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Jack Mirkinson is the Senior Media Editor for The Huffington Post.

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ABC's Reporter In Gaza Talks About Covering 'Awful, Tragic, Heartbreaking' Story

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:47 AM

For ABC's Alexander Marquardt, there is no comparison. The current bloodshed in Gaza is the most difficult conflict he has ever covered.

"There are so many times when there are just these awful, tragic, heartbreaking scenes," he told The Huffington Post in an interview on Thursday.

Marquardt was ABC's Jerusalem...

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Sean Hannity Goes On Wild Screaming Fit At Palestinian Guest

(112) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 8:15 AM

On Thursday, Sean Hannity invited Yousef Munayyer—a Palestinian-American who is the executive director of the Jerusalem Fund and who is a frequent guest on cable news—on his show, and the two had a reasoned discussion about Israel's current invasion of Gaza.

Just kidding! Hannity went ballistic after Munayyer's first sentence...

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David Gregory Stuck In Third Place As 'Meet The Press' Rumors Swirl

(184) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 1:34 PM

These are surely not the numbers David Gregory was hoping for on Thursday.

The woebegone "Meet The Press" host is weathering one of his worst periods of press coverage, with rumors running rampant that he is due to be ousted from his job within months. (NBC...

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Jane Fonda Torches The Idea Of Rupert Murdoch Buying Time Warner

(76) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:05 AM

Jane Fonda shouldn't expect any Christmas cards from Rupert Murdoch this year after she trashed his attempts to buy media giant Time Warner.

“I think it would be a catastrophe,” Fonda told The Wrap on Wednesday. "If that happens I'm going to be so angry at...

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MSNBC Plunged Into New Controversy Over Its Israel-Palestine Coverage

(235) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:48 PM

The MSNBC contributor who tore into the channel's coverage of Israel and Palestine returned to the airwaves on Tuesday night, only to find herself in a new controversy about her status at the network.

Rula Jebreal's contention that MSNBC was "disgustingly biased" towards Israel went viral on Monday...

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How Social Media Has Changed The Press Coverage Of Israel-Palestine

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Every time a new round of violence breaks out in Palestine or Israel, a parallel dispute surfaces around whether or not the media is biased toward one side of the conflict or the other. There is usually little agreement to be found.

Israel's latest invasion of Gaza, though, has brought...

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David Gregory Hit With Yet More Gloomy Reports About 'Meet The Press'

(855) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:11 AM

Lately, it seems like David Gregory spends as much time trying to shoot down rumors that he's going to be yanked from his job hosting "Meet the Press" as he does actually hosting "Meet the Press." On Wednesday, Gregory and NBC got another chance when Page Six reported...

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What It Was Like When Al Jazeera's Gaza Office Was Suddenly Struck By Gunfire

(26) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Al Jazeera reporter Stefanie Dekker described to her network what it felt like when two shots were suddenly fired into the Gaza office where she was working on Tuesday.

Al Jazeera said it is holding Israel responsible for the incident, which forced the network's journalists to flee the...

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Reporters Caught In The Middle As Israel Invades Gaza

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Journalists in Gaza faced a frightening situation on Thursday when they found themselves in the midst of an Israeli invasion of the territory.

Some reporters said they had been told to evacuate from their beachfront hotels. The apparent warnings came one day after many journalists witnessed...

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NBC Pulls Ayman Mohyeldin From Gaza Despite Powerful Reporting

(256) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Ayman Mohyeldin, an NBC News journalist whose powerful reporting from Gaza has drawn widespread praise, has been pulled out of the region, Glenn Greenwald reported on Thursday.

NBC told Greenwald that Mohyeldin, who has been replaced by chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, was removed from the story due...

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Time Warner Should Remember That Whatever Rupert Murdoch Wants, He Usually Gets

(22) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 8:34 AM

Time Warner may have rejected Rupert Murdoch's initial attempts to buy it, but the company should reminder one thing: when Murdoch decides he wants to have something, he usually succeeds.

Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes told employees in a video that his company's existing plan was...

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Jill Abramson Opens Up About Sexism And Her Firing

(9) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 7:34 PM

Jill Abramson sat down for her first broadcast interview about her controversial firing from the New York Times on Wednesday. Speaking to Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, she opened up about the double standard she said women often face in the workplace.

After months of mostly silence, Abramson is embarking...

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Reporters Try To Save Palestinian Children Hit In Deadly Israeli Strike

(21) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Journalists in Gaza found themselves giving first aid to a number of Palestinian children hit by an Israeli strike on Wednesday.

The strike hit a port adjacent to several hotels where international reporters are staying. It killed four children. Dozens of journalists witnessed the strike. Some...

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Rupert Murdoch Is Trying To Buy Time Warner For A Huge Price

(291) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 7:27 AM

Rupert Murdoch has made an ambitious play to buy media giant Time Warner, setting in motion a potentially massive merger.

The New York Times was the first to break the news about Murdoch's plans. The paper said that 21st Century Fox, one of the two huge media...

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Jill Abramson: 'I Was Not Ashamed' Of Getting Fired

(8) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Jill Abramson opened up about her firing from the New York Times in a new interview with Cosmopolitan magazine that was posted on Tuesday.

In the interview—part of a media blitz she is embarking upon this week—Abramson said she wanted the world to know...

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Here's One Way Jose Antonio Vargas Is Already Winning His Fight

(37) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:52 PM

While the detention of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, undocumented immigrant and activist Jose Antonio Vargas in Texas on Tuesday is a personal setback for him, the way the media has handled the story shows how effective Vargas and other advocates have been in changing the terms of the debate...

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NBC News Reporter Describes What It Feels Like To Be In Gaza Right Now

(6) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:27 AM

"You certainly feel the toll that the siege and the impact of the previous conflicts have taken on the people here. The infrastructure of Gaza has been decimated for years. Palestinians have been suffering as a result of that blockade. You see that exacerbated even more by the past few...

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'Newspaper Reporter' Shows Up On 'Endangered Jobs' List

(5) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 8:27 AM

Are newspaper reporters about to go the way of the Siberian tiger or the California Condor?

The answer, sadly, is yes, if you believe a new report from job site CareerCast. The company posted a list of jobs it deemed the most "endangered" in 2014, and "newspaper reporter"...

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Bob Beckel Has A Long History Of Saying Awful Things On TV

(60) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Bob Beckel, one of Fox News's resident "liberal" pundits, is in hot water these days.

Beckel's use of the term "Chinamen" on a recent edition of "The Five" has been met with widespread outrage and fueled calls for his firing.

On Monday, Politico reported that Beckel...

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Rupert Murdoch Thinks You're Overreacting About Climate Change

(476) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Rupert Murdoch shrugged off the notion that climate change is a big deal in an interview on Sunday.

Speaking to Sky News Australia (which he partially owns), Murdoch dismissed the alarming reports coming from scientists about the devastating impact that climate change is causing to the planet.

"We...

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