Morning Media Newsfeed: Manning Sentenced | Fired Fox Exec Speaks | Finke Out at Deadline?

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Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for WikiLeaks Disclosures (The Verge)
Bradley Manning’s court-martial reached an end Wednesday, with Army Colonel Denise Lind sentencing him to 35 years in prison. She also ordered a reduction in rank to private, a forfeiture of all pay and a dishonorable discharge. NYT The sentence is the longest ever handed down in a case involving a leak of United States government information for the purpose of having the information reported to the public. Private Manning, 25, will be eligible for parole in about seven years, his lawyer said. The Guardian Manning will send a personal plea to Barack Obama next week for a presidential pardon. “When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love to my country and a sense of duty to others,” Manning will tell Obama. “If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.” The New Yorker / Close Read The WikiLeaks files have been a useful and important part of what had been about a dozen underdeveloped debates about our wars and foreign policy. The prosecutors, despite using words like betrayal frequently, had trouble, at the sentencing, showing specific harm, as opposed to diffuse embarrassment. And against 35 years, a hundred and twelve days seems like a paltry penalty for Manning’s extreme solitary confinement and his abuse. Where is the deterrent for that? HuffPost Manning’s sentencing on Wednesday received about as much attention from the cable news networks that every other phase of his trial did — that is to say, not a whole lot. As they did when he was declared guilty, networks briefly treated the story as a piece of major breaking news, and then moved away quickly. Though they have learned how to talk endlessly about stories with no new details, the networks clearly felt that Manning’s sentencing to 35 years in prison was not worthy of that treatment. Manning revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” the Army private wrote in a statement read on Today Thursday. “Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.”

Brian Lewis Talks About His Fox News Firing (TVNewser)
Brian Lewis, who spent the last 17 years as the chief spokesperson for Fox News, is himself speaking out about his firing from the network. Though, in classic PR style, just barely. “There has been rampant speculation surrounding my departure from Fox that I am not addressing at this time,” Lewis tells TVNewser. HuffPost / The Backstory Lewis was not Fox News chief Ailes’ “right-hand man.” That’s the message Fox News began pushing hard Wednesday in response to reports describing Lewis, the network’s recently ousted executive vice president of communications, as a close confidant of Ailes.

Nikki Finke May Finally Be Out at Deadline (Defamer)
Nikki Finke, once heralded as the industry’s most powerful muckity-muck and “Hollywood’s reigning queen of entertainment news,” may be leaving the site that is synonymous with her outsized personality come next month. A rumor circulated Wednesday afternoon that Finke had given her staff final word that she intended to leave her site — now owned by racing scion Jay Penske — next month. When we asked about them, Finke offered only the following statement for the record: “I won’t confirm or deny it. I can’t talk about my contract.” BuzzFeed Finke and her boss Penske are fighting once more, and Finke has been telling people she’s leaving Deadline imminently. It’s an emotional roller coaster, which all might culminate — once again — in returning to the status quo at Deadline and Penske Media. Which is what happened in June after Sharon Waxman reported at The Wrap that Penske had gotten fed up and fired Finke.