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July 15, 2013

swagandpassion says: Hey SFB. I'm not sure if this was asked already, but many people are counting down the clock until George Zimmerman will get a book deal and receive high profile interviews; basically the Casey Anthony treatment in a sense. How soon would a civil rights case have to be filed before he could profit from his 'circumstance'? How likely is a civil rights case to be successful.

» SFB says: I’m not a legal expert here, but from what I’ve read, it probably makes more sense of the Martin family to file a wrongful death suit against Zimmerman if their goal is to prevent him from taking advantage of the case for monetary gain. There are prior cases where this route was taken, most notably the Goldman family’s lawsuit against O.J. Simpson to prevent the release of the pseudo-confession “If I Did It,” which the Goldman family released as “Confessions of the Killer” after taking ownership of the book.

As for the chances a civil rights case of finding success, comments on the matter are mixed. The Christian Science Monitor has a good roundup of takes on the matter from legal experts who think the federal government may not see enough of a case to actually go forward, though others think otherwise. But it’s too soon for all that. The NAACP, which is advocating for a civil rights case, has Eric Holder’s ear. Holder is speaking at their annual conference tomorrow, in fact. I’m going with “inconclusive”, personally. — Ernie @ SFB

22:40 // 1 year ago
January 3, 2013

swagandpassion says: Hey SFB. Are there fundamental differences with Libya and Syria as far as Western powers intervening? Logistically I can assume Europe had more interest in a stable Libya & Obama leading behind scenes, but is intervention not a good idea for Syria?

Scott had a really long answer to this, so we’re gonna jump it, so we don’t just give you a long block of text. Here’s the tl;dr version: The biggest challenge raised is from Russia and China, and it’s making it difficult for western forces to get involved.

Anyway, click on to read. — Ernie @ SFB

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19:22 // 1 year ago
December 19, 2012

swagandpassion says: I'm glad Obama is person of the year, but what clout does TIME have? Is this the social/political version of the most beautiful person in the world? Or can Obama say being chosen is a referendum of himself and his overall administration?

» SFB says: Well, Hitler once won the award, so I wouldn’t necessarily call it an award for the “most beautiful” — probably more of the “most important,” good or bad. Obama won a second term, so it was probably a referendum on his work. — Ernie @ SFB

9:01 // 1 year ago
February 15, 2012

swagandpassion says: Just thinking about the changes within the journalism industry and the shift towards digital media and different business models, I thought about SFB. Are you guys using the ad based model?

» SFB says: We use an ad-based model, but honestly, SFB hasn’t been so much about the business side of things as experimentation with news. So if it doesn’t make us rich, no big deal. It’s great for trying things. It’s great for taking risk, though. I’ll say this much, though: Advertising is a tough game on Tumblr, because most of your readers go through the dashboard where there aren’t ads, and ads on the dashboard would be controversial — you saw the frustration with the “highlighted” posts of late, for example. An open mention, by the way: If there was an ad-type who wanted to talk with us about all this, or who had any ideas for monetization, we’re totally game. It’d be great to make this something we could pay the rent with, but honestly it’s not our 100 percent focus. — Ernie @ SFB

16:31 // 2 years ago