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Snowden on the Run, Seeks Asylum in Ecuador (CNN)
The computer contractor who exposed details of U.S. surveillance programs was on the run late Sunday, seeking asylum in Ecuador with the aid of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the organization and Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry announced. Edward Snowden left Hong Kong after Washington sought his extradition on espionage charges, according to WikiLeaks, which facilitates the publication of classified information. TechCrunch / CrunchGov While Ecuador has been a safe haven for world-class leakers in the past, including WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, the country is no utopia for journalists. Given a “Partly Free” rating by Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press scale, their report notes: “Attacks on journalists and media houses continue to rise. In 2011, Fundamedios, the national press freedom watchdog organization, cited nearly 150 incidents of aggression (physical, verbal, and legal) against the media by authorities as well as by ordinary citizens.” HuffPost Meet the Press host David Gregory asked columnist Glenn Greenwald why he shouldn’t be charged with a crime for working with Snowden. At the tail end of the conversation, Gregory suddenly asked Greenwald why the government shouldn’t be going after him: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” he asked. Greenwald replied that it was “pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies,” and that there was no evidence to back up Gregory’s claim that he had “aided” Snowden. TVNewser Following his appearance on Meet the Press, Greenwald called out Gregory on Twitter for asking a question about whether Greenwald or the Guardian should or will face charges for their role in the Snowden NSA document revelation. Howard Kurtz asked Greenwald the same question two hours later on Reliable Sources. PressThink / Jay Rosen Gregory does not know it, but journalism with a point of view, journalism in the style that calls for viewlessness, and advocacy journalism can all deliver good work in the imperfect art of source-driven reportage and commentary. BuzzFeed / Ben Smith Snowden’s flight and its surrounding geopolitics are a good story; what he made public is a better one. I’m not sure why reporters should care all that much about his personal moral status, the meaning of the phrase “civil disobedience,” or the fate of his eternal soul. And the public who used to be known as “readers” are going to have to get used to making that distinction.

Food Network Drops Paula Deen (TVNewser)
The Food Network dropped Paula Deen amid controversy over her use of racial slurs. The news comes at the end of a bizarre Friday for Deen, who canceled a planned appearance on the Today show in the morning due to “exhaustion” and then released two different versions of a video apology in the afternoon. “Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month,” the network said in a statement. PRNewser As we saw in the case of Michael Richards (Seinfeld‘s Kramer), the sound of racial epithets are a bell that can’t be unrung. The allegations made in the complaint and comments made in the deposition are appalling. The audience is left with the impression that the 66-year-old white-haired woman with all that Southern charm and all that butter is actually a fraud. Eater Food Network completely scrubbed Deen from its programming lineup. Saturday’s schedule originally had two episodes of Paula’s Best Dishes (scheduled for 9 and 9:30 a.m. EST) but they were replaced with two episodes of Giada at Home. On Sunday, Paula’s Best Dishes was to air at 9:30 a.m. EST, but instead it was replaced with an episode of The Pioneer Woman. Also: Paula’s Best Dishes normally airs at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, but it is no longer on the schedule. The Birmingham News / AL.com The fate of Deen’s magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, is still up in the air. “We are not in a position to discuss her magazine and contract right now,” said Phyllis Hoffman DePiano, the president of Birmingham-based Hoffman Media, which produces the magazine.