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Jul 12, 2016 How technology disrupted the truth

QUOTE: Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism....It seemed that journalists were no longer required to believe their own stories to be true, nor, apparently, did they need to provide evidence. Instead it was up to the reader – who does not even know the identity of the source – to make up their own mind. But based on what? Gut instinct, intuition, mood? Does the truth matter any more?

Guardian Unlimited
Jul 03, 2016 Fair Play in a Fact-Challenged Political Landscape (Mediator)

QUOTE: Mr. Lewandowski’s hiring represents a signal moment in political journalism’s evolving embrace of political operatives: A major mainstream news organization is using a commentator who is legally prohibited from sharing the unvarnished truth on the subject — Mr. Trump — he was hired to talk about.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2013 Mistakes in news reporting happen, but do they matter?

QUOTE: reporting mistakes may not be as consequential as they used to be, media observers say. Although errors can travel faster than ever in a wired age, corrections and accurate information flow faster, too...

Washington Post
Dec 13, 2012 DealBook Conference Was Impressive, Lucrative and Chummy

QUOTE: Here is what the conference did not have going for it: A great deal of distance between sources and those who cover them — something traditionally thought to be a bedrock journalistic idea....DealBook – a blog and print section dedicated to coverage of mergers and acquisitions and other related subjects — is something of an oddity at The Times. A rainmaker for the company, it has garnered its share of critics who see it as too soft on its sources.

New York Times
Nov 09, 2012 Fantasyland: Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too.

QUOTE: Romney has no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave behind a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert’s fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote, is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat—our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it—won’t disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might....This year’s instantly famous declaration by the Romney pollster Neil Newhouse that “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” crystallized the mantra of the entire GOP. The Republican faithful at strata both low and high, from Rush’s dittoheads to the think-tank-affiliated intellectuals, have long since stopped acknowledging any empirical evidence that disputes their insular worldview, no matter how grounded that evidence might be in (God forbid) science or any other verifiable reality, like, say, Census reports or elementary mathematics

New York Magazine
Oct 24, 2012 Tax Policy Center in Spotlight for Its Romney Study

QUOTE: No white paper or policy manifesto put out during the presidential campaign has proved more controversial than an August study by the Washington-based Tax Policy Center, a respected nonprofit that issues studiously detailed tax analyses. That study found, in short, that Mr. Romney could not keep all of the promises he had made on individual tax reform...

New York Times
Mar 06, 2012 In today's warp-speed world, online missteps spread faster than ever

QUOTE: '"Everyone now has a global platform on which they can shout their opinions and voice their beliefs," says Frank Farley, a psychology professor at Temple University and former president of the American Psychological Association. But people haven't become more cautious about putting words out there, he adds -- even if they're wrong.'

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 24, 2011 Pentagon Finds No Fault in Ties to TV Analysts

QUOTE: A Pentagon public relations program that sought to transform high-profile military analysts into “surrogates” and “message force multipliers” for the Bush administration complied with Defense Department regulations and directives....The inquiry confirmed that Mr. Rumsfeld’s staff frequently provided military analysts with talking points before their network appearances....four military analysts reported that they were ejected from Mr. Rumsfeld’s outreach program “because they were critical” of the Pentagon.

New York Times
Dec 22, 2011 The Post-Truth Campaign

QUOTE: Over all, Mr. Obama’s positions on economic policy resemble those that moderate Republicans used to espouse. Yet Mr. Romney portrays the president as the second coming of Fidel Castro and seems confident that he will pay no price for making stuff up.

New York Times
Dec 06, 2011 Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn't a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court--Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her

QUOTE: A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has drawn a line in the sand between "journalist" and "blogger." And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million....was sued by investment firm Obsidian Finance Group in January for defamation, to the tune of $10 million...

Seattle Weekly
Nov 29, 2011 British Inquiry Is Told Hacking Is Worthy Tool

QUOTE: After Paul McMullan, a former deputy features editor at Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, had finished his jaw-droppingly brazen remarks at a judicial inquiry on Tuesday, it was hard to think of any dubious news-gathering technique he had not confessed to...

New York Times
Nov 20, 2011 Protest Puts Coverage in Spotlight

QUOTE: Newspapers and television networks have been rebuked by media critics for treating the movement as if it were a political campaign or a sideshow — by many liberals for treating the protesters dismissively, and by conservatives, conversely, for taking the protesters too seriously. The protesters themselves have also criticized the media — first for ostensibly ignoring the movement and then for marginalizing it.

New York Times
Nov 11, 2011 James O'Keefe Is Capitalizing on the Cult of Journalistic Objectivity

QUOTE: much of the traditional media is on record conceding O'Keefe's premise -- that he has captured video that sheds legitimate doubt on the work of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, showing her to be in violation of a longstanding ethical code some in her profession regard as sacrosanct.

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Oct 26, 2011 When Secrets Aren’t Safe With Journalists (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: operational computer security is still not taught in most journalism schools, and poor data security practices remain widespread in news organizations....Until journalists take their security obligations seriously, it will be safer to leak something to WikiLeaks — or groups like it — than to the mainstream press.

New York Times
Sep 02, 2011 AOL Says Arrington No Longer Works at TechCrunch

QUOTE: AOL said on Friday that Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of its TechCrunch blog and one of the most prominent voices in Silicon Valley, no longer had an editorial role at the company because he also invested in tech companies.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2011 A Tip Becomes a Twitter Torrent

QUOTE: What appears to have happened is this: ESPN benched [Feldman] earlier this week, with pay, as it assessed the damage from excerpts from “Swing Your Sword,” the newly published book that Feldman collaborated on with Mike Leach, the ex-Texas Tech football coach.

New York Times
Jul 07, 2011 Murdoch paper suffers new blow in hacking scandal

QUOTE: the latest blow to the British Sunday tabloid [News of the World--Ed.] that has been accused of illegally eavesdropping on the messages of murder and terror victims, celebrities and politicians. Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday backed calls for an independent inquiry into the scandal

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 06, 2011 How Did News of the World Hack Victims' Cell Phones?

QUOTE: The alleged actions of the tabloid's cell phone-hacking employees may beggar belief, Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder and CTO of mobile security firm Lookout, told PC Mag Wednesday. But their techniques for accessing other people's private mail boxes were probably very simple.

PC Magazine
Jul 02, 2011 Surrounded by Opinion, the Times Raises Its Voices

QUOTE: Sunday Review, by contrast, is produced by the editorial department, with opinion material now dominant. The news department contributes, edits its own articles and collaborates as the junior partner. With their work mixed for the first time, the editorial and news departments must now work together every week. It’s a major change in a culture that has taken pains to keep the two immaculately separate.

New York Times
Jun 19, 2011 Ugly Details in Selling Newspapers

QUOTE: James O’Shea, the former editor in chief of The Los Angeles Times, found a classic of the genre in the course of reporting out “The Deal From Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers,” his deep dive into the two deals that tipped over the companies that owned, among many other newspapers, The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune.

New York Times
May 21, 2011 The Gossip Machine, Churning Out Cash

QUOTE: This is how it works in the new world of round-the-clock gossip, where even a B-list celebrity’s tangle with the law can be spun into easy money, feeding the public’s seemingly bottomless appetite for dirt about the famous. A growing constellation of Web sites, magazines and television programs serve it up minute by minute, creating a river of cash for secrets of the stars, or near-stars.

New York Times
Mar 09, 2011 Resignation Comes at Sensitive Time for NPR

QUOTE: Vivian Schiller... offered her resignation to the public radio organization’s board late Tuesday, half a day after a conservative filmmaker released a video that showed one of NPR’s fund-raising executives disparaging Republicans and Tea Party supporters in a conversation with people posing as prospective donors.

New York Times
Jan 27, 2011 Ugandan gay rights activist bludgeoned to death

QUOTE: It was unclear whether Kato's killing was linked to his gay rights activism or a front-page story in a Ugandan tabloid that reignited anti-gay sentiments late last year.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 06, 2010 On the Media: Onetime TV consumer watchdogs now ply their trade elsewhere: David Horowitz, Alan Mendelson and Judd McIlvain fight to build even modest audiences nowadays.

QUOTE: where programs dubbed as the "news" fob off paid promotional segments, touting products and services, like legitimate consumer reporting. We're talking about ads that aren't identified as ads. The putative radio and TV watchdogs of yesteryear, meanwhile, have been pushed to the margins. They work for commercial interests or operate in obscure niches, fighting to build even modest audiences.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 21, 2010 White House Offers Apology to Official Accused of Bias

QUOTE: The White House and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack apologized profusely and repeatedly on Wednesday to a black midlevel official [Shirley Sherrod--Ed.] for the way she had been humiliated and forced to resign her Agriculture Department job after a conservative blogger put out a misleading video clip that seemed to show her admitting antipathy toward a white farmer.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2010 Can We Talk?

QUOTE: On July 7, CNN fired its senior editor of Middle East affairs, Octavia Nasr, after she published a Twitter message saying, “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah,” one of the most prominent Lebanese Shiite spiritual leaders who was involved in the founding of the Hezbollah militia.

New York Times
Jun 26, 2010 Gen. McChrystal allies, Rolling Stone disagree over article's ground rules

QUOTE: McChrystal had been relieved of his command, his 34-year military career in tatters...officials close to McChrystal began trying to salvage his reputation by asserting that the author, Michael Hastings, quoted the general and his staff in conversations that he was allowed to witness but not report.

Washington Post
Jun 07, 2010 Reporter Retires After Words About Israel

QUOTE: Ms. Thomas said on Monday that she was retiring, effective immediately, after an uproar over her recent remarks that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go home to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.”

New York Times
May 17, 2010 Russian Journalists, Fighting Graft, Pay in Blood

QUOTE: the violence was an omen, beginning a wave of unsolved attacks and official harassment against journalists, human rights activists and opposition politicians around the region, which includes the Moscow suburbs, but not the city itself. Rarely, if ever, is anyone held responsible.

New York Times
Apr 16, 2010 Apple Blocks Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist From App Store

QUOTE: Apple's walled garden approach to App Store content means they can exclude pretty much whomever they want. But can and should are obviously entirely different things. And if they're sincere about the iPad being the future of media, they're going to need to accept that satirical—even controversial—voices are an essential part of the information landscape.

Sep 05, 2009 AP Photo of Dying Marine Criticized: Gates Decries Decision to Distribute Image Despite Family's Protests

QUOTE: The controversy [the Associated Press deciding to distribute a photograph of a mortally wounded Marine in Afghanistan over the objections of the Marine's father] goes to the heart of one of the most sensitive realms of war coverage: the public portrayal of the wounded and the dead.

Washington Post
Aug 21, 2009 In South Korea, Freed U.S. Journalists Come Under Harsh Criticism

QUOTE: in South Korea, human rights advocates, bloggers and Christian pastors are accusing them [the two freed U.S. journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, freed from North Korea] of needlessly endangering the very people they tried to cover: North Korean refugees and the activists who help them.

New York Times
Jul 31, 2009 Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV Feud

QUOTE: The reconciliation — not acknowledged by the parties until now — showcased how a personal and commercial battle between two men [Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly] could create real consequences for their parent corporations.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2009 Media jostled for access to Sanford

QUOTE: National media blitzed Gov. Mark Sanford’s staff, offering big ratings and, possibly, a sympathetic venue in an effort to land the first interview with the governor after his six-day trip to Argentina.

Jul 15, 2009 The Debate Over Publishing Stolen Twitter Documents

QUOTE: The incident [hacking of confidential Twitter documents] has raised age-old questions about the ethics of publishing confidential material, questions that have taken new twists in the age of blogs.

New York Times
Jul 12, 2009 Approval by a Blogger May Please a Sponsor

QUOTE: The proliferation of paid sponsorships online has not been without controversy....the Federal Trade Commission is taking a hard look at such practices and may soon require online media to comply with disclosure rules under its truth-in-advertising guidelines.

New York Times
Jul 02, 2009 Pay-for-Chat Plan Falls Flat at Washington Post

QUOTE: The [Washington] Post decided Thursday to cancel plans to charge lobbyists and trade groups $25,000 or more to sponsor private, off-the-record dinner parties at the home of its publisher...

New York Times
Jun 29, 2009 Was Wikipedia correct to censor news of David Rohde’s capture?

QUOTE: The escape of David Rohde, a New York Times reporter captured last November by the Taliban, has today sparked a fiery debate over media censorship in the open source age. At stake is the Times’ decision not just to tamp down on any news of Rodhe’s kidnapping, but on updates to Rohde’s Wikipedia page...

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 25, 2009 Why didn’t S.C. paper publish Sanford’s love letters sooner?

QUOTE: The [Palmetto] State [a South Carolina Newspaper] received the governor’s missives to his Argentine lover in an anonymous e-mail in December. ...questions about why South Carolina’s premier watchdog newspaper sat on the story since receiving the e-mails anonymously last December.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 23, 2009 Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online AP Issues Strict Facebook, Twitter Guidelines to Staff

QUOTE: The Associated Press is adopting a stringent social-networking policy for its employees, informing them to police their Facebook profiles... The News Media Guild, representing about 1,000 AP journalists, says the AP’s policy is perhaps the most restrictive the union has seen.

Jun 13, 2009 Hate speech and the mainstreaming of extremism: The First Amendment protects the media or web messenger, but the message can have murderous consequences

QUOTE: A new factor that is "causing us even more concern than in the past is the mainstreaming of the extremism by people who should know better," said James McElroy of the Southern Poverty Law Center...

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 06, 2009 Ping: Get the Tech Scuttlebutt! (It Might Even Be True.)

QUOTE: That drive to compete with the so-called mainstream media is what’s behind his strategy. He doesn’t have the luxury of a large staff to confirm everything, so he competes where he has the advantage. “Getting it right is expensive,” he says. “Getting it first is cheap.”

New York Times
May 28, 2009 Collusion Course: Does today's hush-hush meeting of newspaper executives violate antitrust law?

QUOTE: Antitrust law is complicated, but one principle is very simple: Competitors cannot get together and agree on price or the terms on which they will offer their services to their customers.

Sep 02, 2008 The Caucus: Talk Radio Host Slams Media on Palin Coverage

QUOTE: “The American media has hit a new low in tabloid journalism,” he declared. “They’ve taken a 17-year-old girl and they are trying to use the crisis pregnancy she finds herself in as a battering ram, a club, to damage her mother, her family. It’s outrageous. It’s tabloid journalism and they ought to be ashamed of themselves.”

New York Times
Jun 13, 2008 Media Charged With Sexism in Clinton Coverage

QUOTE: Angered by what they consider sexist news coverage of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, many women and erstwhile Clinton supporters are proposing boycotts of the cable networks, putting up videos on a “Media Hall of Shame,” starting a national conversation about sexism and pushing Mrs. Clinton’s rival, Senator Barack Obama, to address the matter.

New York Times
Mar 03, 2008 After Suicide, Blog Insults Are Debated

QUOTE: “Are there ethics in blogs? Should people have the right to publicly and anonymously criticize and attack the private lives of private people simply for entertainment...?"

New York Times
Mar 01, 2008 On the Press Bus, Some Questions Over Favoritism

QUOTE: As the two Democratic candidates shuttled between Ohio and Texas this week before Tuesday’s potentially decisive nominating contests, questions over whether reporters were giving each candidate an equally fair shake were thrust into the center of the campaign itself.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2008 Burma's allure places travelers in ethical dilemma: Activists say tourist dollars support the military junta, but many Burmese say they need the income.

QUOTE: But for those willing to overlook all this to experience Burma's charm, coming here also presents an ethical dilemma: Do you heed human rights activists' pleas to stay away to keep tourist dollars from a military junta's coffers or listen to some Burmese who say that income is a vital source for the country's impoverished.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 04, 2008 Private Schools Cry ‘Unfair’ Over a Grade

QUOTE: The [New York] Sun...published a front-page article on Thursday in which it assigned letter grades to the city’s elite private schools...The paper said that its sole criteria were “the school’s net assets and the number of students it sends to Harvard.”

New York Times
Dec 04, 2007 Does U.S. tolerate anti-Muslim speech? The latest flap: Radio-show host says Muslims should be deported, sparking a backlash.

QUOTE: But the comments by host Michael Savage in October – and previous anti-Muslim speech – have not created the furor that knocked radio icon Don Imus off of MSNBC and CBS Radio after he denigrated a black women's basketball team. That leaves many Muslims-Americans – and non-Muslims like Mr. Gronseth – suspicious that Americans have a double standard when it comes to Islam.

Christian Science Monitor

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