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CNN, Turner Networks Offering Buyouts, With Layoffs Possible

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 1:22 PM

NEW YORK -– CNN President Jeff Zucker signaled last week that cuts were coming when he told staffers they'd have to "do less and have to do it with less.”

On Tuesday morning, CNN employees -- and those at other Turner Broadcasting networks such as TNT, TBS,...

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How Volunteer-Run Argus Radio Broadcast Ferguson Protests Live To The World

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 3:59 PM

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday night, about half a million people watched online as a militarized police force in in Ferguson, Missouri, squared off with largely peaceful crowds protesting the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

“We’ve just been told by the St. Louis Police Department to turn off our...

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AP Journalist Simone Camilli Killed In Gaza

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:52 AM

NEW YORK -- Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt informed staff Wednesday with "great sadness" that video journalist Simone Camilli had been killed in an explosion in Gaza.

"As all of you know, this has been a very difficult year for AP," Pruitt wrote in a...

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Hillary Clinton Echoes Netanyahu's Claim Journalists Were Censored In Gaza

(206) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 3:30 PM

NEW YORK –- Hillary Clinton on Sunday offered a “vociferous defense” of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following four weeks of war in Gaza that have left more than 1,900 Palestinians dead.

In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Clinton also echoed Netanyahu's recent claims that journalists...

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How Vice News Got Unprecedented Access To The Islamic State

(50) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 4:19 PM

NEW YORK -– When The New York Times reported last month on life in Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital of the extremist group the Islamic State, the paper didn’t reveal its reporter’s identity or that of anyone interviewed out a fear of retaliation. No original photographs or...

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New York Times Reporter Addresses Israeli Censorship On Soldier Story

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:18 AM

NEW YORK -- Jodi Rudoren, the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, addressed the paper’s decision Friday to withhold a biographical detail about an Israeli soldier at the Israeli military's request.

“Any censorship is a huge compromise," Rudoren wrote Monday night on Times Insider,...

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Israel Censor Wants To Pre-Approve New York Times Coverage Of Soldier

(160) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 2:00 PM

NEW YORK -- The Israeli military told The New York Times on Friday to withhold publishing additional information about an Israeli soldier reportedly captured by Palestinian militants until it is first reviewed by a censor.

The Times acknowledged the order in an article Friday on the abrupt...

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Israel Brings Journalists Into Hamas Tunnels To Showcase Underground Threat

(31) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:26 PM

NEW YORK -- Israel has opened up a new front in the Gaza media war by allowing foreign journalists into Hamas-built tunnels running under its border.

The media tours have provided a new perspective on the three-week military conflict, while also drawing criticism that Israel may be exaggerating the threat...

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Mass Surveillance Is Corroding American Democracy, Human Rights Report Concludes

(26) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:34 AM

NEW YORK -- Being a lawyer or a reporter increasingly means adopting the paranoid tactics of a drug dealer, a joint Human Rights Watch and American Civil Liberties Union report released Monday determined, with poisonous results for democracy at home and abroad.

In the wake of President Barack...

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The New York Times Will Continue Drug Testing Despite Pot Legalization Stance

(37) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 5:35 PM

NEW YORK -- The New York Times came out in its Sunday editorial in support of legalizing marijuana, kicking off a six-part series to make its case.

But the editorial board’s new stance doesn’t mean incoming Times employees can partake. As Gawker recently noted, the...

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BuzzFeed Reviewing Benny Johnson's Work Following Plagiarism Charges (UPDATE)

(10) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 2:22 PM

UPDATE: July 26, 12:10 a.m. -- BuzzFeed has fired viral politics editor Benny Johnson, saying it had found "40 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites," editor-in-chief Ben Smith wrote Friday night in an apology to readers.

NEW YORK -- BuzzFeed is reviewing...

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Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian, Three Others, Reportedly Detained In Iran

(9) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 4:12 PM

NEW YORK -- Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post, appears to be detained in Iran, the paper revealed Thursday.

The Post reported that his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two others were also detained Tuesday evening. Rezaian holds dual American and Iranian citizenship, while Salehi,...

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Al Jazeera Holds Israel Responsible For Shots Fired At Gaza Office

(38) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:55 AM

NEW YORK -- Al Jazeera’s office in Gaza came under fire Tuesday, and the network says it is holding Israel responsible.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said Tuesday that Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s harsh comments about the network a day earlier “were a direct threat against us and appear...

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Washington Post Heightens Wonk Wars With Storyline

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:00 AM

NEW YORK -- The Washington Post escalated the wonk wars Tuesday with the latest addition to the growing field of policy journalism.

The Post's new online vertical, Storyline, will cover policy topics through articles, videos and charts -- or "chapters" -- that follow a...

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NBC News Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin Returning To Gaza

(72) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:21 PM

NEW YORK -- NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin will return to Gaza to cover the Israeli invasion, an assignment that comes two days after he was mysteriously removed by the network.

"Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in...

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Relocalisation du correspondant de NBC à Gaza: des questions laissées sans réponses

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 6:03 PM

Lors de l'invasion de Gaza en 2009, Ayman Mohyeldin était l'un des seuls journalistes présents sur place. Il était aussi sur le terrain quand le territoire a été attaqué par les missiles israéliens fin 2012. Mercredi, quatre enfants palestiniens sont morts devant ses yeux, alors qu'ils jouaient sur...

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CNN Removes Reporter Diana Magnay From Israel-Gaza After 'Scum' Tweet

(1929) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:33 AM

NEW YORK -- CNN has removed correspondent Diana Magnay from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she tweeted that Israelis who were cheering the bombing of Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”

“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,”...

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Questions Surround NBC's Removal Of Ayman Mohyeldin From Gaza

(115) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 8:54 PM

NEW YORK -- When Israel invaded Gaza in early 2009, Ayman Mohyeldin was one of the only journalists present to bear witness. He covered Israeli air strikes on Gaza in late 2012, and on Wednesday he movingly reported on an attack that killed four...

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James Clapper Warned Ex-New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Of 'Blood On Your Hands'

(6) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 6:56 PM

NEW YORK -- On the evening of Aug. 2, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was on a crowded Metro North train, en route to her weekend home in Connecticut, when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called with a stark warning.

The Times was prepared to...

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Hillary Clinton Spokesperson: 'No Clue' Who Leaked Anti-Clinton Book

(18) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 2:29 PM

NEW YORK -- A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said Monday that he has "no clue" who leaked a copy of Clinton, Inc., a forthcoming book by Daniel Halper, online editor of the conservative Weekly Standard.

Clinton, Inc. publisher Broadside Books, a conservative imprint of HarperCollins, told...

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