When retweets lead to prison

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When retweets lead to prison
May 31st, 2016
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Topical this Tuesday

"My dispatch from Tver: Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes [and] reposts (from @AP) (54 last year)," reports the AP's Nataliya Vasilyeva, sharing her latest. "Putin going the way of [Turkey's] Erdogan," observes Christopher Miller with Radio Free Europe. "A great article by @NatVasilyevaAP on Russia's war on social media on the day Twitter suspends @DarthPutinKGB," points out NYT's Steven Lee Myers. Which prompts Ed Zitron to realize, "one day our posts about feet will get us the same fate."

NYT's LA bureau chief Adam Nagourney hit the streets of Skid Row to shine a light on America's increasingly aging homeless. "There’s nothing like Skid Row. Skid Row is another world," Nagourney writes. "One place you don't want as your rest home," concludes colleague Jim Rutenberg. "People over 50 now make up 31 percent of the nation’s homeless population," Danielle Ivory details from the piece. Also gaining traction in trending sections today: Stephen Marche's admission that he stands with Gawker, despite having found himself once in 62nd place on its "worst 100 white men" list, which included Judas Iscariot, by the way. "Je Suis Gawker?" wonders NYT's Stuart Emmrich. MIT Technology Review's Jason Pontin doesn't think so: "This is wrong. There is no cirumstance where publishing a sex tape is blow for empowering the little man or woman."

In an open letter to California Democrats and independents, Gov. Jerry Brown offered an endorsement of Hillary Clinton that was really more an anti-endorsement of Donald Trump. "Jerry Brown's endorsement of Hillary Clinton is tepid at best. Best they could hope for after 25 yrs of bad blood?" suggests Morning Consult's Reid Wilson. "'What's Latin for "Suck it up, Bernie Bros, she's the last thing standing between Donald Trump and the Oval Office'?" wonders AP's Nicolas Riccardi. Meanwhile, Rebecca Traister asks "Did Hillary’s Campaign Have to Be This Hard?" in which she presents another pointed question: "It’s worth asking to what degree charisma, as we have defined it, is a masculine trait." Checking in on The Donald beat, Politico alleges that shady accounting underpins Trump’s wealth, the Washington Post reveals one group Trump donated to benefits fundraisers, not veterans, and North Korean state media offer their ringing endorsement of "wise politician" Donald TrumpDaily Beast's Gideon Resnick reacts, "North Korean state media supports Trump because of course."

Question of the day

Our last question asked: According to the New York Times, what type of unusual turf war is brewing in New York City, just in time for the heat of summer?  That would be the turf war between ice cream trucks. Can't make this stuff up, right?

Congrats to David Daniel of CNN for being the very first to get that right (and for adding "Ice cream trucks are cool, man: in fact, they're the bomb-pops!"). Honorable mentions go out to Craig PittmanBill Chuck (who describes it as "Mr. Softee vs NY Ice Cream to see who can make more New Yorkers lactose intolerant"), Maureen MacGregor (who jokes "and no one's going soft - nuk nuk, groan"), Charlotte LoBuonoMark Gibbs (who quips "Battle of the coneheads?"), and Ron Casalotti (who tags it, "Where in New York Ice Cream is no Softee when it comes to enforcing a Tasty Freeze out").

As for today's question, here it is: Today the Internet was terrorized by a viral video of a giant what skulking around a golf course?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
CNN poaches Kalita from LA Times

CNN has done it again: this time the network has snatched up S. Mitra Kalita, managing editor for digital strategy at the LA Times. Later this summer Kalita will don the lofty title of vice president of digital programming for CNN.

"As Tribune struggles to innovate, it loses 1 of its top innovators, with Mitra Kalita going to CNN," reports Ken Doctor of Newsonomics renown.

"Slowly and quietly, @CNN building one of the most formidable groups of digital innovators & talent in all of media," observes Vivian Schiller.

"I knew it was only a matter of time until @mitrakalita was lured back to NY," declares New York Observer's Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke.

No tweets yet from Kalita herself, but as you can see, fellow media members had plenty to say!

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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