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Why did the CDC try to embargo Ebola news?

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  1. Why did the CDC place an embargo on Ebola news? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first case of Ebola in the U.S. Tuesday. (CDC) | The rollout didn’t follow the CDC’s schedule, though. As AP put it, “The CDC initially embargoed the announcement of the diagnosis until 4:30 p.m. CDT, but then lifted the embargo after several news organizations broke that restriction.” | NBC’s story, for instance, was first published at 4:52 p.m. ET. “Which means, by the way, unless NBC’s standards have changed dramatically recently, which I doubt, that someone at the CDC went on the record about this before the ‘embargo’ lifted,” Ivan Oransky writes. He also notes another problem with the press release: “When you put ‘For Immediate Release’ and ‘Embargoed’ on the same press release about @#$% Ebola, you get the blame for the broken embargo.” (Embargo Watch) | In 2007, Washington Post reporter Craig Timberg got a scoop based on info he got independently and other news orgs had agreed to embargo.
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Washington Times sues feds over reporter’s confiscated notes

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The Washington Times and Audrey Hudson have filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security, saying an agent from the Coast Guard Investigative Service took Hudson’s notes illegally, Kellan Howell reports.

Alex Pappas wrote about the raid last month in The Daily Caller: CGIS accompanied Maryland State Police on a search warrant of the home Hudson, a former Times reporter, shares with her husband, Paul Flanagan, “an ordinance technician for the Coast Guard in Baltimore,” Pappas wrote. According to the warrant, Pappas said, Flanagan is not allowed to own firearms because of a 1986 conviction for resisting arrest. Read more


Washington Times drops Rand Paul column after plagiarism charges

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The Washington Times reported Tuesday it was dropping Sen. Rand Paul’s weekly column after a series of plagiarism allegations.

The newspaper said it had reviewed the lawmaker’s columns and op-ed pieces and had printed a correction to a Sept. 20 column lacking an attribution to a portion that originally appeared in The Week.

Paul and the paper “mutually agreed to end” his Friday column, the newspaper said. Read more

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Washington Times lays off staffers

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About 20 Washington Times staffers were laid off by editor David Jackson and CEO Larry Beasley Friday, Erik Wemple reports. The cuts hit the photo department hard, he writes:

One person asked Jackson and Beasley how the paper would manage with what would now be a threadbare photo department. The answer was that the Times would have to be resourceful and perhaps use wire photos when available. More standard, depressing newspaper-downsizing talk, in other words.

Washington City Paper’s Will Sommer writes that Times staffer Steve Repsher has now been laid off twice by the Times – during the paper’s 2009 layoffs and again today. Read more