It seems doubtful that the Obama team purposely decided to intrude on the Trump transition, and on individual Trump staffers’ civil liberties, for purely partisan purposes. It’s more likely that they were shocked and angry at Trump’s win and convinced themselves it could have only been due to Russian interference. Their decision to spy on their political opponents could not have been made lightly. If Flynn really did commit treason, this would all be a little easier to understand, but he was never charged with anything like that. … [Read more...] about PATEL: Why Was Biden Spying On The Trump Team?
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Greenwald had previously hinted at the possibility of a new leaker — his new venture depends on them — telling CNN in February, “I definitely think it’s fair to say that there are people who have been inspired by Edward Snowden’s courage and by the great good and virtue that it has achieved.” … [Read more...] about The U.S. Government Has a New Edward Snowden on Its Hands
Flynn failed to register as a foreign agent after taking $500,000 from the Turkish government. His efforts on its behalf as he was about to become Trump’s national security advisor included asking the outgoing holder of the post, Susan Rice, not to arm a group of Syrian Kurds as part of the plan to attack the ISIS “capital” of Raqqa. The Trump administration’s first big move regarding terrorism was to impede action against ISIS. … [Read more...] about Michael Flynn Knew the FBI Had Heard His Calls with Russians. So Why Did He Lie About Them?
Omidyar originally conceived of First Look as a network of interlinking sites run by “independent” journalists, many of whom took a similarly adversarial approach to journalism. Over the last year, however, the center of gravity of the organization has shifted, as Omidyar and his Silicon Valley braintrust have exerted control over budgets and vacillated over the journalistic mission. Over the summer, Omidyar appointed a longtime confidante, John Temple — a former newspaper editor who previously led an Omidyar-financed civic journalism venture in Hawaii — to be the president for audience and products, putting him in a position above Eric Bates, the former Rolling Stone editor who was brought on as a First Look editorial director, who is close to Taibbi. The confrontational approach that made Taibbi’s name at Rolling Stone — and before that, as a co-founder of the gonzo Moscow expatriate magazine The eXile — appears to have contributed to … [Read more...] about Matt Taibbi Leaves Omidyar’s First Look Media [Updated]
Here’s a tip if your company is trying to improve its relationship with the media: Don’t publicly describe a Nixonian plot to retaliate against journalists who criticize you. On Friday Uber executives spent the day schmoozing with reporters, then held a private dinner at Manhattan’s Waverly Inn. BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith reported on Tuesday that during the event Emil Michael, Uber’s senior vice-president of business, said the company should deal with unflattering coverage by hiring a team of opposition researchers and publicizing details about journalists’ personal lives. … [Read more...] about Uber Executive Says Company Should Dig Up Dirt on Unfriendly Journalists