Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Sues State Department | First Look Names Bloom President

AP sues State Department over Clinton emails. Michael Bloom named president of First Look Media. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Associated Press Sues U.S. State Department to Force Release of Clinton Emails (HuffPost / AP)
The Associated Press on Wednesday sued the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Bloomberg Politics The suit came a day after the potential presidential candidate said she wouldn’t consent to an outside review of her private server where the mail was stored. The news service said it sought Clinton’s email under the Freedom of Information Act in 2013 and the State Department didn’t disclose that the former secretary of state used a private email account. CNN The lawsuit — filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia — said the State Department “should be compelled to abide by the law, perform reasonable searches and promptly release all of the requested records.” Last week the news wire said it was considering legal action to force the release of the records. The Washington Times Going straight to the heart of the Clinton email controversy, the AP said despite five years of questions, the State Department never said it didn’t have control over Clinton’s emails, suggesting that officials were breaking the spirit of open-records when they said they were conducting searches for records. Clinton on Tuesday confirmed that she had used her own private email, set up on her own server, during her four years as secretary. Despite using her private account, she said she generally tried to do government business by emailing others on their official accounts, so she believed that her communications were stored. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple The State department is reviewing 30,000-odd business-related emails that Clinton culled from her private archive following her tenure as secretary of state; they were turned over to State in December. Those emails that qualify for release to the public will be placed online, the department has indicated.

Michael Bloom Named President of First Look Media (FishbowlNY)
Michael Bloom has been named president and general manager of First Look Media. Bloom most recently served as the founder of Woodshed Ventures, a media and technology advisory company. Capital New York At First Look, Bloom will “support and build our existing publications while creating entirely new products and services to expand and grow the business,” CEO Pierre Omidyar wrote. Bloom is the former chief executive of Guardian News & Media, North America, and has also served in senior roles for Wenner Media, MTV Networks/Viacom and AOL. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Bloom’s appointment comes just weeks after senior editor Ken Silverstein left the organization due to what he called “epic managerial incompetence.” Months earlier, writer Matt Taibbi left the organization, prompting First Look’s writers to write a scathing report about Omidyar’s failure to turn “high-minded, abstract principles” into a cohesive editorial structure. Poynter / MediaWire Bloom’s appointment was prompted in part by a desire to have a leader in First Look’s New York base of operations, First Look Media spokesperson Gina Lindblad said in an email. Authority over editorial decisions remains with the editors of the company’s publications; both Bloom and John Temple, president of audience and products, will report to Omidyar. In addition to Bloom’s appointment, First look plans to add to its leadership ranks in New York and elsewhere, Lindblad said.

The Guardian Backtracks Privacy Allegations Against Whisper (Mashable)
The newspaper behind a series of serious privacy allegations against anonymous sharing app Whisper has backed away from many of its claims. In a statement, The Guardian reveals Whisper has “provided further information” to the publication since it first reported the stories last fall. WSJ / Digits The U.K. newspaper, which had alleged that Whisper violated users’ privacy, added a paragraphs-long clarification at the top of a main article in the series. It also added a link to the clarification to other articles in the series and removed a commentary from its website. The Guardian’s clarification blunted its earlier reports, which had raised broader questions about so-called anonymous messaging apps that promise users the ability to post without revealing their identity. TechCrunch The juiciest part of the Guardian’s stories was the suggestion that Whisper tracks users’ locations even if they opt out of being tracked and that it was sharing that information with the U.S. Department of Defense. Whisper, however, denied that it was tracking users after they opted out, aside from using IP addresses to establish a very rough location. And while it acknowledged that it was working with the military “to lower suicide rates,” it said it was not sharing any personally identifiable information.