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John Cook Becomes Gawker's Permanent Executive Editor

The New York TImes | Gabriel Arana | October 21, 2015 | Media
John Cook, a longtime Gawker editor, will become the executive editor of Gawker Media, the portfolio of websites that was left leaderless after a tumultuous summer for the organization.

Report: ESPN To Cut 350 Jobs

Bloomberg | Gabriel Arana | October 21, 2015 | Media
Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN sports network, confronting rising programming costs and a loss of viewers, plans to eliminate as many as 350 positions, about 4.3 percent of its workforce, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The cuts will be announced to employees as early as Wednesday, said the...

The Camerawoman Fired For Tripping Refugees Plans To Sue Them -- And Facebook

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | October 21, 2015 | World
Petra Laszlo, the Hungarian camerawoman who drew international ire after footage emerged of her kicking and tripping refugees, may have apologized for her actions, but that isn't stopping her from filing suit. In an interview with Russian news outlet Izvestia, Laszlo announced her plans...

Amber Rose Slams GQ For Describing Her As 'Kanye's Ex' And 'Wiz Khalifa's Baby Moma'

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | October 20, 2015 | Entertainment
Memo to GQ: Amber Rose will not be defined by the men she's dated. On Tuesday, the 31-year-old took to Instagram where she's slammed GQ magazine for describing her as "Kanye's infamous ex" and "Wiz Khalifa's baby mama," in an item mentioning her forthcoming book,...

The Huffington Post Is Hiring An Evening Front Page Editor

Braden Goyette | October 20, 2015 | Media
Location: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York or Sydney Position Type: Full Time About the role: The Huffington Post is looking for an editor to run our widely-read front page during the hours of 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. PT (4 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET). The editor can be...

Vice Media Goes Dark In Support Of Jailed Journalist Mohammed Rasool

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | October 21, 2015 | Media
NEW YORK -- Vice Media blacked out its worldwide network of digital channels Wednesday to shine a light on the imprisonment of journalist Mohammed Rasool. On Aug. 27, Turkish authorities arrested Rasool alongside two British Vice journalists as they covered separatist clashes with the government...

Fox News Terrorism Analyst Ordered Jailed After Lying About CIA Ties

Reuters | Kelly Chen | October 20, 2015 | Politics
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct 20 (Reuters) - A Fox News guest terrorism analyst was ordered jailed by a federal judge in Virginia on Tuesday as he faces U.S. charges that he falsely claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades. The suspect, Wayne Simmons, 62,...

Istanbul Airport Video Raises Questions About Journalist Jacqueline Sutton's Death

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | October 20, 2015 | Media
Closed-circuit video from Istanbul's main airport published Tuesday by Turkish media appears to show British journalist Jacqueline Sutton before she was found dead in an airport restroom and raises questions about reports that she killed herself after missing a flight.   In the first half of the video, a woman identified as Sutton by local media walks up to a security checkpoint and appears to show paperwork to two guards. She proceeds through the stop with a backpack and a shoulder bag. In the second half of the video, the woman is walking through the airport with the same bags -- but her shoulder bag now looks more full -- along with what appears to be a full shopping bag.  An airport shopping spree would appear to contrast with Turkish media reports that Sutton, 50, hanged herself on Saturday after missing a connecting flight and lacked money to buy a new ticket.  Her friends question the explanation, along with the circumstances surrounding her death, and have called for an international investigation. The videos released Tuesday were not verified by Turkish authorities, and are not time-stamped, so the exact sequence of events was unclear.  Sutton, a former BBC journalist who was Iraq director for the nonprofit Institute for War and Peace Reporting, was found dead in a restroom at Araturk International Airport on Saturday after missing a connecting flight to Iraq. Turkish media reported, without citing sources, that Sutton became "distraught" that she didn't have money for a new ticket and hanged herself with shoelaces from a restroom door hook. The reports said she was discovered by three Russian tourists, who alerted police. "It's all very weird," said Anthony Borden, executive director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, a nonprofit group focused on expanding journalism in war-torn regions. "How a couple hundred bucks could enter into the equation is beyond me."  Borden described Sutton as a seasoned "globetrotter," a "strong, confident and fearless woman" who was very familiar with world travel and the delays that come along with it. If she had run out of money, she would know to call him, because she had done that in the past when other travel delays arose. Borden said she was traveling with her iPhone, credit cards and laptop -- which she would normally use to book a new flight if her connection was missed. Sutton was a veteran journalist very familiar with the region. Before working for the nonprofit, Sutton held United Nations media positions, was a journalist with the BBC, and had been working toward a PhD at the Australian National University. Her university webpage says her research focused on supporting women journalists in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Sudipto Mukerjee, a friend who met Sutton about four years ago when he worked with the United Nations Development Program in Iraq, doubted she would even miss the flight, characterizing her as "anything but confused or forgetful." "I also cannot imagine her not having money to buy another ticket – I am sure she carried credit cards and not to mention had a decent and steady income over many years," said Mukerjee, now the U.N. Development Program's Sierra Leone director. "Unless there is clear evidence she committed suicide, she was definitely murdered," Hiwa Osman, a friend of Sutton's in Iraq and former media advisor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, told The Telegraph. Sutton was bringing back toys and books for his children and that there was no indication she was unhappy, Osman said. "I strongly urge and recommend an independent and fully transparent investigation," said Chris Cobb-Smith, director of Chiron Resources, a company that provides support and security advice for media, including Sutton's organization, in hostile environments. Cobb-Smith said he found Sutton to be "instantly likable," but had only met her once -- at a recent memorial service for Sutton's predecessor, Ammar Al Shahbander, who along with 15 others, died in a car bomb blast in Baghdad earlier this year.  The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Baghdad attack, according to Agence France-Presse.  Having spent nearly a decade in Iraq and some time in Afghanistan as well, Sutton appeared aware of potential threats. In a late-2014 interview with Sutton by friend Amanda Whitley, transcribed on an Australian blog, Sutton imagines the possibility of being attacked: I’m in a hotel at the moment – a low key one with hardly any guests. The accommodation that had been prepared was basically one room and a bathroom above the office with only one door in and out, and that off the street. So if someone came in uninvited I was trapped and, as my Kurdish friends said, “It just needs one whacko to hear in the Friday prayers that killing foreigners is jihad, and they’ll come knocking at your door in a heartbeat.” Erbil has grown but everyone knows where the foreigners are staying. So I am going to stay in the hotel until next week when I will move in with some Kurdish friends who live in a gated community. If Daesh wants to attack they will but it will take planning and I won’t be THE target; if the whacko wants to get to heaven he or she will have to contend with armed guards and a choice of targets, and the same with criminal kidnappers – a growth industry in Iraq. Sutton tells Whitley she was staying off social media to avoid drawing attention to herself and her colleagues.  Sutton's death remains under investigation. Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 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Malcolm-Jamal Warner Says Ebony's Cosby Cover Perpetuates 'Broken Black Family' Cliché

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | October 20, 2015 | Black Voices
Ebony's November cover, which depicts a shattered image of the iconic Huxtable family from "The Cosby Show," unleashed a wave of controversy when it debuted earlier this month. While some applauded Ebony for taking a brave stance on tackling the rape allegations against Bill Cosby and its impact on the show's legacy, Malcolm-Jamal Warner is not among those outspoken supporters. #ICYMI - our November issue separates Cliff Huxtable & Bill Cosby. Start the conversation: http://t.co/ALEaVEslpO pic.twitter.com/ntL4qTrotV— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) October 16, 2015 Warner, who stopped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to discuss his new album "Selfless," said he was disappointed by the provocative cover. The actor said he was sad to see Ebony, "one of the voices of the black community," take down the esteemed Huxtable clan. "[The cover is] contributing to the stereotypical image that society has of the broken black family and the shattered black family," Warner told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. "And to take something that ... for 20 [or] 30 years has been what we have held up as the black family that we all want to aspire to, in terms of the love that we don't see when we see black families in the media -- to take that image and to shatter it, it's disappointing to a lot of us." Want more HuffPost Live? Stream us anytime on Go90, Verizon's mobile social entertainment network, and listen to our best interviews on iTunes. Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Malcolm-Jamal Warner here. Also on...

It's Bloomberg-For-President O'Clock Again, Apparently

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | October 20, 2015 | Politics
Is Michael Bloomberg going to run for president, this year or any year? The answer is no. In the great big world of wonderful and harrowing possibilities, in which the forces that govern the universe could yank almost any scenario from their sack of swirling chaos, "Bloomberg For President" is...

Sarah Koenig Drops Another Hint About Upcoming 'Serial' Season

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | October 20, 2015 | Politics
(function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519103645&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataLoaded=track5min.DL&onTimeUpdate=track5min.TC&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTimeUpdate=HPTrack.Vid.TC";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script, placeholder);})(); Sarah Koenig, the host of the first season of the hugely popular "Serial" podcast, told...

Chelsea Clinton Predicts Hillary Will Be 'Remarkable' In Benghazi Hearing

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | October 20, 2015 | Politics
(function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519171407&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=undefined&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataLoaded=track5min.DL&onTimeUpdate=track5min.TC&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTimeUpdate=HPTrack.Vid.TC";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script, placeholder);})(); Chelsea Clinton is sure her mom, Hillary Clinton, will be "remarkable" when she testifies before the House Select Committee on...

Watch Martin O'Malley Sing Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood'

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | October 20, 2015 | Politics
(function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519171666&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=undefined&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataLoaded=track5min.DL&onTimeUpdate=track5min.TC&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTimeUpdate=HPTrack.Vid.TC";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script, placeholder);})(); Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley may have some bad blood toward a major pop star who is showing...

The Drama Continues At Grantland

Vanity Fair | Adam Goldberg | October 20, 2015 | Media
As staffers exit the ESPN site, a clearer picture of life there before and after the departure of Bill Simmons is emerging.

Blake Shelton Sues In Touch Over Rehab Story

AP | Stephanie Marcus | October 20, 2015 | Entertainment
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CNN Launches Millennial-Focused Video Site, Great Big Story

Gabriel Arana | October 20, 2015 | Media
In a play for advertisers enamored with the sexiness of a BuzzFeed or Vice, CNN on Tuesday is unveiling a platform called Great Big Story that's intended to deliver young and intellectual consumers.

NYT Launches Virtual Reality Project With Google

Judah Robinson | October 20, 2015 | Media
The New York Times announced plans on Tuesday to launch a virtual reality project with Google called NYT VR. The initiative kicks off in early November, when 1 million Times home subscribers will receive a Google Cardboard viewer, a low-cost cardboard device that holds a smartphone. After downloading a compatible...

NYT Exec Editor Responds To Amazon's Jay Carney

Gabriel Arana | October 20, 2015 | Media
Dear Jay, In response to your posting on Medium this morning, I want to reiterate my support for our story about Amazon’s culture. In your posting — as well as in a series of recent email exchanges...

Chris Matthews: George W. Bush Did Not Keep America Safe

Judah Robinson | October 20, 2015 | Media
MSNBC host Chris Matthews criticized Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush for saying his brother, former President George W. Bush, kept the American people safe. "He didn't," Matthews said on "Hardball" Monday. "He did a good job rallying the country after we were hit, a quick...

Bengals Player Wants Changes To NFL Locker Room Policy After On-Air Nude Incident

Justin Block | October 20, 2015 | Sports
(function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519169120&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=174903&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataLoaded=track5min.DL&onTimeUpdate=track5min.TC&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTimeUpdate=HPTrack.Vid.TC";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script, placeholder);})(); An NFL Network video interview of Cincinnati Bengals player Adam Jones was broadcast on Sunday, but it really...
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