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Breitbart struggles to define its role in Trump era: Gadfly or lapdog?

Breitbart News hit a wall Tuesday in its campaign to storm the ramparts of the media establishment when one of the most influential press associations in Washington, D.C. denied its application for credentials to cover Congress because of concerns over the site’s funding, staffing, workspace and independence. The decision by the Standing Committee of Correspondents of the House and Senate … Read More
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Don't call Steve Stephens 'The Facebook Killer'

We in the media love nicknames for notorious people. Often, these names are associated with a place or thing that has a random connection, like The Boston Strangler, The Green River Killer or The San Bernardino Shooters. This time it's "The Facebook killer," the shorthand description for the actions of Steve Stephens, who killed an elderly Cleveland man at random, … Read More
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Bill O'Reilly scandal illustrates the price of toxic newsroom star culture

It was money that kept Bill O’Reilly in his bulletproof bully’s pulpit at Fox News despite sordid sex harassment claims dating back 13 years. And in the end, it was money — not morals — that catapulted him out. For two decades, O’Reilly has been the acid-tongued, anti-political correctness muse and megaphone of the populist right and scolder of the … Read More
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Is Facebook a publisher? Murder in Cleveland raises the question again

By now, it's a common refrain: Facebook insists that it's not a media company, even though it does exactly what most news organizations do: Show its users advertising that's adjacent to content relevant to their interests. The "we're not a media company" claim is meant to obviate Facebook's responsibility to make the kind of discerning choices about content that … Read More
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The credibility of financial news sites has been damaged. It's up to them to fix it.

When investors go to financial news websites, they’re looking for unbiased, independent guidance. Financial news sites’ reputations, user traffic and advertising depend on readers’ trust — and often the explicit promise — that writers don’t have conflicts of interest and don’t accept payments that could sway the advice they give. So when the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday … Read More
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Was the United passenger's 'troubled past' newsworthy?

It didn't take long for the latest incident on United Airlines to become a white-hot center of debate among journalists. The Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday began taking flak for revealing what it called the "troubled past" of David Dao, the doctor who was dragged off a United flight Sunday after refusing to deplane to make room for company employees. Read More
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Reporter’s firing exposes political pressure on state-funded public radio stations

Imagine if politicians could exert financial pressure on newsrooms to fire journalists who air their controversial comments. It sounds like a gross violation of press freedom, right? Well, it happens at state-owned media in places such as Russia, Egypt and China. And it may have just happened in Tennessee. When public radio reporter Jacqui Helbert was fired March 21 from … Read More
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Report: Benny Johnson was accused of plagiarism (again)

Staffers at Independent Journal Review accused Benny Johnson of plagiarism in 2015, just a year after BuzzFeed fired him for copying dozens of other sites, according to a story published Tuesday by Business Insider. Johnson, who joined Independent Journal Review in 2015 after being let go from BuzzFeed for 41 examples of plagiarism, was accused by his … Read More
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How did a journalist wind up with Tom Brady's stolen jerseys?

For most journalists, memories are the most precious souvenir. Not this time. The case of Tom Brady's missing jersey took a bizarre twist Monday when the NFL announced that the Super Bowl keepsake, valued at $500,000, had been found in the possession of a journalist. In a statement issued this morning, the league said Brady's No. 12 jersey … Read More
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IJR retracts story that 'does not meet our editorial standards'

Independent Journal Review on Thursday took down a story that implied Barack Obama's recent trip to Hawaii had something to do with a federal judge's decision to block President Trump's immigration order. The story, published earlier today, was headlined "Fmr President Obama Made 'Surprise Visit' to Hawaii, Days Before Judge Issued Travel Ban Ruling." It juxtaposed Obama's visit to … Read More
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Publisher of 'Pill City' stands by book despite questions

The publisher of "Pill City" told Poynter on Wednesday it stands by the book, a Baltimore true-crime story whose bona fides have been questioned by the Baltimore Police Department and other agencies. "St. Martin's Press supports Kevin Deutsch and his book," Rebecca Lang, publicity manager for St. Martin's Press, told Poynter in a statement. The backing from St. Martin's Press … Read More
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Are Kevin Deutsch’s stories too good to be true? A reminder to check sources and keep notes

Public trust in journalism has been dwindling for years, long before Donald Trump proved it’s possible to win voters no matter how many Pinocchios or Pants on Fire ratings the fact-checkers dished out. Newsroom leaders have good reason to worry about the pandemic of hoax stories spread by click-seeking profiteers and partisans that poses an existential threat … Read More
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Inquiry into Kevin Deutsch's reporting widens

The digging into Kevin Deutsch's reporting history intensified Monday when a new investigation called into question the veracity of several sources that appeared in his stories. The report, written by Sydney Smith of the journalism watchdog iMediaEthics, identified discrepancies in eight sources from stories written by Deutsch for The New York Times, Newsday and the New York Daily … Read More
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CNN has hired Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza, the whirling dervish political blogger for The Washington Post, is headed to CNN. According to Politico, which first reported the news, Cillizza will leave The Fix, the political blog he founded and become an editor at large for the cable news network. He will have "both a digital presence and an on-air role," Hadas Gold reported. "'I’ve … Read More
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Questions and answers with Indira Lakshmanan, Poynter's Craig Newmark Foundation Chair for Journalism Ethics

Poynter announced today that longtime national and foreign correspondent Indira Lakshmanan is joining the institute as its Craig Newmark Foundation Chair for Journalism Ethics. Lakshmanan, currently The Boston Globe's Washington columnist, has worked for newspapers, a wire service, digital and print magazines, TV and radio. The new position, which is funded by a $1 million gift from the … Read More
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