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Vox suspends editor for Trump tweet

Emmett Rensin, the deputy editor of Vox’s first person section, has been suspended by the explainer site after tweeting that people should "start a riot" if their towns are visited by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot. — Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016 The … Read More
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Glenn Beck suspended by SiriusXM

"Glenn Beck's syndicated radio show will be off SiriusXM for the rest of the week after a guest was accused of hinting that Donald Trump, if elected president, could be assassinated."

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SB Nation accounts for botched story on Daniel Holtzclaw

Editors at the Vox Media sports site SB Nation have finished a review process that traced the mistakes leading up to a flawed profile of Daniel Holtzclaw, a convicted rapist and former police officer who played football in college. The story, which SB Nation has chalked up to a "complete breakdown of a part of the editorial process," was … Read More
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The Guardian unpublishes 13 stories after investigation into fabrication

The Guardian has removed 13 items from its website after an investigation into accusations of fabrication committed by a freelance journalist. In an editor's note, Guardian US editor Lee Glendinning said the posts were written by Joseph Mayton, a freelance contributor who's written or contributed to more than 60 items for The Guardian. Mayton began contributing in … Read More
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Ask the Ethicist: Is 'we stand by our story' still good enough?

There's a now-famous scene from "All the President's Men" in which Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, in the midst of the Watergate scandal, is dealing with the fallout from an epic front-page error. Facing fury from the White House, which up to this point had been issuing limp rebuttals, he taps out a single sentence, calling it "my non-denial … Read More
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Donald Trump's anti-press rhetoric concerns Post editor

Marty Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post, was on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. "...I'm concerned when any candidate calls journalists scum and disgusting. I don't think there's any place for that."

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'...An increasing part of newspapers’ business model-in-transition is based on deceiving customers'

News organizations are not being transparent. They use ad technology that tracks users, delivers malware and is obtrusive. "And as readers wise up to the risks and annoyances posed by this stuff and install ad blocking technology, we move to a 'sponsored content' advertising model whose very success is based on the fact that most readers don’t know it’s advertising."

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Beck believes Zuckerberg

Glenn Beck was among those who met with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to discuss issues with the platform and conservative news and views. Beck was impressed. "Beck writes that he believes Zuckerberg when the Facebook founder says he wants the social network to be an open place. He reserved his criticism for his conservative counterparts, who arrived at Facebook with a list of demands, prompting him to ask 'What happened to us?'"

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The real bias built in at Facebook

The real problem is in the algorithm, not in the "trivial" trending topics, argues Zeynep Tufekci.

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Report: Arianna Huffington is hunting for a leaker

According to sources at HuffPost, Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington is on the lookout for an employee who told The Washington Post about a "troubling email" related to the site's coverage of Uber. The Huffington Post denies it.

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NPR ombudsman weighs in on transgender bathroom coverage

"...as with any fast-moving story, particularly one in which strongly felt social and religious values meet up with legal freedoms and protections, NPR has not gotten everything right for every listener and reader."

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Los Angeles Times music critic booted amid "accusations of expense-account shenanigans"

Sasha Frere-Jones, the hire-profile music critic who joined the Los Angeles Times from Genius, is now out amid questions of abusing his expense account. "According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Frere-Jones recently filed a $5,000 expense report for a venue that the paper discovered was actually a strip club."

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'Family Guy' creator on Internet news

He tweeted this Sunday night: "O Heavenly God, please save our country from editor-free online journalism, thank you, much obliged."

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