At a young age you can have more influence than at any time in journalistic history and the mistakes you make at a younger age are more visible than ever before.
Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Columbia University, to the New York Times about last week’s indictment of Matthew Keys. The 26-year-old deputy social media editor at Reuters was charged by federal prosecutors with assisting members of Anonymous in defacing a 2010 Los Angeles Times story. Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Keys could face fines of up to $750,000 and 25 years in prison.
New York Times, Hacker Case Leads to Calls for Better Law.
The hackers changed the headline of a Times story from “Pressure Builds in House to Pass Tax-Cut Package” to “Pressure Builds in House to Elect CHIPPY 1337.”
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Missy Cohlmia, spokeswoman for Koch Companies Public Sector, in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter on rumors that the Koch brothers are seeking to buy the Tribune Company’s newspapers. These include the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times. Hollywood Reporter, Koch Brothers Mulling LA Times Bid.
The Kochs own Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in America, founded Americans for Prosperity in 2010 and spent $40 million on a successful drive to help Republicans regain congress, and then spent millions more this last election cycle on supporting Tea Party and Republican candidates.
For better background, see LA Weekly, which calls the rumor “a doozy wrapped in a bombshell exploding inside a Drudge siren.”
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I pray the New York Times doesn’t have to close sections, shrink its newsprint, whore its front page to advertisers and cut its staff in half while a gang of former radio hatchet men hired by a megalomaniacal real estate imp guts the company.