A few minutes ago, CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted—and quickly deleted—two mysterious messages: “Please don’t make it soubd [sic] like I reached out to you” and “Lauren would kill me.” Both appear to be directed at someone Tapper was trying to reach via Twitter’s direct message function. What do they mean?
CNN's Jake Tapper was on the scene in Ferguson, Mo., Monday night, where violence continues to escalate even as the state's National Guard has taken over policing the town of 21,000. Since protests started last weekend, there's been a disparity between the level of violence from some protesters (looting, reportedly throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks) and the "militarized" response of police, armed with semi-automatic weapons and clad in armor and riot gear and firing tear gas.
Today CNN'S Jake Tapper aired video showing convulsing Syrians in the aftermath of last month's chemical weapon attack. While these videos have previously been available online, CNN reports that the Obama administration has been showing them to select senators in closed-door briefings, in essence authenticating them.
Remember last week, when ABC News caught the Obama administration red-handed, manipulating its talking points about last year's fatal attack in Benghazi? In that account of the editing chain, ABC's Jonathan Karl reported that one email had specifically asked for the State Department to be protected. According to the orthodox theory of Benghazi-as-Watergate, this demonstrated that the White House was more interested in spinning things to protect the Obama 2012/Hillary 2016 presidential campaigns than it was in presenting the truth.
This web site, myself included, has been frequently unkind and occasionally unfair to ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper over the years. So allow me to recant, sort of: Over the course of the last election campaign, Tapper has been among the least obnoxious mainstream-media voices in the Washington bubble. His brief stint filling in as host of This Week was the best thing to happen to that show in years (and I nominated him as its permanent host). But more important, he has written an excellent, unsparing new book about the tragic mindlessness of the war in Afghanistan and the lives of the men and women tasked with waging it.
The most recent article from The Nation's Jeremy Scahill profiled the imprisonment of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye. For covering American cluster bomb strikes in Yemen and the radicalization of Yemeni citizens and their support for Al Qaeda, Shaye has been beaten and tortured, imprisoned for two years and, at America's request, seen a presidential pardon from Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh indefinitely tabled.
One of the questions President Obama fielded at this morning's White House press conference concerned the treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged Wikileaks leaker who's being held, and many would say abused, in military custody. ABC News' Jake Tapper, namely, asked Obama about chief State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley's candid claim that Manning is being "mistreated" in a way that's "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid."
The Anonymous online movement that has risen up to defend Wikileaks is so outraged about censorship that they
hacked into ABC News's web site and spiked a story about Sarah Palin. Makes sense, no? Or not.
Correction: The page we thought was an Anonymous hack replacing Jake Tapper's story, from which this screengrab is taken, was actually a page created by ABC News to show the hack that had been perpetrated on Palin's web site. Our mistake. Here is the Tapper story, safe and sound.