Media Mashup: June 11, 2015

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China and the United States are facing off both economically and militarily.

In the latest attack on the media, federal prosecutors have obtained a subpoena to force Reason Magazine, a libertarian publication, to reveal the names of anonymous commenters on the website.

The subpoena seeks information about those who responded to an article about Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. He was sentenced to life in prison for running the Dark Web locale thought to deal in drugs and hitmen.

But Mr. Ulbricht maintains the website espoused libertarian views similar to that of Reason.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York claims the comments could constitute violent threats. For details, see


The New York Times “reporter” who “investigated” Sen. Marco Rubio is having a bad time, noting on Twitter that he doesn’t have enough time to battle his critics.

As puts it: “New York Times ‘Reporter’ Who Can’t Tell a ‘Luxury Speedboat’ from a Fishing Boat Upset that People Think He’s an Idiot.”

Michael Barbaro tweeted, “Not enough hours in the day to block hateful people on Twitter.” Poor baby!


As most analysts and politicians focus on the Middle East, the relationship between China and the United States has grown increasingly confrontational. One of the few media organizations following these trends, National Interest, takes an almost daily look at the tensions between the two countries.

China has grown economically and militarily, offering a stiff challenge to American interests in Asia and the world.

“Instead of settling for a stake in a U.S. steak dinner, Beijing wants a meal better suited to chopsticks. Or maybe it’s a buffet. China gets to choose what it wants to take from the existing system and where it wants to push a different recipe. That’s why China is… seeking both stability and a continued shift of the tide in Beijing’s favor,” analyst Graeme Dobell wrote at For details, see

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