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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. (more...)
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The day in government snooping

Journalists were already rattled by the Department of Justice's secret seizure of Associated Press phone records when Ann Marimow's disturbing scoop in The Washington Post about the U.S. Department of Justice investigating Fox News reporter James Rosen hit this weekend.

• The government's search warrant for Rosen's email account says the reporter was "an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator," Ryan Lizza notes. "[I]t is unprecedented for the government, in an official court document, to accuse a reporter of breaking the law for conducting the routine business of reporting on government secrets."

• "[T]his is the same argument the Justice Department has been using in their attempt to indict WikiLeaks and Julian Assange," Trevor Timm writes. It also has echoes in the Pentagon Papers case, he writes. (more...)
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BuzzFeed reporter who posted car-chase suicide video talks with victim’s sister

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BuzzFeed's Jessica Testa reports on the life of Jodon Romero, whose suicide following a car chase was broadcast nationally last year by Fox News. When Romero's sister Nature asked Testa whether she'd seen the chase, she recalls, "I stumble."
Yes, I watched the chase. Yes, I saw its awful conclusion.

But I also reported on it. I wrote about Fox's mistake, and uploaded a video of Fox's mistake, and helped make Fox's mistake go viral. How do you tell a grieving sister that? Because of a "severe human error," thousands watched her brother die in real time, but because of you, hundreds of thousands watched it later?
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Ann Coulter makes reference to killing blogger Meghan McCain in controversial column

Fox News | Huffington Post | AnnCoulter.com | New York

Fox News has apparently taken down a column written by Ann Coulter that made a reference to killing blogger Meghan McCain in order to push Republicans to vote for gun-control laws.

The column in question, published on Fox Nation Wednesday, made the apparent joke to point out what it would take for Republicans to join Democrats in passing gun-control legislation. The post, which is still available on Coulter's own blog, began:

Obama has been draping himself in families of the children murdered in Newtown.

MSNBC's Martin Bashir suggested that Republican senators need to have a member of their families killed for them to support the Democrats' gun proposals. (Let's start with Meghan McCain!)

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Judge delays decision in Jana Winter case

Denver Post | CNN
A judge in Arapahoe County, Colo., said Fox News reporter Jana Winter won't yet be compelled to testify. Attorneys for James Holmes, who is accused of last year's theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., want Winter to reveal which law enforcement sources told her Holmes had sent a disturbing notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ruled Winter won't have to testify until he decides whether to admit the notebook as evidence, John Ingold reports. (more...)
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Fox News reporter who won’t reveal sources threatened with jail

Fox News | BuzzFeed | Courthouse News Service
Jana Winter won't reveal which law enforcement sources told her Aurora, Colo., shooting suspect James Holmes sent a notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist. And she may go to jail because of it.

The Fox News reporter's scoop last July is at the center of a fight between the reporter and Holmes' attorneys that's now playing out in an Arapahoe County courtroom, an unbylined report on Fox's site says. The judge who approved a subpoena for her sources -- who Holmes' attorneys claim violated a gag order by sharing details about the notebook -- has since stepped down, and at a hearing April 1 Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said the motion "presented her with a 'Hobson’s Choice,' " the Fox report says:
If forced to testify, Winter would either reveal her confidential sources in the nation's highest profile trial – perhaps destroying her career as an investigative reporter – or spend up to six months in jail, according to Judge Samour.
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Vanity Fair excerpts Zev Chafets’s biography of Roger Ailes:

For months, Roger Ailes and I had been meeting regularly at Fox News headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, at his home in Putnam County, and at public and private gatherings. In that time I got a closer look at Roger Ailes than any journalist who doesn’t work for him ever has. He is plainspoken, wryly profane, caustic, and above all competitive …

[News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch often drops by Ailes’s office to joke and gossip about politics. “Roger and I have a close personal friendship,” he told me. Ailes agrees—up to a point.

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Zev Chafets, Vanity Fair book excerpt

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News Corp PAC gave more to Democrats than Republicans in 2012

Center for Public Integrity | OpenSecrets.org
News Corp's political action committee gave 52 percent of its donations during the 2012 election cycle to Democratic candidates, reports Dave Levinthal. The donations provide "a notable, if not striking contrast with Fox News' conservative reputation," Levinthal writes.

In January, News America-FOXPAC gave money to five Democratic candidates and no money to Republicans, though it "contributed $15,000 in January to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which may by law accept significantly larger contributions than candidate committees," Levinthal writes.
Prominent Democrats receiving News America-FOXPAC cash last election cycle included Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, as well as House Minority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.
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Ailes: Building Fox News’ Hispanic audience is a ‘tremendous business opportunity’

The New Republic
Roger Ailes says he plans to make Fox News more Hispanic-friendly, partly because it would be a "tremendous business opportunity." The New Republic's Eliza Gray, who talked with Ailes, explains more of his thinking behind the plan:
Mitt Romney lost the Latino vote by nearly 50 points, and now almost everyone agrees that the Republican Party needs to improve with Hispanic voters to have a shot at the White House in 2016. That could also be Ailes’s last year at Fox News: His contract expires then, when he’ll be 76 years old. So if Roger Ailes wants to see a Republican win what may be his last presidential election as a major player, he’ll need to try to make conservatism more palatable to Latinos. Which, of course, he will. (more...)
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