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Hit Podcast Sued for Revealing Man's Intimate Details

'S-town' delved into the life of John B. McLemore

(Newser) - Millions of people know all about John B. McLemore, and that may be a problem. In fact his estate is suing S-Town, one of the most popular podcasts ever, saying it revealed highly personal details of McLemore's sexuality, friendships, and mental-health issues without his consent after he died, Vox... More »

Trump Blasts Coverage of His Putin Meeting

'Fake news is going crazy'

(Newser) - "The Fake News is going Crazy." With that, President Trump pointed the finger at the media Tuesday for some of the most negative press coverage of his presidency. After he was accused of alienating US allies at the NATO summit and then called too deferential to Vladimir Putin,... More »

John Cleese Is Totally Over the UK

Monty Python, 'very disappointed' with the UK and its media, is leaving for the Caribbean

(Newser) - He's an icon of British comedy, but John Cleese won't be living in Britain anymore. The Monty Python comic is leaving the UK for Nevis, a Caribbean island, because he's "very disappointed" with his native land, he told BBC Two's Newsnight Tuesday. In particular, it'... More »

Apple, Oprah Winfrey Announce Multi-Year Deal

The programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content

(Newser) - Apple says it has reached a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service, reports the AP . Apple said Friday the programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content. Apple has yet to launch its service, whose major competitors will... More »

Elon Musk Has Plans to Shake Up the Media

He slams the 'holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies'

(Newser) - Elon Musk turned his attention from rockets, electric cars, and tunneling to lash out at the media this week, slamming the "holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies" and vowing to launch his own website "where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the... More »

Journos Told to Keep Blinds Closed on N. Korea Train Ride

Foreign journalists began trek to Mount Mantap on Wednesday

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un vowed to dismantle the nuclear testing facility beneath Mount Mantap this week, and he invited foreign journalists to witness the Punggye-ri facility's end. Reuters reports journalists from the UK, US, China, Russia, and South Korea on Wednesday began the trek to the site, and a trek... More »

Press Dinner Will Get a Trump Substitute

President says he plans to skip again, with Sarah Huckabee Sanders taking his place

(Newser) - It looks like President Trump will skip the second White House Correspondents Dinner of his presidency, as he did with the first . In a radio interview Friday, Trump said he'd "probably" avoid the April 28 event because the press is "so bad and so fake," per... More »

Sinclair's Local Anchors Decry Fake News Via Same Script

Broadcast outlet under fire for newsroom tactics and 'state media' tactics

(Newser) - Sinclair Broadcast Group owns a growing number of local TV stations across the US, and it's come under fire previously for newsroom tactics dictated by its Maryland headquarters. But criticism reached new heights over the weekend when Deadspin stitched together a video showing dozens of anchors reciting the same... More »

Walmart Kicks Cosmo Out of Its Checkout Lines

'Hypersexualized' women's magazine will still be found in magazine racks

(Newser) - No longer will you see headlines like "Best. Sex. Ever." in the Walmart checkout line. The retail giant partnered with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to announce Tuesday that it will remove women's magazine Cosmopolitan from checkout lines at more than 5,000 stores across the... More »

Fox News Attacked—by One of Its Own

Network responds to Ralph Peters' dig at 'propaganda machine'

(Newser) - Criticism of Fox News as a "propaganda machine … wittingly harming our system of government for profit" is making waves because of its source: longtime Fox military analyst and retired US Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. In a letter to colleagues announcing he would not be renewing his contract... More »

Seth Rich's Parents Sue Fox News Over 'Sham Story'

Retracted report suggested DNC staffer was murdered for helping WikiLeaks

(Newser) - Fox News is facing another lawsuit over its retracted report suggesting a Democratic National Committee staffer was murdered for helping WikiLeaks, this time from the man's family. The parents of Seth Rich—fatally shot in what police say was an attempted robbery in Washington, DC, in July 2016—allege... More »

Trump Pals Around With the Media

Something of a truce for the night as president attends his first Gridiron Dinner, drops one-liners

(Newser) - President Trump engaged in a good-natured duel of one-liners with political rivals and the press at the annual Gridiron Dinner, reports the AP , largely putting aside his ongoing criticism of the media Saturday night. "Nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do. It's not even close," said... More »

Nunes, Critic of 'Fake News,' Creates His Own Site

Conservative congressman launches the California Republican

(Newser) - Devin Nunes isn't just complaining about what he sees as liberal "fake news." He's created his own media company to fight back, reports Politico . The Devin Nunes Campaign Committee has provided the money behind a site called the California Republican , which promises "the best of... More »

Trump Reveals Winners of 'Fake News Awards'

4 CNN stories made list of 10

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert and other late-night hosts experienced real disappointment Wednesday night when President Trump revealed the winners of his inaugural Fake News Awards: The "honors" went to the New York Times, CNN, ABC, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. In a list of 10 winners posted on the GOP... More »

Trump's 'Fake News Awards' Could Put Staff in a Pinch

Ethics rules likely bar them from helping out, say experts

(Newser) - The "losers" are set to get their moment in the spotlight Wednesday, when President Trump will reportedly hold his "Fake News Awards," and its impending nature has spurred Politico and Politifact to speculate on what form it could take—and the thorns involved. The blind spot seems... More »

Mag Was to Out 'S---ty Media Men' Author. She Outed Herself

Moira Donegan says she created the 'S---ty Media Men' list documenting alleged sexual misconduct

(Newser) - The creator of a much-talked-about list of men in media accused of sexual misconduct revealed herself Wednesday after Harper's Magazine was rumored to have had an article in the works naming her, reports the New York Times . In The Cut , Moira Donegan comes clean that she started the "... More »

Accused of Spanking Women, Newspaper Exec Fesses Up

Claims he spanked employee with doctor's approval

(Newser) - A chairman of a newspaper publishing company facing allegations of assault related to at least four women admits he spanked a female employee, but says he did so with a doctor's approval. H. Brandt Ayers—the former publisher of Alabama's Anniston Star, who now heads its publishing company—... More »

Trump Announces 'Corrupt' Media Awards

President says 'most dishonest' outlets will be named Monday

(Newser) - The Golden Globes are Sunday, but President Trump has another awards ceremony he's promoting, one scheduled for the very next day. Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to announce, in all caps, the "most dishonest & corrupt media awards of the year," set for 5pm ET Monday. "... More »

Critics Say FCC's Rule Change Will Hurt Media Diversity

Organization makes it easier to own more outlets in the same market

(Newser) - Federal regulators are loosening rules meant to support independent local media, the AP reports. Now, one company can own both newspapers and TV stations in one market, undoing a ban in place since 1975. Thursday's vote by the Federal Communications Commission also makes it easier for one company to... More »

Some Fear Trump Is Meddling in Merger to Target CNN

Sen. Brian Schatz wants an investigation amid allegations that DOJ wants network sold

(Newser) - Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into possible "political interference" amid accusations that the Justice Department is pushing for the sale of CNN before it will approve AT&T's merger with Time Warner. Sources tell Politico the DOJ gave the companies an "ultimatum" Monday demanding they drop... More »

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