"This is the very opposite of journalism," writes The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald in his post castigating The Sunday Times for its story citing anonymous claims that Russia and China have obtained the Snowden files (nearing 2,000 shares--although Greenwald's own post has a far more impressive showing of 10 times that, currently at 24,000+ shares). "Seems like pretty much every independently verifiable fact in Murdoch/Sunday Times story is wrong," notes colleague Daniel Froomkin. "The credibility of the Sunday Times has just taken a nosedive thanks to @ggreenwald," concludes Hyder Abbasi with Al Jazeera English. In response, the Sunday Times appears to have not only quietly deleted the most offensively problematic claim in their story, but they've also delivered a DMCA takedown notice to First Look Media in an effort to get an image of the headline taken down. "No, @TheSundayTimes, we are not going to remove the image of your humiliating headline from our story about it," Greenwald tweets. One of the article's authors Tom Harper went on CNN in what appears to be an attempt to defend their reportage, but that didn't go so well, either. "This interview with the Sunday Times writer of *that* Snowden story is a big WE DON'T KNOW," marvels Gianluca Mezzofiore at the International Business Times.
That's not the only media scandal trending at the top, either. Hillary Clinton's campaign apparently denied access to a pool reporter, calling into question yet again her pledge to transparency. "Clinton pool reporter denied access to event at Puritan Backroom, he's also missing out on the great chicken fingers," muses Felicia Schwartz with the Wall Street Journal. Weirdly enough, the Athens Banner-Herald is desperately trying to retract a news item that "the sun just exploded." Philadelphia Magazine's Joel Mathis jokes, "Frankly, the liberal media just wants you to THINK the sun hasn't exploded." And in news that's actually true (but surprisingly underreported), Mexico's Supreme Court just effectively okay'd same-sex marriage with very little fanfare.
In sobering updates, The Guardian reports that CIA torture appears to have broken the rule on human experimentation. Yes, human experimentation. "I'm now on paternity leave. But this was an emotionally fraught story to report while looking at my newborn daughter," admits the story's author Spencer Ackerman. The Daily Beast is boasting an exclusive that U.S. strikes hit a suspected ISIS-Al Qaeda summit. "U.S. airstrikes on a farmhouse in Libya took out a 'Star Wars bar' of al Qaeda and ISIS members meeting together," explains Tim Mak there. Al-Monitor's Julian Pecquet wasn't a fan of that description, though: "Maybe one day the West will be able to talk about the ME w/out the vaguely racist pop culture references." And in Minnesota, an archbishop and a deputy bishop have resigned after the archdiocese was charged with failing to protect children from pedophile priests. CNN's Lisa Mirando calls it a "BIG development."