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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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Fox News To Limit Republican Debate To Top 10 In National Polls

(179) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 6:32 PM

NEW YORK -- Fox News will limit the number of participants at the Republican Party's first primary debate to candidates finishing in the top 10 of an average of national polls.

Michael Clemente, the network’s Executive Vice President of News Editorial, said in a Monday release that the network...

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Original Iraq War Skeptics Find The Rekindled Debate Maddening

(722) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 10:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Though there were some bumps, leading Republican presidential candidates in the past week settled on an Iraq war narrative. Yes, the intelligence turned out to be faulty, so much so that there wouldn't be a strong enough case to authorize the invasion in retrospect. But there was consensus...

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The Washington Post's Reid Wilson Joins Morning Consult To Launch Congress Section

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 8:03 PM

NEW YORK -- Washington Post political reporter Reid Wilson is leaving the paper to launch a Congress section for Morning Consult, a growing digital politics and policy outlet. Wilson will serve as the both Congress editor and chief political correspondent.

The addition of Wilson signals an expansion...

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ABC News Disputes RNC Chair's Implication The Party Can Pick Its Own Debate Moderators

(214) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:15 PM

NEW YORK -- ABC News pushed back Friday against Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus' claim that ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos "was never going to moderate a Republican debate anyway," a suggestion that the party could prevent a television network from assigning the journalist of its...

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The New York Times Gives Validity To Seymour Hersh's Bin Laden Claim, Though Not In Its News Pages

(42) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 6:08 PM

NEW YORK -- New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall, who covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for 12 years at the paper and wrote a book on her experience in the region, is clearly an authority on the U.S. presence there since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

So Gall’s...

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George Stephanopoulos Won't Moderate 2016 Debate After Donation Revelation

(333) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:17 PM

NEW YORK -- ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos will not moderate a Republican debate during the 2016 elections after it was revealed on Thursday that he gave $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation.

The donations, which were sitting in plain view on the Clinton Foundation website,...

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NBC News Walks Back Report That Pakistani Officer Gave Bin Laden's Location To CIA

(313) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 2:22 PM

NEW YORK -- NBC News has walked back its Monday report that a Pakistani intelligence officer provided the CIA with Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts a year before the U.S. raid in May 2011, a claim that ran counter to the Obama administration’s narrative of events but supported a...

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Journalists Try Shaming Hillary Clinton Into Speaking To The Press

(169) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 5:12 PM

NEW YORK –- In the months leading up to the 2008 Iowa caucus, reporters covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign grew increasingly frustrated by their lack of access to the Democratic frontrunner. Such complaints make for easy Twitter fodder these days, but two election cycles ago, journalist grumbling was still largely...

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Seymour Hersh's Bin Laden Raid Bombshell Draws White House, Media Pushback

(301) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 6:28 PM

NEW YORK –- Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who revealed the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and helped expose the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal during the Iraq War, wrote in a bombshell article published Sunday that the Obama administration lied about details surrounding the Navy SEALs...

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Why The New York Times Is Naming Names In CIA Drone Story

(48) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:33 PM

NEW YORK –- The New York Times reported across the top of Sunday’s front page that Congress is doing little to oversee the CIA’s targeted killing program. In the process, the paper identified three high-ranking CIA officials with key roles in secret drone operations.

The CIA asked...

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White House Press Corps Developing List Of Demands For More Access To The President

(45) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 12:17 PM

NEW YORK -- The White House Correspondents' Association is seeking more “meaningful and consistent” access to the president, among other demands to increase day-to-day transparency, according to a draft of proposed principles and practices the organization is hammering out.

Christi Parsons, a Los Angeles Times White House reporter and...

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Clinton Campaign Gears Up To Crush Another Book

(373) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 2:52 PM

The impending publication of a book examining donations made to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure at the State Department has put the former secretary and her allies in a familiar place.

For decades now, the Clintons have been trying to kill critical books in the crib, starting...

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New York Times Leads Pulitzer Pack, Washington Post Honored Despite Correction

(60) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:36 PM

NEW YORK -- The New York Times came out ahead of its colleagues on Monday, receiving three Pulitzer Prizes, the top journalism honor awarded annually by Columbia University. Meanwhile, The Washington Post was honored for its coverage of the Secret Service's security lapses, despite a major correction to one of...

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NBC's Richard Engel Reveals Syria Kidnappers' Ruse Misled Him And Fellow Journalists

(62) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 11:46 PM

NEW YORK -- NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel revealed Wednesday night that the masked men who kidnapped him and five colleagues in Syria in December 2012 misled the captive journalists about their affiliation, leading him to misidentify them in accounts of the ordeal.

During a...

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NBC's Richard Engel Re-Reporting His Kidnapping In Syria Following Questions Over Captors' Identity

(17) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 5:54 PM

NEW YORK -- NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel is re-reporting a key detail of his December 2012 kidnapping in Syria after new information surfaced suggesting he may have been misled about the identities of his captors, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Engel is conducting the...

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Bloomberg Searches For 'Seamless' 2016 Coverage Amid New York-D.C. Tension

(17) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 5:22 PM

NEW YORK -– On Oct. 10, political journalist John Heilemann wrote his first piece for Bloomberg Politics, the much-anticipated site launched earlier in the week with Game Change and Double Down co-author Mark Halperin.

It would be nearly six months before Heilemann's byline appeared again. On Tuesday,...

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Hillary Clinton Team Holds Off-The-Record Journalist Dinner Ahead Of 2016 Announcement

(175) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:22 AM

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton's campaign team held an off-the-record dinner Thursday night in Washington, D.C., for roughly two dozen journalists and staff members at John Podesta's house, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The dinner signals that the Clinton team is trying to engage with top reporters in...

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Obama Met Privately With Journalists Amid Iran Deal Media Push

(37) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 4:23 PM

NEW YORK -- Facing congressional pushback, President Barack Obama has tried building support for a nuclear agreement with Iran in recent days by making the administration's case through the news media.

Obama discussed the preliminary Iran deal with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman in the Oval...

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UVA Fraternity To Pursue Legal Action Against Rolling Stone After Retracted Rape Story

(473) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 1:40 PM

NEW YORK -- The University of Virginia fraternity at the center of Rolling Stone's discredited report on an alleged 2012 gang rape on campus announced plans Monday "to pursue all available legal action against the magazine."

The decision comes a day after Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism issued a...

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Rolling Stone's UVA Rape Story Was A 'Journalistic Failure' That Could've Been Avoided, Columbia Finds

(298) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 7:41 PM

NEW YORK -- Rolling Stone’s discredited story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia amounts to a “journalistic failure that was avoidable,” Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism concluded in an exhaustive report published Sunday night.

“The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and...

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