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Vice Aims To Produce Daily HBO Show Without Being 'Slaves To The News Cycle'

(14) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:49 PM

NEW YORK -- When Vice News launched in March 2014, masked pro-Russian separatists were seizing government buildings in Crimea, and the upstart news organization posted some of the first ground-level reports of the nascent conflict.

Though U.S. coverage of Crimea has waxed and waned in the past...

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Charlottesville Police Suspend UVA Rape Investigation As Rolling Stone Review Nears Publication

(22) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 3:57 PM

NEW YORK -- Charlottesville police suspended their investigation Monday into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia after finding no evidence to support events as described in an explosive Rolling Stone article published in November.

Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a Monday press conference that the...

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New York Times Reporter Explains How He Broke Clinton Email Story

(53) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 5:32 PM

NEW YORK -- White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest recently shot down a New York Post report claiming that senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett orchestrated a leak to reveal that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had used a private email address for government business.

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Marc Ambinder's Apology For Politico Magazine Piece Doesn't Run In Politico Magazine

(44) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 12:37 PM

NEW YORK -- Marc Ambinder did something Friday that's quite rare among journalists: He admitted to being wrong.

Ambinder's piece -- "How I unfairly maligned two Secret Service agents in Politico Magazine" -- served as a public apology for an earlier story of Ambinder's that...

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Secret Service Director To Dispute Early News Reports Of White House Car 'Crash'

(12) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 10:11 AM

NEW YORK –- Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy is expected on Thursday to dispute news reports that two senior-level agents “crashed” a car outside the White House earlier this month, according to prepared testimony obtained by The Huffington Post.

Clancy, who has viewed surveillance video of the March 4...

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Surveillance Video May Poke Holes In Secret Service Drunk Driving Story

(114) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 10:02 AM

NEW YORK -- The latest United States Secret Service scandal erupted last week following reports that two high-ranking agents disrupted the scene of an investigation outside the White House, hit multiple barricades, and may have driven over a suspicious package, all while possibly intoxicated.

But surveillance video of...

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Politico Preparing To Launch European Site In April

(5) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Politico announced a flurry of hires Tuesday and plans to launch its European edition on April 21, according to a staff memo obtained by The Huffington Post.

The European edition, a joint venture with German media giant Axel Springer, will feature a frequently updated...

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Hugh Hewitt Wants A 'Serious' GOP Primary And Will Be Assigning Homework

(107) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:54 PM

NEW YORK -- When radio host Hugh Hewitt questions Republican candidates at CNN’s first primary debate this fall, he says, viewers will be “much more likely to hear about the Ohio-class submarine than contraceptives.”

What, you ask at this point, is the Ohio-class submarine?

“The Ohio-class nuclear submarine...

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Hillary Clinton To Meet The Press, But Likely To Avoid The Circus

(125) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 11:26 AM

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton is expected to take questions from reporters Tuesday afternoon, more than a week since revelations surfaced that she exclusively used a private email account while conducting State Department business and amid continued questions about the Clinton Foundation accepting millions of...

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New Yorker's Ken Auletta Didn't Mention That Tom Brokaw's Vacation Plans Included Him

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 5:22 PM

NEW YORK -- Veteran New Yorker media writer Ken Auletta reported last month how former "NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw played a key role in the network's decision to suspend Brian Williams.

Auletta attributed the information to "two people involved" in the decision. More broadly, he...

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 2:04 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 | 6:00 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

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 2:37 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 | 11:04 AM

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 | 4:02 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

(216) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 1:03 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

(145) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 9:45 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 | 2:33 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 | 11:40 AM

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 | 4:48 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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