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Washington Post Editor Defends Secret Service Report Amid Questions About Source

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:02 PM

NEW YORK -– Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron defended an Oct. 8 report suggesting the White House mishandled the investigation into a 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal after revelations this week raised questions about the credibility of a key source.

“We fully stand by our story,...

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Foreign Policy's Shane Harris Joins The Daily Beast

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 3:01 PM

NEW YORK –- Foreign Policy magazine's Shane Harris will join The Daily Beast next week to cover intelligence and national security.

Daily Beast executive editor Noah Shachtman described Harris as a “monster reporter" in a staff memo announcing the hire.

“I first met Shane in the mid-aughts, when he was...

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Washington Post Secret Service Reporting Relied On Investigator Tied To Prostitution Claim

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:55 PM

NEW YORK -– When The Washington Post recently revived allegations that the White House gave preferential treatment to a volunteer advance staffer in the aftermath of the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, the paper relied heavily on details from an investigation led by...

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Matt Taibbi Leaves First Look Media, Raising Questions About Company's Direction

(13) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 8:37 AM

NEW YORK -- Journalist Matt Taibbi has left First Look Media, eight months after joining the billionaire-backed startup and before ever launching the digital publication he was hired to build.

First Look Media founder Pierre Omidyar announced Taibbi's exit in a Tuesday night statement and said that...

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David Gregory Appearing On Yahoo For Midterms, Keeping Options Open

(25) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 1:40 PM

NEW YORK -– Former "Meet the Press" host David Gregory is "really looking forward" to taking part in Yahoo’s midterm election coverage next Tuesday, he told The Huffington Post in a phone interview.

Gregory will appear on the online political special with his friend and former NBC News colleague Katie...

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New York Times Reporter James Risen Laments Lost Art Of Undercover Reporting

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:08 PM

NEW YORK -– New York Times reporter James Risen acknowledged in his new book, Pay Any Price, that he posed in one instance as an investor to look into money laundering in the Middle East, a break with the journalistic convention of always identifying oneself as a reporter....

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FBI Searches Home Of Suspected Post-Snowden Intelligence Leaker

(56) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 5:22 PM

NEW YORK -- The FBI has searched the Northern Virginia home of a government contractor suspected of disclosing details of the U.S. government's terrorist watch list to The Intercept, according to Yahoo News.

Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff reported Monday that the federal prosecutors have opened up a criminal...

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Former Associated Press Editor Sues Wire Service Over Firing

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 1:34 PM

NEW YORK -- Former Associated Press news editor Dena Potter has filed a lawsuit against the news organization and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, who fired her and two other journalists over an erroneous October 2013 article about then-Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

The lawsuit, filed in Richmond Circuit Court and...

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Eli Lake And Josh Rogin Leaving The Daily Beast, Expected To Join Bloomberg View

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:44 PM

NEW YORK -- Daily Beast reporters Eli Lake and Josh Rogin are leaving the news and culture site and expected to join Bloomberg View, according to sources familiar with the move.

Daily Beast executive editor Noah Shachtman did not comment as to where Lake and Rogin are headed, but...

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Why Did The Washington Post Name The White House Volunteer Accused In Prostitution Scandal?

(72) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 8:10 AM

NEW YORK -- On the night of Oct. 8, The Washington Post reported that White House aides had received information in April 2012 “suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest” of a presidential advance team staffer in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of the Secret...

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New York Times Reporter James Risen Finds ‘Crazy Is The New Normal' In War On Terror

(7) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 6:38 PM

NEW YORK –- New York Times reporter James Risen was surprised Sunday when former National Security Agency chief Michael Hayden said he doesn’t see a need for the government to prosecute Risen for refusing to reveal a source.

“I’m glad to see he feels that way these...

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Chuck Todd Defends Grimes 'Disqualified' Critique, But Says It's 'Cheap' To Use In TV Ad

(186) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:57 AM

NEW YORK -- "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd stood by his recent comment that Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" by refusing to say who she voted for in the last presidential election, a remark highlighted by her Republican opponent, Mitch McConnell, in a...

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Keith Olbermann Apologized To Bill Clinton For MSNBC's 'Ceaseless' Lewinsky Coverage

(121) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 2:37 PM

NEW YORK -- Keith Olbermann once apologized to then-President Bill Clinton for his part in MSNBC's "ceaseless coverage" of the scandal over the president's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

An email describing Olbermann's Oct. 1998 apology, and a possible response from Clinton, appeared Friday in...

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Unnamed U.S. Officials Blame News Reports Based On Unnamed U.S. Officials For Militants' Escape

(11) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:45 PM

NEW YORK -– The Associated Press reported Thursday that the U.S. fired 46 cruise missiles last month at Syria-based terrorist cell the Khorasan Group, but only killed one or two key militants.

U.S. intelligence officials, speaking anonymously about classified information, suggested to the AP that the strikes...

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The New York Times Keeps Cutting Newsroom Jobs, But Headcount Doesn't Budge

(6) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 3:07 PM

NEW YORK -- New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet recently announced plans to eliminate 100 jobs through voluntary buyouts or layoffs, marking another grim occasion for the beleaguered newspaper industry. Still, he noted, the Times has weathered previous cutbacks "better than most" and has preserved "a large...

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Politico Promotes Blake Hounshell, Reveals New Website Design In Staff Meeting

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 3:06 PM

NEW YORK -– The past month has been especially eventful at Politico, with the news organization announcing a new editor, losing an executive editor, hiring another executive editor, planning a new policy venture, launching another and gearing up...

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Politico Sees Big Money In Expanding Its Labor Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:58 PM

NEW YORK -- The percentage of American workers in unions is the lowest in nearly a century, and only two major newspapers still devote a reporter full-time to covering labor. But where some others outlets have scaled back, Politico sees an opportunity.

Politico Pro, home...

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How The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig Broke Open The Secret Service Scandal

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 2:02 PM

NEW YORK -– With the Secret Service under fire for a series of security lapses in presidential protection, there is one journalist who seems to have all the information. The White House, Congress and even Julia Pierson, who just resigned as director of the Secret Service, all learned details of...

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Matt Bai: Gary Hart Media Frenzy Had ‘Profound Reverberations On Our Politics'

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:36 PM

NEW YORK -- When The New York Times Magazine recently published an excerpt from Matt Bai’s newly released book on Gary Hart’s media-fueled downfall, political prognosticators argued Bai had gotten something wrong: The Democratic contender was unlikely to ever win the 1988 election against...

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Syrian Activists Report From ISIS-Controlled City News Outlets Can't Reach

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 11:37 AM

NEW YORK -- Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi fled Raqqa, a city in north-central Syria, a few weeks ago, yet he remains a go-to source for news coming out of the de facto capital of the Islamic State.

On Wednesday, he spoke to the BBC about conditions on the ground...

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