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Bill O’Reilly to NYT reporter: ‘I am coming after you with everything I have’

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  1. Bill O’Reilly threatens jounalist

    In an interview with The New York Times Monday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly warned reporter Emily Steel there could be consequences for inappropriate coverage surrounding disputed claims about his reportage of the Falklands War. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.” (The New York Times) | Politico's Dylan Byers followed up with Steel, who told him "the story speaks for itself." (Politico) | Here's Steel's tweet. (@emilysteel) | O'Reilly continued defending his coverage Monday and sought to end the controversy. (CNN Money) | Meanwhile, the author of a New York Times story that O'Reilly cited in his defense said the anchor "cut out an important phrase" while reading it on air.

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Mary Rezaian, mother of imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, wrote for CNN about her desire for her son to receive a fair trial:

“Our family has been exceedingly patient during these seven months. We have been respectful of Iran, of its laws and its procedures. But our patience ran out some time ago, and it is difficult, nearly impossible, to maintain respect for a system under which someone who was born and raised American is being detained “as an Iranian” even as his rights under Iran’s own laws are being so flagrantly violated.

I am calling on Iranian Human Rights Minister Mohammad Javad Larijani, Javad Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to ensure that Jason’s rights are observed. Please review the evidence and release my son or ensure that he receives a fair trial immediately. It is long past time.”

Mary Rezaian

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Career Beat: Jessica Morgan named contributing writer at Cosmo

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Simon Rogers is now a contributing editor at Vox. He is Twitter’s data editor. (Poynter)
  • Juliet Eilperin is White House bureau chief at The Washington Post. Previously, she was a staff writer there. (Washington Post)
  • Heather Cocks is now a contributing writer at Cosmopolitan. She is the co-founder of Go Fug Yourself. Jessica Morgan is now a contributing writer at Cosmopolitan. She is the co-founder of Go Fug Yourself. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the day: The Chicago Reader is looking for an editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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4 reasons the New York Times Company won’t be sold anytime soon

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We learned last week that Michael Bloomberg would like to buy the New York Times Company. He even spoke to Chairman Arthur Sulzberger about it a couple of years ago. So what else is new? Rupert Murdoch covets the Times as well.

The only live question is whether the Sulzberger family would sell.  Through a spokesman Sulzberger said Friday, as he has many times before, that the company was not on the market whatever the offer.

Case closed?  Not quite.  The Wall Street Journal was not for sale until Murdoch’s News Corp. made the Bancroft family an offer — 67 percent above their shares’ trading value — they felt they could not refuse.  Nor did any but the inner circle know the Graham’s Washington Post was for sale until Jeff Bezos bought it in August 2013. Read more

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Career Beat: Alexander Burns joins The New York Times

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Alexander Burns is now a metro political correspondent at The New York Times. Previously, he was a senior political reporter for Politico. (Washington Post)
  • Zanny Minton Beddoes will be editor at The Economist. Previously, she was business affairs editor there. (Poynter)
  • Gene Ramírez will be a morning anchor for WFLA in Tampa. Previously, he was a general assignment reporter for WSVN. (Media Moves)

Job of the day: The Wall Street Journal is looking for an economics reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Washington Post launches energy and environment section

The Washington Post’s long-anticipated energy and environment section anchored by former Mother Jones correspondent Chris Mooney launched Thursday.

In the section’s inaugural post, Mooney laid out his ambitions, noting that coverage of environmental issues has “never mattered more.” The Post will aim its coverage at “consumers, policymakers, executives and scientists” and turn its eye toward both international and domestic news.

We are now upping our environmental focus and launching this new coverage to bridge the gap between the urgency of environmental and energy problems and a public that too often finds them mystifying, off-putting, daunting and dizzying.

When The Post announced Mooney’s hire in October, the paper forecasted the rollout of “a standalone blog” that would feature work from environment and energy writers across the newsroom. Read more

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Michel du Cille’s last assignment

Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Washington Post, died late last year in the middle of a project documenting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Before he died, du Cille sent Poynter’s Kenny Irby his most recent batch of photos from the region and discussed his ambitions for the project. In honor of du Cille’s memorial Friday, Poynter is publishing those photos, along with a conversation with Irby, who was one of du Cille’s close friends:

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Iran’s Revolutionary Court will review case of detained Post reporter

Washington Post | al Arabiya English

The case of detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be handled by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, a move that sets the stage for further review, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The Revolutionary Court, which “handles the country’s most sensitive cases” has the power to subject Rezaian’s case to further scrutiny before scheduling a trial, according to The Washington Post.

Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, told al Arabiya English Wednesday that Rezaian’s case was “a judicial matter,” and that the government was “doing its best” to intervene on his behalf.

Rezaian, who was arrested with his wife in July, was formally charged in December, although the court has not made the charges public. He has not been told what he’s charged with, but the accusations relate to “activities outside the bounds of journalism,” according to The Washington Post. Read more

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Justice Department won’t ask James Risen to testify

New York Times | The Washington Post

New York Times reporter James Risen, who has waged a protracted and public battle with the Justice Department over the identity of a confidential source, will not be compelled to testify in a leak trial, Matt Apuzzo reported for The New York Times Monday.

The news effectively ends “a seven-year legal fight” between Risen and prosecutors, who first called Risen to testify in 2008 in the case of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, The Times reports. Sterling is accused of feeding Risen information about a botched U.S. attempt to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program for his book “State of War,” according to The Washington Post.

During the tumult of Risen’s legal battle, the embattled reporter publicly decried the Obama administration, calling it “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.” In December, The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Eric Holder would not compel Risen to reveal his source. Read more

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Career Beat: Kimberly Wyatt is news director for WEAR-TV

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Kimberly Wyatt is now a news director at WEAR in Pensacola, Florida. Previously, she was news director for KGBT in Harlingen, Texas. (Rick Gevers)
  • Thomas Ghareeb is now vice president and controller of Hearst Magazines. Previously, he was assistant controller of budget and forecasting there. (Fishbowl NY)
  • Laura McGann is now political editor at Vox Media. Previously, she was deputy managing editor at Politico. (Fishbowl DC)
  • Sam Kirkland is joining BuzzFeed’s news apps team. Previously, he was a digital media fellow at Poynter (‏@samkirkla)
  • Perry Stein will be a local blogger for The Washington Post. She’s a staff writer and blogger for Washington City Paper. Sarah Pulliam Bailey will be a religion blogger and writer for The Washington Post.
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