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David Miranda: ‘They Said I Would Be Put in Jail if I Didn’t Co-Operate’ (The Guardian)
David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, has accused Britain of a “total abuse of power” for interrogating him for almost nine hours at Heathrow Airport under the Terrorism Act. In his first interview since returning to his home in Rio de Janeiro early on Monday, Miranda said the authorities in the UK had pandered to the US in trying to intimidate him and force him to reveal the passwords to his computer and mobile phone. “They were threatening me all the time and saying I would be put in jail if I didn’t co-operate,” said Miranda. CJR / Behind The News Police confiscated his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles. They did not arrest or charge him of any crime nor have they returned Miranda’s possessions, according to The Guardian. BBC In Germany, Miranda had been staying with US filmmaker Laura Poitras, who has also been working on the Snowden files with Greenwald and The Guardian, according to the newspaper. The Guardian / Comment Is Free Alan Rusbridger: “In this work Greenwald is regularly helped by Miranda. Miranda is not a journalist, but he still plays a valuable role in helping his partner do his journalistic work. Greenwald has his plate full reading and analyzing the Snowden material, writing, and handling media and social media requests from around the world. He can certainly use this back-up.” Politico / Politico 44 The United States was not involved in the detention of Miranda but was told it was likely that the Brazilian citizen would be stopped at London’s Heathrow Airport, the White House said Monday. “This is a decision that they made on their own and not at the request of the United States,” White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said. Earnest did, though, say that British officials had let their American counterparts know that Miranda’s detainment was likely. HuffPost Miranda is taking legal action against the British government over his nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport Sunday. The Guardian said it was “supportive” of the move but was not leading it. Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, told the BBC that there would also be a legal challenge about whether or not British police were entitled to seize Miranda’s possessions.
Posts Tagged ‘Ed Schultz’
From the outset of the Rush Limbaugh controversy, more than a few members of the public have tweeted about what they perceive to be an egregious double standard. While the conservative talk show host is going down in flames, equally culpable folks perched at the other end of the TV-radio spectrum like Bill Maher get less overall flack. (Maher appears to have learned a thing or two from his Politically Incorrect ABC days by moving to a network with no advertisers.)
Did you know there is a war on women?
Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.
Going up weekday nights against Anderson Cooper and Bill O′Reilly at 8 p.m. may sound like cable news suicide. But per an LA Times profile piece by Alana Semuels, MSNBC host Ed Schultz is making it work:
This year through early February, Schultz’s nightly The ED Show viewership has averaged 608,000, a 60% increase from his ratings during the same period in 2010, according to Nielsen. He’s surpassed Cooper, though he has more than a million fewer viewers than O’Reilly.
In response to critics who accuse Schultz of deceitfully switching from a Conservative to Liberal POV, he tells Semuels it’s genuine. He says a large spark for the transformation came from a most unusual first date with his now-wife and afternoon radio show producer, Wendy. She took him to a homeless shelter.
- TVNewser: An interview with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. He’s taking over the slot vacated by that guy, uh, what’s his name? We forget. Something with an “o.” Well, whatever, just watch.
- FishbowlDC: Did Mediaite steal a post from our friends in DC? It’s hard to say, given that people cover the same subjects all the time. But if they did, it wouldn’t be the first time Mediaite did something shady.
- 10,000 Words: Here are five things you didn’t know you could do with LinkedIn, starting with actually using LinkedIn.
UPDATE: Colby Hall emailed us to say that they linked to FishbowlDC once they learned of the mistake. Mediaite didn’t steal the piece, and we don’t really think they’re shady. We — like they would have — were simply looking for proper linkage, while also linking to an article that questioned the site.
The host of The Young Turks – YouTube sensation Cenk Uygur told us that he is now a paid contributor at MSNBC. He will be on air regularly and fill-in host now as needed. Uygur has been subbing for Dylan Ratigan and Ed Schultz this year. This week he guest hosted the prime time spot for Keith Olbermann. This, of course is really exciting for YouTubers everywhere as one of their own has been given a real job. As we’ve said before, Cenk is the Tila Tequila of political talk shows. The Internet vet him and now he’s on the ol’ teevee.
Uygur tells FBLA, “It’s basically serving as a sixth man coming off the bench whenever any of the shows need me.” As if we understand sports metaphors.