Findings from the fourth estate
It turns out thousands of private lives have been exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets -- including the names of rape victims, the mentally ill and gay individuals living in countries where their sexual orientation is forbidden. "I support WL's mission, but redacting the names of gay men in Saudi Arabia seems like the prudent thing to do," reacts EFF's Eva Galperin. "Wikileaks does not even do a cursory check for malware in documents it dumps. This is a threat to dissident journalists who use Wikileaks," warns Zeynep Tufekci, before continuing, "In general, if you're a journalist or activist anywhere, you probably should get a dedicated Chromebook & access Wikileaks docs only there."
In other media-related news:
- Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros says top executives there -- including replacement CEO Bill Shine -- punished her for complaining about sexual harassment by Roger Ailes. Her suit claims the network "operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult," which is pretty graphic. The lawsuit also named former U.S. Senator Scott Brown, whom Tantaros accuses of having "made sexually inappropriate comments to her while on set, and put his hands on her lower waist." At the Huffington Post, Alexander C. Kaufman reacts, "Considering Scott Brown is a victim of sexual abuse himself, this is really troubling."
- The Wall Street Journal chronicles "the storybook romance" between Disney and VICE (there may be a bit of sarcasm involved there, just maybe). "What is the Vice ride at Disneyworld going to be? Will I be able to buy a Shane Smith action figure for my nephew," asks BuzzFeed's Matthew Zeitlin.
- This just in: BuzzFeed will divide its news and entertainment divisions in a company-wide reorganization. "So you have no Gawker anymore but you get TWO Buzzfeeds. Yay," snarks freelancer Rebecca Rose.
- There's no doubt that this past weekend's final concert by the band Tragically Hip -- whose lead singer Gord Downie is terminally ill -- was a newsworthy event. So why were news cameras banned? "A big picture issue (sorry), not an isolated incident," quips Graeme Roy at the Canadian Press.
- In a post entitled "Dear Fellow White People," The Undefeated's Kevin Van Valkenburg argues that "Black athletes have to walk a social tightrope to avoid criticism; white athletes get the benefit of doubt." ESPN's Jemele Hill responds, "More white columnists & writers should write about race. So THANK YOU @KVanValkenburg for writing on white privilege."
- Trevor Timm has some questions for those who are cheering Gawker's demise. "We need good anti-SLAPP legislation in all states," concludes freelancer Quinn Norton.