NBC Sports has a gay problem

This is disappointing.

The network failed to identify Dustin Lance Black in the audience of the men's synchro diving finals as bronze-medalist Tom Daley's fiancé. Not boyfriend, not long-time friend... fiancé. And an Oscar-winning fiancé at that (read: public interest). They are, arguably, the "it" couple of the gay community, yet NBC didn't mention a word.

When NBC broadcast the match of Brazilian volleyball player Larissa França, they followed her to the stands where she embraced her wife. NBC commentator Chris Marlowe's color commentary?

"That is her husband. She married Lili in 2013 and Larissa is celebrating with her pals."

facebook's trending news widget

Given: the debate about the neutrality and sourcing (human vs. algorightm) of the "Trending News" widget in the sidebar of Facebook is a worthy one to have.

Problem: the nuance of that debate requires a patience that sometimes escapes the mainstream media - a problem exacerbated when the genesis of the story is caked in generalization and hysteria.

This morning, the writer of the Gizmodo story went on CBS This Morning, and gave an interview. In the middle of the interview he delivered this soundbite, which was then spliced out and replayed across the CBS Radio Network all morning long:

"What we found is that a select group of about 20 journalists - young 20-somethings, often ivy-league educated, or from private, East coast schools - are the ones that are sorting through the News Feed, and determining what people are able to see and, more importantly, what they're not able to see."

Let aside the generalizations about education, what will be heard by most people in this soundbite is "random people are choosing what I see in my News Feed." The insinuation is wrong, and being this imprecise with language is irresponsible.

dawn of the megaleak

Fascinating look behind the curtain as the Panama Papers story was broken:

“How much data are we talking about?” Obermayer asked.

“More than you have ever seen,” the source responded, according to Obermayer.

If there’s some Moore’s Law of Leaks, however, it seems to be exponential. Just five years have passed since WikiLeaks’ Cablegate coup, and now the world is grappling with a whistleblower megaleak on a scale never seen before: 2.6 terabytes, well over a thousandfold larger.