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Morning Media Newsfeed: Risen Appeal Rejected | Top Social TV Shows

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Supreme Court Will Not Review Risen Case (The Guardian)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lower court’s order requiring a New York Times reporter to testify in a criminal case against a former source, deepening the court’s silence on the question of protections for journalists and confidential sources. FishbowlDC The issue dates back to a May 2011 subpoena received by James Risen to identify a source for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of The CIA and the Bush Administration. NYT The court’s one-line order gave no reasons but effectively sided with the government in a confrontation between what prosecutors said was an imperative to secure evidence in a national security prosecution and what journalists said was an intolerable infringement of press freedom. NPR / The Two-Way Risen has said he would refuse to testify in order to protect the identity of his source. Federal prosecutors argued that they need him to testify to pursue their criminal case against Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer. WSJ A divided U.S. appeals court based in Richmond, Va., sided with the government last year, ruling that Risen didn’t have a reporter’s privilege allowing him to refuse to testify about the source and scope of classified information allegedly disclosed to him. The court said there is no privilege in criminal cases that protects a reporter from testifying about conduct the reporter allegedly witnessed or participated in. USA Today Since Obama took office, federal authorities have filed at least seven leak-related criminal cases, including against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for leaks about government surveillance programs and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for giving classified information to the website Wikileaks.

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Michael Bloomberg is the Best and You Know It

Since his days as our Mayor, Michael Bloomberg has been doing his best to stay busy. Earlier this year he reinserted himself at Bloomberg LP, he funded an African media initiative, and now he’s taking on the NRA. This is a man who doesn’t enjoy idle hands.

According to the New York Times, Bloomberg is dedicating $50 million to motivate gun control advocates to not only vote, but to punish those who don’t support their cause, much like the NRA does. It’s a valiant plan, and Bloomberg knows it. In fact, while we love the idea, it’s Bloomberg’s self-love that is endearing and hilarious at the same time.

When the Times asked Bloomberg if his image as a rich, former Mayor of New York who banned such American staples as too much salt and gigantic soft drinks, he was nonplussed.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Elliott Exits GMA | Piers Morgan Bows Out | NYT Mag Names New Editor

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Josh Elliott Exiting ABC’s Good Morning America for NBC Sports (TheWrap)
After months of speculation over Josh Elliott’s future at ABC News’ Good Morning America, contract talks broke down over the weekend and he will leave his anchor spot for a gig with NBC Sports. Amy Robach will be promoted to news anchor, effective immediately. TVNewser Elliott’s jump to NBC and return to sports comes at the end of intense contract negotiations with ABC News. Elliott will work on most high-profile NBC Sports programs including Sunday Night Football, NBC Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing. NBC is expected to reveal more later this week. Deadline Hollywood Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at GMA, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million. After his fellow anchor Lara Spencer nailed down a lucrative multiyear contract Thursday, Elliott raised his ask to $10 million a year. Per the terms of Elliott’s exit, he cannot appear on NBC’s Today show for six months. NYT Elliott is the second member of the GMA team to be recruited away from the show by NBCUniversal. Sam Champion, who had been the weather anchor for GMA, was hired by the Weather Channel to start up a new morning show on that cable channel, which is owned by NBCUniversal. ABC did make a strong effort to retain Elliott, offering him about $5 million a year, according to one executive with knowledge of the negotiations. Variety Robach, Elliott’s replacement, began her career as a general assignment reporter in South Carolina and moved on to become a morning anchor in Washington, D.C. She spent five years at NBC where she was an anchor at MSNBC and co-host of Weekend Today. Co-anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos remain as the leads of the show.

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NRA President Attacks The Journal News, Gawker, for Publishing Gun Owners’ Information

The Journal News has been under near-constant attack for publishing a list of gun owners’ names and addresses. People have threatened to shoot editors — because that makes a whole lot of sense — and more. Then Gawker, seeing all the attention the Journal News was getting, copied the paper and published its own list of New York City’s gun owners, containing just their names. And now both the Journal News and Gawker have a new common critic: David Keene, president of the NRA.

According to The New York Observer, Keene was asked about both lists while on a radio show. Keene took the opportunity to criticize the Journal News, Gawker, and — Sarah Palin fans get excited — “elite media,” whatever the hell that is:

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