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Kin: Dead Reporter Said NYT Would Kill Him

Journalist fought with editors before traveling to Syria: cousin

(Newser) - The award-winning New York Times reporter who died in Syria of an acute asthma attack in February said before he left that, if he died, the Times would be to blame, reports Politico . Anthony Shadid engaged in screaming matches with his editors from Turkey before going to Syria, criticizing the... More »

Obama's Kill Counts Are Vile Propaganda

Glenn Greenwald dares the media to keep using Obama's definition of 'militant'

(Newser) - In case you missed it, this morning's New York Times contained a staggering revelation : The Obama administration has been counting every military-aged man it kills as a "militant," unless it can specifically prove that they're not. "That's nothing less than sociopathic, a term I... More »

US Media Leading Propaganda War on Iran

It's blindly beating the war drums once again: Glenn Greenwald

(Newser) - The American media took its lumps after the Iraqi war for not challenging the government's allegations against Saddam Hussein. It promised to learn its lesson. Guess what? The same thing is now happening in regard to Iran, with a twist: The media is actually "out in front of... More »

CNN's Ed Henry Jumps to Fox

Taking same White House correspondents gig, but with new boss

(Newser) - CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry is jumping to Fox News to take the same job over there, the network announced yesterday. Henry joined CNN in 2004 from Roll Call, and he covered the president, Congress, and politics for the network. A Fox News exec says the network has been... More »

White House: Bin Laden Had No Gun or Human Shield

Jay Carney clarifies details from first account

(Newser) - The White House clarified details today of the raid on Osama bin Laden, with spokesman Jay Carney saying that bin Laden was not armed and did not use his wife as a human shield. He chalked up the discrepancies to the government's "great haste" in getting information out.... More »

SF Chronicle: White House Threatened Ban Over Video

Reporter recorded protest at fundraiser

(Newser) - A messy media flap between the White House and San Francisco Chronicle : The newspaper says the White House threatened to ban its reporter because she shot video of a Bradley Manning protest during a fundraiser. Reporter Carla Marinucci was the pool reporter for the dinner, meaning she was supposed to... More »

LA Times Wins Key Pulitzer

2011 prizes announced today in New York

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times took home the coveted public service Pulitzer Prize this afternoon for its exposé of widepsread corruption in the city of Bell, Calif. The piece eventually led to the arrests of eight city officials, including the city administrator, who was pulling down $800,000 a year. The... More »

Latest Casualty of World's Upheaval: Media Budgets

From Libya to Japan, the money's running out

(Newser) - There’s been a lot of news around the world in 2011—too much, in fact, for some news organizations to handle. Japan, Libya, and Egypt have stretched already tight cable and broadcast news budgets to the breaking point, The Wrap reports. “We've already had a year's worth of... More »

Katie Couric Likely Gone From CBS News in June

Howard Kurtz: She's exploring daytime deals

(Newser) - Katie Couric is expected to leave her post as anchor of the CBS Evening News in June, writes Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast . She may stay with the network in some kind of daytime or syndicated talk show, but she's also exploring deals with ABC, NBC, and Time Warner.... More »

Palin: I'm Done Whining

... about the 'lamestream' media, anyway

(Newser) - Attention, lamestream media: Sarah Palin has had it with you, to the point where she's not even going to whine about you anymore. Seems Bill Maher called her a nasty name ever-so-subtly invoking female genitalia , NOW leaped to her defense, and Palin went on Fox yesterday to tell everyone to... More »

NY Times Paywall Starts This Month

Unlimited access will be $15 a month

(Newser) - The New York Times website will start charging customers for unlimited access starting March 28, the newspaper announced . Users will be able to read up to 20 articles for free, but beyond that, they’ll have to pay $15 per month for full access to the site and mobile app.... More »

Bachmann Explains Gaffe—by Making New Gaffe

Says mainstream media's '3,400' members are to blame...

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann yesterday fired back at critics who poked her recent American history gaffe on the Laura Ingraham Show. She accused all "3,400" members of the "mainstream media" of being "part of the Obama press contingent." There's just one tiny problem with her counting, notes... More »

Obama Yuks It Up at Gridiron

And Mitch Daniels has some fun with the president

(Newser) - The Boss' hit "Born in the USA" greeted President Obama as he took the stage for the first Gridiron Dinner of his presidency, and the jokes went on from there, reports Politico . A rundown of the highlights (or lowlights) of the posh annual media dinner:
  • On Haley Barbour's heft:
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Nir Rosen Should Be Ashamed—but Not Ruined

Lara Logan tweets were disgusting, but media must learn to forgive

(Newser) - Nir Rosen’s thoughtless tweets about Lara Logan were “grotesque”—but they shouldn’t “eclipse an often-heroic career” of “intrepid” war reporting, writes Michelle Goldberg in the Daily Beast . Indeed, today’s media “has an awful way of reducing us all to the worst thing... More »

Egypt Holds Mirror to US

But American press would never admit it

(Newser) - Egypt, the media have been breathlessly informing us, is a corrupt state where money buys power and vice versa. Sound familiar? asks Glenn Greenwald of Salon . “How many American politicians with a national platform over the last thirty years have failed to convert their political standing into great personal... More »

AOL Buying Huffington Post for $315M

Arianna Huffington will head AOL content

(Newser) - AOL is buying the Huffington Post for a whopping $315 million, and Arianna Huffington will become the owner of AOL news content. The purchase will bring the AOL news operation another 25 million visitors a day, reports AP. That's expected to help AOL boost its struggling display advertising business. The... More »

Don't Credit Twitter for Egypt

Connecting social media to uprisings evidence of American ignorance

(Newser) - The American media's attempts to link the Egyptian protests to the Internet and online networking are just another sign of America's isolation and ignorance, writes Frank Rich in the New York Times . Rich calls the focus on Facebook and Twitter "implicit, simplistic Western chauvinism"—"How fabulous that... More »

Fox Is Turning Us Into Cynical Malcontents: NYT Editor

And we're more polarized than ever, says Bill Keller

(Newser) - America is not a pretty sight, thanks to Fox News, complains a New York Times editor. The right-wing infused programing is turning us into cynical malcontents who are more polarized than ever, explains Times executive editor Bill Keller. "The effect of Fox News on American public life has been... More »

Rick Sanchez on Jewish Dig: Give Me a Break

'It was 5 seconds of my life,' says axed anchor

(Newser) - Onetime CNN anchor Rick Sanchez is heading back to the air after getting axed for controversial remarks about Jews, and he's pleading with the media to give him a break. "I tried to be real, to be honest, to be passionate, so wish I still could. Wish media would... More »

News Fail: The Year's Most Misunderstood Stories

Time to stop blaming Jay

(Newser) - This year, we hated Jay, pitied Mark Zuckerberg, and were sure the Tea Partiers were insane. But we were wrong, says Cracked . Some accepted myths, followed by the truth:
  • Jay Leno stole Conan's job. Actually, “Leno had nearly nothing to do with Conan getting fired.” It all came
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