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Is media bias really rampant? Ask the man who studies it for a living

Earlier this month, Donald Trump attacked the media at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. "This crooked media. They are worse than she is. I’m letting you, they are so dishonest," he told the crowd, which responded by shouting an epithet towards CNN. This tactic wasn’t new. Trump has spent much of his campaign attacking the press for its coverage … Read More
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Ask the Ethicist: Should journalists use Facebook's new endorsement tool?

A pair of stories broke last week that invoke a familiar question during election season: Should journalists put their personal political views on display? On Wednesday, Facebook announced a new feature that allows users to publicly support any candidate for elected office. The endorsement can be shared publicly or privately depending on the user's preference, and candidates can feature … Read More
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Weighing the decision to publish new allegations against Trump

The last 15 hours have provided a real-time lesson on the ethics of publishing serious accusations with an election looming. Wednesday night, The New York Times quoted one woman who said Donald Trump groped her on an airplane in the early 1980s. Another woman told the Times Trump kissed her on the mouth without consent in 2005 at Trump … Read More
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Newspapers hit with a wave of requests to take down embarrassing archived stories

Legacy news organizations have been trying for more than a decade to crack the code of what to publish digitally, where and when. Now they are fielding a different kind of urgent request from readers — can you "unpublish" that? The cause is obvious — people routinely get Googled by potential employers, dating partners or the just plain curious. That … Read More
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CNN's Corey Lewandowski gets remainder of payments from Trump

Corey Lewandowski, the former Donald Trump campaign manager-turned political contributor to CNN, will now receive the remainder of his severance from Trump's campaign. Lewandowski, who was fired from Trump's campaign in June, has been receiving payments from his former employer, prompting objections from critics who cited the severance as a conflict of interest. Alisyn Camerota, an anchor for CNN, … Read More
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Verge employee worked at Apple for months but didn't tell his editors

Chris Ziegler, a former founding editor at The Verge, was employed at Apple this summer while he worked for the tech and culture website, Verge Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel announced in an open letter Friday. Being employed at a company your newsroom covers regularly represents a clear conflict of interest, but Patel says Verge parent company Vox Media has undertaken … Read More
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USA Today suspends Glenn Reynolds

USA Today has decided to suspend Glenn Reynolds for a month following a controversial tweet about demonstrations in Charlotte.

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Mediaite walks back report saying Corey Lewandowski has been suspended

For the moment, Corey Lewandowski isn't going anywhere. That's the conclusion the media news site Mediaite reached this morning after a series of revisions that walked back a would-be bombshell about the Donald Trump campaign manager-turned CNN political contributor. Earlier this morning, Mediaite senior editor J.D. Durkin reported that the cable news network had suspended Lewandowski after realizing that … Read More
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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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