Tag: News and News Media

Streaming Service Roku Offers Alex Jones a Platform, Then Quickly Retreats

WASHINGTON — After an uproar, Alex Jones’s mass media revival proved short-lived. Last year, Mr. Jones, the Infowars conspiracy theorist, was erased from virtually every major social media platform for violating standards against hate speech, among others. This week, it came to light that Mr. Jones had a new, free […]

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After Stephen King Tweeted at a Maine Paper for Cutting Book Reviews, It Gave Readers a ‘Scary Good’ Offer

When the largest daily newspaper in Maine decided it was going to stop publishing regional book reviews, it caused an uproar among local writers — one local writer in particular. Stephen King, the best-selling author from Bangor, Me., complained on Twitter that the newspaper was taking away the publicity that […]

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It’s Final: Megyn Kelly and NBC Part Ways. And She Will Be Paid in Full.

After a drawn-out negotiation period, NBC and Megyn Kelly have formally agreed to part ways. The network and the onetime cable news star reached a final agreement on Friday, nearly three months after she wondered aloud on-air why it was inappropriate for white people to dress up in blackface for […]

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Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020?

“Pocahontas” won’t be lonely for long. As other Democrats join Elizabeth Warren in the contest for the party’s presidential nomination, President Trump will assign them their own nicknames, different from hers but just as derisive. There’s no doubt. But how much heed will we in the media pay to this […]

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Myanmar Court Upholds Convictions of Two Reuters Journalists

A court in Myanmar rejected the appeal on Friday of two Reuters journalists who were sentenced to seven years in prison for reporting on atrocities against the country’s Rohingya minority. The journalists, U Wa Lone, 32, and U Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted in September of violating the colonial-era […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing After Parents’ Deaths, Is Found Alive in Wisconsin, Authorities Say

A teenage girl who went missing from the house where her parents were killed has been found, the authorities said on Thursday night, three months after her disappearance rattled a small town in Wisconsin and prompted a large-scale manhunt. A suspect has been taken into custody. Jayme Closs, 13, was […]

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What Have the Elites Ever Done for Fox?

“For generations, Republicans have considered it their duty to make the world safe for banking, while simultaneously prosecuting ever more foreign wars. Modern Democrats generally support these goals. There are signs, however, that most people do not….” — Tucker Carlson, Jan. 3. THE SCENE: News Corp. Headquarters, New York City. […]

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Cyberattack Disrupts Printing of Major Newspapers

An unusual cyberattack disrupted printing operations at newspapers in Los Angeles, San Diego and Florida on Saturday, and The Los Angeles Times said it had come from outside the United States. Computer malware attacks on infrastructure, while relatively rare, are hardly new: Russia has been credibly accused of shutting down […]

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In the New Year’s Eve Spotlight: Snoop Dogg, Ninja and a Free Press

Kelly Clarkson. Snoop Dogg. Dua Lipa. And Lester Holt? Television viewers on New Year’s Eve tune in for performances by the latest hitmakers and nostalgia acts. This time around, 11 journalists — ranging from familiar faces like Martha Raddatz of ABC to behind-the-scenes editors like Karen Toulon of Bloomberg News […]

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Der Spiegel to Press Charges Against Reporter Who Made Up Articles

HANOVER, Germany — Der Spiegel has announced that it will press charges against a former star reporter accused of systemically faking interviews and articles, in what might be the biggest journalism scandal in Germany since another newsmagazine published fake Hitler diaries 35 years ago. The announcement came as the United […]

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After German Journalism Scandal, Critics Are ‘Popping the Corks’

BERLIN — He told the story of a Syrian boy who believed he had helped start the country’s civil war with a prank. He profiled an American woman who traveled around the United States to watch executions. He brought to life, in astoundingly granular detail, the anguish of a would-be […]

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My Biggest Duds

Good thing my mother is a loyal Times subscriber. She was just about the only reader of some of my columns this year! Well, yes, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But while some people like to showcase their greatest hits, at the end of every year I like to […]

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Brexit: The Most Boring Important Story in the World

LONDON — I’ve recently been struck by how much following British politics reminds me of watching “Lost,” the long-running TV series from the early 2000s. The show was about a group of plane-crash survivors and was built on a bewildering structure of flashbacks, flash-forwards and, by Season 6, flash-sidewayses. It […]

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Jailing Hundreds of Journalists Worldwide Is the ‘New Normal,’ Group Finds

More than 250 journalists have been jailed worldwide in 2018, a number that has been reached for three consecutive years, an advocacy group said Thursday, calling it a sign that an authoritarian response to critical news coverage is “more than a temporary spike.” The group, the Committee to Protect Journalists, […]

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Jamal Khashoggi, Among Other Journalists, Named Time’s Person of the Year for 2018

Time magazine named a group of journalists, including the murdered reporter Jamal Khashoggi, as its person of the year for 2018 on Tuesday, honoring their dedicated pursuit of the truth despite a war on facts and tremendous obstacles, including violence and imprisonment. Besides Mr. Khashoggi, the honorees include the staff […]

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The War on Truth Spreads

A free and unfettered news media has long been anathema to authoritarian rulers, but even George Orwell might not have anticipated that some of the most unscrupulous assaults on press freedoms would one day be perpetrated by democratically elected governments. Witness these recent events: Earlier this week Maria Ressa, founder […]

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In Britain, a Team Effort to Help Local News Survive

LONDON — When Lucy Ashton quit The Sheffield Star in 2009 to have children and work in public relations, she had already seen other reporters steadily leaving the paper as circulation and advertising fell, and figured she’d never see jobs being added again. Now she has returned, as part of […]

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At ‘60 Minutes,’ Independence Led to Trouble, Investigators Say

For decades, “60 Minutes” has reigned at the top of television news, bringing in hundreds of journalistic awards, not to mention weekly ratings for CBS that are the envy of the industry. The success has allowed “60 Minutes” to operate independently from the larger network news division to which it […]

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Philippine Journalist, a Thorn to Duterte, Turns Herself In to Face Charges

The founder of an online news start-up critical of the Philippine government turned herself in to the authorities in Manila on Monday after a warrant for her arrest was issued over the weekend. The Philippine government has accused the journalist, Maria Ressa, and her news organization, Rappler, of evading taxes, […]

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