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How The New York Times decides to use the word "lie"

"...I think The Times should use this term rarely. Its power in political warfare has so freighted the word that its mere appearance on news pages, however factually accurate, feels partisan."

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The death of "he said, she said" journalism

"Since Trump has largely stopped giving interviews to anyone except campaign sycophants and celebrity lightweights, the debates may serve as his last encounter with actual journalists."

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NPR ombud dings Cokie Roberts' "whispers"

"I appreciate the point that commentary can be informed by reporting. But I am concerned about the confusion of roles and how it contributes to the big blur of this election season, where commentary, analysis, partisan argument and reporting have converged, with unfortunate consequences for factual reporting."

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Ask the ethicist: Should journalists report from leaked medical records?

Journalists were faced with a familiar ethical dilemma Wednesday after Russian hackers leaked private medical information from three prominent U.S. Olympians: Simone Biles, Serena Williams and Venus Williams. The leaks, which follow hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, come with previously undisclosed revelations, including that Biles received an exemption to use otherwise … Read More
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The Associated Press has deleted that 2-week-old Clinton tweet

After facing blowback from journalists and others who criticized a tweet promoting a story about Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, The Association Press announced today it's deleting the tweet. John Daniszewski, the AP's vice president for standards, explained the decision in a post on the news cooperative's official blog, saying the tweet omitted "essential context." In … Read More
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Star-Tribune pulls column criticizing an anchor's skinny jeans

While the media in Minneapolis poured its heart into coverage of a stunning confession that closed a decades-old murder case this week, a columnist at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune fired off a critique of a fellow journalist's skinny jeans. The controversy began Tuesday after Star-Tribune columnist — who goes by "C.J." — posted a question via Twitter to Jana Shortal, … Read More
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New York reports culture of harassment, paranoia and neglect at Fox News

Just in time for the long Labor Day weekend, New York magazine Friday morning released its much-anticipated deep-dive into Roger Ailes' exit from Fox News amid allegations of sexual harassment. The article, which runs more than 7,000 words and will be published in the magazine's next issue, alleges new details about the tenure and eventual departure of the ousted … Read More
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Washington Post dings 'unacceptable' tweet from Dave Weigel

The Washington Post this week reminded employees their online behavior is an extension of their professional lives after a tweet from reporter Dave Weigel drew pushback from readers on social media. The tweet, which also drew some amens, was launched Tuesday in response to the drubbing of Florida congressional candidate Dan Bongino, calling the defeated ex-Secret Service agent a … Read More
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Are the media giving Trump more ink?

It may simply be a matter of convenience. "Let's talk about the elements of a cycle-dominating story. It needs to be timely, substantial and at least somewhat credible. It helps if it fits a well-established narrative about a candidate. And there is no substitute for a high-impact visual element — preferably live video that includes the candidate."

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The Daily Beast takes down Olympic Village Grindr story

The Daily Beast on Thursday night removed a controversial article from its website after criticism on social media and elsewhere characterizing the story as an exploitative exercise in stunt journalism. In a note, the site's editorial staff called the decision to pull the article "unprecedented but necessary" and explained that the story was not in keeping … Read More
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Ask the ethicist: Should bots get a byline?

With journalists at The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and The Associated Press using bots to automate reporting, there remains some confusion about who gets credit for a story produced by a bot. In a recent paper, "I, Robot. You, Journalist. Who is the Author?" researchers Tal Montal and Zvi Reich analyzed 174 automated stories from 12 websites … Read More
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