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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 21, 2011 Was It Something I Wrote?
QUOTE: In Russia today, journalists are murdered like Anna Politkovskaya, beaten like Oleg Kashin and intimidated like me... The real problem is that journalists are ignored.
New York Times Apr 14, 2011 A Post reporter shares her perspective on hazards for female journalists abroad
QUOTE: Foreign female journalists face challenges most often in parts of the world where protections for women are weak even in peacetime… places where wives, mothers and daughters have few legal rights. Their lives often include forced marriage, genital mutilation, beatings and a long list of daily indignities that make the problems of first-world women seem negligible.
Washington Post Apr 10, 2011 Murdoch paper admits phone hacking as victim rejects payout
QUOTE: Media magnate Rupert Murdoch's flagship British Sunday tabloid newspaper officially apologized Sunday for hacking into voice mails, in a scandal which has affected celebrities, politicians and royal household staff... The New York Times alleged in its story last year that -- far from Goodman and Mulcaire being lone culprits -- phone hacking was common practice at the newspaper.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 08, 2011 House Votes Against ‘Net Neutrality’
QUOTE: But Republicans in the House maintained that the order exceeded the F.C.C.’s authority and put the government in the position of overseeing what content a consumer could see and which companies would benefit from Internet access... “This is a bill that will end the Internet as we know it and threaten the jobs, investment and prosperity that the Internet has brought to America,” Mr. Waxman said.
New York Times Apr 06, 2011 Palestinian Security Forces Abused Journalists, Report Says
QUOTE: “Harassment and abuse of journalists reflected attempts to prevent free speech and inquiry into matters of public importance, and to punish writers solely because of their statements critical of the Palestinian Authority or their perceived support of its political rivals.”
New York Times Mar 17, 2011 The NPR video and political dirty tricks
QUOTE: O’Keefe’s defenders contend that he is not really a journalist but a new breed of “citizen journalist.” This can be defined as someone who simultaneously demands journalistic respect and release from journalistic standards, including a commitment to honesty... Do we really want private citizens deceiving, taping and exposing the foolish weaknesses of their neighbors, with none of the constraints imposed by responsible professional oversight?
Washington Post Aug 06, 2010 First Lady’s Trip to Spain Doesn’t Escape Criticism
QUOTE: Michelle Obama hoped to enjoy a quiet summer break in southern Spain with her younger daughter and a few friends. But the Andalusian getaway has gotten away from her as the European media document her every flamenco dance step and critics back home question the wisdom of such a lavish vacation, which involves at least some taxpayer money, in a time of austerity.
New York Times Aug 04, 2010 Magazine Cover of Disfigured Afghan Stokes Debate
QUOTE: Reaction to the Time cover [of an Afghan woman whose nose and ears have been cut off] has become something of an Internet litmus test about attitudes toward the war, and what America’s responsibility is in Afghanistan. Critics of the American presence in Afghanistan call it “emotional blackmail” and even “war porn,” while those who fear the consequences of abandoning Afghanistan see it as a powerful appeal to conscience.
New York Times Jul 23, 2010 U.S. Stalls in Push to Limit Food Ads Aimed at Children
QUOTE: A report to Congress from several federal agencies — expected to include strict nutritional definitions for the sorts of foods that could be advertised to children — is overdue, and officials say it could be months before it is ready.
New York Times Jul 23, 2010 Dengue Fever? What About It, Key West Says
QUOTE: News of the disease has apparently unsettled a few potential visitors. But tourism officials and business owners in Key West are even more unsettled, by the way the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has publicized the cases.
New York Times Jul 22, 2010 A Grim Chapter in History Kept Closed
QUOTE: The government has conceded that Mao committed “errors,” but his reputation in China is still officially sacred. Wary of challenges to the man whose body lies on display in Tiananmen Square, publishers of writings about the era submit to a three-tier censorship process: at the government’s General Administration of Press and Publication, the Party History Research Office and the Party Literature Research Office, according to Ding Dong, a historian.
New York Times Jul 22, 2010 Indonesia Moves to Block Pornographic Web Sites
QUOTE: Indonesia is taking steps to block pornographic Web sites before the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the country’s information minister said Thursday, defying local criticism that the plan amounted to censorship and was unworkable.
New York Times Mar 02, 2010 Abuse Case Rouses India’s Middle Class
QUOTE: Girls are molested all the time in India; powerful officials often abuse their office to avoid criminal prosecution; sclerotic courts are painfully slow and often corrupt. But the case is emblematic of the way India’s growing middle class, egged on by a lively news media hungry for sensational stories, is increasingly unwilling to accept these seemingly immutable truths...
New York Times Jul 21, 2008 Protest Blog Aims at Tribune Boss (Media Talk)
QUOTE: At the Tribune Company, the grumblers have found an outlet in a blog, Tell Zell, that lets them rip into Sam Zell, the Chicago real estate mogul who took Tribune private last year for $8.2 billion. The blog, set up in May, is mainly an encyclopedia of gripes about cutbacks at The Los Angeles Times, though other Tribune papers, like The Chicago Tribune, The Orlando Sentinel and The Baltimore Sun, get their turns. One scoop last week was an unconfirmed list of about 100 people leaving The Times, either through buyouts or layoffs.
New York Times Jul 15, 2008 Want Obama in a Punch Line? First, Find a Joke
QUOTE: One issue that clearly has some impact on writing jokes about Mr. Obama is a consistency among the big late-night shows. Not only are all the hosts white, the vast majority of their audiences are white. “I think white audiences get a little self-conscious if race comes up,” Mr. Sweeney of Mr. O’Brien’s show said. Things might be somewhat different if even one late-night host was black. Black comics are not having any trouble joking about Mr. Obama, said David Alan Grier, a comedian who, starting in October, will have a satirical news magazine show on Comedy Central, “Chocolate News.”
New York Times Jun 27, 2008 CBS to Appeal Military Court Ruling on Haditha Interview
QUOTE: The network is seeking to prevent the government from reviewing the unbroadcast parts of an interview with an officer who is being prosecuted over the incident. Last Friday, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the government should be allowed to view the interview with Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, who faces charges including voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Iraqi civilians at Haditha in November 2005.
New York Times Jun 25, 2008 NBC Settles With Family That Blamed a TV Investigation for a Man’s Suicide
QUOTE: The lawsuit spotlighted the techniques used by the hidden-camera program to attract men online by having someone pose as an under-age girl in a chat room, then luring them to a house where they were confronted by a camera crew and host. While “To Catch a Predator” drew high ratings for NBC, ethical questions were raised over the program’s all-access arrangements with the local police and an online watchdog group.
New York Times Jun 24, 2008 Football Talk Soon Turns to Race on Imus’s Show
QUOTE: The radio host Don Imus, fired by CBS last year for referring to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos,” waded into racially treacherous waters again on his new radio program Monday morning, in a brief exchange about a suspended professional football player, Adam Jones.
New York Times Jun 24, 2008 Imus Explains Racial Comments (The Lede)
QUOTE: So what is at work here, folks? Have Americans all lost the ability to detect sarcasm (the subject of this excellent science story)? Is Don Imus guilty of racism? Was this episode the calculated controversy-stirring of a veteran shock jock, meant to split the debate in two? Or is his on-air transformation complete, from a voice that was outrageously racially insensitive to one that is quite sensitive indeed?
New York Times Jun 23, 2008 Study Finds Imbalance on 3 Newspapers’ Op-Ed Pages (Media Talk)
QUOTE: In the great marketplace of ideas, the opinion pages of major newspapers offer nonjournalists — mainly academics — a rare chance to reach a big audience and influence public policy. So which college professors win the competition for that limited, coveted space? Overwhelmingly, they agree with the editorial page, and they are men, according to researchers at Rutgers University. Unfortunately, those findings do not suggest the kind of forum for diverse views that newspapers say their opinion pages should be.
New York Times May 05, 2008 How Much for Those Baby Photos?
QUOTE: Not long ago, when a magazine paid a celebrity more than a person might earn in a lifetime in return for a set of pictures, media critics questioned the ethics of both the publication and the star.
New York Times Apr 17, 2008 New Freedom, and Peril, in Online Criticism of China
QUOTE: In the wake of the violence that has rocked Tibet and the protests over the Olympic torch relay, online bulletin boards in China have erupted with virulent comments rooted in nationalist sentiments. On some sites, emotional Chinese have exchanged personal information about critics and hunted them down. Such situations have become so common that some users refer to the sites as "human flesh search engines."
Washington Post Mar 24, 2008 E-Commerce Report: A New Tool From Google Alarms Sites
QUOTE: The problem, for some in the industry, is that when someone enters a term into that secondary search box, Google will display ads for competing sites, thereby profiting from ads it sells against the brand. The feature also keeps users searching on Google pages and not pages of the destination Web site...While the service could help increase traffic, some users could be siphoned away as Google uses the prominence of the brands to sell ads, typically to competing companies.
New York Times Mar 18, 2008 A New Tool in the Box: Social Networks
QUOTE: Journalists would be missing out if they didn't use these communities to find information or leads to sources. However, there are a few steps between finding a quote on someone's wall and publishing that quote in a story.
Poynter Online Mar 17, 2008 Media Talk: If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Post ...
QUOTE: Some critics also believe [Facebook's "Honesty Box" appliation] has become another weapon in the cyberbully’s arsenal. There have been reports at a high school in Palo Alto, Calif., of Honesty Box’s being used to slur male students because of their sexuality or to spread rumors about a female student.
New York Times Feb 18, 2008 College Paper Vows to Fight a Takeover by Gannett
QUOTE: ...Gannett and The [Fort Collins] Coloradoan have become targets for harsh criticism from college newsrooms and journalism departments across the country, who portray Gannett as a “dark lord” that wants to rein in student press freedom.
New York Times Feb 16, 2008 Boys Will Be Boys, Girls Will Be Hounded by the Media
QUOTE: Men [in the media] who fall from grace are treated with gravity and distance, while women in similar circumstances are objects of derision, titillation and black comedy. Some celebrities and their handlers are now saying straight out that the news media have a double standard.
New York Times Feb 10, 2008 Was a Museum Director Treated Fairly?
QUOTE: ...[a] story about more than $250,000 spent on travel over the last four years [by the] founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian drew angry responses from [the director], his friends and museum supporters, who charged that the coverage was unfair and ignored his achievements.
Washington Post Feb 04, 2008 Tuesday's Problem: Should Journalists Declare Party Allegiance?
QUOTE: Journalists everywhere get uncomfortable when it feels like their right to vote clashes with newsroom policies...[Many editors share the concern that] a record of the political affiliations will reinforce the perception that newsrooms are biased. It's a legitimate worry, given the slipping credibility of professional journalists.
Poynter Online Jan 29, 2008 Advocacy groups keep advertisers on their toes
QUOTE: As if airing a superexpensive Super Bowl spot isn't fraught with enough risks, marketers face a new hazard that gained momentum last year: having a message attacked — or even hijacked — by an advocacy group.
USA TODAY Nov 27, 2007 Storming the News Gatekeepers: On the Internet, Citizen Journalists Raise Their Voices
QUOTE: Citizen journalism is bringing folks, young and old, into the public square, giving voice to those who, in the pre-Internet era, may have felt voiceless. But some challenge the value of all this citizen involvement. Questions pop up. Is it really "journalism"? Are "they" really "journalists"? What's the difference between citizen journalists and bloggers who write about politics?
Washington Post Nov 14, 2007 Few Friends for Proposal on Media
QUOTE: The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday announced the details of his plan to relax the longstanding rule that had prevented a company from owning both a newspaper and a radio or television station in the same city.
New York Times Nov 12, 2007 European Tabloids Still Agog Months After Child Vanishes
QUOTE: The coverage has increased circulation at newspapers and kept a staff of public relations professionals, working on behalf of the McCanns, busy denying the latest leaks against them. British papers have benefited from a seemingly endless appetite for articles about the McCanns, fueling online and dinner-party debates about everything from the reliability of DNA evidence to the differences between British and Portuguese child care practices.
New York Times Oct 22, 2007 The Curse of Chief Wahoo: Enabling Racist Imagery
QUOTE: How do we make sense of a community that embraces its team even though a sign of that enthusiasm is deemed offensive? Are [certain sports teams] fans enablers of a corporate marketing tradition that ignores certain racial sensibilities in order to grow a brand and build profits?
Poynter Online Oct 02, 2007 News media sue to open probe into Utah mine disaster
QUOTE: A coalition of news media organizations has filed suit in an effort to get the government investigation into the Crandall Canyon mine accident opened to the public.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 05, 2007 The Press Faces Climate of Fear in Gaza
QUOTE: Freedom of the press is always a tricky proposition in the Middle East; here, as elsewhere, it belongs only to those who own one…
MSNBC Jul 02, 2007 Toys for Toddlers From PG-13 Movie
QUOTE: Last week, [the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood] complained to the United States Federal Trade Commission that DreamWorks and Hasbro were going after preschoolers with their “widespread and irresponsible” marketing of the coming [Transformers] movie.
New York Times Jun 30, 2007 Undercover, under fire: The Washington press corps is too busy cozying up to the people it covers to get at the truth.
QUOTE: In exchange for fees of up to $1.5 million a year, [lobbyists I met at Cassidy & Associates and APCO] offered to send congressional delegations to Turkmenistan and write and plant opinion pieces in newspapers under the names of academics and think-tank experts they would recruit .... Now, in a fabulous bit of irony, my article about the unethical behavior of lobbying firms has become, for some in the media, a story about my ethics in reporting the story.
Los Angeles Times Jun 27, 2007 Outcome of an Ad Contest Starts an Uproar on YouTube
QUOTE: “It just looks like, wow, they rigged the contest,” said Debbie Lusignan, 35, of Adams, Mass...[but] Ron Klineschmidt, the winner of the contest...said they were being sore losers.
New York Times Jun 23, 2007 Everyone we fight in Iraq is now "al-Qaida"
QUOTE: That the Bush administration, and specifically its military commanders, decided to begin using the term "Al Qaeda" to designate "anyone and everyeone we fight against or kill in Iraq" is obvious. But what is even more notable is that the establishment press has followed right along, just as enthusiastically.
Salon Jun 19, 2007 Attack On Mothers
QUOTE: Deliberately deceptive and fatally flawed studies [showing 'plausible deniability' of the link between the drug Thimerosal and autism] were authored by vaccine industry consultants and paid for by Thimerosal producers and published largely in compromised journals that neglected to disclose the myriad conflicts of their authors in violation of standard peer-review ethics .... The CDC and IOM base their defense of Thimerosal on these flimsy studies, their own formidable reputations, and their faith that journalists won’t take the time to critically read the science.
Huffington Post May 31, 2007 Religious Right Gets More Than Its 15 Minutes
QUOTE: Conservative religious figures are mentioned in the major U.S. news media as many as 2.8 times as often as progressive religious figures, says a new study released Tuesday in Washington. .... The report, released by Media Matters for America, a press watchdog group, challenges the presentation of religion in the major media as a politically divisive force.
Inter Press Service (IPS) May 17, 2007 Dialogue or Diatribe: One Woman's Story
QUOTE: Some journalists fear mean-spirited online mobs may hinder their ability to tell intimate stories.
Poynter Online May 14, 2007 A Brave Woman Scorned: The Campaign Against Shaha Riza is the Nastiest Character Assassination I Have Ever Seen
QUOTE: I sat and thought for quite a while today and decided that this is the nastiest and dirtiest and cheapest campaign of character assassination I have ever seen.
Slate May 14, 2007 Is It the Woman Thing, or Is It Katie Couric?
QUOTE: Eight months into Katie Couric’s job as the first woman to anchor a network newscast on her own, her “CBS Evening News”.... had its worst performance [ever]. Ms. Couric’s defenders ask whether a man taking the CBS job would have had his looks, hair, and clothes commented on in the same way as Ms. Couric’s. Or if a single male anchor’s social life would be almost daily fodder for the tabloids.
New York Times May 07, 2007 Afghan News Media Find Foes on All Sides: Violence, Politics, Imperil Press Freedom
QUOTE: In recent months, the Afghan press...has come under attack from all quarters of this conflicted and confused society. The greatest physical danger comes from the insurgents, who regularly attempt to use local journalists as conduits for their declarations but also target them for kidnappings and bombings.
Washington Post May 07, 2007 Fraudulent 'Fairness': Conservatives dominate talk radio—but no more thoroughly than liberals dominate Hollywood, academia and much of the mainstream media.
QUOTE: By trying to again empower the government to regulate broadcasting, illiberals reveal their lack of confidence in their ability to compete in the marketplace of ideas, and their disdain for consumer sovereignty—and hence for the public.
Newsweek Apr 26, 2007 The FCC wants to kill your TV: In the name of saving your children.
QUOTE: One person's example of gratuitous media violence is another person's idea of a film classic, a fantastic war documentary, or a brilliant newscast from an urban riot. But far from being daunted by the perpetual needlework of OK'ing one kind of violence because it's artistic, historical, or newsworthy but nixing another as too wanton, the FCC appears to relish the idea of refereeing all television programming everywhere.
Slate Apr 17, 2007 Culture of Blame: Ask the Right Questions of the Right People
QUOTE: Questions are powerful tools. But they have to be applied with precision and accuracy. Asked at the wrong time, of the wrong person, a question can become a weapon that causes great harm without achieving any good.
Poynter Online Apr 16, 2007 Now on YouTube: The Latest News From Al Jazeera, in English
QUOTE: “The idea that people can click and watch English language programming on Al Jazeera is important because it’s an alternative point of view,” said John Stauber, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, a watchdog organization. He said he saw the arrangement as an encouraging sign about the diversity of news coverage that could increasingly find a home online.
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