A little over a week ago, a group of people marched down the streets of Manhattan and called for police to be killed. The chant "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!" could be heard several times on a video shot from above. Evidence from photos, videos, social-media posts and interviews suggest that a group -- the New York chapter of the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee, or TMOC -- might have been involved. TMOC's own social-media posts put them near the scene. Some of the slogans used that night -- including "arms up, shoot back!" -- are the same as the ones used by TMOC. And recently TMOC has been soliciting money for the legal defense of people it calls its "comrades" who were arrested for allegedly assaulting police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge, just hours after the "dead cops" chant was recorded.
As 2014 comes to a close, so goes another chapter of media history. Amid a sea of great reporting and glimmering hopes for the future of media, there was also the partisan hackery, the false reporting, and manufactured outrage.
Let's call it the WORST in media.
As a staff of writers with a very diverse set of political and cultural views, we submitted a survey to determine who would "win" each sad category. Some had no clear losers, others had multiple losers-up. One important note: Ratings or overall popularity were most certainly not a determining factor in our votes.
So with that, sit back and shed a few tears in honor of "The Very WORST in 2014 Media"
DEADLINE: What happened when you sent the petition, and who did you ask to sign it?
CLOONEY: It was a large number of people. It was sent to basically the heads of every place. They told Bryan Lourd, "I can't sign this." What? How can you not sign this? I'm not going to name anyone, that's not what I'm here to do, but nobody signed the letter.
DEADLINE: That doesn't sound like a hard paper to sign.
CLOONEY: All that it is basically saying is, we're not going to give in to a ransom. As we watched one group be completely vilified, nobody stood up. Nobody took that stand. read more
The photos, obtained [..] in a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix [..], depict the grisly aftermath of a July 29, 2013 shooting in a Phoenix apartment that wounded two people. Four arrests were made in the case.
A rifle found in the abandoned car came from Attorney General Eric Holder's Fast and Furious program, which put firearms into the black market on the Southern border in a failed attempt to track firearm circulation among Mexican drug cartels. The AK-47 style rifle was purchased in 2009 by Sean Christopher Seward, who pled guilty to trafficking firearms that he bought while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was monitoring his activities as part of Fast and Furious. read more
American troops in Iraq had their first actual battle with ISIS troops after the Islamist militants tried to overrun a base, an encounter that left the ISIS troops decimated and in retreat. The attack took place near the Ein al-Asad base, which includes close to 100 U.S. military advisers. The U.S. troops, armed with "light and medium weapons," and were able to inflict casualties against the ISIS fighters, forcing them to retreat, Shafaq News reported. The American troops were also aided by fighter jets, which directed air strikes against the ISIS troops that "silenced their heavy sources of fire." "US forces intervened because of ISIS started to come near the base, which they are stationed in so out of self-defense," said Sheikh Mahmud Nimrawi. The incident was the first time that American troops clashed with ISIS forces on the ground in Iraq. read more