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Morning Media Newsfeed: Journalist Sotloff Beheaded by ISIS | WaPo Publisher Out

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American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS (TVNewser)
Two weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group. FishbowlDC “This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday afternoon. Earnest went on to say, “I’m not in a position to confirm the authenticity of that video or the reports at this point since I obviously just walked out here. If there is a video that has been released, it is something that will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government and our intelligence officials to determine its authenticity.” ABC News In a new video, which appeared online Tuesday, Sotloff addresses the camera, saying, “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.” Later the video then cuts to the militant who says, “I’m back, Obama. I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State [ISIS].” Politico Sotloff, 31, grew up in Florida and was a freelance journalist, having worked for publications like Time magazine and Foreign Policy. He was taken hostage while reporting in Syria last year. WSJ The Islamic State video also showed a man identified as Briton David Cawthorne Haines. He is kneeling and wearing an orange jumpsuit as the militant threatens to kill him next. A U.S. official said there is no reason to believe the video isn’t authentic. USA Today The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that a video appearing to show the beheading of Sotloff is genuine.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: David Miranda Speaks Out | Amazon.com Crashes | Ed Show Back to Weekdays


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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.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Webby Awards Announced | Rhino Times Folds | Chris Matthews Renewed


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House of Cards, Jerry Seinfeld Top Webby Awards (HuffPost / AP)
Netflix’s groundbreaking House of Cards may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are honoring House of Cards producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti with a Webby special achievement award. The Wrap / Media Alley R&B artist Frank Ocean was named the Webby Person of the Year for proving the power of the Web as a medium for cultural change by publishing his coming-out letter on his Tumblr. The Webby Breakout of the Year award went to the Obama administration for its America 2012 campaign for its tech team’s Internet-savvy effort to reelect President Obama. The Webby Awards The star-studded ceremony will be available to view on-demand in HD at watch.webbyawards.com beginning at 9 a.m. ET on May 22, 2013. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: Webby Awards Announced | Rhino Times Folds | Chris Matthews Renewed


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House of Cards, Jerry Seinfeld Top Webby Awards (HuffPost / AP)
Netflix’s groundbreaking House of Cards may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are honoring House of Cards producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti with a Webby special achievement award. The Wrap / Media Alley R&B artist Frank Ocean was named the Webby Person of the Year for proving the power of the Web as a medium for cultural change by publishing his coming-out letter on his Tumblr. The Webby Breakout of the Year award went to the Obama administration for its America 2012 campaign for its tech team’s Internet-savvy effort to reelect President Obama. The Webby Awards The star-studded ceremony will be available to view on-demand in HD at watch.webbyawards.com beginning at 9 a.m. ET on May 22, 2013. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt.

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