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September 21, 2012

Mormon journalist threatened with excommunication for writing articles critical of Romney

Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic - The Daily Beast
David Twede, 47, a scientist, novelist, and fifth-generation Mormon, is managing editor of MormonThink.com, an online magazine produced largely by members of the Mormon Church that welcomes scholarly debate about the religion’s history from both critics and true believers. A Mormon in good standing, Twede has never been disciplined by Latter Day Saints leadership. But it now appears his days as a Mormon may be numbered because of a series of articles he wrote this past week that were critical of Mitt Romney. On Sunday, Twede says his bishop, stake president, and two church executives brought him into Florida Mormon church offices in Orlando and interrogated him for nearly an hour about his writings, telling him, "Cease and desist, Brother Twede." Mormon leaders have scheduled an excommunication "for apostasy" on Sept. 30. A spokesman for the church told The Daily Beast that the church would not be commenting for this story. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Twede says that during the interrogation he felt “attacked, cornered, and very anxious."

July 31, 2012

Twitter alerted NBC to pesky journalist, encouraged NBC to file complaints

This really feels like a creepy thing for Twitter to do. A reporter ripped on the Olympics, just like everyone else did, and he posted the public corporate email address of the executive at NBC in charge of the coverage. And Twitter themselves decided to make an example out of him. Twitter reportedly alerted NBC to journalist’s critical tweets | TPMDC
The curious case of a British newspaper journalist’s suspension from Twitter over critical Olympics comments deepened Tuesday. An NBC executive told The Daily Telegraph that the social media company actually alerted the network to the disparaging tweets and gave instructions on how to file a complaint. “Our social media dept was actually alerted to it by Twitter and then we filled out the form and submitted it,” NBC Sports’ Vice President of Communications Christopher McCloskey told the Telegraph. Neither NBC nor Twitter responded to TPM’s requests for comment. Guy Adams, the Independent’s Los Angeles bureau chief, went on a Twitter tear against NBC’s Olympics coverage, criticizing the network for broadcasting events in the U.S. with a time delay. “Matt Lauer would do well to shut up, wouldn’t he?” Adams tweeted. He also posted NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel’s corporate email address — apparently Adams’ most odious offense. “It is a violation of the Twitter Rules to post the private and confidential information of others,” Twitter reportedly told Adams. Zenkel’s email is, in fact, publicly listed on NBC’s media contacts page.

July 21, 2012

Mitt Romney wants all computers sold in America to have porn filters

Mitt Romney wanted mandatory porn filters on all computers sold in the US