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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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Vice Wants To Be Known For More Than Covering War

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 8:58 PM

NEW YORK -- The first story on the fourth season of HBO’s “Vice” is what CEO Shane Smith considers “classic Vice.”

Correspondent Kaj Larsen, who embedded last year with Nigeria’s military for an online report on Boko Haram, returns to the bloody conflict for the

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Intercept Reporter Quoted People Who Didn’t Exist, Editor Says

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 2:15 PM

Former Intercept reporter Juan Thompson invented quotes, storylines and even sources, Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed said Tuesday in a note to readers.

Reed wrote that Thompson, who started working at the site in November 2014, engaged in "a pattern of deception," including creating fake email accounts to...

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New York Times Eyes Ambitious Overhaul In Quest For 'Journalistic Dominance'

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 2:19 PM

NEW YORK -- The New York Times, at age 164, has kept pace with today's media upstarts while remaining committed to high-quality journalism. The company admitted its innovation shortcomings a couple years back, but these days the newsroom is rife with experimentation in things like visual storytelling,...

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Glenn Beck Tells Iowans Ted Cruz Is A Modern-Day George Washington

(8) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 4:24 PM

AMES, Iowa -- As the state's caucuses near, conservative host Glenn Beck, with a mix of humor and doom and holding a couple historical artifacts, urged Iowans Saturday to support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R). 

“The Constitution is hanging by a thread," Beck told an...

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Why Director Brent Roske Traded Hollywood For Iowa

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 4:28 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa After more than a decade in Los Angeles as an NBC creative director and having made the rounds at Sundance and Cannes, Des Moines might seem a bit sleepy for director Brent Roske.

“It’s a thrill,” said Roske, digging into a Hungry Man breakfast...

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Massive Shakeup At Politico With Co-Founder Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen Set To Leave

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 5:41 PM

Politico CEO Jim VandeHei and chief White House correspondent Mike Allen will leave the news organization they helped launch nine years ago and built into a politics and policy juggernaut. 

VandeHei told staff Thursday that he was departing after the election and that Allen,...

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Bloomberg Editor Quits Over Fear The Company Can't Cover Michael Bloomberg Aggressively

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 2:38 PM

Kathy Kiely, the Washington news director for Bloomberg Politics, resigned Wednesday over concerns the company could not adequately cover owner Michael Bloomberg's considerations about whether to run for president as an independent candidate. 

"I did not feel we could cover the Bloomberg trial balloon in the...

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Donald Trump Expects The Media To Do What He Wants -- Because It Often Does

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 1:29 PM

NEW YORK -- After Donald Trump announced Tuesday night that he would boycott Thursday's Fox News debate, Megyn Kelly, one of the event’s moderators and the frequent object of Trump's ire, warned the real estate mogul on her primetime show that he “doesn’t get to...

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MSNBC And New Hampshire Union Leader Plan Rogue Democratic Debate

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 3:49 PM

NEW YORK -- The New Hampshire Union Leader and MSNBC are planning to host an "unsanctioned" Democratic debate on Feb. 4, just five days before the state's primary. 

The proposed event, which is to be moderated by "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd and MSNBC host Rachel...

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Michael Bloomberg's 2016 Ambitions May Shake Up The Race -- And His Media Company

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 9:50 AM

NEW YORK -- Bloomberg, the media company, made a big bet on the 2016 election by dropping millions on star political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, launching a new politics site and producing a daily Bloomberg TV show that's also simulcast on MSNBC. 


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National Review Stands Athwart Donald Trump, Even If It Can't Stop Him

(4) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 10:26 AM

NEW YORK -- When the late William F. Buckley Jr. launched National Review six decades ago, he memorably issued a mandate for the conservative magazine to stand “athwart history, yelling Stop.”

The conservative magazine's latest mission appears to be a variation of that: “Stop Trump.”...

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GOP Rep. Wants Government To Register Journalists

(5) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 2:34 PM

A South Carolina state representative who once introduced legislation to replace federal paper currency with gold and silver coins wants the government to set guidelines for who can be a journalist and keep a registry of those doing "responsible" work.

In his "South Carolina...

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A Fake Politico Reporter Is Becoming Facebook Friends With Lots Of Journalists

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 4:27 PM

A Facebook user pretending to be a Politico reporter has befriended dozens of journalists, prompting suspicion about the account owner's motivation. Someone falsely claiming to be a journalist at The Atlantic also has become Facebook friends with prominent journalists. (See UPDATE below.)

Social media...

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Washington Post Declares '545-Day Nightmare' Over As Jason Rezaian Leaves Iran

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2016 | 10:10 AM

Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan announced Sunday that reporter Jason Rezaian had left Iran, 14 months after being imprisoned and later convicted on baseless charges of espionage. 

"We are relieved that this 545-day nightmare for Jason and his family is finally over," Ryan said in a...

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Journalists Cheer Release Of Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2016 | 9:29 AM

Journalists and media advocacy groups cheered Saturday in response to news that Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three other Americans imprisoned in Iran would be released as part of a prisoner swap.

“We are thrilled to see Jason finally free, but he should have never been...

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Donald Trump May Love Good Press, But His Campaign Is The Most Hostile To Reporters

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 1:59 PM

NEW YORK -- When a presidential candidate steps off the stage at a rally, reporters covering the event will usually leave the press section to interview attendees, rush forward to ask questions or exit the venue altogether.

Unless that candidate is Donald Trump.

Following reporter complaints last...

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Huffington Post Management Voluntarily Recognizes Employee Union

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 12:13 PM

NEW YORK -- The Huffington Post's management has voluntarily recognized its employees' union, making the digital media outlet the largest ever to organize.

"I am delighted to let you know that we have reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) to proceed to...

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Al Jazeera America To Shut Down By End Of April

(18) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 2:31 PM

NEW YORK -- Al Jazeera America will shut down its operations in the United States by the end of April, the company told employees in a meeting on Wednesday.

Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian tearfully relayed the news to stunned colleagues, alongside...

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New York Times Names Jim Rutenberg Media Columnist After Almost Yearlong Search

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 11:01 AM

NEW YORK -- The New York Times has named magazine writer Jim Rutenberg as the paper's next media columnist, filling a prominent perch that was left vacant nearly a year ago following the death of David Carr. 

"Our hunt for David’s successor has been exhaustive, and we...

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Chris Hughes Selling The New Republic After Rocky Stewardship

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 10:35 AM

NEW YORK -- New Republic owner Chris Hughes announced Monday he's selling the liberal politics and policy magazine nearly four years since purchasing it and after overseeing sweeping changes that resulted in two top editors resigning, a staff exodus and a couple of relaunches. 


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