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New York Times Reporter Eric Lichtblau Joins Paper's 2016 Team

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 3:04 PM

NEW YORK -- Eric Lichtblau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The New York Times, is joining the paper's 2016 election team to cover money and politics, according to a staff memo circulated on Friday.

Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan wrote in the memo that Lichtblau will partner with...

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The New York Times Rebuilds Media Desk After Buyouts

(9) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 7:00 AM

NEW YORK -- The New York Times made a series of internal moves Thursday to strengthen its media desk following several buyouts in late 2014 and the recent death of columnist David Carr.

"Brian Williams. Bill O’Reilly. Sony. The Buzzfeed dress. Our media report is fast-paced and unrelenting,...

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Alec Baldwin Says Brian Williams Wrapped Himself In Flag To Please NBC News Audience

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 3:37 PM

NEW YORK -- Alec Baldwin suggested Wednesday that Brian Williams may have exaggerated his war exploits in an attempt to appeal to a more "pro-military, conservative" audience.

Williams was suspended from "NBC Nightly News" for six months starting in February after falsely claiming to have flown in...

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Hillary Clinton Scoops On Emails And Foreign Money Challenge Assumptions Of Media Free Pass

(9) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 12:04 PM

NEW YORK -– As Hillary Clinton prepares to launch her presidential campaign as early as next month, the Democratic frontrunner isn't getting a free pass from the media.

In recent weeks, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times have all published potentially...

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Boston Globe Ramping Up New Hampshire Primary Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 5:02 PM

NEW YORK -- The Boston Globe has been lucky the past three presidential election cycles, with Massachusetts' then-Sen. John Kerry or former Gov. Mitt Romney in the race.

The Globe's longtime sources and institutional memory of the candidates paid off, allowing the regional paper to be a national authority on...

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MSNBC Largely Silent On Bill O'Reilly War Reporting Controversy

(215) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 2:03 PM

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow slammed Bill O’Reilly for threatening journalists who are investigating charges that the Fox News host exaggerated claims about his reporting on the Falklands War.

Maddow's nearly four-minute segment was the type of coverage one might expect from MSNBC....

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Chuck Todd Calls Rudy Giuliani Media Frenzy A ‘Race To The Bottom' For Politicians, Press

(144) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 10:45 PM

NEW YORK -– “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd spent the first quarter of Sunday’s show covering the fallout from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s claim four days earlier that President Barack Obama doesn’t love America.

While giving the controversy more oxygen, Todd seemed conflicted. He began

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Mother Jones Urges Bill O'Reilly To Apologize For 'Violent' Remark After Falklands War Claims Scrutinized

(1738) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 3:33 PM

NEW YORK -- Mother Jones has called on Fox News host Bill O'Reilly to apologize for the "violent tone" of his response to the magazine challenging his recollection of covering the Falklands War.

In a Friday letter to Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine and a network spokeswoman,...

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New York Times Shifts Focus Off Print Page One As It Looks Toward Digital Future

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 12:40 PM

NEW YORK -- New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet announced changes Thursday to the paper's process of selecting stories for the front page of the print edition, a move that highlights the newspaper's continued digital transformation.

Baquet said in a staff memo that the changes "are intended to...

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Washington Post Staffers Call For Release Of Colleague Jailed In Iran

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 5:48 PM

NEW YORK -- Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron told staffers Friday that they can sign and share a petition calling for the release of their colleague Jason Rezaian, who has been imprisoned in Iran since July.

"All of you know that we must avoid advocacy in...

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David Carr, Influential New York Times Media Columnist, Dead At 58

(72) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:22 PM

New York Times columnist David Carr, one of the most incisive and influential writers on the media business, died Thursday night after collapsing in the paper's midtown Manhattan newsroom. He was 58.

Times executive editor Dean Baquet informed staff of the death of their "wonderful, esteemed colleague"...

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CNN Chief Jeff Zucker Says He'd Love To Hire Jon Stewart

(80) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:35 PM

NEW YORK -- CNN President Jeff Zucker said Thursday that he'd be happy to talk to soon-to-be free agent Jon Stewart about joining the network, though he isn't holding his breath that "The Daily Show" host would come aboard.

“I’m a huge admirer of what Jon Stewart does," Zucker said...

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Brian Williams' False 2003 Iraq Helicopter Claim Draws Scrutiny To Other War Exploits

(192) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:02 AM

NEW YORK -- In the wake of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams' suspension for lying about being on a helicopter that took fire in Iraq in 2003, questions are emerging over another of his Iraq exploits. Among other things, these questions involve war memorabilia the anchor claims to have...

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David Axelrod: New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd Gets Under Obama's Skin

(292) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 10:11 AM

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama is an avid reader of the New York Times opinion section and has, on several occasions, invited two of his favorite columnists -- Tom Friedman and David Brooks -- over to the White House before rolling out major policy initiatives.

But Obama is apparently...

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Justin Balding, NBC Producer With Brian Williams In Iraq, Says He Never Claimed Chopper Hit By RPG

(6) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 4:05 PM

NEW YORK -- NBC News’ Justin Balding, a producer who traveled with Brian Williams on the March 2003 trip at the center of a controversy engulfing the "Nightly News" anchor, is refuting claims that he had also described being in an aircraft in Iraq that was hit by...

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Rolling Stone Editor Comments On Brian Williams Mess, But Still Silent On Discredited UVA Story

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 2:59 PM

NEW YORK -- Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana tweeted Saturday night that embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams had misused the word "presently" when writing in a a staff note that he planned to temporarily leave the anchor desk amid ongoing questions about...

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Who Could Replace Brian Williams At 'NBC Nightly News'?

(592) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 3:58 PM

NEW YORK -- When NBC News recently celebrated Brian Williams’ decade behind the “Nightly News” anchor desk, the network went with the tagline: “He’s been there. He’ll be there.”

But where he's been is now in question. And so is where he'll be.

Williams' career began to unravel this...

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Brian Williams' Future Uncertain As NBC News Investigates Iraq, Katrina Coverage

(1102) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:02 AM

NEW YORK -- NBC News continued to reel on Friday in the wake of revelations that "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams misled the public about his experiences reporting on the Iraq war and as his Hurricane Katrina coverage came under fresh scrutiny.

NBC News president Deborah Turness, who has not...

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Brian Williams Under Fire Over His Shifting Story Of Iraq Helicopter Attack

(706) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:59 PM

NEW YORK -– NBC News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday night that he was not riding in a helicopter hit by rocket-propelled grenade fire in Iraq, as he had claimed, but now the media are picking over his shifting accounts of the incident over the last decade.


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New York Times Names David Halbfinger Presidential Campaign Editor As 2016 Team Grows

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:07 PM

NEW YORK -- The New York Times is continuing to build its 2016 election team and has tapped David Halbfinger, one of the paper's deputy metro editors, as its presidential campaign editor, according to a memo obtained by The Huffington Post.

Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan wrote to staff...

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