In case you missed it---Gabriel Sherman, unauthorized biographer of Roger Ailes, encounters some strange online behavior.
Also: Tom Goldstein, who wrote that mammoth reconstruction of how CNN and Fox News screwed up the Supreme Court decision on the health-care bill, got cooperation from one of the networks and got “shut down” by the other. Which is which?
*Santiago Lyon, director of photography at the Associated Press, turns in a fascinating look at how the wire service seeks to authenticate its photos.
We also frequently work with Hany Farid, a forensic computer scientist at Dartmouth College who has developed software that can often detect photo manipulation. But it takes time to check for a variety of possible alterations and the technology, still in its infancy, cannot yet detect every skillful manipulation, such as the one that raised the floodwaters in the picture from China.
Another limitation is that full analysis of a picture often requires a large original image file. The small, low-resolution photographs distributed across social media can make it nearly impossible to detect manipulation.
In the course of his discussion of photo authenticity, Lyon makes clear just how little tolerance the AP has for photo manipulation. So when a freelancer eliminated his shadow from a photo of children playing ball, he was let go. Same treatment for a photographer who’d artificially raised the water level of a flood in China.
*The New York Times’ “rare glimpses” turn out to be actually quite frequent.
*Facebook and NBC will partner up for the Olympics, according to the New York Times’ Brian Stelter:
Data from Facebook will inform television coverage on NBC and on the other channels that will carry portions of the Summer Games starting on July 27. The specific uses will vary, but there will be a “Facebook Talk Meter” occasionally shown on TV to reflect what is being said online.
*Russian Wikipedia shuts down for a day to protest proposed rules that would enable the government to block dissent on the Internet with considerable ease.
“These amendments may become a basis for real censorship on the Internet - forming a list of forbidden sites and IP addresses,” Russian Wikipedia said in a statement.
“The following provisions and wording undertaken for discussion would lead to the creation of a Russian equivalent of the ‘Great Chinese Firewall’ ... in which access to Wikipedia could soon be closed across the entire country.”
*Scott Pelley completes a year as anchor of “CBS Evening News” and talks to Politico’s Patrick Gavin about it. One success: He got a gym installed in his office, where he routinely cranks out 60- to 90-minute sweat sessions. His people boast of viewership feats as well: “For the 2011-2012 season, most current, the ‘CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley’ has been the only network evening news broadcast to post year-to-year gains in both households (4.2/08 from 4.0/08, +5%) and viewers (6.22m from 5.99m, +4%). The ‘CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley’ is also the only network evening news broadcast to maintain its adults 25-54 rating (1.5/06) compared to last season.”
*Bob Beckel on Fox News’s “The Five” tells Rep. Allen West to “shut up, you blowhard.”