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  • White House Reporters Wear the Scarlet Letter

    04/28/2009 4:59:15 AM PDT · by foutsc · 7 replies · 537+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 28 April 09 | foutsc
    "Robert Gibbs gave White House reporters a "strong A" Friday for their work over the first 100 days of the new administration." -- Michael Calderone, Politico.comNote to press: Getting an 'A' from the White House means you're not doing your job. In other headlines:Bad students give high praise to easy teachersDirty players love blind referees Crooks give "strong A" to incompetent cops This should be a mark of shame for the self-appointed non-partisan watchdogs supposedly keeping government honest. Instead, they provide fawning coverage that would embarrass Mussolini. Gibbs' praise has branded White House reporters as the supplicant toadies they are....
  • Obama team hiring journalists fast as they can be laid off

    02/17/2009 5:49:16 AM PST · by slomark · 27 replies · 940+ views
    The newspaper business may be dying, but journalists’ careers are being reincarnated by the Obama administration. The latest is the Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman. She’s hooking up with the administration as Director of Public Affairs at the Department of Transportation. Peter Gosselin, one of her coworkers at the Trib, recently hired on as chief speech writer for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Time Magazine’s Jim Carney is now Joe Biden’s communications director. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is rumored to be in the running for Surgeon General. Many conservatives fear this intentional blurring of the lines between impartial journalism and partisan politics.
  • NY Honor Killer's Muslim Sympathy Site Yanked

    02/15/2009 4:18:29 AM PST · by Man50D · 21 replies · 1,468+ views ^ | February 14, 2009 | Marc Sheppard
    The website of a New York TV network whose aim is to improve American perceptions of Islam was shut down this morning, two days after its founder admitted to the beheading of his wife. And while that irony might bring a momentary smile, another attempt to conceal the facts behind an honor killing right here in America should stir nothing short of outrage. Muzzammil Hassan, CEO of Bridges TV, whose motto is "connecting people through understanding," apparently didn't think Thursday's honor killing -- and make no mistake about what this was -- at the station might somehow blur that message....
  • Who’s Undercutting Obama? (Drive-By Media/Obama Press Office Trouble?)

    01/29/2009 3:42:52 PM PST · by abb · 47 replies · 1,860+ views
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | January 29, 2009 | David Cay Johnson
    It’s 3 p.m. and the phone in the White House press secretary’s office is ringing. It rings and rings and rings. Eventually, a recorded voice asks callers to leave a message—followed by a second voice saying the voicemail box is full. After a full week of such calls, a human being answers. But Ben Labolt immediately bristles when asked to spell his name, refuses to give his job title, and says he is going “off the record” until I stop him to explain that the reporter grants that privilege, not the other way around—a basic journalistic standard that Labolt seems...
  • The One Was Here!

    01/16/2009 5:06:52 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 21 replies · 868+ views
    compost ^ | 01/16/08 | By Howard Kurtz
    There hasn't been this much excitement in the Washington Post newsroom since Brad Pitt dropped by. Barack Obama, here for a meeting with Post editors and reporters, did what comes naturally for a politician: He worked the room. The whole room. The whole room of grizzled journalistic veterans, most of whom stood and, well, stared.
  • FBI: Illinois Governor Sought To "Sell" Obama's Senate Seat

    12/09/2008 5:41:19 PM PST · by XR7 · 17 replies · 1,059+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/9/2008 | Brian Ross
    Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wanted President-elect Barack Obama "to put something together&something big" in exchange for going along with Obama's choice to fill his vacant U.S. Senate seat, according to a FBI affidavit unsealed following the governor's stunning arrest. "I've got this thing and it's f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for f***in' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there," Blagojevich said in a phone call secretly recorded by the FBI on Nov. 5, the day after the election, according to the affidavit. Click here...
  • Journalists become targets in Mexico's drug war

    12/06/2008 6:39:41 PM PST · by BAW · 13 replies · 670+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune / AP ^ | December 6, 2008 | JULIE WATSON
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — As the photographer pulled his 2000 Ford Explorer into a soccer field, the crackle of his police scanner was broken by a lone accordion riff. The riff, a fragment of a "narcocorrido" glorifying drug smugglers, was an announcement that the death toll in Mexico's drug war – already above 4,000 this year – had just risen. Hector Dayer already knew that as he looked out at the seven bodies, bound, beaten and repeatedly shot. What he didn't know was whether yet another colleague was among the victims. Two weeks earlier, Dayer had photographed a friend –...
  • Police: Mumbai gunmen came by sea from Pakistan

    Print By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Ramola Talwar Badam MUMBAI, India – The gunmen who attacked Mumbai set out by boat from the Pakistani port of Karachi, then later hijacked an Indian fishing trawler that carried them toward this financial capital on their suicide mission, a top police official said Tuesday. As evidence of the militants' links to Pakistan mounted, Mumbai police commissioner Hasan Ghafoor said ex-Pakistani army officers trained the group — some for up to 18 months — and denied reports the men had been planning to escape the city. "It appears that it was a suicide attack," Ghafoor...
  • Obama a Uniter? You be the judge! (FReep this Digg!!!)

    11/03/2008 11:37:40 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 448+ views
    Digg ^ | November 3, 2008
    FReep this Digg!!! (We need FReepers to FReep the Vote over at Buzz too! Any volunteers???) Post your own links exposing ObamaNation on Digg, Buzz, Reddit, etc. Saturate these boards. They're massive and they are crawling with independents and undecideds. And don't post them all in one category, like politics or elections. Finally, repost your links on FR to we can put a protective FReep around them :o) For examples of how to do this, see my history. Let's use our combined FReeperPower to FREEP THE VOTE!!!
  • Dallas Morning News taken off Barack Obama's plane

    11/02/2008 4:47:01 AM PST · by tenger · 34 replies · 1,676+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 1, 2008 | Ryan J. Rusak
    The buzz in political-media circles Friday was that reporters from The Dallas Morning News and two other newspapers had been kicked off Barack Obama's campaign plane because the papers endorsed John McCain. Not exactly. Our reporter, Todd J. Gillman, was told a few days ago that there's no space for him after today. We have protested, arguing that a paper of The News' size and stature should be on-board for the final stretch of a historic campaign.
  • Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

    10/23/2008 11:56:11 AM PDT · by Aria · 7 replies · 463+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | 10/23/08 | Orson Scott Card
    An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America: I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know. This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration. It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor...
  • Tired of Bias? Record Reporter's Off the Record Comments at Rallys!

    10/10/2008 9:34:02 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 11 replies · 1,916+ views
    10/10/08 | Reaganesque
    An earlier thread spoke of some disparaging comments overheard at a McCain/Palin rally from the media core that was covering it. Let's drive another nail into the coffin of the so-called "main stream media" and catch these comments on tape and present them here and on YouTube and lets name names, shall we?
  • Palin Speaks With Group Of Reporters

    10/07/2008 7:19:38 PM PDT · by John W · 3 replies · 883+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | October 7, 2008 | Beth Fouhy
    After weeks of limited contact with the news media, Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin ventured to the back of her campaign plane Tuesday and answered several questions from reporters. The Alaska governor discussed why she and the McCain campaign have made an issue of Democrat Barack Obama's relationship with 1960s-era radical Bill Ayers amid a market meltdown that has many voters fearing for their investments. Palin repeatedly has claimed during the past two days that Obama had launched his political career with help from Ayers, a founder of the violent Weather Underground group responsible for bombings during the Vietnam...
  • Piper Palin Gives Licorice to Reporters on Plane

    10/02/2008 10:36:36 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 90 replies · 4,728+ views
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 10/2/2008 | Peter Hamby
    On the flight to St. Louis, Piper — made famous to the nation during the Republican National Convention when she styled her baby brother's hair with her saliva — wandered back to the rear of the campaign plane to distribute licorice to reporters.
  • Time Warner Summit: Politics 2008: The Media Conference for the Election of the President

    09/29/2008 8:58:51 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 9 replies · 827+ views
    E-mail I received
    I received this in my e-mail tonight. This must be the media event of the year! How will they get all of these egos into one room?? There's the Democratic Convention, the Republican Convention - and now there is the Time Warner Summit: Politics 2008: The Media Conference for the Election of the President. This two day conference will be held at the Time Warner Center in New York City, October 13-14, 20008. See the agenda below. Have you made your Plans to Attend? Come Face to Face with “The Thought Leaders in Media, Politics, Technology, Finance, Entertainment and Advertising.”...
  • Small-town residents boo media with McCain

    09/06/2008 7:01:07 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 99 replies · 558+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 5, 2008 | Joe Curl
    Hundreds of angry people in this small town outside Milwaukee taunted reporters and TV crews traveling with Sen. John McCain on Friday, chanting "Be fair!" and pointing fingers at a pack of journalists as they booed loudly...
  • Poll: 51 percent say reporters are trying to hurt Palin

    09/04/2008 11:13:56 AM PDT · by Always Right · 6 replies · 111+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Sept 4, 2008 |
    Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November. Thirty-nine percent (39%) also believe the GOP vice presidential nominee has better experience to be president of the United States than Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. But 49% give Obama the edge on experience, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken before Palin's historic speech Wednesday night to the Republican National Convention. While Republicans and Democrats predictably favor their party's...
  • Belief Growing That Reporters are Trying to Help Obama Win (Rasmussen: Declining trust of media)

    07/21/2008 6:15:33 AM PDT · by tlb · 66 replies · 172+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 21, 2008 | Rasmussen
    The belief that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the fall campaign has grown by five percentage points over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help Obama with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago. Just 14% believe most reporters will try to help John McCain win, little changed from 13% a month ago. Just one voter in four (24%) believes that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage. A plurality of Democrats—37%-- say most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of...
  • Disembedded: Marines Send War Photographer Marching Home

    07/17/2008 4:45:32 PM PDT · by abb · 41 replies · 192+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | July 17, 2008 | Daryl Lang
    A photographer who published pictures of dead U.S. Marines on his blog says his post led him to be ejected from his U.S. military embed in Iraq. Freelance photojournalist Zoriah says he does not believe he violated any of the rules of his embed agreement. But he says Marine commanders were so upset by his photos last month that they promptly arranged for a convoy to take him back to Baghdad. He decided to return home to the U.S. several days later. Speaking to PDN from Colorado this week, Zoriah (whose full name is Zoriah Miller but who uses only...
  • News Without Reporters

    03/24/2008 3:10:59 AM PDT · by shove_it · 115+ views
    pjmedia ^ | 3/23/2008 | Steve Boriss
    One of journalists’ recurring put-downs of bloggers is that they are simply recycling someone else’s news — that there will always be a need for reporters to produce it. Yet, America had a reporterless past and will likely have a reporterless future. And, news will be better for it. We have lost perspective on what a reporter actually is — a middleman. On one side are news events. On the other are audiences who want to know about them. A reporter’s job is to move “the truth” from Point A to Point B as accurately as possible...
  • Right underrepresented in press's diversity(Media Research Group survey)

    03/18/2008 4:24:21 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 16 replies · 459+ views ^ | March 18, 2008 | Jennifer Harper
    Conservatives remain scarce in the news media landscape. Only 6 percent of the national press corps describe themselves as "conservative" in a population that includes reporters, editors and producers from major television and radio networks, daily newspapers, news wires and online sources. Those who consider themselves "very conservative" amount to just 2 percent, according to a wide-ranging survey of 585 journalists and news executives released yesterday by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. In contrast, 36 percent of the overall population generally consider themselves conservative. There are more conservatives in broadcast than print — 10 percent and 2 percent, respectively....
  • Media to blame for Islamic misconceptions

    03/04/2008 8:24:38 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 46 replies · 325+ views
    Daily Pilot ^ | March 3, 2008 | Alan Blank
    The managing editor of one of the country’s biggest newspapers thinks news organizations ought to hire more Muslim reporters. Philip Bennett, the Washington Post’s managing editor, said reporters often struggle with understanding Islam during a speech Monday at UCI about the difficulties of covering the religion. Bennett’s speech focused on the media’s need to cover issues concerning Islam in an in-depth, long-term manner. To illustrate this point he drew mainly from quotes of notable colleagues and statistical polls, rarely giving his own opinion directly. “Six of 10 Americans, according to a 2007 ABC Poll, don’t understand the basic tenets of...
  • McCain Should Be Feared, Writer Says

    02/10/2008 2:09:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies · 462+ views
    Newsmax Insider Report (email) | February 10, 2008 | Newsmax
    1. McCain Should Be Feared, Writer Says Presidential hopeful John McCain is being billed as the Republican that liberals can live with, but his credentials as a “bipartisan progressive” are in fact a “lazy, hazy myth,” according to liberal pundit Johann Hari. “The truth is that McCain is the candidate we should most fear,” writes Hari, a columnist for The Independent in Britain, in an article that appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “Not only is he to the right of Bush on a whole range of subjects, he is also the Republican candidate most likely to dispense with Hillary Clinton...
  • In Mexico, reporters learn not to name names

    01/14/2008 4:53:29 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 114+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 14, 2008 | Héctor Tobar
    MEXICO CITY The writer was one of the legion of underpaid beat reporters in Mexico, the kind who churn out four or five stories a day, for low pay and little recognition. They know all about the corrupt and violent dealings going on around them, even though they can't always pass on this knowledge to their readers. He was going to brief me on the local situation, which involved some high-profile killings, various bands of criminals with colorful nicknames and the transport of large quantities of cocaine and marijuana into the United States. But when I walked into his office,...
  • Bunker Hillary: Clinton's strategy for crushing the media.(BDS Alert)

    11/12/2007 12:36:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies · 548+ views
    The New Republic ^ | November 12, 2007 | Michael Crowley
    On June 1, The New York Times published a front-page article titled, ONE PLACE WHERE OBAMA GOES ELBOW TO ELBOW. The feature detailed Barack Obama's love for pickup basketball, his jersey-tugging style, even the time he hit a long game-winning shot after getting fouled. The Obama camp clearly welcomed the humanizing glimpse at Obama's life; his rivals, probably not so much. In an ordinary campaign, that might have been it. But this is no ordinary campaign--not when Hillary Clinton is a candidate. And so, the Clinton team let Times reporter Patrick Healy, who covers the Hillary beat, know about their...
  • Reporters told to testify in leak case (Who leaked details about scientist in 2001 anthrax attacks?)

    08/13/2007 8:54:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,298+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/07 | Matt Apuzzo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Five journalists must identify the government officials who leaked them details about a scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the reporters to cooperate with Steven J. Hatfill, who accused the Justice Department and FBI of violating the federal Privacy Act by giving the media information about the FBI's investigation of him. The reporters named in the opinion are Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman of Newsweek, Allan Lengel of The Washington Post, Toni Locy, formerly of USA Today, and James Stewart, formerly of CBS News....
  • Federal Reporters Shield Law

    07/31/2007 9:40:43 PM PDT · by airedale · 14 replies · 504+ views
    Rep Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana and Rick Boucher, Democrat of Virginia have introduced a federal shield law which in general I oppose. I wrote him an email indicating a change that I'd like to see if in fact he went ahead with the law. Here were my suggestions: If you are really going ahead with the shield law then at least change the standard for libel and slander when the media utilizes it. Right now there is a very high bar for someone to win a judgment against the media when the information they provide is wrong and damaging....
  • A Suggestion: The Only Sensible Response To Reporters Asking "How Do You Feel?"

    04/19/2007 5:22:39 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 11 replies · 692+ views
    4/19/07 | Reaganesque
    With all the idiot reporters asking Virginia Tech students the question "Your friends were just massacred in horrible, bloody fashion...HOW DO YOU FEEL?", I felt the need to suggest to them this most appropriate response from the Ren and Stimpy show: No sir! I didn't like it! Then the student should just walk away.
  • Pace Briefs Japanese Reporters on Iraq

    03/21/2007 5:20:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 302+ views
    TOKYO, March 21, 2007 – The Baghdad security plan is buying the Iraqi government the chance it needs to prove to its citizens that it can lead, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses questions during a news conference in Tokyo, March 21. Photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Marine Gen. Peter Pace told Japanese reporters that the plan, which calls for a 21,500-man increase in U.S. combat troops in Iraq and three Iraqi brigades,...
  • Greek Restaurant Cited Before Putin Meal

    03/16/2007 6:06:53 PM PDT · by melt · 14 replies · 592+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | 3/16/07 | AP
    ATHENS, Greece Mar 16, 2007 (AP)— Health inspectors seized more than 200 pounds of bad meat from a restaurant several hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin dined there with the leaders of Greece and Bulgaria, a state hygiene agency said Friday. The Hellenic Food Authority said it carried out the inspection early Wednesday at the luxury Dionysos restaurant under the ancient Acropolis before Putin's visit to Greece for the signing of a $1.2 billion oil pipeline deal. It said it seized 51 pounds of beef, 168 pounds of pork and pork cutlets, and 11 pounds of cheese croquettes, all considered...
  • President of Venezuela's RCTV Network: "The Rule of Law is Disappearing in Venezuela" (Translation)

    02/06/2007 2:08:51 PM PST · by StJacques · 36 replies · 1,162+ views
    El Mercurio ( Santiago, Chile ) ^ | February 5, 2007 | Marcel Granier ( translated by self )
    The rule of law is disappearing in Venezuela Marcel Granier, President of Radio Caracas Television (Inter-American Press Agency) The reaction of President Chavez is verbally violent and crude each time someone dares to have a different opinion. ____________________________________________________ President Chavez verbally announced his decision to close Radio Caracas Television, a channel which for more than 53 years and with the best facilities draws the greater audience, moreover of being the television broadcaster that employs the most people in Venezuela. Thus culminates a long chain of aggressions against journalists, employees, managers, and shareholders of the independent media. He is trying to...
  • CA: Perata Is Snatching Up Reporters (He's going to need good PR folks if and when he gets indicted)

    01/18/2007 3:05:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 316+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | Robert Gammon
    Lynda Gledhill, a longtime Sacramento bureau reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle is leaving the newspaper to join the communications staff of state Senate President Don Perata. Last year, Perata also hired Andrew LeMar, a capitol bureau reporter for the Contra Costa Times and the San Jose Mercury News. Gledhill will be working alongside LeMar, who is now Perata’s director of communications. Gledhill said her main function will be “writing op-ed pieces and speeches” for the state’s second most powerful politician. “I’ve been at the Chronicle for eight years,” she said. “This will be an interesting opportunity.” Neither LeMar nor...
  • News media seek audio of Libby trial

    01/06/2007 10:46:03 AM PST · by STARWISE · 11 replies · 565+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 1-5-06
    Fifteen news organizations and five other groups are asking a federal judge to release audio recordings each day in the upcoming criminal trial of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff. The Supreme Court releases audio recordings of arguments in major cases, and lower federal courts have "started to follow the Supreme Court's lead," lawyers for the news organizations said in filings this week in U.S. District Court. Cheney is expected to testify for his former aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and other witnesses will include NBC Washington bureau chief Tim Russert. "Most of the key witnesses are public...
  • Journalists may testify in CIA leak case

    01/02/2007 10:59:10 AM PST · by mtnwmn · 15 replies · 917+ views
    AP ^ | 1/2.07 | Matt Ap
    Journalists may testify in CIA leak case By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer Tue Jan 2, 7:41 AM ET Some journalists who made careers out of questioning government officials and bearing witness to history may soon find themselves answering questions from prosecutors as key witnesses in the CIA leak case. Ten or more reporters from some of the most prominent news organizations could be called to testify in the perjury and obstruction case of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. It's rare enough for reporters to become witnesses. But the Libby case is even more unusual because journalists...
  • Canada pulled reporters from Afghanistan after Aust complaints

    12/31/2006 2:28:06 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 30 replies · 1,250+ views
    Documents released today have confirmed a number of journalists embedded with Canadian troops in Afghanistan were removed on short notice after complaints from other nations including the United States and Australia. According to the documents, several of Canada's allies had complained the country's policy on embedded journalists was too liberal. A Canadian Defence Department source has confirmed Australia was one of the nations that did the most complaining. The actual incident occurred in April, when four journalists were removed from their embedded positions after very short notice. In at least one case, a helicopter was sent in during fighting to...
  • Fox News Reporters Freed for $2 Million

    11/15/2006 2:55:21 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 43 replies · 1,319+ views ^ | 11/14/06 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Palestinian terror groups and security organizations in the Gaza Strip received $2 million from a United States source in exchange for the release of Fox News employees Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, who were kidnapped here last summer, a senior leader of one of the groups suspected of the abductions told WND. The terror leader, from the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees, said his organization's share of the money was used to purchase weapons, which he said would be utilized "to hit the Zionists." He said he expects the payments for Centanni and Wiig's freedom will encourage Palestinian groups...
  • Hoekstra predicts jailing of reporters (NYT Traitors To Be Jailed By Year End)

    08/31/2006 1:55:22 PM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 39 replies · 2,581+ views
    Hoekstra predicts jailing of reporters Thursday, August 31, 2006 By Myron Kukla The Grand Rapids Press HOLLAND -- New York Times reporters who broke the story of a three-year program of warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens will be in jail by yearend if they don't reveal their government sources, U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra predicted Wednesday. The revelation last December has been a devastating blow to intelligence gathering, said Hoekstra, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "If people understood the threat out there (from terrorist organizations), Americans would be absolutely furious that the tools we have to track the terrorists have...
  • Fox News Crew Freed After Gaza Ordeal (Forced Conversion To Islam)

    08/27/2006 11:06:08 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 28 replies · 1,167+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/27/2006 | Yahoo
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Militants freed two Fox News journalists on Sunday, ending a nearly two week hostage drama. One of the former captives said they were sometimes held face down in a dark garage, tied up in painful positions and forced at gunpoint to make videos and say they had converted to Islam. ADVERTISEMENT" Yes No Yes No Yes No Correspondent Steve Centanni, 60, of Washington, D.C., and cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, of New Zealand, were dropped off at Gaza City's Beach Hotel by Palestinian security officials. A tearful Centanni briefly embraced a Palestinian journalist in the lobby,...
  • Hamas expects 'good news' about kidnapped journalists (within the next 48 hours)

    08/26/2006 9:02:12 AM PDT · by jdm · 7 replies · 489+ views
    Evening Echo ^ | 8-26-06
    Palestinian officials said today they expected to have “good news” about the two Fox News journalists kidnapped in Gaza City within two days and believe they are unharmed. The journalists, American correspondent Steve Centanni, 60, of Washington, DC, and New Zealand cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, who has family in West Sussex, were seized in Gaza City on August 14. Their captors demanded the release of all Muslims imprisoned by the US by midnight today, in exchange for freeing the pair. The kidnappers, a previously unknown group calling itself the Holy Jihad Brigades, did not say what it would do to...
  • TV Reporters 'Helped Protester Burn Himself To Death'

    08/17/2006 7:00:06 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 1,123+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-18-2006 | Rahul Bedi
    TV reporters 'helped protester burn himself to death' By Rahul Bedi in New Delhi (Filed: 18/08/2006) Indian police are investigating a group of television journalists for allegedly helping a man to burn himself to death and filming his agony for broadcast. Pictures of Manoj Mishra writhing in pain with his back on fire were shown in Bihar state on Tuesday. Mr Mishra later died in hospital from severe burns in the town of Gaya. "We have seized footage clearly showing a group of journalists handing over matches and some inflammable substance, which we later verified to be diesel, to the...
  • Judge Upholds Subpoena of Reporters in Barry Bonds Leak Probe (Reporters not above the law alert)

    08/15/2006 5:05:06 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies · 502+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/15/2006 | AP/Fox News
    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge told two San Francisco Chronicle reporters they must comply with a subpoena and tell a grand jury who leaked them secret testimony of Barry Bonds and other elite athletes ensnared in the government's steroid probe. The decision by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White means reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada must appear before a grand jury investigating the leak unless a higher court blocks the ruling. The pair have said they would not testify and would go to jail rather than reveal their source or sources.
  • A day in the life of President Bush (7/29/06): humorous photo essay & news

    07/29/2006 2:38:29 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 233 replies · 3,694+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President and Mrs. Bush are spending a quiet Saturday after two exceptionally busy weeks. Tomorrow they will attend a tee-ball game on the South Lawn before the President travels to Florida later in the day. The First Lady continues her round of campaign events for Republican candidates next week. Here is a very important item of news that may have escaped notice amid the momentous events taking place in the Middle East last week. (As always, the following are excerpts. Click link embedded in titles to read entire articles.) Bush Administration to Unveil Detainee Legislation...
  • Loyalties of American reporters in Isreal and Lebanon (VANITY)

    07/21/2006 9:31:14 AM PDT · by Mathews · 8 replies · 293+ views
    VANITY | 21July2006 | Mathews
    So, we have American reporters on both sides of the Lebanon/Lebanon border with the Israeli Army ready to move across the border. Here are my questions: Since America is friendly with Israel, ethically, what should an American reporter on the Lebanon side do if he/she/it knows an ambush of Israeli soldiers is about to occur by the terrorists? Do they tell the Israelis? Do they let the slaughter happen? Would there be any punishments dolled out by our government or by Israel?
  • Two foreign journalists removed by Hezbollah in Beirut - UPDATE: see post #61

    07/20/2006 9:51:04 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 109 replies · 8,863+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | July 20, 2006
    Two foreign journalists removed by Hezbollah in Beirut BEIRUT - Two foreign journalists of television and their assistants Lebanese who filmed Thursday in a district of the center of Beirut were removed by members of the party Hezbollah Shiite, one learned near a senior police officer. "the team was filming in the gardens of Sanayeh", a public park which accomodates a number of refugees in the center of Beirut, according to this officer. "Of the elements of Hezbollah seized them suspecting them of being spies", it affirmed, refusing to give the nationality from two abroad and the media for which...
  • A bolt out of the blue...

    07/02/2006 10:39:35 PM PDT · by pickrell · 15 replies · 684+ views
    03-July-2006 | Ron Pickrell
    In the latest media frenzy, cellphone use has been traced to lightning strikes. Owners of the portable phones are being warned that holding these devices in a thunderstorm will increase the chances of their being killed, if they are struck by lightning. Explanations offered are that the metal of the phones, held directly to the ear, can lower the contact resistance of the skin and provide an increased conduction path for large currents. This latest scientific media analysis conflicts however, with the recently proven theories that lighting strikes can be conclusively demonstrated to be directly linked to underwear use. The...
  • Bush Offers 'Blind' Quote -- But Reporter Says He's Not Offended

    06/14/2006 5:06:12 PM PDT · by catholicfreeper · 35 replies · 1,200+ views
    E&P ^ | June 14, 2006 | E&P Staff
    NEW YORK At his press conference this morning, President Bush, who often makes inside jokes when familiar reporters pose questions, asked Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Wallsten, who was wearing sunglasses outside, “Are you going to ask that question with shades on?” Bush noted that there was "no sun" but added, “I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.” Turns out Wallsten is legally blind and wears the sunglasses due to a rare genetic disorder called Stargardt’s Disease. But Wallsten later told the ThinkProgress web site that Bush’s comments did not offend him at all. “I never advertise it to him....
  • Barry Bonds drops lawsuit against SF Chronicle reporters

    06/10/2006 10:43:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 308+ views
    Barry Bonds dropped his lawsuit against two San Francisco Chronicle reporters who published a book claiming the San Francisco Giants slugger used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds requested that San Francisco County Superior Court dismiss the lawsuit June 2, according to court records reviewed by the San Jose Mercury News. The suit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning he retains the right to refile it. In March, Bonds sued Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, publisher Gotham books, the Chronicle and Sports Illustrated, which published an excerpt of the book, "Game of Shadows." Bonds' lawyers, suing under California's unfair...
  • Supreme Court rejects reporters' appeal

    06/05/2006 11:50:05 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 16 replies · 888+ views
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from news organizations fighting to protect confidential sources, refusing to consider the case of four reporters in legal trouble over their stories about former nuclear weapons scientist Wen Ho Lee The court's action, released Monday, was taken without comment. Late last week, Lee settled his privacy lawsuit, and he will receive $1.6 million from the government and five news organizations. Journalists had been in civil contempt of court for refusing to disclose who leaked them information about an espionage investigation of Lee, a nuclear weapons scientist fired from his job at Los...
  • Freep a poll! (Should journalists be prosecuted for leaking clasified info?)

    05/26/2006 6:28:29 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies · 305+ views ^ | 5-26-06 | Opinionjournal
    Should journalists be prosecuted by the federal government for publishing classified information that's leaked to them? Yes No
  • Attorney General Says Reporters Can Be Prosecuted for Publishing Classified Leaks

    05/24/2006 10:12:48 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 742+ views
    AP/Fox News ^ | 5-22-06
    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information, citing an obligation to national security. The nation's top law enforcer also said the government will not hesitate to track telephone calls made by reporters as part of a criminal leak investigation, but officials would not do so routinely and randomly. "There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility," Gonzales said, referring to prosecutions. "We have an obligation to enforce those laws. We have an obligation to ensure that...