FROM Andrew Beaujon
Does Government Secrecy Really Keep Americans Safer? The Obama Administration has cracked down on leakers of classified information, and on reporters who refuse to reveal their sources. Now an open-government group is fighting back by advertising for whistleblowers in Washington. The first of 11 planned billboards has gone up near the State Department. Edward Snowden and Chelsey Manning are accused of treason, but open-government advocates say whistleblowing should be part of American culture. Is secrecy used more to keep the public in the dark than to make Americans safer?
After 80 Years of Print, Newsweek Going All-Digital Two years ago, the Washington Post company sold Newsweek magazine for one dollar. The buyer, Sidney Harman, died the following year. Tina Brown founded the Newsweek and Daily Beast Company, and today she announced that the printed version of Newsweek will be no more. After 80 years as a print publication, the magazine will go all-digital early next year. Andrew Beaujon, senior reporter at Poynter Online , has more on the changing world of information and advertising.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?