Morning Media Mix

(Illustration by Lauren Payne)

(Illustration by Lauren Payne)

On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, it’s worth your time this morning to sit down with it and really give it a close listen. If you can’t catch all the literary allusions and biblical references, Michiko Kakutani will point you in the right direction. And if you’re curious why Dr. King’s indelible, improvised words come in the second half of a 17-minute oration, this may be all you need to know: “Tell ’em about the dream, Martin, tell ’em about the dream!” (YouTube/New York Times/On the Media)

Ian Hurd, an associate professor of political science at Northwestern, comes out swinging in a jarringly titled Times op-ed: “Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal.” (New York Times)

Speaking of Syria: Wall Street Journal reporter Sam Dagher is most likely the only U.S. newspaper reporter in Damascus right now. Michael Calderone examines the difficulties of gaining journalistic access to Syria’s war-torn capital city. (Huffington Post)

NPR, the Times and AP will start using the feminine pronoun when referring to Pvt. Chelsea E. Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in military prison last week for leaking government documents. (Poynter)

It’s about time: a “completely revamped will be launching next week,” according to a New York Post internal memo. (Capital New York)