Edward Wasserman: The video is no mere snuff film. It’s nothing like the grainy, almost pornographic movies that ISIS—the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria—made last year of the beheadings of journalists and aid workers.
Larry Wines: Seems some in the West (according to the Wolf Man, Wolf Blitzer) are interpreting Kim Jung Un’s new “extreme flattop” as a form of saber-rattling.
Larry Wines: Naturally, the Fox News site provided its swooning gaggle of trolls with a dedicated, titled blog to trash Bob Simon and his memory.
Larry Wines: Had he been quick on his feet, we could have heard a key celebrity tabloid media figure confronted with the big question: whether any of those photos of a celebrity behaving badly is, in fact, the planned outcome of a publicist saying, “You’re not in the news cycle enough. Time to act-out.”
Joseph Palermo: The last time Williams had landed there he had to snap an attacker’s neck using a scissor lock with his legs before dashing for cover in a waiting APC.
Frank Fear: Many of us neither have the time nor the inclination to do that. We’re too busy, too involved in other things to make sure. So what’s passed on to us by others often passes as true—whether or not it is.
Edward Wasserman: The idea that whistle-blowers don’t really have to go public to expose government stupidity is a recurring element in the criticisms leveled at Jeffrey Sterling and other well-placed leakers.
Janet Phelan: With a mere click of a spam button, any internet troll–or paid employees of the CIA, for example–can reduce the dissemination of inconvenient truths, along with, of course, obvious scams and hoaxes.
Larry Wines: Now that all the multi-million-dollar-a-spot Super Bowl ™ ads have been released early, is there any reason to watch the deflated balls on the field?
John Hanrahan: There is only one thing wrong with the prosecution’s narrative about the dire consequences caused by James Risen’s book and Sterling’s alleged leaks — it is almost completely evidence-free.
Kevin Uhrich: The reporter who broke America’s original domestic spying scandal and activists who raided an FBI office to obtain the proof teach ‘Lessons in Courage and Resistance’ at All Saints, Caltech, LMU, GCC and Occidental.
Murray Polner: It’s become a kind of auxiliary religion and cultural landmark for far too many. 108 million people are said to have watched it on TV in 2014, compared to a measly 40 million audience for the Oscars.
Edward Wasserman: Beyond the pieties, the Charlie Hebdo massacre leaves us with multiple ironies and a retreat to old solutions.