Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal on potential whistleblower harassment Noonan details the strange burglary of the law office representing State Department whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, in which thieves broke in three separate times in one weekend just to take computers, but not any other items of value. What type of burglar would only want information? Noonan asks, likening the story to the Nixon administration's harassment of Daniel Ellsberg. "The burglary may or may not be a scandal—but if it is, it’s a big one." It's a tantalizing piece, and "Noonan has much more to say, all of it worth reading," writes Power Line's Scott Johnson, while Buzzfeed's Ben Smith writes, "Noonan is pretty much the last interesting columnist standing."
Jeffrey Goldberg in Bloomberg View on the pro-Islamist Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera The fall of the Muslim Brotherhood has hurt the image of Al-Jazeera, Goldberg argues, and one former journalist called it a "propaganda channel." In particular, Goldberg criticizes Al-Jazeera's support of a pundit who is an "extremist's extremist," promotes female circumcision, and called for the punishment of gay people. The channel will open an American branch soon, and former Atlantic editor Timothy Lavin questions why a "putatively a journalistic outfit" would support such hate. Bloomberg questions how Al-Jazeera will address these "intrinsic paradoxes," as Stanford Law School National Security Advisor Arash Aramesh calls them.