to point out this amazing bit of political data journalism … from 1873. "More on 19th century data journalism concering presidents kissing babies. In short, be glad it didn't survive," Fuller explains.

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