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PayPal Founder Admits Plan to Kill Gawker

It's about sticking up for the little guy: Peter Thiel

(Newser) - Peter Thiel admits he spent around $10 million to fund lawsuits against Gawker in the hope of ruining the media company—and it's "one of my greater philanthropic things that I've done." But "it's less about revenge and more about specific deterrence," the... More »

Facebook Dumps News Outlets as 'Trending Topics' Gauge

After allegations the social network was suppressing conservative news

(Newser) - Facebook is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic," a move adopted after backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views, the AP reports. Facebook's general counsel outlined the change in a 12-page letter Monday to Republican... More »

It's Time to Start Worrying About Facebook

The company has unrivaled power to shape world events

(Newser) - "The question isn’t whether Facebook has outsize power to shape the world—of course it does, and of course you should worry about that power," Farhad Manjoo writes for the New York Times . In 2010, a study demonstrated Facebook was able to get users to vote just... More »

Browser Plugin Scrubs Internet of Mass Killers

'Denying a killer the notoriety that they literally kill for'

(Newser) - Research shows 30% of mass shootings are inspired by prior mass shootings, CBS News reports. A gun-control nonprofit is hoping to do something about that with a new browser plugin that removes the names and photos of mass killers from websites. Google Chrome users can download the Zero Minutes of... More »

German Historian: AP Was in Cahoots With the Nazis

Claims that Nazis even had a propaganda plant as an AP photographer

(Newser) - A historian at Germany's Martin Luther University has uncovered what she says is proof from Associated Press archives that it was in formal cahoots with Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime in exchange for being the only Western news agency to report from there, the New York Times reports. In... More »

Iran's Media Raises $600K for Renewed Rushdie Fatwa

'It will never lose its power,' Iran official says of death edict

(Newser) - Since 1989, Salman Rushdie has had to live a mostly underground life after Iran's then-supreme leader called for his assassination over the novel The Satanic Verses. Now that fatwa, which is occasionally paraded out by the country's religious leaders, has been reupped yet again, and this time 40... More »

Intercept Reporter Made Up Quotes, Invented Sources: Editor

Juan Thompson's rambling explanation gives his bizarre take

(Newser) - The Intercept, a website dedicated to "fearless, adversarial journalism," often produces stories that push for government and corporate accountability by exposing secrets and wrongdoings. But a note posted Tuesday by EIC Betsy Reed shows the site's been doing some major sleuthing on one of its own. "... More »

Big Media Surprise: Politico Losing Huge Names

Including CEO/co-founder Jim VandeHei, Politico Playbook journo Mike Allen

(Newser) - In a surprise announcement that its owner says "[makes] perfect sense for the publication," one of the co-founders of Politico, as well as perhaps its most prominent journalist, will be leaving the publication, the New York Times reports. CEO Jim VandeHei, who helped launch the site in 2007,... More »

HuffPo to State Trump Is 'Racist' After Every Article

Also a 'serial liar' and 'rampant xenophobe'

(Newser) - Hoping to learn more about Donald Trump's campaign by perusing the Huffington Post? You'll also learn that he's a "serial liar" and a "racist." An editor's note attached to a Trump story published Wednesday reads: "Note to our readers: Donald Trump is... More »

Al Jazeera America Is Shutting Down in April

The 'stunning and rapid collapse' of a 'towering failure'

(Newser) - When Al Jazeera America launched in 2013 it seemed perhaps overly optimistic that Americans would accept a news channel called Al Jazeera that—in the words of the New York Times —aimed to be "free of the shouting arguments that have defined cable news in the United States.... More »

Coverage Is Tame When Demonstrators Are White

Vox writer: Imagine if black or Muslim protesters took over a federal building

(Newser) - An armed group has taken over a federal building in Oregon, and leaders say they're willing to use force to defend themselves if the feds move in. It's getting news coverage, of course, but a post at Vox makes the case that coverage is nowhere near as intense... More »

John Oliver Cracks 'Most Influential' List for Political Media

Mediaite's ranking of movers and shakers puts Roger Ailes at No. 1

(Newser) - It's been a "contentious, bizarre, and always entertaining primary season" so far in the world of politics, Mediaite notes in its roundup of the 25 "biggest movers and shakers" in the political media arena. And that type of season may have served as the perfect breeding ground... More »

Reporters Storm Home of Shooting Suspects

'This is going to be a rather extensive chapter in future journalism textbooks'

(Newser) - It was a scene of complete chaos and questionable ethics Friday morning, as members of the media stormed into a California townhouse rented by the suspects in this week's mass shooting in San Bernardino. The New York Times reports landlord Doyle Miller let reporters and photographers—many of them... More »

Political Reporting Is a Joke

'Politics' is about more than politicians, argues essayist

(Newser) - Political reporting in the US is in a sad state, and the problem is more fundamental than you might think, writes Jonathan Stray at Medium . Yes, coverage tends to be of the superficial "horse race" variety and too many reporters covet "insider" status, but Stray's complaint goes... More »

Carson to Media: Find a Real Scandal and We'll Talk

Candidate says he can't sit and watch unfairness he's treated with

(Newser) - Ben Carson kept up his drumbeat against the media , saying he faces an unprecedented level of scrutiny about the veracity of his life story and questioning whether the issues dogging him over his autobiography are important to the nation's search for the next president. "The whole point is... More »

Sexualizing Celebrity Kids Is Just Wrong

The 'lucrative' practice ignores 'emotional repercussions': Morgan Jerkins

(Newser) - Already think we're hypersexualizing our child celebrities? Then sigh and consider Tyga's latest video, "Stimulated," which all but confirms that he's dating just-turned-18 Kylie Jenner: "While many in the media—especially the celebrity media—has treated the story as racy gossip, a grown man... More »

Nikkei Buying Financial Times for $1.3B

Pearson cites 'inflection point'

(Newser) - Financial Times owner Pearson says it has agreed to sell the salmon-colored paper to Nikkei for $1.3 billion. It says the amount is payable in cash. Nikkei is the largest independent business media group in Asia, with flagship newspaper Nikkei as its core. What Pearson CEO John Fallon has... More »

Bill Cosby: 'Black Media' Should Be Neutral

Entertainer talks briefly to Page Six

(Newser) - Bill Cosby broke his silence via Twitter earlier this month, and the embattled entertainer has apparently now spoken briefly with Page Six , albeit for a sort of strange primer on journalism. "Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism... More »

New Republic Owner Blasts Editors Who Quit

Chris Hughes says if 'you really care ... you roll up your sleeves'

(Newser) - Twenty of the 50-plus staff members and contributing editors who quit the New Republic on Friday penned an open letter to Chris Hughes—the Facebook co-founder who purchased the magazine in 2012—and other management to express their "dismay and sorrow at [the magazine's] destruction in all but... More »

Fox Drops Bid to Grab Time Warner

Rupert Murdoch is moving on

(Newser) - A deal that would have combined two of the world's biggest media companies is no more—21st Century Fox is abandoning its attempt to take over Time Warner . The about-face announced today comes three weeks after Time Warner revealed that it had rejected 21st Century Fox's unsolicited $76... More »

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