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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 »

Want to Save the Media? Get Ad Writers Who Can Write

Michael Wolff thinks crappy writing is to blame for the persuasion industry's failures

(Newser) - People often blame disruptive technologies for the decline of the advertising industry, and the media industry that relies on it. But the real problem, Michael Wolff writes in USA Today , is that ads in every medium have become less persuasive, and Wolff thinks he knows why: "There are no... More »

Iran Convicts Reuters Chief in 'Ninja' Row

Sentence to be handed down this week

(Newser) - A special Tehran "media court" has found a Reuters bureau chief guilty of "spreading lies" in a "ninja" video. The film initially included a headline, soon changed, that said female martial arts experts were training to be assassins. They were apparently ninjas, but not assassins . Operations at... More »

Hillary Aide to Reporter: Eff Off

Philippe Reines unloads on Michael Hastings

(Newser) - When you're a top State Department aide and you dump on a Buzzfeed reporter, it might be a good idea not to put it in an email. Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton's long-time aide and personal spokesman, called reporter Michael Hastings—the writer who got Gen. Stanley McChrystal to... More »

Quote Approval Is Ruining Journalism

David Carr discusses a disturbing trend

(Newser) - Today's journalists are increasingly faced with subjects who insist on "quotation approval" as a condition of their interviews—and that's a big problem, writes David Carr in the New York Times . Politicians who want to approve quotes before a piece runs reveal "democracy" to actually be... More »

Campaigns Plunge Reporters Into Depression

It's loathing and loathing on the campaign trail

(Newser) - You think you're depressed by this political campaign season? Pity the poor reporters, some of whom are facing a career crisis as they stare into the abyss of their jobs. The rattling revelations started with New York Times Magazine reporter Mark Leibovich, who bemoaned the soul-destroying "joylessness" of... More »

Reporter: Mitt Barred Me From Asking About Abortion

Campaign denies it, but Denver TV backs up writer

(Newser) - A Denver reporter assigned to an interview with Mitt Romney was banned by the campaign from asking any questions about abortion or Rep. Todd Akin and his "legitimate rape" comments, reports the Huffington Post . "I had about five minutes with him, and we got through a fair amount... More »

Obama Not Ducking Real Journos: Rep

Stephanie Cutter calls soft media 'equally important'

(Newser) - Hey, Obama-haters: If his rep says Entertainment Tonight and the New York Times are "equally important," it must be so. That was Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter's response to criticism that President Obama is ducking real reporters in favor of so-called "soft" media. "I don'... More »

Obama Sidesteps Press Corp, Embraces 'Soft' Media

Politico: He's focusing on outlets like 'People' instead

(Newser) - Politico calls it the president's "soft-media" strategy. He's largely avoiding the White House press corp and instead giving interviews to the likes of ESPN, People, Entertainment Tonight, and local TV outlets specializing in softball questions. A White House spokesman explains that it's a way to... More »

China Sinking Big Bucks Into African News

Critics say propaganda, but Chinese call it good PR

(Newser) - China has long been investing big money into Africa, in construction, natural resources, housing, and other projects. Increasingly, though, China is also pouring money into news and media on the continent, bringing two Chinese television news channels, radio, and written articles by Xinhua, China's state-sponsored news service, to places... More »

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