On media minds for today
"Holy mail chimp! Adnan Syed, Serial's S1 profile subject, is getting a retrial," trumpets Abram Brown with Forbes, heralding the news that a Maryland judge granted a retrial to Syed, who was originally convicted for the 1999 murder of his high school ex-girlfriend (at 6,500+ shares right now). "Think independent, tenacious journalism can't make a difference? Think again," advises ABC's Muhammad Lila, offering his congrats to Rabia Chaudry, Syed's friend who has been championing his innocence since conviction and who reacts, "We’re overwhelmed, overjoyed, and we’re ready. We’re going to fight." NPR's Deborah Amos similarly concludes, "Journalism actually changed something" and Gannett's Lindsay Deutsch pays homage to "TFW you remember that v suspenseful podcast was about an actual human and an actual trial and actual maybe injustice." On the other hand, NYT's James Poniewozik admits, "Not a lawyer, so I don't know how much to credit Serial, but astonishing turn regardless." Of course, that's not to suggest everyone was fully on-board with this turn of events. "Podcast-driven retrial for guy who always sounded pretty guilty to me (but what do I know)," shrugs Politico's Timothy Noah.
In other news alerts you may or may not have received, transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the military. "This workplace is where real change is happening," points out Re/code's Kara Swisher. Trending elsewhere on Twitter, we learn Apple is in talks to acquire Jay Z’s Tidal music service. "I foresee Jay Z and Dr. Dre sharing a cubicle," predicts Cordell Eddings at Group SJR. And Tesla is mourning its first tragic loss after reports of the first known fatality where autopilot was activated. "Still a lot safer than no auto-pilot," observes Business Spectator's Tristan Edis, whereas TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino didn't appreciate the way Tesla announced it: "A breath between acknowledging a death and quoting the statistics would have been appreciated."
And in the outrageous but unfortunately true, the Ku Klux Klan reportedly dreams of rising again after 150 years of ignominy. Tulsa World, Jerry Wofford hits the nail on the head in tweeting, "Hi! Are you enjoying your day? Feeling good about your life? Hopeful for humanity? Well, we can't have that can we?!"