Talk of the day
Thanks to the very breaking news that Twitter will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit, we can trust that "hot takes now 23-characters hotter," muses Julia B. Chan at the Center for Investigative Reporting (and that's news that was joyfully reshared 1,600+ times). "I know so many happy journalists right now," points out Joyce Orlando at the Shelby Star. "Now we can all have longer fights," Gus Silber sees it another way. "By not counting links & photos to 140 character limit, Twitter effectively will turn tweets into captions. Smart," concludes Danny Sullivan at SearchEngineLand.com. "Twitter has finally addressed the internal debate: should I include an image or write a better, longer tweet?" observes The Intercept's Rubina Fillion. "This is actually a great compromise between the status quo and the lunatic 10,000-character proposal," WSJ's James Taranto decides. Although Dan Gillmor notes, "If this is true ... link-shortening business just got whacked, big-time." Of course, there are plenty clamoring for still more change. "Dreams do come true. Now let us edit typos!" demands NBC's Jillian Sederholm. And plenty more who saw this as a prime opportunity for jokes, like Media Mix's Steven Perlberg: "folks the last thing we need is 23 more characters on twitter! we have plenty already! (will do this joke everytime)."
In other news you should know, the Senate report on CIA torture is one step closer to disappearing, if you know what we mean. "'CIA's only copy of torture report deleted' funny that," reacts BBC's Mark Urban. On the other hand, The Intercept is broadening access to the Snowden archive and here’s why. "Can you find a story they missed?" Honolulu Civil Beat's Bob Ortega introduces the next logical question. Elsewhere in disclosures, the U.S. just revealed Saudi Arabia’s treasuries holdings for the first time. "Treasury releases breakdown of Saudi holdings of US debt ($116.8 bln) -- after keeping figure secret for 4 decades," elaborates Mohamad Bazzi, a former Newsday Middle East bureau chief. Also, BuzzFeed News boasted a big get in the form of an exclusive interview with President Obama, during which he discussed the Supreme Court nominee live. "'I got new socks' might be my favorite part of @chrisgeidner's interview with Obama but I'm biased," shares Ana Marie Cox at MTV News.
And now that we're on politics, yes, a former campaign adviser Roger Stone just admitted Trump once posed as his own PR man, but somehow compared it to Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton and James Madison writing as Publius. NYT's James Poniewozik tries to imagine how that would work: "Yeah, this is, um, Publius. Anyway, you should know that hot models are always trying to get with James Madison." Maybe now we can lay that story to bed, or nah? It won't change the fact that little will be off limits for Trump in his planned attacks against Hillary Clinton, according to the New York Times. "This strikes me as the NYT doing @realDonaldTrump's dirtywork vs. @HillaryClinton for him. He's playing you, NYT," Jeff Jarvis warns. Then there's the fact that the Koch brothers seem to be scaling back their campaign spending, a National Review scoop reveals. Could the Kochs be giving up on politics? Oliver Willis reminds everyone, "remember claims from kochs that attacks from the left - esp harry reid - were no big deal?" And some bad news for the Bernie Sanders campaign: the Vermont college his wife once led is closing. Still, "It's a stretch to blame this all on Jane Sanders. Hillary fans piling on is funny bc look what Bill does w/ money," argues freelance journalist Rania Khalek.
And while Sinead O'Connor reportedly went missing in Chicago earlier today, you'll be happy to know she's been found safe. And we won't make light of that, because, just as singer/friend Josh Groban tweeted, "Glad Sinead is ok. Fan or not, some of the responses were vile & ignorant. I hope this sparks more discussion about mental illness stigmas." Seconded.