April 17, 2017 Last Updated 7:35 am

Facebook says murder was not streamed live but uploaded later; Maine governor calls newspapers a ‘dying, antiquated industry’

Morning Brief: NYT reporter tweet storms on twist in story regarding bombing of Borussia Dortmund team bus, with some experts now speculating the far-right might be responsible

There is a lot of bad video uploaded to YouTube and Facebook, but among the worst was a video uploaded by Steve Stephens, Sunday morning of his shooting murder of Robert Godwin, 74. Initially reported as being streamed on Facebook Live, the social network later issued a statement saying the video was uploaded shortly after the murder.

A man hunt continues for the murderer, who approached Godwin and asked him to say “Joy Lane” – then shot him in the face. The woman in question, has been placed in protective custody and cooperating with the police in their search for the killer.

In the video, which in edited form in on the Cleveland Plain Dealer website, Stephens claims someone and mentions multiple victims, though police at this time say there was only the man killed.

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Eric Heisig:

Facebook shooting victim’s son says Cleveland man was father of nine, grandfather of 14

Robert Godwin Jr., the son of a Cleveland man whose fatal shooting was uploaded to Facebook on Sunday afternoon, said he can’t bring himself to watch the gruesome video that continues to be circulated on social media.

But Godwin, 48, was intimately familiar with the details during an interview Sunday night, because of what law enforcement, witnesses and family members who had the stomach to watch the video have recounted to him. Even with all the information he received, he still cannot watch the video itself.

“I haven’t watched the video. I haven’t even looked at my cellphone or the news,” Godwin said. “I don’t really want to see it.”

TechCrunch, Catherine Shu:

Facebook issues statement after murder suspect shares video of shooting in Cleveland

Facebook has issued a statement after a video showing a fatal shooting was uploaded onto the social media network by the alleged murderer. Cleveland Police say that Steve Stephens broadcast the killing of an unidentified elderly man on Facebook on Sunday evening and is the target of a manhunt as of this writing.

Stephens also posted two more videos in which he claimed to have to committed other murders and said he was going to “kill as many people as I can,” before his account was shut down by Facebook.

In a statement to journalists, a company spokesperson said “This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook. We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”



There is a serious twist in the story regarding the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund team bus last week.

Originally, it appeared that it might have been the work of Isis, of an Isis inspired group.

But the claim of responsibility looks now to have been written by a German speaker, and more importantly the material used to make the explosive appears to be military grade.

The New York Times’s great reporter Rukmini Callimachi, who is a very active news tweeter, explains:

Rukmini Callimachi, Twitter:

1. Important update on Dortmund bus attack by @bopanc. Explosive used was military-grade (uncharacteristic of ISIS)
2. In nearly every successful & foiled IS bomb plot in Europe, explosive used was TATP. It’s become their signature
3. The reason is because TATP is made from commonly available household ingredients. You can buy them over the counter, avoiding detection
4. As writes, explosives used have been employed in past by Nazi groups. It was framed to look like IS but there were a # of errors
5. For example letter left at scene claiming attack on behalf of ISIS, referred to “unbelievers” in German. ISIS acolytes refer to “kuffar.”
6. And as @charliewinter noted, letter fails to pledge allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which has become de rigueur.
7. After every inspired attack, ppl flood my timeline saying, “He just learned that on the internet.” Sure, that’s how they do it.
8. But as fake ISIS letter left at scene of Dortmund bus attack shows, it’s not as easy as you might think to absorb the ISIS lingo.
9. If sources quoted by @bopanc’s are right & this was an attempt to frame IS, you’d expect they spent some effort trying to ape IS terms
10. Despite that effort, they still made enough mistakes that anyone watching ISIS closely like @PeterRNeumann realized something was off
11. A final clue: ISIS never claimed it. I realize many continue to believe ISIS “claims everything.” The fact is they don’t.
12. The investigation remains open and ISIS may still surprise us. But from what is now known, this attack would be *atypical* of ISIS.



As TNM has been reporting for the past year, there are concerted efforts in many states to overturn the long time practice of requiring local governments to post their legal notices through newspapers. Without once again going through the reasons for and against the practice, one simply needs to know that the effort is common in states held by Republican governors and legislatures, and usually fought by the Democrats.

Maine is one of the states where the governor has tried to end the practice. But late last week the state’s legislators overrode LePage’s veto of the bill that would continue the practice, prompting a response from the usually loud, and sometimes crude, governor, Paul LePage.

(The governor once said at a town hall that drug dealers “are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty; these types of guys, they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave.”)

Associated Press, Marina Villeneuva:

After veto override, LePage calls newspapers ‘a dying, antiquated industry’

Laws requiring legal notices to be published in newspapers prop up a “dying, antiquated industry,” Gov. Paul LePage said in the latest example of his antipathy toward the press.

LePage has said journalists use words to destroy people and make his remarks seem racist. The governor, who once apologized for telling a boy that he’d like to shoot his Bangor Daily News cartoonist father, has most recently called for governmental oversight of newspapers and retreated to interviews on talk radio shows and conservative websites…

…In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he’ll make such a change a priority this year. Christie said the change would save taxpayers and residents $80 million, but the state’s newspapers have disputed that math.

Lobbying efforts from publishers have stopped similar efforts in other states.

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