Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been using the ephemeral messaging app Confide to communicate with top aides, leaving many to wonder what they’re discussing and whether records that should be public are being destroyed before the public can see them. Reporters across the state are trying to learn how and why it’s being used, with little success. Why the secrecy? And what will it take to access that content under the state’s Sunshine Law?
Jason Hancock, Kansas City Star: “Greiten’s penchant for secrecy goes digital with messaging app that leaves no trace”
Jason Hancock, Kansas City Star: “Greiten’s self-destructing texts inspire call for attorney general investigation”
Associated Press: “Missouri attorney general weighs in on Confide messaging app”
Tessa Weinberg, Columbia Missourian: “Governor, state agencies largely exempt from Attorney General’s scrutiny”
Tessa Weinberg, Columbia Missourian: “Meet people who have been blocked by Greitens on social media”
Jones defeats Moore in Alabama senate race
John Archibald, Alabama.com: "Alabama sent a message ... to women"
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: "Alabama columnist on 'archaic' voting access story: 'It just blew up'"
Brian Stelter, CNN Money: “Stelter: Is the Roy Moore race a referendum on the media?”
Pete Vernon, Columbia Journalism Review: “Roy Moore’s anti-media strategy tested at the polls”
Steven Shepard, POLITICO: “Is this the beginning of the end of the exit poll?”
USA Today editorial: Trump is unfit
Editorial Board: "Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?"
Jail time for spreading fake news?
Kevin Doyle, The Independent: “Five years in jail for spreading ‘fake news’ under FF proposal”
Daniel Funke, Poynter: “In Ireland, lawmakers are trying to criminalize sharing fake news”
Lizza fired, Seder rehired
Andrew Kirell & Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast: “The New Yorker fires star reporter Ryan Lizza over ‘improper sexual misconduct’”
Tom Kludt, CNN Money: “New Yorker fires star political reporter over alleged ‘improper sexual conduct’”
Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “The odd episode of Sam Seder’s firing – and rehiring – by MSNBC”
Pete Vernon, Columbia Journalism Review: “MSNBC makes the right call”
Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times: “MSNBC rehires contributor Sam Seder: ‘Sometimes you just get one wrong’”
Ryan Grim, The Intercept: “MSNBC reverses decision to fire contributor Sam Seder”
Tom Kludt, CNN Money: “MSNBC decides to bring back Sam Seder after controversy”
Crowdfunding Gawker’s return
The Gawker Foundation, Kickstarter: “Save Gawker.com”
Anthony Ha, TechCrunch: “Former Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.com”
John Bonazzo, Observer: “Ex-Gawker staff launch Kickstarter to ensure site’s post-Hulk Hogan future”
Ruling in ‘Making a Murderer’ case
James Warren, Poynter: “A criminal outrage revealed by Netflix is undone by a federal court”
Bruce Vielmetti & Tom Kertscher, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “U.S. Appeals Court upholds conviction of Brendan Dassey in ‘Making a Murderer’ case”
Daniel Victor, New York Times: “Court rules against Brendan Dassey, subject of ‘Making a Murderer’”
Booker, Reed remembered
Doreen McCalister, NPR: “Simeon Booker, dean of Washington’s black press corps, dies at 99”
Leonard Greene, New York Daily News: “Civil rights journalist Simeon Booker dead at 99”
Emily Langer, Washington Post: “Simeon Booker, intrepid chronicler of civil rights struggle for Jet and Ebony, dies at 99”
Associated Press: “Simeon Booker, who brought Emmett Till death to the nation, dies at 99”
Greg Toppo, USA Today: “Civil rights chronicler Simeon Booker dies at 99”
Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online: “Arkansan, civil-rights reporter Roy Reed”
John Schwartz, New York Times: “Roy Reed, Times reporter who covered civil rights era, dies at 87”