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‘Caucus' Director Tackles 2014 Midterms For Al Jazeera America

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:00 AM

NEW YORK -– Political candidates seem more reluctant than ever to go off-script. And technology plays a big part in this, as anyone with a smartphone -- whether a political reporter, opposition researcher or voter -- can drive a candidate's misstatement straight into the political news cycle.

In this

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Fox News Aired Nearly 1,100 Benghazi Segments Across 5 Programs, Study Finds

(612) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Benghazi is back in the spotlight this week, as the House on Wednesday begins its select committee hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks. But given that conservative media have claimed for more than two years that the Obama administration orchestrated a cover-up of critical information about...

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Politico Management Shake-Up Expected

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:38 AM

NEW YORK –- Politico Magazine Editor Susan Glasser is expected to be promoted this week to a larger leadership position at the Washington political news organization, according to sources familiar with the plans.

Glasser's promotion comes shortly after Rick Berke resigned last week as executive editor over...

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Obama Met Privately With Top Journalists Before ISIS War Speech

(170) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 7:34 PM

NEW YORK –- President Barack Obama met with over a dozen prominent columnists and magazine writers Wednesday afternoon before calling for an escalation of the war against the Islamic State, or ISIS, in a primetime address that same night.

The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the...

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More Americans Think Media Underplaying ISIS Threat Than Overplaying It

(10) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 6:31 PM

Over two-thirds of Americans report they've closely followed news coverage this week about the Islamic State, or ISIS, as the United States escalates its war against the militant group in Iraq and Syria.

Twenty-seven percent of respondents said they were “very closely” following the news, with 41 percent following...

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New York Times Casts Doubt On Obama's ISIS War Plan

(99) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:41 PM

NEW YORK -– President Barack Obama, the fourth U.S. president in a row to drop bombs in Iraq, vowed Wednesday to destroy Islamic State militants there and in Syria, a country mired in a three-years-long civil war.

Under Obama's new strategy, the U.S. would strengthen the Syrian opposition, currently...

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CNN Raids Politico For Growing Digital Politics Team

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 2:46 PM

NEW YORK –- CNN hired three Politico journalists Wednesday as part of the network's bid to expand its digital politics team.

Politico Congress editor Steven Sloan has joined CNN Politics Digital as assistant managing editor for enterprise reporting and Politico deputy breaking news editor Jedd Rosche is now the...

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Americans Panicked Over ISIS Threat That Experts Say Isn't Imminent

(89) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama calls Wednesday night to expand the fight abroad against Islamic State militants, he'll be addressing an increasingly supportive public, recent polls suggest.

Ninety-one percent of Americans see the Islamic State as a "threat to the vital interests of the United States," according...

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Politico Parters With Axel Springer For European Expansion

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:39 PM

NEW YORK -- Politico announced Tuesday that the Washington news organization is partnering with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to launch a new European edition.

The Huffington Post reported Monday that Politico was gearing up for a European expansion, though management did not comment at the time....

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Politico Gearing Up For Europe Expansion

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 3:05 PM

NEW YORK -- Politico is planning to expand into Europe through the launch of a new organization based in Brussels, Belgium, the capital of the European Union.

On Monday morning, Politico CEO Jim VandeHei told senior editors that the company's plans for Europe are "much bigger than anyone is...

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Politico Executive Editor Rick Berke Resigns Over Newsroom Strategy Differences

(5) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 6:38 PM

NEW YORK -- Politico executive editor Rick Berke resigned Sunday, writing in a staff memo that he disagreed with co-founders John Harris and Jim VandeHei over strategy for running the Washington news organization.

“There is no acrimony and no drama -- simply an acceptance by the...

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Chuck Todd Wants To Bring 'Meet The Press' Into The 21st Century

(275) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 3:27 PM

NEW YORK -- Chuck Todd knows his show’s long-running tagline is, “If it’s Sunday, it’s ‘Meet the Press.’”

And yet.

“Sunday is one day of the week,” Todd said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “Sunday is a big day of the week. But Sunday is one...

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Two Iraq War Supporters Urge Caution Amid ISIS Media Frenzy

(383) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 7:36 PM

NEW YORK -– As the Obama administration weighs whether it should try to manage the Islamic State, destroy it or follow it to the “gates of Hell,” endless news coverage and non-stop cable chatter have focused on the possibility of expanding the fight from...

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Fred Ryan, Next Washington Post Publisher, Signals More Growth In Bezos Era

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 8:13 PM

NEW YORK -- Fred Ryan, the incoming publisher and chief executive of The Washington Post, said Tuesday that the news organization plans to continue expanding under owner Jeff Bezos.

"You can’t shrink your way to success," Ryan said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "Growth is the way...

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Bloomberg Politics Hires Slate's Dave Weigel As New Venture Prepares For Launch

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:05 PM

NEW YORK -– Bloomberg has hired Dave Weigel, a senior political reporter at Slate, for its new politics venture, which is being helmed by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

The forthcoming Bloomberg Politics brand, which will feature political coverage on the Web, mobile, TV, radio and in print, is slated...

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CNN, Turner Networks Offering Buyouts, With Layoffs Possible

(56) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 1:22 PM

NEW YORK -– CNN President Jeff Zucker signaled last week that cuts were coming when he told staffers they'd have to "do less and have to do it with less.”

On Tuesday morning, CNN employees -- and those at other Turner Broadcasting networks such as TNT, TBS,...

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How Volunteer-Run Argus Radio Broadcast Ferguson Protests Live To The World

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 3:59 PM

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday night, about half a million people watched online as a militarized police force in in Ferguson, Missouri, squared off with largely peaceful crowds protesting the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

“We’ve just been told by the St. Louis Police Department to turn off our...

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AP Journalist Simone Camilli Killed In Gaza

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:52 AM

NEW YORK -- Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt informed staff Wednesday with "great sadness" that video journalist Simone Camilli had been killed in an explosion in Gaza.

"As all of you know, this has been a very difficult year for AP," Pruitt wrote in a...

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Hillary Clinton Echoes Netanyahu's Claim Journalists Were Censored In Gaza

(207) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 3:30 PM

NEW YORK –- Hillary Clinton on Sunday offered a “vociferous defense” of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following four weeks of war in Gaza that have left more than 1,900 Palestinians dead.

In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Clinton also echoed Netanyahu's recent claims that journalists...

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How Vice News Got Unprecedented Access To The Islamic State

(50) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 4:19 PM

NEW YORK -– When The New York Times reported last month on life in Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital of the extremist group the Islamic State, the paper didn’t reveal its reporter’s identity or that of anyone interviewed out a fear of retaliation. No original photographs or...

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