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  • Iran: Rouhani heading to Europe with highest figures of journalists behind bars

    11/13/2015 12:51:09 PM PST · by Keyvan Salami · 2 replies
    Two United Nations human rights experts joined voice in warning Iranian authorities on the arrest, prosecution and harassment of journalists and online activists. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, and David Kaye, the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression also demanded safe space for freedom of expression as Iran is heading for general elections next February. What makes it all the more interesting is that these calls are being made upon a regime led by Hassan Rouhani who claims of leading efforts for change in Iran and preparing to visit Europeans eager for Iran’s...
  • An inside look at the underside of Tuesday’s Republican Presidential debate

    11/11/2015 7:00:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Hillsdale Collegian ^ | November 11, 2015 | Macaela Bennett
    When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made a snide comment about jour­nalists during Tuesday’s fourth Republican Pres­i­dential debate, hundreds of jour­nalists clustered in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, media filing center shared a moment. While responding to crit­icisms of Donald Trump’s firm stance against illegal immi­gration, Cruz said many people disregard immi­gration as an economic issue. He blamed this misun­der­standing partially on the main­stream media’s coverage of it. To emphasize his point, Cruz argued that the media would cover the issue differently if undoc­u­mented immi­grants entering the United States were applying for jour­nalism jobs. “I will say, the politics of it would be...
  • Bias? What Bias? Only 7% of journalists identify as Republicans

    11/09/2015 10:05:19 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/09/15 | Robert Laurie
    Shocker. ....No. Not really. By all accounts, CNBC’s Republican debate was an unmitigated disaster. Not for the candidates, mind you, but for the moderators, the network, its parent company, and the left in general. What was obviously a planned attack on the GOP field blew up in the faces of its would be perpetrators - and it did so in spectacular fashion. Instead of making the candidates squirm, the network made the angry. Instead of looking weak, they rallied and went on the offense. Instead of goading the field into a circular firing squad, the moderators placed a spotlight on...
  • How to fix these God-awful debates: No more journalists, no more moderators, no more questions

    11/02/2015 9:38:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Dan Calabrese
    Clowns Here was my favorite headline of the week: ‘Shell-shocked’ CNBC staffers had long flight home Good. I hope they’re having a long and horrible week too. When you’re trusted with directing something as serious as a presidential debate, and instead you beclown yourself as these fools did, you don’t deserve any rest. But this goes to a more fundamental problem about presidential debates in general, especially but not exclusively primary debates. When and why did we buy into the notion that debates must be led and directed by journalists prompting the participants with questions? Indeed, why do journalists get...
  • Time for Sensible Background Checks

    10/07/2015 8:31:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Michael Reagan
    In the wake of the recent homicidal shooting rampage at an Oregon community college, I'm forced to come to the conclusion that it is high time for common sense national background checks for journalists. It's time we closed the political loophole and prevented biased, ignorant political operatives from getting their hands on a dangerously misleading national microphone. RedState has a perfect example this week. Former Bill Clinton White House aide, and current Clinton Foundation donor George Stephanopoulos, is the host for ABC's This Week. He uses his "bully pulpit" to bully conservatives and Republicans. During an interview with New Jersey...
  • Al-Jazeera journalists jailed for airing 'false news', Egyptian court ruling says

    09/07/2015 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/6/2015
    An Egyptian court released a detailed ruling on Sunday on why it sentenced three journalists working for al-Jazeera English to three years in prison for airing what it described as false news and biased coverage. The case has long been criticised by press freedom campaigners and others. The ruling, published by the state news agency Mena, said Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian national, Peter Greste, an Australian journalist, and BaherMohamed, an Egyptian producer, were by default members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, which Egyptian authorities consider a terrorist organisation. It has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the al-Jazeera media...
  • Turkey charges Vice News reporters with aiding terrorist group

    09/01/2015 5:12:16 PM PDT · by BlackVeil
    The Guardian ^ | 1 Sept 2015 | Constanze Letsch
    A Turkish court has charged three journalists working with Vice News with aiding a terrorist organisation and ordered their arrest pending trial in a move that has caused indignation and outrage amongst journalists and international human rights groups. Correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury, who are British, and their Turkey-based fixer and a driver were taken into police custody on Thursday while working in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir. They were covering recent clashes between Turkish security forces and the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement, the youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). ...
  • DoD manual allows journalists to be held as belligerents

    08/26/2015 1:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 3:16 AM EDT | Wendy Benjaminson
    New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as unprivileged belligerents if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy. The Law of War manual, updated to apply for the first time to all branches of the military, contains a vaguely worded provision that military commanders could interpret broadly, experts in military law and journalism say. Commanders could ask journalists to leave military bases or detain journalists for any number of perceived offenses. [] A person deemed unprivileged belligerent is not entitled to the rights afforded by the Geneva Convention so a commander could...
  • 16 Journalists Accept Planned Parenthood Awards Despite Horrifying Abortion Videos!

    08/21/2015 2:49:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies ^ | August 19, 2015 | Katie Yoder |
    While the media stay away from the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthoods trafficking of aborted baby parts, they are drawn to Planned Parenthoods annual media awards ceremony. During Planned Parenthoods Maggie Awards for Media Excellence Tuesday night, the abortion giant recognized 16 journalists for pushing reproductive rights. From Buzzfeed and Yahoo! to MSNBC, MRC Culture compiled a list of several prominent media attendees and found a picture announcing the winners.
  • Ruthless Trials Show Iran Can't Be Trusted

    05/28/2015 10:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | May 28, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "We have police. They arrest girls or women for having bad hijab or not being covered enough. But it's not that we live with the police in our head. You know?" Those famous last words were pronounced by Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian journalist, in an interview alongside her husband, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian -- who is a dual Iranian-American citizen raised in California -- for CNN's "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" in 2014. Bourdain offered that the Iranians he met were super-friendly people with a strong sense of hospitality. Rezaian now has police in his head. Six weeks after the...
  • Democrat Big Brother Follows Reporters to Bathroom

    01/31/2015 9:04:25 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 31, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick you mind? Please don't take this the wrong way but you're starting to creep me out. Yeah, I know you are just doing your job but what possible reason could you have to follow me here? Are you checking on how wide my stance is? Whether I will write something nasty on the wall? What? But since you are here, could you at least make yourself useful and find me some toilet paper. This stall is out. Bathrooms are the final realm of privacy. So far as is known, even Winston Smith did not have Big Brother on the...
  • Who Is a Journalist?

    05/19/2015 6:33:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | May 19, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    My first job in journalism was as a copyboy at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, D.C. In my early 20s, I asked Bill Corrigan, the newsroom manager, "What must I do to get on the air?" He replied, "Get a college degree and a minimum of five years writing experience with a newspaper or wire service." In those days every reporter at NBC News and the other two networks came from print because television was relatively new and as network news president Reuven Frank noted in his book "Out of Thin Air," we were making it up as...
  • Really? You're Just Figuring All This Out About George Stephanopoulos?

    05/15/2015 5:54:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush ^ | May 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You're gonna have to forgive me. I'm gonna tell you this up front. The Stephanopoulos story, my fire was lit on this years ago. This, to me, is "been there, done that." But, see, I've gotta fight that because I know to a lot of people this is earth-shattering. See, this is why it takes a concerted effort and a constant use of empathy to do this job well. See, I have the benefit of knowing everything George Stephanopoulos, Bill and Hillary Clinton, The Forehead, Begala, that whole team, Rahm Emanuel, since they burst on the national seen in...
  • PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff Also Admits Donating to Clinton Foundation

    05/15/2015 12:22:06 PM PDT · by drewh · 83 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 15, 2015 | 11:55 AM EDT | By Tim Graham
    The Wall Street Journal reported on the Stephanopoulos scandal on Friday, and found another national TV anchor in the database. Judy Woodruff, the co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, gave $250 in 2010 to the foundations aid efforts for victims of the Haiti earthquake. She was a senior correspondent then, before Jim Lehrer retired. Woodruff initially recalled the donation as being for $1,000, but based the $250 amount as the one on her 2010 tax return. Woodruff tried to make it sound bipartisan: I made the gift in response to an urgent joint appeal from former President Clinton and...
  • Journalists Hold Tom Brady to Higher Standard Than Hillary Clinton

    05/08/2015 2:28:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | May 7, 2015 | Daniel J. Flynn
    The transparency standards for an NFL quarterback rising higher than for the Secretary of State surely speaks to the bread-and-circuses quality of 2015 America. We expect more from our gridiron heroes than from our nations leaders. Perhaps the tizzy over Tom serves as a tacit admission that we also expect more responsiveness to public opinion from 345 Park Ave. than from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. No law decrees that a quarterback must turn over his texts and emails to the NFL the way that the Federal Records Act demands that the Secretary of State turn over correspondence to the government. Yet...
  • Oops: CBS Evening News Flunks Basic Science

    04/08/2015 7:40:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 4/7/2015 | Mike Ciandella
    Even though they like to mock conservatives for being anti-science, apparently basic chemistry is hard for the media. The CBS Evening News on April 6, mixed up its chemical formulas during a story about a tragic case of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Clinton to keynote jellyfish journalist gathering, but no questions allowed

    03/06/2015 2:33:15 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/06/15 | Judi McLeod
    Finding Excellence in Journalism among the jellyfish journalists of the day is a lost cause The mainstream medias Grouse of the Day shouldnt be why Hillary Clinton reportedly will not be taking any questions at the Toner Prize Celebration, an event honoring excellence in journalism, but why Clinton, of all people, would be keynote speaker at such an event. Organizers of the March 23 Toner Prize Celebration, which is named after the late New York Times reporter Robin Toner, told the Center for Public Integrity the event would be open to reporters. However, the keynote speaker, Clinton, does not plan...
  • U.S. stocks retreat from records after Netanyahu speech

    03/03/2015 10:30:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 3, 2015 | By Anora Mahmudova and Victor Reklaitis
    U.S. stocks pulled back Tuesday, retreating from all-time highs and the psychologically significant 5,000 level for the Nasdaq Composite reached during the previous session. In the absence of major economic reports, investors turned their attention to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus speech to U.S. Congress. Netanyahu criticized the White Houses attempts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, saying it was a bad deal. The speech reminded investors of potential geopolitical risks abroad. But indexes have since come off their lows.
  • Autopsy Shows Journalist Michael Hastings Had Meth, Pot In System At Time Of Fiery Auto Crash

    08/21/2013 6:44:24 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | August 20, 2013 | The Smoking Gun
    The family of journalist Michael Hastings was trying to get him into drug rehab at the time he died in a fiery Los Angeles car wreck, according to a coroners report released today.
  • Dont believe the U.S. military when it says it doesnt keep body counts

    01/22/2015 4:25:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters - Opinion ^ | January 22, 2015 | By David Axe
    Earlier this month, a reporter asked the question that usually comes up when the United States gets involved in a sustained military campaign. Just how many enemy troops in this case, Islamic State foot soldiers have U.S. forces killed in more than five months of aerial attacks? The militarys answer was basically the same given to all similar questions going back more than a decade. Counting the dead is not the goal, said Pentagon chief spokesman John Kirby, a Navy admiral. Since the Vietnam War, with its gruesome and inflated U.S. tallies of enemy dead, the Pentagon has...
  • Syria: Isis crucifixion frenzy in revenge for wave of assassinations

    01/17/2015 12:07:09 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    IBT ^ | 1-16-2015 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    The Islamic State (Isis) have crucified 17 young men in 48 hours in retaliation for a wave of assassinations targeting their fighters. The executions carried out by the jihadist group, which controls vast swathes of land straddling Syria and Iraq, took place in the eastern and northern Syrian cities of Deir Ezzor (or Deir al-Zor) and Raqqa "to send a message to all their opponents after recent assassinations of 12 Syrian, Iraqi and Algerian jihadists," said London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The men, who were shot dead and then crucified for three days, were accused of fighting against Islamic...
  • Defiant on Witness Stand, Times Reporter Says Little

    01/06/2015 1:57:32 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | By MATT APUZZO
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. After losing a seven-year legal battle, James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, reluctantly took the witness stand in federal court here on Monday, but refused to answer any questions that could help the Justice Department identify his confidential sources. Mr. Risen said he would not say anything to help prosecutors bolster their case against Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former C.I.A. officer who is set to go on trial soon on charges of providing classified information to Mr. Risen for his 2006 book, State of War. The Justice Department first subpoenaed Mr. Risen to testify...
  • Document: Associated Press (AP) Employee Spies For Saddam Intelligence Service. (Translation)

    09/09/2006 12:54:49 PM PDT · by jveritas · 95 replies · 6,743+ views
    Document ISGQ-2005-00026108.pdf dated July 25 2000 is a report from an Iraqi Intelligence officer to different Iraqi Intelligence Directorates talking about information provided to them from a trusted source that works in the Associated Press (AP). The information is about the formation a newly formed UN weapons inspectors team called UNMOVIC. Translation of page 4 and 5 of ISGQ-2005-00026108.pdf Republic of Iraq The Presidency of the Republic The Intelligence Service Date: 25/7/2000 Number: 6146 Secret To: 5th / 4th / 13th Directorates We were informed from one of our sources (the degree of trust in him is good) who works...
  • Detained Radio Liberty journalists questioned in Azerbaijan

    12/29/2014 3:07:51 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | December/28/2014 | Agence France-Presse
    Police in Azerbaijan have detained a dozen journalists working for US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty amid an ongoing crackdown on the outlet that Washington and rights groups decry. The Baku offices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty were sealed on Friday after prosecutors and armed police confiscated equipment and computers during a raid. The US State Department said it was "deeply disturbed" by the action, and called on Azerbaijan to respect its "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Ramping up pressure on the organisation's Azerbaijan station, Radio Azadliq, police descended upon the homes of its journalists Saturday and took many in...
  • Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists

    11/19/2014 5:31:57 PM PST · by Baynative · 22 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 11/17/14 | Ben Smith
    A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company. ~snip~ Michael was particularly focused on one journalist, Sarah Lacy, the editor of the Silicon Valley website PandoDaily, a sometimes combative voice inside the industry. Lacy recently accused Uber of sexism and misogyny. She wrote that she was deleting her Uber app after BuzzFeed News reported that Uber appeared to be working with a...
  • Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists

    11/18/2014 4:09:49 AM PST · by Steven Tyler · 9 replies
    Buzz Feed, via Druge ^ | Nov 17, 2014 | Ben Smith
    Senior vice president Emil Michael floated making critics personal lives fair game. Michael apologized Monday for the remarks. Sounds like standard procedure from the Obama regime. Anyone see Obama's Ebola Czar? Could his work have tamped down the negative Ebola press?
  • Time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to go

    11/11/2014 5:00:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | By Scot Lehigh
    IN POLITICS, theres nothing harder than realizing that its time to go. For Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, that moment has arrived. With the Democrats midterm losses, the two 74-year-olds should announce that when this session of Congress ends, they will relinquish their roles as leaders of their respective Democratic caucuses. And if Reid and Pelosi dont soon come to the conclusion on their own that its time to bow out? Well, then, their fellow Democrats, recognizing that you cant begin a new era with old leaders, should let both know that the time has come to go.
  • Economists See Limited Gains in G.O.P. Plan

    10/23/2014 8:10:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 22, 2014 | By JACKIE CALMES
    WASHINGTON Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government, antiregulation philosophy, but also suggests internal divisions that could hinder a united front against President Obama much as happened in the 1990s, when a Republican-led Congress confronted President Bill Clinton. The proposals would mainly benefit energy industries, reduce taxes and regulations for businesses generally, and continue the attack on the Affordable Care Act. It is a mix that leaves many economists, including several conservatives, underwhelmed. But, added Mr. Slaughter, who served on President George W. Bushs Council of Economic Advisers, it just...
  • Horrifying: Citizen Journalist Exposing Mexican Cartels Captured, Tortured and Killed

    10/16/2014 4:15:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 16, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Mexico is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists to operate, beating out Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous parts of the world according to the International Press Institute.Earlier this week citizen journalist Maria Del Rosario was kidnapped, tortured and killed. She had been working anonymously in the border town of Reynosa, Mexico to expose cartel activity. Thursday morning her social media account was taken over by her killers who announced her death and sent tweets warning other citizen journalists to back off on cartel reporting. Ildefonso Ortiz has the story: Social media postings on Thursday morning mourned the...
  • Journalists Appalled, Shocked Obama White House Would Lie to Them

    10/09/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies ^ | October 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Late last night the Washington Post broke a story about a connection between White House aides and the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal. When the scandal broke two years ago, the White House denied involvement or knowing about the details of what happened. The Post story proves otherwise and provides evidence a White House volunteer officially checked a prostitute into his hotel room in Cartagena, Colombia. The report also details threats made against the Inspector General, who was asked to delay the release of embarrassing and damaging information about the connection between the White House and the scandal until after...
  • The Journalists Guide to Guns (How Not to Look Like an Idiot When Writing About Firearms)

    09/29/2014 10:28:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 9/29/2014 | Steve Johnson
    Journalists. Bless their hearts. As a rule of thumb, any time we read a news story about a subject or incident we already know a lot about, it turns out that about 25% of whats reported is simply wrong. This is why knowledgeable gun owners distrust many news stories involving guns: because too many journalists display an ignorance of firearms that would be laughable if it werent so appalling. If they cant get their facts straight about gun technology and shooting, then we dont trust them on much else. For over 24 years as a patent attorney, Ive taken pride...
  • When Journalists Commit Domestic Violence

    09/23/2014 9:53:51 AM PDT · by buffyt · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 9/23/2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Lo and behold, it seems that the media itself has a domestic violence problem. Ten cases discovered at first Google. Which is twice as many, to be specific, as the five cases that have had the media in such a frenzy over domestic violence in the National Football League. Where are these ten cases to be found? Two cases at ESPN, with the rest spread out over affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and, yes, the New York Times. And there are others for television stations not affiliated with the major networks. With all this massive focus on what the Wall...
  • New Isis Video Purports to Show Beheading of Another US Journalist

    09/02/2014 2:29:38 PM PDT · by yldstrk · 27 replies
    CBS DC ^ | September 2, 2014 | CBS
    Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people. The footage depicting what the U.S. said appeared to be a sickening act of brutality was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and days after Sotloffs mother pleaded for his life. Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the Sotloff family, said that the family had seen...
  • China tells journalists to learn 'Marxist news values'

    08/30/2014 7:59:55 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    yahoo news ^ | by Sui-Lee Wee
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China ordered its journalists on Saturday to learn "Marxist news values" and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the ruling Communist Party, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's crackdown on the media. The guidelines by the All China Journalists' Association are aimed at both traditional and online media and are another sign of Xi's politically conservative agenda. "Let us hold high the banner of socialist core values," the report said, using the party's term for orthodox beliefs. Xi has espoused old school Maoism as he seeks to court powerful elements in the party. Like...
  • Prospect of Another DC Shutdown Looms Over Immigration Showdown

    08/28/2014 3:25:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By ARLETTE SAENZ
    The prospect of another economically and politically crippling government shutdown looms over President Obamas talk of taking executive action on immigration next month and Republican threats to thwart him by blocking certain funding measures. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told the Des Moines Register all bets are off for passing a continuing resolution if President Obama decides to take executive action on immigration. If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear, King said. I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes...
  • Ferguson the Latest Instance of Shackled American Journalism

    08/18/2014 4:43:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 18, 2014 | Rachel Burger
    Police in Ferguson, MO arrested two journalists for covering the protests over their fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager eight times, including in the back. Officers shoved Wesley Lowery, of the Washington Post, into a soda machine for taping them, before he was cuffed in plastic binds. An officer rammed Ryan Grims head against glass. The reporter for the Huffington Post wasnt packing up his reporting gear quickly enough. Both journalists respective papers released statements condemning the Ferguson police, but the decline of free press reaches further than one town in Missouri. Unfortunately state suppression of the press is hardly...
  • Greenfield: How to Write About Israel

    08/17/2014 1:44:02 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, August 17, 2014 How to Write About Israel Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Writing about Israel is a booming field. No news agency, be it ever so humble, can avoid embedding a few correspondents and a dog's tail of stringers into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, to sit in cafes clicking away on their laptops, meeting up with leftist NGO's and the oppressed Muslim of the week. At a time when international desks are being cut to the bone, this is the one bone that the newshounds won't give up. Wars can be covered from thousands...
  • Hamas Admits Harassing, Deporting Journalists Who Filmed Rockets

    08/15/2014 10:51:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 8/15/2014, 4:14 PM | Ari Soffer
    In a remarkably candid interview on Lebanese TV, the head of foreign relations at Hamass Information Ministry in Gaza explained how harassment, interrogations and deportations were used to ensure that journalists reporting from Gaza during Operation Protective Edge stuck to Hamass official line and did not report the Israeli narrative. [] Foreign journalists have regularly complained of being harassed by Hamas authorities in Gaza, directly leading to biased coverage in favor of Islamist terrorists and against Israel.
  • Real cowboys dont summer on Marthas Vineyard

    08/13/2014 7:35:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August 13, 2014 | By Margaret Carlson
    For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard. Its not so simple for politicians. For them, deciding when and where to vacation can be perilous. Repair to a beach on the East Coast and youre an out-of-touch elitist; stay away too long and you'll be asked whos minding the store. Take President Barack Obama. How dare he go away while hes dropping bombs in Iraq, even though he can order them to be dropped from wherever he happens to be? Hes taking the...
  • Rift grows between Obama, media as press groups blast administration spin

    08/13/2014 11:14:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 13, 2014
    While Congress is on recess and President Obama vacations in Martha's Vineyard, a coalition of free press groups is escalating an already-aggressive campaign against the Obama administration for allegedly freezing out the press and cracking down on reporters. Society of Professional Journalists President David Cuillier, in a statement earlier this week, blasted the administration for what he called "excessive message management and preventing journalists from getting information on behalf of citizens." SPJ is among the groups that's been leading the charge on the issue. Last month, more than three dozen groups, including SPJ, wrote to the White House about what...
  • Inside Gamechanger Salon, The Lefts Action Network

    08/06/2014 11:40:12 AM PDT · by kcvl · 27 replies
    Redstate ^ | August 4, 2014 | Nathan Schacht and briansikma
    An extensive membership list and a calendar of events offer insight into a leftwing network first revealed by Media Trackers last week. Gamechanger Salon is a members-only Google group run by Billy Wimsatt for forward thinking and top-level political activists on the Left. Members of the group include senior level political hands at NARAL, the SEIU, the AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood, among dozens of other groups. Media Trackers first uncovered the network in records obtained through an open records request filed with a University of Wisconsin professor. The membership list released today is far more detailed than the list released...
  • 1,000-member secretive progressive journalist group uncovered

    08/06/2014 11:13:18 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 82 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C. A prominent CNN commentator, the top two political reporters for The Huffington Post, a Reuters reporter, the editor of The Nation magazine, a producer for Al Jazeera America television, a U.S. News & World Report columnist, and approximately two dozen Huffington Post contributors are among the more than 1,000 members of Gamechanger Salon. top secretFounded by leftwing activist Billy Wimsatt, the group is a secretive digital gathering of writers, opinion leaders, activists and political hands who share information, ideas and strategy via a closed Google group.
  • 7 Ways Obama Basically Called Republicans Bums Today

    08/01/2014 4:25:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 1, 2014 | Not Attributed ...
    As if to say, "don't let the door hit you on your way out," President Obama -- on the eve of the August Congressional recess -- decided to take a big swat at Republican lawmakers today. It was clear the president was in the mood for a summer scolding. Here are seven ways the president basically called Republicans bums today: 1. 'They're Not Even Trying' 2. So Sue Me? 3. Diplomatic Delay 4. A Little More Extreme' 5. They Can't Even Agree With Themselves 6. Congress Is Failing' 7. Problem Solving? Not So Much
  • June Jobs Report Shows US Recovery Is Accelerating

    07/03/2014 1:30:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 3, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer
    A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health. "This has now become a textbook jobs expansion," said Patrick O'Keefe, director of economic research at the consultancy CohnReznick. "It is both broad and accelerating." Several other signs point to the economy's brightening health. Auto sales rose at the fastest pace in eight years in June. Factory orders picked up last month. And home sales strengthened this spring after having sputtered in the middle of last year when higher mortgage rates and rising prices hurt affordability.
  • Supreme Court: Yes, (some) corporations can pray--and you'll all pay

    06/30/2014 2:18:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 30, 2014 | by Michael Hiltzik
    In its decision Monday in the Hobby Lobby case, the conservative Supreme Court majority that upheld corporations' religious objections to birth control spends an inordinate amount of time defending itself from the reasoning and wrath of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent. Justice Samuel Alito, whose name is on the decision, alludes no fewer than 24 times to the "principal dissent," which Ginsburg wrote for the four-member minority. Plainly, he felt Ginsburg's powerful intellect breathing down his neck as he tried to find a path to upholding the Hobby Lobby parties' attack on women's rights without expanding corporate "personhood" too much....
  • Cameraman for Russia's top broadcaster killed in E. Ukraine

    06/29/2014 4:51:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-29-2014 | RT
    A cameraman for Russia's Channel One TV station died from injuries after being shot by Ukrainian troops in Donetsk, the head of the press service for the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DNR) said, as quoted by RIA Novosti. The cameraman was injured in the stomach and died of the wounds, Klavdia Kulbatskaya said. SNIP--- The cameraman Anatoly Klyan, along with a few other journalists, boarded a bus full of women mostly mothers who were traveling to a military base in Donetsk to demand that their sons be dismissed from the unit and allowed to go home, Kulbatskaya added. When...
  • John Kerry snubbed by Egypt's heavy jail sentences for al-Jazeera journalists

    06/23/2014 11:35:58 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/223/2014 | Simon Tisdall
    Egypt's military-dominated government has delivered a humiliating, public slap in the face to John Kerry, the US secretary of state, by sentencing three al-Jazeera journalists to long prison terms only hours after Kerry personally expressed his deep concern about the case in high-level meetings in Cairo. The snub represents a disastrous beginning to Kerry's already fraught Middle East tour, which took him to Baghdad on Monday for crisis talks about the Islamist extremist uprising. The verdict, by a court responsive to government wishes, will also be seen as a deliberate, crude signal to President Barack Obama, who criticised Egypt's deteriorating...
  • Egyptian correspondent sentenced to five years in prison for inciting strife (Christian convert)

    06/23/2014 10:30:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 23/06/2014 - 12:37 | (Al Masry Al Youm)
    Minya Misdemeanor Court sentenced an Egyptian correspondent who works for a US TV channel to five years and ordered him pay LE500 bail over charges of inciting sedition by broadcasting false news. [] Senior sources disclosed that the defendant was called Mohamed al-Sayyed Hegazy before converting to Christianity.
  • Egypt 'declaring journalism a crime' by jailing Al-Jazeera correspondents

    06/23/2014 5:57:08 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 23 2014 | Harriet Sherwood
    Journalists and media organisations have warned that the jailing of three correspondents for Al-Jazeera English by the Cairo regime was intended to intimidate others from reporting freely on events in Egypt. The jail terms of between seven and ten years for Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were met with outrage from veteran correspondents who have reported on the Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East editor, said the verdicts and sentencing were a blow to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. "This is also at least partly designed to intimidate other journalists, and...
  • Obama got it right on Iraq

    06/18/2014 3:19:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | by Eugene Robinson
    President Obamas instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning: Greater U.S. engagement probably cannot make things better but certainly can make them worse, both for the people of the region and for our national interests. Obamas only mistake was to buy, for a time, the notion that Bushs troop surge had miraculously healed ancient divisions and made the dream of a pluralist democracy still possible. There are aspects of Obamas foreign policy that I question. His heavy reliance on drone strikes may create as many terrorists as it eliminates. He should have realized that the National...