Your headlines before the weekend
"A lot of pain and courage in this op-ed," reflects Nieman Foundation's Ann Marie Lipinski. Lipinski was referring, of course, to the Boston Globe-published plea from 8-year-old Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richards' family to "end the anguish" and "drop the death penalty" for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (which collected 10,700 shares as of last count). "My God. This is magnificent," praises Northeastern University journalism professor Dan Kennedy. "The continued grace & strength shown by Richard Family and other survivors is astounding," echoes 7News Boston's Susan Tran. "The Richards are right that a death sentence could mean years of legal wrangling - and every step brings pain back," tweets Boston Globe's Scott Helman.
Now that we've restored your faith in humanity, we apologize for promptly chipping away at it again by showing you Deadspin's footage of an ESPN reporter berating a towing company employee with downright cruel remarks about the employee's education and appearance (which also got more than 10,000 shares). We would have categorized this under our "media watercooler" section, except that everyone seems to be tweeting about it. "A lesson in when not to brag about your role on TV," suggests DecodeDC's Miranda Green. "Success and education isn't enough. @BrittMcHenry had to denigrate another human being," points out journalist Matt Moore. McHenry has been briefly suspended after the video went viral, but even that hasn't appeased everyone. "So ESPN suspends Britt McHenry for 1 week for this rant but Bill Simmons got 3 weeks for calling out Goodell?" wonders sport reporter Evie Kytan with WSPA Channel 7.
A couple more chips to be made: the man hailed as a hero for catching Walter Scott's shooting death at the hands of a policeman now wants news outlets to pay him $10,000 to re-air the footage (400+). "Wowwwww. Not cool, bro," reacts Michael Auslen with the Tampa Bay Times. "Can a person that films an important public news event charge for its use?" asks The Fix's Philip Bump. Then there's this: when deployed to Ferguson in November, the Missouri National Guard referred to protesters as "enemy forces" (2,200+).
Stepping out of the outrage cycle for a bit, Bloomberg reports Hillary Clinton is said to have hired a former Wall Street watchdog as her campaign CFO (1,200+) while hubby Bill's spokesman Matt McKenna is leaving for Uber (~100). The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman just admitted to a "private and personal relationship" with airline lobbyist (1,400+). In California, their biggest water users are kept a secret to shield tech executives (1,300+). That reminds us: as Greece prepares to enter a "Twilight Zone" of sorts, their finance minister likens euro membership to lyrics from the song "Hotel California"--“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" (700+).