BuzzFeed News Searches For Hidden Spy Planes

BuzzFeed News Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes. This Is What We Found.

From the post:

Data and R code for the analysis supporting this August 7, 2017 BuzzFeed News post on identifying potential surveillance aircraft. Supporting files are in this GitHub repository.

Awesome! This is what data journalism is about!

While Musk and others are wringing their hands over AI, BuzzFeed uses machine learning to out government spy planes. How cool is that?

So, what are some of the headlines from The New York Times today?

  1. Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Climate Change Report
  2. What Music Do Americans Love the Most? 50 Detailed Fan Maps
  3. Partisan C.I.A. Chief Heartens Trump and Worries the Agency
  4. North Korea Warns U.S. of Retaliation Over Sanctions
  5. Industries Are Left in the Lurch by Trump’s Stalled Trade Plans
  6. White House Won’t Say Who Is on Its Deregulation Teams
  7. Wells Fargo Faces New Inquiry Over Insurance Refunds
  8. Take the Generic, Patients Are Told. Until They Are Not.
  9. $78,000 of Debt for a Harvard Theater Degree
  10. Investigators in Israel Turn Up the Heat on Netanyahu

Four out of ten stories are about our accidental president (1, 3, 5, 6) The other six (2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10), offer no actionable information.

Not a word about government spy planes.

Why isn’t The New York Times pressing the government hard?

Or perhaps the easier question: Why are you still reading The New York Times?

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