The Guardian Takes NSA Coverage to Twitter’s new Timelines; Politico Creates Energy Insider Tweet Hub

Twitter How to TweetWhen Twitter rolled out its custom timelines Tuesday, two major media outlets were already taking advantage of the new features.

The Guardian used a custom timeline to conduct a Q&A with readers about its recent NSA coverage. And Politico put together a list of tweets related to energy policy.

My first impression is that The Guardian came up with the more interesting use for custom timelines. But I’m also uncertain whether either feature was particularly new, or if custom timelines just offer a different way to do something media outlets have been doing without the new feature.

I’ll have more to say about this later as I explore custom timelines on my own. But in the mean time, this is a sample of what The Guardian did. I’ve also included a simple screen-shot of the Politico “Energy Insider Tweet Hub” brought to you by Chevron.

I’m less impressed with what Politico has done here. This kind of looks like three lists anyone might have been able to create on Twitter before the custom timelines became available. Also, they lose points for allowing an energy company to sponsor their timelines about energy policy.

Politico Energy Insider

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Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald to be more aggressive in reporting leaks

Newsdesk International

The Guardian journalist, whose partner was detained by British authorities and questioned over the weekend said he plans to publish much more aggressively the documents leaked to him by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Snowden in Moscow, the end of Week Five

eats shoots 'n leaves

An irony-laced wrap-up from Russia Today on America’s Most Wanted. . .

Leaker’s Labour’s Won: Snowden’s 5 week airport limbo as it was

The program notes:

One chapter in Edward Snowden’s saga was closed this week. The US whistleblower on-the-run has finally left the transit limbo of a Moscow airport, where he’s been stuck for more than a month. Snowden’s been granted temporary asylum in Russia — and has already received some job offers, including one from Russia’s biggest social network. While his whereabouts at the moment remain unknown, RT’s Lindsay France recaps the media’s chase for the former NSA contractor.

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Glenn Greenwald, Jeffrey Toobin Argue Over Bradley Manning Verdict

Media Politics in Perspective

By Jack Mirkinson

 

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin argued fiercely with Glenn Greenwald about the verdict in the Bradley Manning trial on Tuesday’s “AC360.”

Manning was found guilty on 19 counts, including six counts of espionage, for his leaks to WikiLeaks, but was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. Press freedom groups immediately criticized the ruling, and others worried it could intimidate future leakers and whistleblowers.

Toobin, though, thought the judge, Col. Denise Lind, had gotten it right. He called Manning’s leaks “appalling,” adding, “he should be going to prison and he will be.”

Greenwald said Toobin’s remarks showed that “if you’re sufficiently rich and powerful and well-connected in Washington, the laws don’t apply to you. You don’t get punished. The only people who do are people like Bradley Manning.” He compared Manning to Bob Woodward, who publishes classified information all the time. Toobin said the…

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Glenn Greenwald: Democratic establishment unmasked, the prime defenders of NSA bulk spying

Stop Making Sense

From Glenn Greenwald @ The Guardian:

One of the worst myths Democratic partisans love to tell themselves – and everyone else – is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no matter what he does. Like its close cousin – the massively deceitful inside-DC grievance that the two parties refuse to cooperate on anything – it’s hard to overstate how false this Democratic myth is. When it comes to foreign policy, war, assassinations, drones, surveillance, secrecy, and civil liberties, President Obama’s most stalwart, enthusiastic defenders are often found among the most radical precincts of the Republican Party.

[…] The extraordinary events that took place in the House of Representatives yesterday are perhaps the most vivid illustration yet of this dynamic, and it independently reveals several other important trends. The House voted on an amendment sponsored by Justin Amash, the young Michigan lawyer elected in 2010 as a Tea Party…

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Lawmakers who voted to continue the NSA spying program received twice as much money in campaign donations from defense contractors than those who voted to end the program

America's Watchtower

  Last week the House held a vote on ending the NSA’s data-mining program and it was defeated by a vote of 217-205. This vote did not fall along party lines as 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats voted in favor of ending the program.

  So if the vote was not decided on party politics, what was it decided on? We know that virtually nobody in the Congress cares about the American people or this amendment would have passed, so that means we have to follow the money.

  It turns out, according to this article, that those who voted to keep the NSA data-mining program alive received, on average, twice as much money in campaign donations from defense contractors and the intelligence industry as did those who voted to end the program.

  

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