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New York Times Regrets “Normalizing” Nazi Profile

From the national editor of the New York Times: Whatever our goal, a lot of readers found the story offensive, with many seizing on the idea we were normalizing neo-Nazi views and behavior. “How to normalize Nazis 101!” one reader wrote on Twitter. “I’m both shocked and disgusted by this article,” wrote another. “Attempting to ‘normalize’ white supremacist groups – ...

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CNN.com To Put Up Subscription Paywall In 2018

The Wall Street Journal reports: CNN president Jeff Zucker, a veteran TV executive who once warned that the TV business couldn’t afford to trade “analog dollars for digital pennies,” is now embracing online publishing as central to CNN’s model. After investing in digital verticals focused on business and politics and acquiring an online-video startup, CNN is gearing up for another ...

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Billionaire Joe Ricketts Shuts Down Gothamist And DNAinfo, Deletes Their Archives After Writers Unionize

The New York Times reports: A week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, two of New York City’s leading digital purveyors of local news, celebrated victory in their vote to join a union. On Thursday, they lost their jobs, as Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade who owned the sites, shut them ...

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MONTANA: Republican Leader Says She “Would Have Shot” Reporter Body-Slammed By Greg Gianforte

The Guardian reports: A Montana Republican party official “would have shot” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs if he had approached her as he did Greg Gianforte, who assaulted Jacobs one day before he was elected to Congress. Jacobs approached Gianforte in May, in a room where he was about to give a television interview. The Republican slammed Jacobs to the floor, ...

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GOP Sen. Ben Sasse Rips Trump On Free Press Threats: Are You “Recanting Your Oath” To The Constitution?

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is questioning whether President Trump is still committed to preserving the First Amendment after he repeatedly floated retribution against the media for publishing stories he doesn’t like. “Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter. Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to ...

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Trump Again Threatens The Free Press

As everyone in the country seems to know except Hair Furor, broadcasting licenses are granted to individual stations, not networks. But here we go again: President Trump is doubling down on his suggestion that the federal government “challenge” the broadcast licenses of networks that report what he deems “fake news.” “This threat alone could intimidate the press and lead to ...

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Trump Attacks The Free Press: “It Is Frankly Disgusting That The Press Is Able To Write Whatever It Wants To”

The Week reports:  President Trump skewered the free press on Wednesday, telling reporters that “it is frankly disgusting that the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.” The comments followed Trump’s tweets Wednesday morning, which reacted to an NBC News story that claimed the president had called for the nuclear arsenal to be increased “tenfold.” “With all ...

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REPORT: Republican Operatives Are Working To Smear Journalists Working On The Trump Junior Scandal

The Washington Post reports: A handful of Republican operatives close to the White House are scrambling to Trump Jr.’s defense and have begun what could be an extensive campaign to try to discredit some of the journalists who have been reporting on the matter. Their plan, as one member of the team described it, is to research the reporters’ previous ...

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Sean Spicer Blasts “Grandstanding” CNN Reporter

The Washington Post reports: In an interview, Spicer denounced Acosta in some of the harshest terms a press secretary has used — at least in public — to refer to a reporter. “If Jim Acosta reported on Jim Acosta the way he reports on us, he’d say he hasn’t been very honest,” Spicer said. “I think he’s gone well beyond ...

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BRITAIN: Google Funds Robot Journalism Launch

The Guardian reports: Robots will help a national news agency to create up to 30,000 local news stories a month, with the help of human journalists and funded by a Google grant. The Press Association has won a €706,000 (£621,000) grant to run a news service with computers writing localised news stories. The national news agency, which supplies copy to ...

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Greta Van Susteren Parts Ways With MSNBC

Vanity Fair reports: A few days shy of her six-month mark on air, Van Susteren’s business is finished on MSNBC, according to people familiar with the situation. The anchor, whose show struggled to gain traction even as the rest of her colleagues were buoyed by anti-Trump hysteria, has parted ways with the network. She will not appear on the show ...

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POLL: 42% Of Trump Voters Back Assaulting Reporters

The Week reports: President Trump’s supporters are nearly evenly split on whether it’s “appropriate” for a politician to body-slam a journalist, a Public Policy Polling survey released Monday revealed. While 45 percent of Trump supporters said that it was not acceptable for a politician to use physical force against a reporter, 42 percent said it was. The poll was released ...

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Limbaugh Praises “Studly And Manly” Greg Gianforte For Kicking The Ass Of “Pajama Boy Journalist”

From Glenn Beck’s The Blaze: “In Montana — ladies and gentlemen, I must do something,” Limbaugh said. “I must join the chorus of people condemning what happened out there. This manly, obviously studly Republican candidate in Montana took the occasion to beat up a pajama-clad journalist, a Pajama Boy journalist out there.” “The story is he grabbed his neck and ...

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Reince Priebus: We’ve Looked At Changing Libel Laws So Trump Can Sue Over News Items He Doesn’t Like

The Guardian reports: A day after Watergate reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward issued a stirring call for the press to hold Donald Trump to account, the president’s chief of staff said the White House is actively considering a change to libel laws affecting news reporting. “I think it’s something that we’ve looked at,” said Reince Priebus, appearing on ABC’s ...

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New Los Angeles Times Reporting Guidelines Call For Avoiding The Usage Of “Openly Gay” And “Homosexual”

From the Los Angeles Times: The Times has updated its guidelines for covering the LGBTQ community. As our understanding of gender and sexual orientation evolves, so does language. The Times’ goal is to be contemporary, clear and flexible, while maintaining consistency of style. “Queer” previously was considered a term to avoid because of its history as a pejorative. However, “queer” ...

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Out/Advocate Shoots Down Rumors Of Sale

The management at Out and Advocate magazines last night responded to false reports of their impending sale as a shakeup unfolds across LGBT print media. They write: The industry is making headlines as LGBT media companies prepare to gather in Orlando for an annual convention. Journalists from all over the country will arrive this week in Orlando for the eighth ...

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Hair Furor Rants About “Rude Media”

The Hill reports: President Trump on Monday slammed the media for being “rude” to his representatives. “It is amazing how rude much of the media is to my very hard working representatives,” he tweeted. “Be nice, you will do much better!” Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway made multiple appearances before his tweet on Monday morning to defend her recent surveillance ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

UPI reports: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is giving his first daily press briefing Monday since a press event last week that some media outlets were barred from attending. Spicer is scheduled to answer questions from reporters at 1:30 p.m. He held an off-camera “gaggle” session with reporters from select news organizations in his West Wing office Friday, prompting ...

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Bush Hits Trump On The Media: They’re Not The Enemy, They Are Indispensable To Democracy [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: “I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We needed the media to hold people like me to account,” Bush told TODAY in an exclusive interview. “Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.” Bush was asked about the ...

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Trump Chickens Out Of White House Press Dinner

The Liar In Chief this afternoon declared that he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner rather than face the humiliation of a half-empty room and withering criticism from the stage. Yesterday Bloomberg announced the cancellation of their popular after-party after Trump told the CPAC audience that he plans to “do something” about the press. The WH Correspondents ...

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