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New York Times editor: After Orlando shooting, don't editorialize on social media

Philip Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards at The New York Times, reminded the newsroom on Monday that, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, they shouldn't use their social media accounts to editorialize, promote their political views or take sides on controversial issues. Here's the memo, sent to the newsroom an hour ago: Colleagues: In the middle of … Read More
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Ask the Ethicist: When it comes to breaking news, should you admit you might be wrong?

NPR earned applause on Sunday when, in the midst of the chaos of the Orlando shooting, it made an unusual admission. In an unconventional editor's note at the bottom of a breaking news story, NPR admitted that it — and the rest of the media — sometimes report inaccurate information: This is a developing story. Some things that get reported … Read More
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Who wrote that op-ed? The New York Times isn’t sure.

"The New York Times has sparked an international incident by publishing an op-ed article under the byline of a foreign official who never agreed to it, according to his supporters."

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The media is on the edge of a Murrow moment

"Over the past week or so, today’s media seems to be having a bit of its own Murrow moment, directly confronting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and his high-level supporters with charges of racism."

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Media calls the race for Clinton

They're counting superdelegates, which Bernie Sanders supporters say is misleading. "...Sure enough, The A.P., CNN and other outlets repeatedly included cautionary language in reports on Monday night. But to ignore the delegate math, they say, would be misleading and wrong."

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Ask the ethicist: Should BuzzFeed turn down ads for Donald Trump?

Earlier today, BuzzFeed announced that it turned down a $1.3 million deal with the Republican National Committee on the grounds that Donald Trump is "directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States." In a statement, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti cited Trump's proposed ban on international travel for Muslims, his anti-press rhetoric and disparaging remarks about … Read More
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Should the media band together to defend itself from Trump?

That the question put forth by Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan, who goes over the media's possible responses to Donald Trump's all-out assault. "We’ve never seen a candidate like Trump before. Like all the candidates, he needs to be held accountable."

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Decision to suspend Vox staffer criticized

"If you read all his tweets in succession, and the blog post pinned to his page, he presents a nuanced discussion of the issue. But we’re not really into nuance these days."

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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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