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The AP colluded with Nazis in World War II

German historian Harriet Scharnberg showed that The Associated Press "was only able to retain its access by entering into a mutually beneficial two-way cooperation with the Nazi regime." It adhered to a cloying editor's law calculated to make Hitler's regime look strong abroad.

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Stephen Glass says he's repaid $200,000 to 4 magazines

Stephen Glass, the former New Republic writer who was outed as a serial fabricator, says he's making good on his pledge to reimburse magazines that published his work. During a chat with a Duke University journalism ethics class Monday, Glass revealed that he's paid $200,000 to The New Republic, Rolling Stone and the publisher of Policy Review as part of … Read More
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TV producers chafe at taking Trump's calls

"'The Sunday show, in the broadcast landscape, I feel is a gold standard for probing interviews,' said (Chris) Wallace, host of 'Fox News Sunday.' 'The idea that you would do a phone interview, not face-to-face or not by satellite, with a presidential candidate — I'd never seen it before, and I was quite frankly shocked that my competitors were doing it.'"

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Former news director implicated in sex scandal

Former Alabama news director Rebekah Caldwell Mason, the chief adviser to Gov. Robert Bentley, was reportedly romantically involved with the governor in 2014. A spokesperson for Bentley denies the allegations.

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BuzzFeed publishes flimsy story blasting Donald Trump aide

A Tuesday effort from McKay Coppins and Rosie Gray makes vague accusations unsupported by on-the-record sources. The Trump campaign disavowed the article. BuzzFeed says it stands by its story. "There is no story to stand by, just a mess of unverifiable allegations."

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Major TV interviewers have not questioned Trump about campaign manager

Donald Trump has gone on several interviews since his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was accused of assault from former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields - and he hasn't been asked about the incident once, says Michael Calderon of the HuffPost.

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Time for the Times to show its work

The New York Times' transformation of a relatively positive article on Bernie Sanders' legislative nous into a markedly less flattering one post-publication led to an outcry about "stealth editing" at the paper. Jack Shafer argues there's nothing sinister, but more transparency is in order.

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NPR decides it won’t promote its podcasts or NPR One on air

"The public radio giant is letting its present impose a strategy tax on its future," argues Joshua Benton on NPR's new ethics policy which bars speakers from inviting listeners to actively download podcasts.

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PBS adds editor’s note to address controversial tattoos

Following an article by Gawker and a heated discussion among commenters, PBS updated a story on a North Carolina family that supports Donald Trump to address the elephant in the room (or in this case, the tattoos on the hands).

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Does the New York Times public editor job need to be rethought?

The next ombudsman for The New York Times — indeed, all public editors — should be able to critique not just journalism but technology as well. "To hold future journalism accountable (not simply to describe its dynamics to interested readers), public editors must speak a new language of platform ethics that is part professional journalism, part technology design, all public values."

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Public editor knocks New York Times for stealth-editing Bernie Sanders story

The New York Times should've given readers a heads-up after making alterations to a story about Bernie Sanders' legislative record that substantially changed the tenor of the article, Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Thursday. Sullivan was writing in response to a pair of stories — one written by Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi and one penned by The Washington Post's … Read More
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Why The New York Times stealth-edited its Bernie Sanders story

A largely positive story about Bernie Sanders' record was watered down post-publication. Says Executive Editor Dean Baquet on the change: "We actually do go in and make changes in stories when we think they need some additional context. It is actually pretty common."

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Could British tabloids survive using NYT's new anonymity guidelines?

A new requirement that top New York Times editors sign off on every anonymous source might not fly in the UK, where many stories rely on faceless quotes. "Anonymous sources are both a curse and a blessing. The problem, of course, is in deciding which is which."

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New York Times cracks down on anonymous sources

The New York Times on Tuesday unveiled a stricter policy for anonymous sourcing, requiring every instance of anonymity to be approved by a top editor at the newspaper. The guidelines, announced to the newsroom in an email from Executive Editor Dean Baquet, were reached after consultation with the Times' "most experienced reporters and editors" and demands that faceless sourcing be … Read More
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