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Supreme Court Will Not Review Risen Case (The Guardian)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lower court’s order requiring a New York Times reporter to testify in a criminal case against a former source, deepening the court’s silence on the question of protections for journalists and confidential sources. FishbowlDC The issue dates back to a May 2011 subpoena received by James Risen to identify a source for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of The CIA and the Bush Administration. NYT The court’s one-line order gave no reasons but effectively sided with the government in a confrontation between what prosecutors said was an imperative to secure evidence in a national security prosecution and what journalists said was an intolerable infringement of press freedom. NPR / The Two-Way Risen has said he would refuse to testify in order to protect the identity of his source. Federal prosecutors argued that they need him to testify to pursue their criminal case against Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer. WSJ A divided U.S. appeals court based in Richmond, Va., sided with the government last year, ruling that Risen didn’t have a reporter’s privilege allowing him to refuse to testify about the source and scope of classified information allegedly disclosed to him. The court said there is no privilege in criminal cases that protects a reporter from testifying about conduct the reporter allegedly witnessed or participated in. USA Today Since Obama took office, federal authorities have filed at least seven leak-related criminal cases, including against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for leaks about government surveillance programs and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for giving classified information to the website Wikileaks.

Nielsen’s Top Social Shows of the 2013-2014 TV Season (Nielsen)
This past TV season saw many programs launch beyond the screens we watched them on through social media. TV moments became thousands of messages on Twitter within seconds, with the energy of engaged fan bases, the influence of program stars and press, and the quick creativity of advertisers amplifying posts to millions of people engaged on Twitter. So, as the broadcast TV season comes to a close, Nielsen Social took a look back at the programs and moments that reached the biggest audiences and engaged fans at record levels on Twitter in the U.S. this season, from Sept. 1, 2013 through May 25, 2014. LostRemote AMC’s Breaking Bad, which wrapped its legendary five-season run one month into the TV season, was the top show in terms of social reach. In fact, its series finale on Sept. 29, 2013, set the record for reach in a single airing and over time, it reached 9.1 million people across the night, with 51,000 tweets mentioning @aaronpaul_8 (Aaron Paul) and 19,000 mentioning @BryanCranston (Bryan Cranston). The Wrap The second-biggest series is also an AMC show, The Walking Dead. Third is ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. In terms of specials, the Oscars beat out the Grammys in audience size, but the two awards shows swap spots in the total tweets rankings.

Rolling Stone Launches Country Music Site (FishbowlNY)
Rolling Stone has — to quote Alan Jackson — gone country. Monday marks the launch of Rolling Stone Country, the glossy’s first site solely dedicated to the genre. It will be overseen by Gus Wenner, RollingStone.com’s director. Beville Dunkerley and Joseph Hudak will serve as senior writers. Rolling Stone We’re proud to announce the launch of RollingStoneCountry.com, a new website dedicated to the genre — which we’re celebrating in a special issue. Rolling Stone has always chronicled country: Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Kris Kristofferson, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Taylor Swift have all been on our cover. This year, we opened our first Nashville office, and we’ll dive deeper than ever in our website’s daily coverage and in the pages of the magazine.