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June 24th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Media professionals

are gearing up for it

The BBC News website as of noon GMT. Second lead story is about Snowden.

ANYONE WITH A NOSE FOR NEWS in the media business can tell you this will be a big week.
Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Johannesburg hospital.
The United States Supreme Court is about to issue opinions that will have far-reaching consequences for American society.
An accused spy is in the midst of fleeing Russia …
The BBC has “Edward Snowden due to quit Moscow in Equador asylum bid
as its second lead story right now: (headline updated since image capture)
“Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is expected to leave Russia in a bid to seek asylum in Ecuador.”
Curious how the BBC has an image of a WikiLeaks spoksperson; WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is hiding in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, with approval to flee to the country if he can get past the bobbies guarding the front door.
And then there are the unpredictable catastrophes.
You can see the BBC website as of noon GMT in the adjacent image.
At this writing, 4:08 a.m. PDT, TV news crews everywhere are on their way to work ­– or already there.

The United States Supreme Court.

THE SUPREME COURT has not issued a media advisory, as of yet, on anything – since March 4.
However lead the story, posted Sunday on SCOTUS Blog is headlined: “Waiting on Proposition 8 and DOMA decisions …
Amy Howe writes:
“And it has all come down to this.  Over four years ago, superlawyers Ted Olson and David Boies – who opposed each other in the Bush v. Gore presidential election case – came together to challenge California’s ban on same-sex marriage on behalf of two California couples.
“In the next few days, the Supreme Court is finally expected to rule on whether that ban (known as Proposition 8) and the federal Defense of Marriage Act – which limits marriage to a union between a man and a woman for purposes of federal law – are constitutional.  But then again, it might not . . . .”
I was more daring when I posted “How the Supreme Court may rule on gay marriage” on June 4.
Foolish, perhaps, because I predicted the outcome based on a 15,000 word  paper I researched, wrote and submitted for academic credit earlier this year.

Nelson Mandela, who is in critical condition in a Johannesburg hospital.

AS ANY REPUTABLE NEWS organization has already done, my version of the Mandela obituary is already written. However, mine is unique – you won’t find anything like it anywhere else.
I was fortunate or cursed (depending on one’s perspective) to have lived in South Africa during, arguably, the worst years of apartheid.
I joined the struggle against the oppressors in the early 1970s, but after a “career” as a student protester, and then as a journalist for opposition newspapers, was forced to flee the country in July 1975.
The details are contained in my memoirs, partially published at my archives web site  (scroll down beyond the redirect notice.)
It’s definitely not rocket science to be able to predict multiple breaking news bulletins coming our way over the next hours and days.
Pity those poor folks watching daytime soaps

 



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