European Allies Frustrated by US Officials Leaking Details on Manchester Bombing to Press

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 14.31.16 Much of the breaking news that was reported in the aftermath of the Manchester bombing was sourced from US officials, a fact that has raised concerns in the British and European intelligence community, according to Buzzfeed. It is unusual that so much information came from US sources, given the attack happened overseas, and draws new attention to a remarkably porous American government. As Buzzfeed notes, a US official was the first source of reports in CBS News and the Associated Press that the attack at Ariana Grande’s concert that killed 22 people was carried out by a suicide bomber. Then, before Manchester Police confirmed the name of the suspect in the attack, US media was already reporting the suspect as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. A Belgian counterterrorism official quoted in the story confirmed “the discomfort felt in European intelligence circles”:
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3 things BuzzFeed News thinks about before sending a push alert

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump met Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York. While the big story in the U.S. that day was the passage of the Republican healthcare bill in the House of Representatives, the meeting was major news in Australia. As a result, BuzzFeed News decided to send an alert to its app users who have chosen to follow Australia news in its news app. The alert read: “There were some delays, but Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump finally met in person. Here’s how it went down. 👴🏻 ❤️ 👴🏻 ” Yes, it included the emoji, which has purposefully become a hallmark of the BuzzFeed News app, Brianne O’Brien, the lead news curation editor at BuzzFeed’s London office said on a panel at the ONA Dublin conference on Friday. After BuzzFeed launched its news app in 2015, two-thirds of the downloads were from
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: May 12

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Chuck Schumer: I Try to Talk to Trump ‘About Serious Issues and He Just Changes the Subject’

schumer Despite only being in office for 100 days, President Donald Trump has already forged a tense and rocky relationship with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Just days after entering the White House, Trump called Schumer out for his “fake tears” regarding the travel ban. Meanwhile, Schumer has said that Trump needs to release his taxes so they can see if he has any “Russian sources of income.” During an interview with BuzzFeed’s Kate Nocera, Schumer mentioned that despite the harsh words the two have traded over the past few months, they are at least on speaking terms now. However, the New York lawmaker wouldn’t describe their relationship as close by any means, stating that calls from the president only come through the Capitol switchboard. And, according to Schumer, he has a hard time keeping Trump focused when they do have a conversation:
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 28

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. Facebook Lets Content Owners Claim Ad Earnings of Pirated Videos (Josh Constine / TechCrunch) 2. With its Amazon-Inspired Plot Project, Panoply Used Listener Feedback to Help Decide its New Shows (Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab) 3. BuzzFeed’s Latest Viral Craze: Ex-Staffers Bashing the Company on YouTube (Todd Spangler / Variety) 4. Facebook says it Will Act Against ‘Information Operations’ Using False Accounts (Joseph Menn / Reuters) 5. These National Journalists are Building a Local Site to Bring a Different Kind of News to East Texas (Shan Wang / Nieman Lab) 6. New Buzzfeed News Slogan: “Reporting to You” (Axios) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Inbox!


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‘We Are Part of a Far-Reaching Global Conspiracy’: BuzzFeed Trolls InfoWars

Alex Jones Hey, did you know that InfoWars founder — and apparent performance artistAlex Jones likes to accuse different people and entities of being funded by billionaire George Soros as part of a vast liberal conspiracy? If this is news to you, The Daily Beast helpfully aggregated a list today of the 183 organizations and 12 individuals who the noted conspiracy theorist has fingered as being bankrolled by Soros. Included in that list is the Beast itself, as well as news site BuzzFeed. In an InfoWars video that the Beast highlighted, Jones stated that Soros was paying reporters for the two sites to get dirt on him.
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