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Mass Surveillance Is Corroding American Democracy, Human Rights Report Concludes

(22) 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

(33) 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.

Earlier:
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

(1918) 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

(110) 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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Digital Outlets Help Fill Statehouse Ranks As Newspapers Retrench

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:00 AM

NEW YORK -- The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news outlet launched in 2009, now boasts the largest statehouse bureau in the Lone Star State at 15 full-time staffers.

Capital New York, a four-year-old site that expanded in 2013 after being sold to Politico, now has five full-time...

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Robert Menendez: Cuban Plot Led To Daily Caller Prostitute Claims

(143) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:26 PM

NEW YORK -- Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson pushed back Tuesday following Sen. Robert Menendez's allegations that yet-unproven prostitution claims, published by the conservative news site days before the 2012 election, were part of a Cuban government scheme to smear him.

"A secret plot by Cuban intelligence? Pretty convenient,"...

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Jodi Rudoren, New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Defends Coverage Of Beaten U.S. Teen

(97) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 4:06 PM

NEW YORK -- Jodi Rudoren, the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, has defended her reporting on a 15-year-old American beaten by undercover Israeli police last week.

“Anti-Israel activists attacked me for practicing stenography, not journalism, and just parroting what public officials say,” Rudoren

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Washington Post Gears Up For 2014, 2016 Elections

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:26 PM

The Washington Post announced several changes Wednesday that editors say will better position the paper "for the coming elections and accommodate the continued growth of our staff," according to a staff memo.

Chris Cillizza will expand The Fix into a new digital storytelling site that Post...

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New York Times Reporter Apologizes To Iraqi Journalists After ‘Bribe' Tweets

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:11 PM

NEW YORK -- New York Times foreign correspondent Rod Nordland apologized to Iraqi journalists on Monday after claiming in a series of tweets this past weekend that an Iraqi army official had given cash payments to members of the press.

Nordland stood by his allegation that several Iraqi journalists...

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If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV

(622) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- Kent Conrad’s phone hasn’t been ringing very much over the past few weeks, as Iraq, and the debate over America's future in the country, has once again dominated the news.

The architects of the Iraq war are back in TV studios and on op-ed pages,...

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Al Jazeera Gains Support In Fight For Jailed Journalists

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 8:02 PM

NEW YORK -- Al Jazeera executives and correspondents pledged Wednesday to keep pressure on the Egyptian government following this week's widely condemned convictions of three network journalists on spurious terrorism charges.

Kate O’Brian, president of Al Jazeera America, said at a United Nations event that Monday's verdict...

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Egypt Verdict Against Al Jazeera Journalists Sparks Outrage

(29) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 11:12 AM

NEW YORK -- For nearly six months, supporters of press freedom have called on Egypt to release three imprisoned Al Jazeera English journalists in a worldwide campaign declaring that “journalism is not a crime.” The network even ran a full-page ad to that effect in Sunday's...

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