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What the DOJ’s new guidelines mean for journalists

The U.S. Department of Justice’s new revised guidelines tightening government access to journalists’ records officially take effect this week. Yet the protections are not absolute, leaving some important exceptions in the hands of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder to circumvent the safeguards, particularly when it comes to classified information deemed potentially harmful.

The guidelines specifically aim to shield journalists from “certain law enforcement tools,” the department noted, including subpoenas, court orders and search warrants that “might unreasonably impair ordinary newsgathering activities.” Read more

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#JFK: media organizations taking new look at old news

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The news today, in many parts of the country, is about something that happened in Dallas 50 years ago. But now, the retelling of JFK’s assassination is unfolding in a way quite different than it did then — through social media.

The Cape Cod Times started its two-day project Thursday, tweeting out events from 50 years ago at the times when they happened. Read more

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Pew study finds big differences in recent network coverage

Pew Research Center

Four cable news networks devoted significantly different amounts of time to Obamacare and the typhoon in the Philippines, according to a new study from Pew Research Center. On Wednesday, Mark Jurkowitz, Paul Hitlin, Nancy Vogt and Monica Anderson reported that a pattern emerged after analyzing 80 hours of cable news from Nov. 11 through Nov. 15.

The two channels with strong ideological identities in prime-time—liberal MSBNC and conservative Fox News—spent far more time on the politically-charged health insurance story than the overseas disaster. And the two organizations that built a brand on global reporting—CNN and Al Jazeera America, an offshoot of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera media network—spent considerably more time on the tragedy in the Philippines.

MSNBC, they report, devoted four times more coverage to issues with the healthcare law. Fox covered healthcare 80 times more than the typhoon. Read more

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Rob Ford’s media tour: ‘Actions speak louder than words’

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After Toronto Mayor Rob Ford trampled a government official on Monday, and after Toronto’s City Council voted to strip him of most of his power, Ford mayor sat down for an interview with “Today”‘s Matt Lauer.

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Lauer asked Ford about his substance abuse issues. Ford responded, as he has elsewhere, that he doesn’t have substance abuse issues and won’t seek treatment. Read more

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Sizing up Howard Kurtz’s new show against ‘Reliable Sources’

As a recent member of the conga line of guest hosts for CNN’s media-analysis show “Reliable Sources,” I took interest in the Sunday debut of ex-host Howard Kurtz’s new Fox News program “Media Buzz.”

Airing at the same time as “Reliable Sources,” Kurtz’s show offered the same kind of media discussions as the CNN show he hosted for 15 years, presenting a chance for anyone with a DVR or twitchy TV remote finger to get two different visions of the week’s media news in one hour.

Kurtz’s inaugural show offered a fast-paced, technology-tinged overview of media stories that felt like a, well, buzzier version of the slightly more contemplative — OK, wonkier — edition of “Reliable Sources” guest-hosted by another former CNN staffer, Frank Sesno.

“We are going to hold the media accountable in a fair, aggressive and unbiased way,” said Kurtz, offering a mission statement of sorts at the show’s start. Read more

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Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is staying, but Megyn Kelly moving to prime time

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While Greta Van Susteren is denying Mediaite’s report that she went looking for a position with CNN, her Fox News coworker Megyn Kelly, who is expecting her third child, is gearing up for a move to prime time.

In a very brief blog post Tuesday, Van Susteren addressed Andrew Kirell’s Monday item claiming that “according to our high-level sources within CNN, the Fox host initiated several meetings with CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker earlier this spring, inquiring about a potential return to CNN.” The On The Record host wrote:

I am not going anywhere.

I have a long term contract with Fox  and it is for a show in “prime time.”

Done, ok? (And by the way, don’t you love the courage of the anonymous sources? and those who then speculate from there? )

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Family sues Fox News after experiencing trauma from live suicide coverage

Courthouse News Service | The Washington Post

Two of JoDon Romero’s children have been unable to attend school, and another “experiences considerable emotional distress and trauma” since Fox News broadcast footage of their father committing suicide after a car chase last September. Their mother, Angela Rodriguez, filed a lawsuit against Fox seeking “compensatory and punitive damages for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress,” Jamie Ross reports.

According to Rodriguez’s complaint, the children watched the footage on YouTube.

Fox “aired something horrible,” Erik Wemple argues in The Washington Post, but that “doesn’t mean it should be liable for the emotional damage that it may have caused viewers.” Read more

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Jana Winter’s lawyer asks judge to quash Colorado subpoena

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A Colorado court’s subpoena for Fox News reporter Jana Winter should “be invalidated as a matter of public policy,” Joseph Ax reports Winter’s lawyer Christopher Handman argued Wednesday.

A five-judge panel in New York is hearing “whether a Manhattan judge erred when he signed off on an out-of-state subpoena requiring Winter to appear in a Colorado courtroom in the first place,” Ax writes.

Attorneys for accused Colorado theater shooter James Holmes want to compel Winter to give up the law enforcement source who told her Holmes sent a disturbing notebook to a University of Chicago psychiatrist. Read more

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MSNBC’s Griffin: ‘We’re not the place’ for breaking news

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MSNBC president Phil Griffin doesn’t seem much concerned about his network’s latest ratings slide from second to fourth place behind Fox News, CNN and HLN, despite heavy cable network viewership during recent major news events. His explanation: MSNBC doesn’t do breaking news anymore.

“We’re not the place for that,” he tells the New York Times’ Bill Carter. “Our brand is not that.” Griffin, who already has said “this whole concept of journalist has to be rethought,” said an 18 percent loss in viewership in the second quarter so far this year (including sharper drops for shows hosted by Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow) is a bump on the road as MSNBC continues to shift its focus on being outspokenly left-wing to counter Fox News’ conservative stance.

“You do have to look at the long term,” Mr. Griffin said in May.

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Off-the-record meeting with Holder leads to on-the-record quotes

Associated Press | The Wall Street Journal | Politico | National Journal | The New York Times

Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief Jerry Seib, New York Daily News Washington bureau chief Jim Warren, New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer and Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris attended an off-the-record meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday evening in Washington, D.C.

Holder called the meeting to discuss how his department’s guidelines for investigating news organizations following revelations of ham-handed investigations involving Associated Press and Fox News reporters. Read more

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