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Phil Bronstein

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Should Journalists Get Out of the News?

(30) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 1:33 PM


We are the news.

I don't mean "we" as in the public. I'm talking about journalists.

Last week, CNN's Matthew Chance and some 30 of his colleagues were set free after Libyan gunmen held them inside Tripoli's Rixos...

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If I Hacked Like Murdoch's NOTW

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 4:23 PM

I'm one call away from a phone hacker.

Most journalists who have a reasonable source list also either know someone or they know someone who knows someone they could contact if they wanted to hack into...

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Citizens United Says "Socialist" Obama "Only Cares About Himself"

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 3:28 PM

Donald Trump and Glenn Beck are socialists.

So are the Kardashians. All of them. And probably Anthony Weiner.

In fact, they may be "entrenched" everywhere, as Sen. Joseph McCarthy once said about communists, "no longer [just] a creeping threat...but a racing doom."

Don't take...

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The Virtual World's Mandatory Morality

(14) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 2:30 PM

Next time you've got mail, you better check it carefully. And not just if you're one of Anthony Weiner's sexting partners.

Could someone with access to your private account consider its contents obscene? Lewd? Too sexually descriptive? And decide to take it down?


The digital taste police are...

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Obama Administration Punishes Reporter for Using Multimedia

(80) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 9:04 PM

The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard...

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Elizabeth Taylor's Passion

(16) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 4:43 PM

"Passion was a quality she never lost," CBS' Harley Carnes said today about Elizabeth Taylor.

No kidding. I got a glimpse of that in action.

I'd seen Ms. Taylor a few times at...

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An Egyptian Valentine for American Journalists

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 7:33 PM

They kissed us in Tahrir Square but did they really mean it?

Since you can't smooch Facebook or Twitter, which also got a lot of the English-language placard credit from the Egyptian citizens who...

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Yank Him, Obama; Reagan Would Have

(113) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 9:25 PM

A despot, secure for many years in the brutal exercise of his power through repression, tainted elections and close association with the United States, suddenly finds himself barely clinging to office. A populist momentum has arisen in the streets in one of those human waves of emotion that seems to...

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Free Press and Compassion Clash

(11) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 11:51 AM

Dr. Harvey Purtz had to bury his son, Chris, last June. Then he tried to bury an unpleasant moment of Chris' past. But a free press and the permanence of stories on the internet have overwhelmed the Fresno podiatrist in a sad debate where principal and compassion clash.

"I was...

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What's More Transparent, TSA's Scanners or WikiLeaks?

(22) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 4:31 PM

"We are transparency activists," says WikiLeaks' elegantly rumpled Julian Assange.

Except about the still-mysterious WikiLeaks, and perhaps the social personality quirks of its leader, who may or may not be the Silvio Berlusconi of whistle-blowing.

Reading the copious WikiLeaks press, I get the sense that lots of...

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Courage, Conflict, and Context: Digital Timelines Chart Our Lives

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 1:26 PM

Cowering under my jeep on a side road in San Salvador, caught in a vicious crossfire between guerrillas and Salvadoran soldiers, I was thinking survival, not historical context.

A bullet ricocheted off the pavement...

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Would You Like an O'Donnell With That Obama?

(64) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 7:42 PM

Stop whining about the wildly eclectic nature of Tuesday's elections. This is all part of a design, intelligent or otherwise.

When you open the cultural door to possibilities, you can't have a bouncer there...

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Obama's Barbara Boxer Fundraiser Failed to Rev My Engine

(149) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 2:57 PM

Is Obama heading for a wreck?

Tony Buser

Is Obama heading for a wreck?

Here's what we've come to: more people would rather share their home with a ghost in exchange for free rent than support Barack Obama's policies.

OK, it's...

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'Billboard Family' Puts Itself -- Kids and All -- On Sale

(23) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 5:58 PM

It's no surprise that we've come to this: there's a family for sale on the Internet.

No, these aren't hostages held by Somali pirates or advertised on a Craigslist adult S&M posting. I'm...

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Is Live-Tweeting About Rape in Haiti a Wake-Up Call or a Mistake?

(25) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 3:19 PM

"On my way to the hospital with a girl whose tongue was bitten off when she was raped."

"She was choked so hard that all the blood vessels in her...

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Are Bikini Baristas 'Bad Feminists?'

(48) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 6:41 PM

I won't Iditarod my way into the spectacle of Sarah Palin appropriating feminism as her very own dogma. But it's just one recent example of women having what can be most diplomatically described as...

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NYT's Kristof Admits "White Reporter's Burden" -- So Do I

(39) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 6:19 PM

Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times' often heroic international journalist, has stuck his inquisitive snout into dangerous situations throughout his career.

But admitting that there's a white reporter's burden in writing about...

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Is the Next Hot Social Media Site 'Real Life?'

(5) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 3:07 PM

Wednesday was Social Media Day (distinct from an anti-social day). But one of the bigger meet-ups in San Francisco happened IRL (in real life), not in some digital chat room or hashtag hang-out.


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In the Obama Era, We Can't Even Get Along With Debrahlee Lorenzana?

(113) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 8:48 PM

Remember that "one world" harmony and tolerance wave that washed over 53 percent of Americans when Barack Obama was elected? Lately it seems to have become particularly polluted.


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Can Fwix Fix Traditional Media?

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 4:52 PM

Walking the alleyways of Chinatown, you can hear the clacking sounds of gambling tiles coming out of back windows. It's a pleasurable little sensory experience of the neighborhood...

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