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Michael Calderone
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Michael Calderone is the Senior Media Reporter for The Huffington Post. He previously covered media and politics for Politico, the New York Observer, and Yahoo! News. Calderone holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Rutgers University. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Gawker Argues Publishing Hulk Hogan's Sex Tape Was Simply 'Good Journalism'

(45) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 12:06 PM

NEW YORK -- When Gawker founder Nick Denton treks to St. Petersburg, Florida, to fight a $100 million lawsuit brought by Hulk Hogan, he’ll argue that the wrestler-turned-reality-star’s sex life is a newsworthy subject and that publishing a story and accompanying video clip of the act itself was, as he...

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Obama's New Proposal Could Introduce American Journalists To Overtime Pay

(6) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:28 PM

NEW YORK -- When reporters covered President Barack Obama’s proposal Monday night to extend overtime pay to millions of additional Americans, some, still on the clock past dinnertime, may have wondered whether they’d make the cut.

Under the proposal, salaried workers earning under $50,440 would automatically qualify...

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Roger Ailes Will Run Fox News For Years To Come

(76) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 11:16 AM

NEW YORK -- Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable news powerhouse, will continue as chairman and CEO for the next several years, the company announced Thursday.

The announcement of a multi-year deal should help end recent speculation about whether Ailes, 75, would stay at Fox...

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Alessandra Stanley, New York Times TV Critic, Will Cover 'The Richest Of The Rich'

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:13 PM

NEW YORK -- New York Times chief television critic Alessandra Stanley is leaving the influential perch she's held the past 12 years to begin covering America's uber-rich.

Times executive editor Dean Baquet described Stanley's new beat as part of the paper's "deepening focus on economic inequality in America" in a...

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Washington Post And Univision Will Partner On 2016 Election Coverage And GOP Candidate Forum

(4) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:08 PM

NEW YORK -- The Washington Post and Univision News announced plans Wednesday for an election-focused partnership that will include a joint Republican candidates' forum in March 2016.

Univision, the nation's most-watched Spanish-language network, was notably not among the media organizations selected by the Republican National...

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South Carolina's Post And Courier Holds Lawmakers Accountable On Confederate Flag Debate

(41) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:11 PM

NEW YORK -- On Monday morning, 16 reporters at the Charleston-based Post and Courier newspaper began an ambitious assignment: Get all 170 state lawmakers to say whether they believe the Confederate flag should be removed from South Carolina's statehouse grounds.

The long-simmering flag debate gained traction after...

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Politico Issues 'Cultural Manifesto' In Quest To Save Nonpartisan Political Journalism

(25) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:52 AM

NEW YORK -- Politico Chief Executive Jim VandeHei issued a “cultural manifesto” Monday to staffers as the company moves into a new Rosslyn, Virginia, headquarters and continues an expansion in several states and Europe.

The news organization's culture, VandeHei wrote, is a "living, breathing thing" that "needs...

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Brian Williams Says Suspension Was 'Torture' And That He Didn't Intend To Mislead NBC Viewers

(208) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 8:25 AM

NEW YORK -- Brian Williams said Friday that his four-month suspension from the "NBC Nightly News" for lying about his reporting experience in Iraq was "torture" and that he didn't deliberately mislead viewers on the broadcast. “I told the story correctly for years before I told it incorrectly,"...

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Brian Williams Removed From NBC Nightly News, Takes On New Role On MSNBC

(226) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:52 PM

NEW YORK –- Brian Williams will not return as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News," but will take on a new role at MSNBC as anchor of breaking news and special reports, the network announced Thursday.

Lester Holt, the network veteran who stepped behind the anchor desk on an...

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Bloomberg Management Under Pressure Amid Complaints From Washington Staffers

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 1:32 PM

NEW YORK -- A Bloomberg News reporter on Tuesday sent a memo to high-ranking company executives in New York that outlined numerous concerns among Washington bureau staffers about management, editorial standards, reporting priorities and more.

The memo, written by a reporter in the Washington bureau and said to be the...

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The Trace, Bloomberg-Backed Journalism Startup, Tackles Gun Violence 'Epidemic'

(495) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 7:32 AM

NEW YORK -- Gun enthusiasts have plenty of options for industry news and firearms reviews. And the National Rifle Association boasts its own media arm to amplify any perceived threats against Second Amendment.

What’s missing in the gun-media landscape, say founders of The Trace, is...

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Clinton Campaign Denies Access To Daily Mail Pool Reporter In Latest Dispute With Press

(192) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 10:58 AM

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign prohibited a Daily Mail journalist from covering its Monday event in Manchester, New Hampshire, as the designated print pool reporter, marking the latest spat with the press over access.

McClatchy's Anita Kumar tweeted that Clinton's press vans left...

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Former Executive Charges Al Jazeera America With Discrimination, Biased Coverage In Lawsuit

(57) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 4:56 PM

NEW YORK -- Shannon High-Bassalik, a former senior vice president at Al Jazeera America, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the network and a top executive charging “unlawful and discriminatory” treatment of employees.

In her federal lawsuit, filed in California, High-Bassalik alleged that the network “favored its Arabic...

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Fox News Hosting Forum For GOP Candidates Who Don't Make The Cut For Primetime Debate

(88) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 10:51 AM

NEW YORK -- Fox News will hold an afternoon candidates' forum before its primetime Republican debate on Aug. 6 for presidential hopefuls who don't meet the criteria for the evening contest, the network said Wednesday.

The announcement came hours after the Union Leader, an influential New Hampshire...

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Journalists Meet With Clinton Campaign Officials Over Access Concerns

(21) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 5:04 PM

NEW YORK -- Two top communications officials with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign met Monday in Washington with representatives from the traveling press corps to discuss journalists' frustrations over access.

The journalist-campaign détente followed a nearly two-hour meeting last week in which about 17 reporters covering the campaign, from outlets...

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Somebody Tampered With News Cameras During White House Briefing Room Evacuation

(14) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 6:07 PM

After journalists had been evacuated from the White House briefing room for a bomb threat on Tuesday, a man walked up to an unmanned camera transmitting live to CNN and covered it with a T-shirt.

Meanwhile, TV cameras that crews had left on the White House lawn...

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Jake Tapper Readies For Long-Overdue Sunday Show Role Amid 'Generational Shift'

(68) Comments | Posted June 7, 2015 | 8:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Jake Tapper surrounds himself with losers.

A picture of Al Smith, the four-term New York governor who failed to capture the White House in 1928, looms large behind his desk in CNN's Washington offices. There are campaign placards hanging nearby from Ted Kennedy' failed 1980 primary fight,...

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Sister Of Alleged Dennis Hastert Victim Approached Media In 2006

(257) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 10:33 AM

NEW YORK -– Jolene Burdge said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that her late brother, Steve Reinboldt, was sexually abused by Dennis Hastert when the former Republican speaker of the House was an Illinois high school teacher and wrestling coach in the 1970s.

Burdge said she...

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Journalists Meet To Discuss Frustration With Clinton Campaign's Control Over Access And Information

(195) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 5:37 PM

NEW YORK -- Journalists covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign met for nearly two hours in Washington on Monday to discuss concerns about what they believe is inadequate access to cover the Democratic front-runner, according to people who attended.

The grievances discussed at the private gathering, which was held at the...

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News Organizations Grapple With 2016 Presidential Race In Which Everyone Is Running

(182) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 7:47 PM

NEW YORK –- No one will announce they’re running for president on Friday, the first workday in this holiday-shortened week without a campaign kickoff.

It was Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, and ex-New York Gov. George...

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