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  • Obama’s Chilling Effect On Journalism

    10/17/2013 12:48:45 PM PDT · by Mark · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | Posted: 10/16/13, 4:40 PM PDT | Editorial,Daily News
    It’s telling that a new report on the Obama administration’s dealings with journalists comes from the Committee to Protect Journalists — an organization that normally focuses on press freedoms abroad. President Obama’s White House has been so extraordinarily unfriendly toward investigative journalism — not just unfriendly, but an outright enemy — that CPJ had to look inward this time, examining the loss of freedoms of the press in our own country rather than pointing out problems in some Third World backwater. And the report, by Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, found that the administration...
  • Journos Admit Team Obama More Secretive Than Bush, 'Very Successful' at Squashing Stories

    10/12/2013 6:01:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 12, 2013 | Tim Graham
    Trashing the "excessive secrecy" of the Bush administration, Barack Obama came into office pledging open government, but he has fallen far short of that promise. Former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie released their tough report at the Committee to Protect Journalists on the Obama administration’s tight control and aggressive prosecution of leaks. The first sentence: "In the Obama administration's Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press." What sets the Obama administration apart from others, said Downie, is not its attempt to control the media narrative but rather its shameless ability to do so.What’s significant here is...
  • Honest and Open, Obama Administration Tightens Screws On Media

    10/11/2013 3:39:56 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 19 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/11/13 | LD Jackson
    One would think reports like this would be more than a worrisome to any reporter who prides themselves on even making a moderate attempt to report the truth. When President Obama first took office, he made the following claim. We were told that his administration would be the most honest and open presidency in modern American history. He made that statement in response to what he felt was far too much secrecy from the Bush administration. During his first four plus years in office, I wonder how Obama is doing with making good on that claim. My impression is not...
  • Why Don't We Hear About Soros' Ties to Over 30 Major News Organizations?

    Editor's note: This is the first of a two part series on George Soros and the media. When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR’s federal funding. But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC. Prominent journalists like ABC’s Christiane...
  • No news is bad news (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/25/2009 9:15:32 AM PDT · by abb · 37 replies · 1,179+ views
    Variety ^ | October 23, 2009 | Michael Schneider
    Local TV teeters as staff, anchors are axed As a top anchor in Los Angeles, John Beard worked during the heyday of local TV news -- covering earthquakes, riots and the occasional celebrity on the loose. Beard was a familiar presence on L.A. TV screens for 30 years, via lead anchor roles on KNBC and then KTTV. But three decades after arriving on the West Coast from Buffalo, Beard is back where he started, anchoring a morning newscast in that small western New York community. Beard had a great run in the nation's No. 2 market -- but his exit...
  • THE END GAME: Clinton Hits Rough Patch As Iowa Showdown Nears (Barf Alert)

    11/22/2007 9:15:21 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 46 replies · 160+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2007 | JACKIE CALMES
    Rivals Strike From Left As She Courts Center; 'Responsibility Gene' BALLSTON, Va. -- As Hillary Clinton huddled with advisers not long ago, she was pressed to stake a position popular with the party's left-leaning voters on one issue. But the presidential front-runner resisted. It wasn't her position. "If I do what you all want me to do, I'll look great for the next couple months," she said, according to one insider's account. "But what if I'm the nominee? I'll be ripped apart by the Republicans. And what if I'm the president? My hands will be tied." The New York senator's...
  • MD4BUSH Asked To Come Forward

    11/07/2005 5:20:04 PM PST · by tgslTakoma · 230 replies · 10,947+ views
    WBAL - TV (Baltimore, MD) ^ | November 7, 2005
    BALTIMORE -- For the first time, the operators of a California-based Web site are revealing they have evidence that an e-mail address from the Maryland Democratic State Party is associated with MD4BUSH. WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team reporter David Collins said the operators of are not revealing the name behind MD4BUSH. But this is the first time that they are suggesting the state democratic party is associated with the MD4BUSH account on their Web site. Jim Robinson, the president of the conservative Web site, issued the following statement: "Free Republic has evidence that an (Maryland Democratic Party) e-mail address...
  • The 20th Hijacker Arrives (sickening Cartoon in Washington Post Feb17/04)

    02/17/2004 7:57:28 AM PST · by nicollo · 56 replies · 563+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 17, 2004 | Tom Toles
    Today's Toles cartoon in the Washington (com)Post, entitled The 20th Hijacker Arrives, depicts the U.S. Capitol building being blown apart by "The Deficit," and with a sub-title, "Who Could've Foreseen?"
  • Venerable Newspapers Face Extinction

    05/02/2008 11:58:18 AM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 50 replies · 219+ views
    The Economist ^ | May 1, 2008 | Staff
    The New York Times once epitomised all that was great about American newspapers; now it symbolises its industry’s deep malaise. The Grey Lady’s circulation is tumbling, down another 3.9% in the latest data from America’s Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). Its advertising revenues are down, too (12.5% lower in March than a year earlier), as is the share price of its owner, the New York Times Company, up from its January low but still over 20% below what it was last July. On Tuesday April 29th Standard & Poor’s cut the firm’s debt rating to one notch above junk. At...
  • MARK STEYN: The Falklands War is a model of fierce good sense

    01/17/2003 11:02:26 AM PST · by daviddennis · 40 replies · 3,805+ views
    National Post ^ | 01/17/2002 | Mark Steyn
    General Leopoldo Galtieri was never one of your big-time dictators, just a run-of-the-mill generalissimo of the kind who once had a hammerlock on Latin America's presidential palaces. He died on Sunday in Buenos Aires, under house arrest or, more accurately, under one-bedroom apartment arrest. But boy, you should've seen him in the old days, back at the Casa Rosada. Everything was going swell until he made one tiny slip-up: He decided that the answer to Argentina's impending financial collapse was to invade the Falklands. Hitherto, the regime hadn't put a foot wrong: some 30,000 Argentine dissidents are thought to have...
  • Washington Post Now Claims "Authorized" to Access MD4BUSH Account

    11/05/2005 4:36:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 279 replies · 11,500+ views
    Saturday, November 5, 2005 | Kristinn
    After yesterday's press conference in front of The Washington Post building in downtown Washington, D.C. that criticized The Post for violating their sourcing guidelines and for accessing a account in possible violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, an editor for The Post is now claiming authorization to log-in to the account of MD4BUSH.Earlier this week, Post Maryland editor R.B. Brenner made statements that reporter Matthew Mosk had logged in to MD4BUSH's account "two or three times" after being given the password by an "intermediary" in order to authenticate private messages sent between MD4BUSH and NCPAC on Free Republic.Brenner...
  • Woodward Confirms Felt is "Deep Throat"

    05/31/2005 2:24:51 PM PDT · by kcvl · 748 replies · 21,544+ views
    Per MSNBC
  • Romancing the Source

    11/10/2012 11:19:04 AM PST · by billorites · 4 replies
    American Journalism Review ^ | May 2002 | Lori Robertson
    The reporter-source relationship can blossom into something more intimate and more troubling, as evidenced by the Suzy Wetlaufer-Jack Welch affair. But other types of close ties between journalists and newsmakers can also pose nettlesome problems. It was a cozy reporter-source relationship in the extreme, a clear conflict of interest and a deliciously scandalous affair that produced gasps and gossiping among journalists. The editor--not just a lowly reporter--but the top editor of the Harvard Business Review had become romantically involved with the married former General Electric chairman, Jack Welch, after she interviewed him for a story. Now, Suzy Wetlaufer did what...
  • Boston Globe to Probe Kerry Private Affairs

    02/12/2004 9:56:23 AM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 80 replies · 347+ views
    Newsmax / Free Republic ^ | 02/12/2004 |
    Time to check back on the Kerry thing... Here's going back to FR post back re the Kerry thing back on April 2003: The Hill: Boston Globe to Probe Kerry Private Affairs
  • U.S. Newspapers Tread Lightly in Rumor of Kerry Infidelity

    02/16/2004 9:48:41 AM PST · by Bronc1 · 30 replies · 589+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 16, 2004 | bronc1
    <p>The story is being shushed around the family dinner table &#8212; and in newspaper city rooms &#8212; but all the neighbors are talking about it.</p> <p>What the neighbors are talking about are rumors of marital infidelity by Democratic White House front-runner John Kerry, and they have learned about them from the Internet, talk radio and the foreign press.</p>
  • Zenith: More Losses for Newspapers, Mags in 2010-2011 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/20/2009 6:39:18 AM PDT · by abb · 25 replies · 916+ views
    Media Daily News ^ | October 19, 2009 | Eric Sass
    In case the latest ZenithOptimedia ad-spending forecast wasn't depressing enough, the outlook for newspapers and magazines is especially bad -- even relative to the grim state of advertising in general. Among the gloomy predictions: while overall ad spending is expected to rebound somewhat in 2011, newspapers and magazines will continue to decline due to secular factors, including Internet competition. ZenithOptimedia expects total ad spending in developed markets to drop 9.9% in 2009, followed by a further 2.9% decline in 2010, thanks to continuing structural economic problems. After this, the Zenith forecast has ad spending in developed markets growing 1.5% in...
  • Kerry sex scandal lurking? [Teresa promised to "maim" Kerry if he ever cheated on her!]

    02/13/2004 12:46:04 AM PST · by ambrose · 67 replies · 3,744+ views
    Posted on Fri, Feb. 13, 2004 Kerry sex scandal lurking?Internet report cites suspicionsBy WILLIAM Here we go again?The worlds of politics and the media were all atwitter yesterday over a report on the popular Internet site, the Drudge Report, that Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry - the Democratic presidential front-runner - may be brought down by a sex scandal.Six years ago, it was a similar item on the Drudge Report that brought the world's attention to the affair between then-President Bill Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky - sparking the scandal that led to Clinton's impeachment.Late last night, Matt Drudge...
  • Schwarzenegger Prompts Role Reversal Among Media

    10/06/2003 3:50:25 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 162+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 6, 2003 | JIM RUTENBERG
    Arnold Groped Us! Six Women's Horror Stories" "Schwarzenegger Shocker: I Admire Hitler." No, these scoops did not appear first in the supermarket tabloids The National Enquirer, The Star or The Globe. The news breaks, albeit with significantly more subdued headlines, actually came from mainstream news organizations like The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and ABC News. The top supermarket tabloids, as of Sunday morning, had let such news about Mr. Schwarzenegger alone, content in the last seven weeks of the California recall campaign to stick to the ups and downs of Ben and J. Lo or Demi and...
  • Lunch with Ben Bradlee: From Guadacanal to Iraq (Interview With a Living Artifact)

    03/20/2006 11:04:46 AM PST · by abb · 16 replies · 534+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | March 20, 2006 | Joe Strupp
    WASHINGTON, D.C. The last time Ben Bradlee was cruising through the islands near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific was in 1943, aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer. Enduring some of the worst combat of World War II, the Navy spent months battling through the waterway known as "The Slot." "It was where cruisers and destroyers met up with the Japanese and played bang-bang at night," Bradlee describes it today. Nearly 63 years later, the legendary journalist is ready to return. This time, however, the destroyer is being replaced by a leisurely cruise ship, and his youngest son, Quinn, will accompany him....

    02/21/2002 9:00:00 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    February 21, 2002 | Jesus J. Chao
    ARE CNN, AND THE AMERICAN MEDIA ELITE, CASTRO’S PUPPETS? By: Jesus J. Chao February 21, 2002 It borders on treason when CNN encourages Americans to travel illegally to Cuba and to break the U.S. laws in order to further CNN’s unflinchingly support of a terrorist state undermining President Bush’s war against terrorism. The fact that Cuba has an horrendous record of human rights violations and that its leader, Fidel Castro, as recently as May 2001, has pledged to destroy us, has no bearing on CNN’s behavior. Since its inception, CNN’s coverage of Cuban affairs seems to come directly from Castro’s ...
  • CNN CROSSFIRE 4-25=02 Transcript (See David Brock LIE!!!)

    04/25/2002 8:39:19 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies · 311+ views
    CROSSFIRE ^ | April 25, 2002
    <p>CARVILLE: Welcome back to CROSSFIRE. It's said the pen is the mightier than the sword. Then our next guest wields a mighty deadly weapon. Through is writings, he introduced us to Paula Jones and took on Anita Hill. Now he says he was blinded by the right.</p>
  • Nothing but Net (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/21/2006 11:36:24 AM PST · by abb · 19 replies · 617+ views
    American Journalism Review ^ | November 21, 2006 | Rem Rieder
    Online Exclusive » An online start-up lures two top political journalists. Posted November 21, 2006 By Rem Rieder Rem Rieder ( is AJR's editor and senior vice president. It may not be a sign of the apocalypse, but it has the feel of a truly significant benchmark. The defection of Washington Post Political Editor John Harris and ace political reporter Jim VandeHei to an online start-up is not just a crushing loss for the Post. It's a dramatic manifestation of the ongoing shift from old media to new. It's also a reflection of the angst at the once unshakeable Post,...
  • The Bias Wars

    07/26/2004 12:08:15 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 3 replies · 803+ views
    editor and publisher. ^ | 07/26/04 | Joe Strupp
    The Bias Wars By Joe Strupp with Shawn Moynihan and Charles Geraci Published: July 26, 2004 NEW YORK Michael Rowett may be the last Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter anyone expected to leave for a job with the Democratic Party. Just four years ago, Rowett broke the story that several members of a state ethics committee investigating President Bill Clinton had given contributions to either Clinton or the Democrats. "He went after that as a thorough and dogged reporter, not knowing what he would find," recalls Griffin Smith, Democrat-Gazette executive editor. "He was a stalwart of capital coverage. I had no idea...
  • Premier Wen on China's economic system

    11/23/2003 7:45:15 PM PST · by maui_hawaii · 2 replies · 92+ views
    China had decided on an important policy and that is public ownership would be the mainstay and multiple forms of ownership will develop side by side, said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao when he was interviewed here by the Washington Post of the United States. "To sum up, we can use two 'unswervingly' to describe this. We will unswervingly uphold the public ownership system and develop the public sector, and we will unswervingly encourage, support and guide the development of the non-public sector, the private-sectorincluded," Wen said in the interview by Leonard Downie, executive editor of The Washington Post on Friday....
  • Bob Woodward Honored as Mr. Run Amok 2005

    11/17/2005 2:43:12 PM PST · by NYTexan · 16 replies · 561+ views ^ | 2005-11-17 | Scott Ott
    The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) today announced that it had selected Bob Woodward of The Washington Post as ‘Mr. Run Amok 2005'. The award goes to the male American reporter who has “made the greatest advancements in evading the bondage of domineering editors and operating as a free agent within an existing mainstream media newsroom,” according to an SPJ news release. New York Times reporter Judi Miller was recently recognized as ‘Miss Run Amok.’ Mr. Woodward earned the recognition for keeping secret from his editor his own involvement in the CIA leak scandal for two years, even when what...
  • Anti-Gay Marriage Advertorial Rankles 'Washington Post' Readers

    11/23/2004 5:32:01 PM PST · by Pikamax · 8 replies · 436+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | 11/23/04 | Joe Strupp
    Anti-Gay Marriage Advertorial Rankles 'Washington Post' Readers By Joe Strupp Published: November 23, 2004 4:35 PM ET NEW YORK A 16-page advertising insert espousing a strong argument against gay marriage ran in some editions of The Washington Post Sunday, sparking more than 1,000 e-mails and phone calls, according to Ombudsman Michel Getler, who said most of the comments opposed the publication as offensive. "They were overwhelmingly negative about the Post distributing this thing," Getler told E&P, noting that many of the responses were from outside the Post circulation area, indicating a formal campaign against the publication may have begun. "People...
  • Serious Questions on Sourcing in Mine 'Rescue' Story Remain

    01/06/2006 7:56:40 AM PST · by billorites · 18 replies · 525+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | January 5, 2006 | Joe Strupp & Greg Mitchell
    NEW YORK As newspapers conduct damage control after early Wednesday's error, in which most wrongly reported that 12 trapped miners had been rescued in West Virginia, many editors are defending their mistake by saying they were misled by various sources, including the state's governor. Yet, even after extensive follow-up coverage today, serious questions about the sourcing, and its use, remain. "AP was reporting accurately the information that we were provided by credible sources -- family members and the governor," AP managing editor Mike Silverman has said. "The mistake was not ours, it was the authorities at the scene," Leonard Downie...
  • Justice Reviews Request for Probe Of Satellite Reports

    12/16/2004 5:09:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 394+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2004 | Dan Eggen and Walter Pincus
    The National Reconnaissance Office has asked the Justice Department to consider opening a criminal investigation into recent disclosures about a highly classified satellite program that has prompted criticism in Congress because of escalating costs, two administration officials said yesterday. The Justice Department and the FBI are reviewing the request to determine whether classified information was leaked and whether there is enough evidence to support a criminal probe, officials said. The request from the NRO, which manages spy satellite programs, comes after reports in The Washington Post and other publications about a stealth satellite program under debate in Congress. The Post...
  • Here No Evil, SUV No Evil: Is suburbia anathema to reporters?

    01/27/2002 1:41:18 AM PST · by bleudevil · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Editor &amp; Publisher ^ | Jan. 21, 2002 | Lucia Moses
    JANUARY 21, 2002 -- Newspaper publishers know the suburbs are critical to the growth of the business. If they've had mixed success, it's not for lack of trying, as they have poured millions of dollars into hiring additional staff and producing zoned community sections. What they may not realize is that part of the problem may be right in their own house. For a host of reasons, journalists tend to look askance at covering the suburbs. The problem isn't trivial. Half the U.S. population lives in the suburbs today, more than double the slice of 50 years ago, while cities ...
  • With WaPo Approval, Illegal Alien Reporter Used Fake ID to Report From White House

    06/22/2011 11:04:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 106 replies
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | Kristinn
    Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitizer prize winning reporter who has worked for the Washington Post and Huffington Post, has revealed that he is an illegal alien in a coordinated media push with the New York Times and ABC News seeking amnesty for illegal aliens like him.Vargas also revealed that he breached White House security by using a fake ID, including when he covered a state dinner. And that a superior at the Washington Post knew and approved of his actions.Vargas made the revelations in an article he authored published in the upcoming New York Times Sunday Magazine.Vargas writes that at...
  • The Age of Comparative Atrocity: American shame; Islamist snuff movies

    05/14/2004 3:43:46 PM PDT · by billorites · 1 replies · 661+ views
    ReasonOnline ^ | May 13, 2004 | Charles Paul Freund
    It's a tough call whether Abu Musab al-Zarqawi—the Jordanian "militant" who is reportedly responsible for the videotaped butchery of Nicholas Berg—is more stupid than he is brutal, or whether he is a bigger monster than he is a fool. Zarqawi's own nauseating videotape makes the case for his indescribable brutality. The argument that he is Islamism's biggest lunatic yet—no small claim—is similarly straightforward: He has inaugurated an otherwise inconceivable display of comparative atrocity that could deliver his enemy from its own demoralization. After all, Americans have been sufficiently shamed, dishonored, and demoralized by the repulsive images of prisoner abuse at...
  • Post Goes for the Jugular of Roberts' Children - (how tacky, but how predictable!)

    07/25/2005 5:50:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 151 replies · 4,057+ views
    Washington, DC – Traditional Values Coalition Executive Director Andrea Lafferty complained today that an article in the Washington Post about the clothes worn by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ children was “unfair and disappointing.” Mrs. Lafferty said in a letter sent to Post Editor Leonard Downie, Jr. that the Post has now set a new pecking order for “unfair journalism which ignores substance and slides right into chortling about form.” “If you can’t come up with something disgusting about the actual nominee or his wife then rough-up the kids some and see what happens,” Mrs. Lafferty said today. Post fashion...

    11/27/2004 11:31:07 AM PST · by forest · 38 replies · 2,214+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #327 ^ | 11-28-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Has anyone else noticed that the silent majority seems to be involved in a silent boycott of all the biased news outlets that have been attacking President Bush, our military and the nation's Christian heritage this past year? If we believe a new report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations[1], which collects and monitors circulation data for newspapers and magazines, the liberal press is in deep doo-doo. Some of the nation's largest daily newspapers reported steep circulation declines and overall circulation is down across the industry. The top 20 papers suffered the biggest weekday and Sunday declines, among them the...
  • Washington Post Ignores Battered Justice for Male Victims

    03/20/2005 5:21:00 PM PST · by FreeManDC · 7 replies · 351+ views
    March 20, 2005 | FreeManDC
    On December 16, 2003 Georgia beauty queen Sharron Nicole Redmond rolled down the window of her car and shot boyfriend Kevin Shorter. Three days later, Shorter bled to death. Even though Shorter did not have a gun with him, and even though Redmond easily could have driven away in her car, Redmond later testified that she killed Shorter in self-defense. This past week the jury in Savannah found Miss Redmond not guilty of murder. [] A case of battered justice for a male victim of domestic violence. Three days after the jury verdict, the Washington Post ran an editorial about...
  • Subsidies For News? ( "The Reconstruction of American Journalism")

    10/21/2009 5:05:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 2,027+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 21, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Media: As newspapers and TV networks struggle and the administration presumes to define a proper news organization, what does the journalism establishment demand? No fair if you guessed a government bailout. The dead giveaway answer came this week as Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor and current vice president at large of the Washington Post, along with Michael Schudson, a professor at the mission-fatigued Columbia Journalism School, debuted their role-playing as cash-strapped bankers and auto execs. The news business' tenuous hold on profitability, they lamented, has threatened its sustainability. They demanded massive government involvement. The duo released their full report,...
  • Peter Jennings facing issue of media ethics at Miami town meeting (LETTUCE ROLL!!!)

    02/07/2002 4:06:12 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 47 replies · 480+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | February 7, 2002 | Glenn Garvin
    One more story about whether Paula Zahn is sexy, or how the bags under Greta Van Sustren's eyes vanished, or the size of the pistol in Geraldo Rivera's pocket, and Peter Jennings might scream. ''I find it a bit tedious,'' the longtime ABC News anchor said Wednesday of the burst of journalists-as-celebrities news coverage touched off over the past few months as Fox News and CNN raid one another's talent barns. ''I recognize that those of you who write about TV have to write something every day,'' Jennings said. (Observe the endless chain: Viewers blame everything on TV, which in ...
  • Falling Down

    03/20/2004 6:08:11 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 28 replies · 303+ views
    NRO ^ | 3/20/04 | Robert Moran
    It was September 19, 1996. I woke early, hurriedly dressed for a long day at the office during campaign season, walked out the front door of our townhouse, opened the Washington Post and beheld a vast, above-the-fold, picture of Bob Dole falling off a stage at a campaign rally in a Little League field in Chico, California. It was so patently wrong, so unfair, so mean-spirited, so petty that anger, pity and sadness all fought inside me for equal time. I was not alone. Washington Post executive Leonard Downie Jr. received more than 150 irate calls that day. His response...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • Finding a new model for news reporting

    10/19/2009 6:21:54 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 37 replies · 903+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 19, 2009 | Leonard Downie Jr. and Michael Schudson
    News reporting that holds accountable those with power and influence has been a vital part of American democratic life, especially in places with daily newspapers profitable maintain substantial reporting staffs. That journalism is now at risk...American society must now take some collective responsibility for supporting news reportings....In a comprehensive report commissioned by the Columbia University Journalism School, we suggest a number of public sources of support for this news reporting: - The Internal Revenue Service or Congress should clarify tax regulations to explicitly allow new or existing local news organizations to operate as nonprofit or low-profit entities, allowing them...
  • WWWT Talk Radio to Replace Post's Programming (Boortz, O'Reilly, Beck, Steph Miller)

    08/29/2007 12:52:02 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 38 replies · 1,565+ views
    Washington (Com)Post ^ | 8/29/07 | Paul Farhi
    Bonneville International Corp. will launch radio station WWWT to replace WTWP, its radio-station venture with The Washington Post that will end next month. The new station will feature local and syndicated talk shows to replace programming provided by The Post. WWWT, dubbed "Talk Radio 3WT," will begin airing Sept. 20. WWWT will be simulcast on the same frequencies on which Washington Post Radio now airs: 1500 AM, 107.7 FM and 820 AM. Bonneville has lined up four nationally syndicated programs for the station: three featuring conservative-libertarian personalities -- Neal Boortz, Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly -- and one with liberal...
  • Distrust of media harms democracy

    08/27/2004 4:53:14 PM PDT · by Huntress · 46 replies · 990+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 8/27/04 | Lewis W. Diuguid
    Criticism of the media often hijacks the Diversity Coalition meetings at the Minority Museum. David Shapiro brings people together to discuss ways that people in this multicultural community can better get along. But the news media have drawn a lot of fire since the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy. People's disappointment in the fourth estate escalated this month when one person played her copy of “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism.” We'll watch the rest of it when the group reconvenes at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at 89th Street and Wornall Road. The film adds to the mea culpa in May...
  • Revolt at the Post - (Brohaha over what color the editors are!)

    12/13/2004 5:09:05 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 706+ views
    White people, especially white males, were depicted as something close to the plague, to be avoided or at least isolated. That is why the promotion of Philip Bennett, "who is white," to the position of the paper's number 2 editor was so controversial. But listen to this: National reporter Darryl Fears, "who is black," was quoted as saying that Bennett's promotion over Eugene Robinson, "who is black," confirmed his "worst suspicions" about "the ability of African Americans and other minorities to rise to the highest level of the best papers in the world."
  • Why Woodward's Source Came Clean

    11/18/2005 1:58:52 PM PST · by YaYa123 · 76 replies · 3,842+ views ^ | Friday, Nov 18, 2005 | Viveca Novak
    As reporters keep scrambling to find out who told Bob Woodward about Joe Wilson’s wife, Woodward himself has told TIME about a related mystery: what made the source finally come forward. When the Washington Post reporter went public with his involvement in the CIA leak case earlier this week, he failed to explain why his source waited silently for two years before coming clean to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. In an interview today, Woodward described the sequence of conversations with his source and Post executive editor Leonard Downie, Jr. that led to the latest twist in Fitzgerald’s investigation into the...
  • Cartoon Wars

    02/07/2006 6:43:19 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 7 replies · 509+ views ^ | Feb 7, 2006 | Cal Thomas
    New York - At the National Black Fine Art Show, a painting by Harlem artist "Tafa" depicts an upside down "Christ-like" figure with a face that resembles Osama bin Laden. No Christians have threatened the artist, or bombed the building where it is displayed, or attacked the city government. Throughout the Middle East, state-controlled newspapers regularly depict Jews and Israeli leaders in despicable, stereotypical and anti-Semitic caricatures. These cartoons show Jews with hooked noses; Stars of David morphing into swastikas; Palestinian and Arab blood drips from Jewish hands and Jews are blamed for creating AIDS. Neither those newspapers, nor Arab...
  • 'Washington Post' To Cut 80 Newsroom Jobs, Sources Say (Dinosaur Media Extinction Alert!!)

    03/10/2006 8:28:15 AM PST · by abb · 66 replies · 1,673+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | March 10, 2006 | Joe Strupp
    NEW YORK The Washington Post plans to cut at least 80 newsroom jobs through attrition and buyouts, according to sources at the paper who said editors began giving staffers the bad news on Thursday in meetings and will continue today. "My understanding is that the editors and managing editors brought this up with other issues of downsizing, but with no layoffs," said one source in the metro staff, which got first word of the news in a meeting Thursday. "It looks like through attrition and buyouts." Another source in the national staff said a meeting was being held this morning...
  • Cia-gate becomes Woodward-gate

    Once again the Italian newspaper Il Giornale offers some fascinating insight into the less discussed aspects of the Nigergate affair. I make no comment at all other than ‘read it’. Cia-gate becomes Woodward-gate Like something from Dante the affair has been renamed Woodwardgate. The star of the Washington Post, the journalist who went down in history for revealing the Watergate scandal and forcing the Republican President Nixon to resign, now finds himself mixed up in Cia-gate. The author of America’s most important journalistic investigation, the acclaimed writer of best sellers, the man whose name will be forever tied to “deep...
  • Washington Post agrees to sell stake in International Herald Tribune to New York Times

    10/22/2002 7:45:52 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 300+ views
    Associated Press | October 23, 2002 | ANGELA DOLAND
    PARIS (AP) -- Hoping to extend its voice abroad, The New York Times is buying out The Washington Post's stake in the International Herald Tribune to take sole control of the Paris-based newspaper. The Post told its reporters Tuesday that it agreed to the sale only after the Times threatened to drive the Herald Tribune into ruin. The Times said the sale was by mutual agreement but had no response to the Post's charges, which represented a rare airing of dirty laundry between two newspaper titans. The Times and the Post have equally shared ownership of the Herald Tribune...
  • Washington Post Signals Shift With a New Editor

    07/07/2008 6:54:48 PM PDT · by bd476 · 24 replies · 165+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 8, 2008 | By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
    Signaling a generational change at one of the nation’s most influential newspapers, the new publisher of The Washington Post on Monday selected an outsider as the paper’s top editor. Marcus W. Brauchli, a former top editor of The Wall Street Journal, will become the executive editor of The Post on Sept. 8, at a time of great upheaval in the industry. At age 47, he is young enough to remain in place in for many years, working alongside the publisher, Katharine Weymouth, who is 42 and has been in her job for five months. He will succeed Leonard Downie...
  • Free to Speak About MD4BUSH and the Washington Post at Press Conference Nov. 4

    11/03/2005 7:38:08 AM PST · by UnklMike · 122 replies · 6,954+ views
    Free to Speak About MD4BUSH and the Washington Post at Press Conference Nov. 4 11/3/2005 9:56:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: City and Assignment desks, Daybook Editor, Political Correspondent Contact: Kristinn Taylor, 202-309-1589 or ; Web: News Advisory: WHAT: Press Conference Free Republic to Speak About MD4BUSH and the Washington Post Newspaper Involved in Scandal that Goes Beyond Governors Race and Maryland Politics WHEN: Friday, Nov. 4, 9:30 A.M. WHERE: 1150 15TH ST., N.W., Washington, D.C., The Sidewalk in front of The Washington Post Bldg. DETAILS:, an independent conservative news and activism Web site, will hold a press...
  • MD4BUSH...Who Are You? [O'Malley - Democrat sleaze]

    02/19/2005 1:53:03 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 235 replies · 10,054+ views
    WBAL ^ | February 15, 2005 | Chip Franklin
    The question was; what did Ehrlich know about Steffen, now the question is; when did O’Malley and the Democrats know? You know the story. The Washington Post broke it last week. An Ehrlich aide had been spreading rumors about O’Malley’s alleged infidelity. O’Malley and his wife held a press conference at city hall and talked about how these rumors had affected their family. It was moving. How could the Governor do such a thing? Ehrlich refused to apologize, despite demands from many, including myself. But that’s just part of the story. Joe Steffen, the aide, is a longtime associate of...