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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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Silicon Valley Billionaire Linked To Gawker Lawsuit Once Gave Big To Press Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 12:14 PM

Billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel has used his fortune to support press freedom — and possibly suppress it.

On Tuesday night, Forbes reported Thiel had secretly funded wrestler Hulk Hogan's invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media, a case that resulted in $140 million in...

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New York Times Opts For Voluntary Buyouts, Not Layoffs -- For Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 10:29 AM

NEW YORK -- The New York Times will offer voluntary buyout packages to members of its newsroom and several business departments in order to reduce costs, Times management informed staff Wednesday.

"As everyone knows, we’re living through a period of incredible change in the news business," began...

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Donald Trump Injects Yet Another Conspiracy Theory Into 2016 News Cycle

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 1:24 PM

NEW YORK -- The Clintons didn’t kill Vince Foster. There was no evidence decades ago to support conspiracy theories surrounding the former Clinton White House aide's suicide -- and none now.

Yet the 23-year-old accusation was resurrected...

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National Rifle Association Denies Guardian US Entry To Annual Convention

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 1:50 PM

The National Rifle Association denied press credentials to the Guardian US to cover its annual convention in Louisville, Kentucky, apparently over a restriction on foreign media outlets. 

Lois Beckett, a Guardian US senior reporter covering gun policy and politics, tweeted Friday that she was denied...

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New York Times Names Elizabeth Spayd Public Editor

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 7:14 AM

The New York Times has named Elizabeth Spayd, former Washington Post managing editor and current editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journalism Review, as the paper's next public editor. 

The Times has been searching for a replacement for Margaret Sullivan since February, when she announced she would leave the...

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New York Times In 'Final Stage' Of Selecting Next Public Editor

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 10:14 AM

NEW YORK -- The New York Times is close to selecting its next public editor, nearly three months after Margaret Sullivan announced she was leaving the publication for The Washington Post.

Details of the selection process, led by standards editor Phil Corbett, have...

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Mark Zuckerberg To Meet With Glenn Beck, Top Conservatives Amid Bias Claims

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 11:43 AM

NEW YORK -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet Wednesday with TV and radio host Glenn Beck and other prominent figures on the right following allegations the social media giant's "Trending Topics" feature has been biased against conservatives. 

"It would be interesting to look him in the...

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Trump Campaign Can't Stop Reporters From Covering GOP Convention

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 12:42 PM

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's presidential campaign, which has barred more than half a dozen news organizations from attending events, won't be able to similarly restrict press access when the candidate accepts his party's nomination in July. 

"If a Trump employee told me that I had...

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Donald Trump Will Release His Tax Returns, Just After He Runs Out Of Reasons Not To

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 3:03 PM

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump claims “there’s nothing to learn” from his tax returns. He just refuses to prove it.  

The real...

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Mike Bloomberg Apologizes For Giving His Top Political Journalists A Watergate-Era Nickname

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 3:37 PM

NEW YORK -- CEO Michael Bloomberg apologized Tuesday for recently nicknaming Bloomberg Politics managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann after two notorious figures from the Watergate scandal. 

“I apologized to them yesterday. I apologize to them today," Bloomberg said at a New York staff...

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Journalists Dispute Claim They Helped Sell White House Iran Deal

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 11:14 AM

NEW YORK — Two prominent foreign policy journalists are pushing back at The New York Times Magazine for what they described as a “defamatory” characterization in a much-discussed article.

The article, a nearly 10,000-word profile of Deputy National...

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Michael Bloomberg Doesn't Expect Mark Halperin And John Heilemann To Remain After The Election

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 10:54 AM

NEW YORK -- Michael Bloomberg told members of his company’s Washington bureau Thursday that he doesn't expect Bloomberg Politics managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann to remain with the news organization after the 2016 election, according to sources familiar with the meeting.


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Donald Trump Boosts The National Enquirer As Likely Showdown With Hillary Clinton Looms

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 10:36 AM

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton should not be alive right now.

In late September, the National Enquirer reported that Clinton was desperately sick, quoting sources who said “she’ll be dead in six months.”

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#NeverTrump Conservative Media Will Have To Decide If Never Means Never

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 10:37 AM

NEW YORK -- Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol seemed to shift Monday from #NeverTrump to #MaybeTrump. 

“On the one hand, I’ll say #NeverTrump,” the conservative writer and pundit told Newsmax, “and on the other hand, I’ll say never say never.”

Kristol tweeted that he was...

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Center For Public Integrity Lays Off Two Reporters Amid Restructuring

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 3:09 PM

The Center for Public Integrity laid off two reporters Friday and will not immediately fill three budgeted positions in what the nonprofit investigative outlet's top executive described as a newsroom restructuring.

CEO Peter Bale said the staff reduction is the result of financial pressures...

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Why The Washington Post Won A Pulitzer For A Story The Guardian Also Owned

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 11:09 AM

NEW YORK -- The Washington Post and The Guardian began aggressively reporting last year on fatal police shootings in America, charting the phenomenon more comprehensively than even the federal government. They both built extensive databases, with slightly different methodologies, that are still being updated. 

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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced: 'Hamilton' Wins For Drama, AP Wins For Slavery Investigation

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 12:51 PM

NEW YORK -- The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded Monday, honoring standout journalism that tackled topics including police violence, education inequality, rape and modern day slavery.

The Associated Press won the Public Service award for “Seafood from Slaves,” an investigation that led to the...

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Vice Gearing Up For Nightly HBO Show With New Hires, Moves

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 11:35 AM

NEW YORK -- Ryan McCarthy, an assistant editor on The New York Times national desk, has been named editor-in-chief of Vice News, according to a memo obtained by...

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Mayor's Office Accuses '60 Minutes' Of Not Telling Its Side Of Prison Story

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 6:56 PM

NEW YORK -- Near the end of a "60 Minutes" report Sunday addressing the mistreatment of inmates at Rikers Island, correspondent Bill Whitaker walked along the perimeter of the New York City prison complex and described how Department of Correction staffers stopped the crew from going inside...

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New Republic Editor Gabriel Snyder Leaves Magazine Two Months After New Owner Arrives

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 4:35 PM

NEW YORK -- New Republic Editor-in-Chief Gabriel Snyder is leaving the politics and culture magazine less than two months after it was sold to liberal activist and donor Win McCormack.

Snyder informed staff Thursday that the June issue would be...

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