Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
Frontpage: Friday, Feb. 17th
- New York Times’s Anthony Shadid Dies: The New York Times’s Beirut bureau chief, Anthony Shadid, died Thursday, the newspaper announced. He apparently died of an asthma attack in Syria. Tyler Hicks, a photographer with Shadid, carried his body to Turkey.
- Obama Raises $29M in January: The number puts him ahead of the pace that he set at the end of last year. The campaign announced the haul via Twitter on Friday morning, claiming that 98 percent of the donations were $250 or less. Note that all that money came before Obama announced this month that he would accept the support of shadowy super PACs that allow unlimited donations.
- German President Quits: German President Christian Wulff announced Friday that he was quitting over a scandal that he allegedly received favors before taking up his post in 2010, when Chancellor Angela Merkel nominated him for the job.
- Syrian Violence ‘Extreme’ After U.N. Vote: Violence has only escalated in Syria following the U.N. vote yesterday to back a plan calling for President Assad’s resignation.
- Federal Agent Kills Colleague: A federal immigration agent who shot and injured a colleague in their office Thursday night was killed by a third agent in a chaotic confrontation.
Due to an errant cron task that ran twice an hour from September 2010 to July 2011, I accidentally collected about 12,000 screenshots of the front page of the nytimes.com
More cool thoughts on what went into this and what it means for media from Phillip.
This is kind of like Pummelvision for websites.
The news is a lot more entertaining than people give credit.
I think they’re doing the most they can with a very unpleasant and uncomfortable situation. No one ever wants to write about their boss…. And when you do, there’s always a degree of self-editing that goes on. Knowing that, it’s pretty impressive how they have been very tough on Murdoch and News Corp. at times.
A New York Times reporter, who didn’t wish to be named, discussing the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Which has gone like this:
After running articles on page B1 and B3 on its first two days, the News of the World closure made the front page last Friday. The story was then relegated back inside—although Journal reporters Jessica Vascellaro and Russell Adams broke news Wednesday with a report that News Corp. was contemplating the sale of its remaining British newspapers. As the scandal has continued to explode anew each day, the Journal has, indeed, upped its game. Murdoch’s decision to revoke his bid for British Sky Broadcasting was fronted again Wednesday, and yesterday, the paper published the first extensive interview with Murdoch.
…because the Times’ printing plant is highly efficient, they were able to act quickly. First, the front pages of the papers that were being printed were destroyed, and then, at approximately 12:45 am, the presses began to churn out the updated version. A total of 165,000 additional copies were printed to address the anticipated increased consumer demand.
The film recounts a dark moment, long ago, in Cunningham’s career, when he submitted to Women’s Wear Daily a set of photographs in pairs, matching a high-fashion runway shot with a picture of a woman wearing some part of the outfit out in the everyday world. The editors rewrote the captions to make fun of the ordinary women, and that was the end of his association with WWD.