Pontifications from the press

Starting this section off on the worst note thinkable, we bring you the harrowing news that WaPo correspondent Jason Rezaian has been sentenced to prison term in Iran. "Iran sentences WaPo's @jrezaian to jail. No details. Lawyer told nothing. Opaque system persists in its cruelty," summarizes the Post's executive editor Martin Baron. Simultaneously, Alibaba's Jack Ma is said to be in talks to buy the South China Morning Post stake. "Jack Ma reportedly interested in buying a stake in SCMP -- can't imagine he'd be as benign as Bezos," predicts Isaac Stone Fish from Foreign Policy Magazine. Piling on the bad news, NPR reportedly is "graying," and that worries public radio. "NPR hosts apparently don't believe in retirement. (Or opening jobs for younger folks?)" observes Mike Gruss at SpaceNews, although John Moe at American Public Radio points out, "I feel like I've been reading this article over and over since I got into public radio in 2001."

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