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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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Roger Ailes "silence" payment to Laurie Luhn questioned

"Corporate governance experts have questioned how Roger Ailes was able to use Fox News funds to buy the silence of a woman who complained about him, without it coming to the attention of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, owner of the news network."

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Richmond Times-Dispatch fires food critic after plagiarism spree

The Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch has severed ties with food critic Elliott Shaffner after uncovering multiple instances of plagiarism. In a note to readers, Executive Editor Paige Mudd said the newspaper was alerted Thursday that "a number of sections" of a dining review published this week were copied from a 2011 L.A. Weekly restaurant review. Upon further investigation, the Times-Dispatch … Read More
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Ask the ethicist: Should Twitter have banished Milo Yiannopoulos?

Twitter took a prominent stand against online abuse last week when it permanently suspended the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, tech editor at Breitbart News and a high-profile figure in the internet's alt-right movement. The suspension, which came after Yiannopoulos mocked "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones amid a torrent of racist and hateful tweets, was viewed by some as an encouraging … Read More
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Is the media having a "Murrow moment?"

They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore: "After months of holding back, modern-day journalists are acting a lot like Murrow, pushing explicitly against Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee."

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Gawker boss Nick Denton on Hulk Hogan case

He sat down for The New Yorker's podcast to talk about lawsuits launched against his company and its subsequent bankruptcy. "We exist in the world in an explosion of free expression and not all of it is going to be what you like."

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