Many media folks are pushing for a presidential pardon for Edward Snowden, but the Washington Post’s editorial board comes out against it. Cue the uproar. The Sunlight Foundation is laying off staff and considering a merger. The New York Times is partnering with Google Jigsaw to help use artificial intelligence to moderate comments. I’ll talk to Politico Media’s Hadas Gold about how Trump punked the media on the “birther” issue. Our Metric of the Week is the “Twitter character count,” and TechCrunch COO Ned Desmond joins us for a chat.

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