Tag: barack obama

by Geoffrey King

The following opinion piece originally appeared on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Internet Channel. When President Obama takes the lectern to discuss U.S. surveillance policy, as he is expected to do Friday, those hoping for sweeping reform are likely to be disappointed. As reported in The New York Times, the president appears poised to reject [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Patch is laying off hundreds of employees on Friday (Romenesco) 2. Labavit, the secure email service Edward Snowden reportedly used, shuts down under pressure (Quartz) 3. Apple’s Tim Cook, tech executives meet with Barack Obama to talk surveillance (Politico) 4. Tumblr founder to get $81 million to remain at Yahoo (ABC News) 5. Amid [...] more »

by Jennifer Dorroh

When U.S. President Barack Obama visited San José, Costa Rica this spring, he brought along the biggest security operation in the country’s history. Costa Rica’s La Nación newspaper knew its audience would be keenly interested in the logistics of a visit that would affect traffic throughout the city that day. But instead of simply describing the [...] more »

by Alex Kantrowitz

In the heat of this year’s U.S. presidential race, Twitter published a blog post announcing a new sentiment index meant to track and plot the tone of Twitter conversations about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Under the headline “A new barometer for the election,” the post led off with some perspective: “One glance at the [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Below is an interesting infographic put together by AddThis, a social measurement firm that used data insights to predict the election based on social sharing data. The infographic shows how AddThis predicts battleground states will vote as well as detailing the most shared topics and a confidence level. Click the image to enlarge. Managing editor [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

Who can pay attention to one form of media anymore? Sit and watch TV without a mobile device in your lap? Unthinkable. Watch a presidential debate without Twitter? No way. Every big live event seems to be better with a back channel to discuss with friends and strangers online. So what’s your plan for Election [...] more »

by Alex Kantrowitz

A few years ago, I sat down for breakfast with a New York State Assembly candidate at a busy Long Island diner. I was just out of college, and he was looking for a campaign manager, so we picked up menus and started talking. I didn’t have much (read: any) campaign management experience, so we [...] more »

by Mark Hannah

With just minutes to go before last night’s second presidential debate, the folks over at PolitiFact.com sent out the following tweet: If you hear something during the #debate that you’d like us to fact-check, tweet it with #PolitiFactThis — PolitiFact (@politifact) October 17, 2012 Three hours later, after the dust had settled in the Hofstra [...] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung.1. Barack Obama’s Record-Setting Speech: 52,757 Tweets Per Minute (TechCrunch) 2. Amazon unveils the new Kindle (AllThingsD) 3. Facebook has closed its purchase of Instagram (Yahoo) 4. A look inside the Journal Register’s Thunderdome (Nieman Lab) 5. USA Today to relaunch its [...] more »

by Ari Melber

Click to read our whole series We are all fact-checkers now. For years, Americans’ political press has been stuck in a fact-free model of neutrality, often covering even the most obvious lies as “one side” of a dispute. From Swift Boats and global warming to Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs, this coverage shrouds even rudimentary empirical claims [...] more »