Some Sunday evening reads:
-Officials from Steubenville, Ohio, have set up a website to counter claims that they haven’t fully investigated a gang rape to protect members of the small town’s high school football team. The Guardian reports that the website, called Steubenville Facts seeks to counter “a growing chorus of criticism [that] has circulated virally on the internet, alleging that many more players were involved, either as participants or as onlookers who tweeted and disseminated photographs of the assault on social media networks but did nothing to stop it.”
-Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is leaving his show on Current TV after the network was bought by Al-Jazeera. Spitzer described the Qatari state-owned as “a very serious journalistic outfit” but claimed that there were editorial differences between himself and Al-Jazeera management. “For me, journalism has been more a matter of projecting a particular approach to covering policies, to covering issues,” he said.
-Fraud investigators are increasingly using linguistic software to catch financial criminals, according to FT.com (registration needed). Phrases commonly occurring in grifters’ emails include “off the books,” “special fees,” and “nobody will find out.”
-Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota’s freshman Democratic Senator, blasted post-Newtown gun control proposals that the Washington Post said the White House is mulling over. “I think you need to put everything on the table, but what I hear from the administration — and if the Washington Post is to be believed — that’s way, way in extreme of what I think is necessary or even should be talked about. And it’s not going to pass,” she told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” today.
Feed the Political AnimalDonate
Washington Monthly depends on donations from readers like you.