Morning Media Mix

media picIn the wake of the NSA surveillance leaks, it has been revealed that the Army blocked access to the website of The Guardian, which broke the news of the leaks, “in order to prevent an unauthorized disclosure of classified information.” (Monterey County Herald)

Speaking of the NSA, the father of Edward Snowden (the leaker) appeared on the Today show this morning to discuss his son’s actions. Lonnie Snowden acknowledged that his son “has in fact broken U.S. law” but added, “I don’t believe that he’s betrayed the people of the United States.” (Today)

Alec Baldwin lost it again on Twitter. The volatile actor deactivated his Twitter account for the third time yesterday after he unleashed an epithet-laden string of tweets at a Daily Mail reporter who wrote that Mr. Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, had been tweeting during the funeral of James Gandolfini. (Guardian)

The British publishing company Pearson is not planning to sell the Financial Times to Rupert Murdoch, despite a recent report in The Edge Review stating otherwise. O.K., but what about Michael Bloomberg? (Telegraph)

If production unions at The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s most widely distributed newspaper, can’t negotiate new contracts, the owners may have to close the paper. (

Check out next week’s cover of The New Yorker, by Jack Hunter, in honor of the overturn of DOMA. It is just lovely. (New Yorker) Morning Media Mix