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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 »

Fox Host to Dick Cheney: You Were So Wrong

Pundits generally can't believe Cheney is talking about this

(Newser) - Commentators everywhere are marveling at the gall of Dick and Liz Cheney, after a blistering op-ed in which they said that President Obama had been "so wrong about so much at the expense of so many." The skepticism is so pervasive that not even Fox News is safe... More »

Zingers Fly at 'Nerd Prom'

President Obama, Joel McHale crack wise at White House Correspondents' Dinner

(Newser) - The annual media spectacle in which the cadre of reporters assigned to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. throws itself a glitzy party, mingles with Hollywood's bored and/or elite, and gazes deeply into its own navel is in the books. Highlights from the White House Correspondents' Dinner, aka "nerd prom,"... More »

Graphic Teen Suicide Reports May Spur Copycats

Researchers pored over newspaper archives

(Newser) - Graphic and extensive news reports on a teen suicide may lead to more teen suicides, a new study has found. Researchers looked at 48 teen suicide "clusters" in US communities where three to 11 teens killed themselves over a six-month period occurring between 1988 and 1996 (before Internet news... More »

Why War Reporters Get It So Wrong

Patrick Cockburn: It's a hard job when propaganda and bullets are flying

(Newser) - Journalists have given us the wrong impression about four Middle East wars since 9/11—but how did they blow it so badly? In the London Review of Books , Patrick Cockburn looks at how the media fumbled the ball in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. In each case, he argues, reporters... More »

Sold: Newsweek

Iconic magazine had been up for sale since May, goes to IBT Media

(Newser) - First Newsweek was unloaded for a dollar . Then it merged with the Daily Beast . Then it underwent a series of scandals over dubious cover choices and fact-checking . Then it ended its print edition . In the latest step for the once-iconic magazine, Barry Diller's IAC has sold Newsweek to IBT... More »

Howard Kurtz: 'I'm Truly Sorry'

CNN host apologizes for erroneous Jason Collins post

(Newser) - Howard Kurtz took to his own show today to face the music over his Jason Collins flub , turning to the camera and apologizing, reports Politico . “This time the media mistake was mine—a big mistake, more than one in fact," said Kurtz, who denied that he lost his... More »

Kurtz Out at Daily Beast After Post on Jason Collins

Piece on gay NBA player was inaccurate

(Newser) - A media firestorm over a blog post by media critic Howard Kurtz has culminated in this short-and-sweet line from editor Tina Brown to Politico : “The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company." If you missed it, Kurtz accused gay NBA player Jason Collins of failing to mention... More »

Falsely Accused Boston Teen: It's 'Scary'

Salah Barhoum says he's a target after photo shows up on New York Post

(Newser) - Take a look at the two suspects sought by the FBI in the Boston bombings, and one person you will not see is 17-year-old Salah Barhoum. Which is notable only because the Boston-area teen woke up today to discover he and a friend were pictured on the front page of... More »

After Outcry, Grisly Trial of Abortion Doctor Gets Notice

Kermit Gosnell accused of murdering viable fetuses

(Newser) - Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the abortion provider accused of murdering seven viable fetuses and causing the death of one pregnant woman in a botched procedure, has been on trial for four weeks. But, despite the grisly charges, the trial has received mostly local attention until now, the New York Times reports.... More »

How Not to Tweet About a Tragedy

Jeremy Stahl offers the media some advice on Slate

(Newser) - In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Twitter was flooded with breaking news—some of which turned out to be erroneous—as well as some journalists using that news to score political points. Journalism has been called "the first rough draft of history," and Twitter has become... More »

News Outlets Should Hire More Christians

Matt Lewis says newspapers, others missing key part of society

(Newser) - Newspapers and other media outlets might like to trumpet how their diverse staffs reflect a diverse nation, but Matt Lewis at the Week thinks they're falling short in one key area: Christians. Generally speaking, people of faith are hard to find in journalism, which results in a secular bias... More »

Sarah Palin Won't Be Back at Fox News

Her contract is up, and it won't be renewed

(Newser) - Sarah Palin isn't renewing her contract with Fox News, reports Real Clear Politics . Her three-year deal has expired, and a source tells RCP that Palin rejected a network offer. The New York Times confirms that Palin isn't coming back but says it's "unclear" whether it was... More »

Newsweek Bids Itself Farewell

Last print edition of the once-iconic mag is out tomorrow

(Newser) - There will be no more weekly wondering what crazy cover concoction Tina Brown & Co. have put together to greet you in the supermarket checkout: Newsweek has printed its final print issue, and it is going out with an old-school-meets-new-school bow to itself, notes Mashable . The cover features a retro... More »

Media: Romney Charged Us $1K a Day for Travel

News outlets fight 'exorbitant' trail bills

(Newser) - Major news organizations are fighting what they say are exorbitant prices charged by Mitt Romney's campaign for reporters' travel expenses including food and transportation. Outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today have told the campaign they will be contesting charges that topped $1,000... More »

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