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February 21 2014

08:00

Thank You, Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone - By Matt Taibbi - Feb. 21 (Comment) - Today is my last day at Rolling Stone. As of this week, I’m leaving to work for First Look Media, the new organization that’s already home to reporters like Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras.

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Tags: Journalism

February 20 2014

08:00

On the UK's Equating of Journalism With Terrorism

firstlook.org - Feb. 20 (Opinion) -

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February 10 2014

08:00

Defying Threats to Journalism, Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Launch New Venture, The Intercept

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Feb. 10 (News Report) - Investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald join us for their first interview upon launching The Intercept, their new digital magazine published by First Look Media, the newly formed media venture started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Greenwald is the journalist who first broke the story about Edward Snowden's disclosures on the National Security Agency. He was previously a columnist at The Guardian newspaper. Scahill is producer and writer of the documentary film "Dirty Wars," which is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. "We are really about a journalistic ethos -- which is not doing things like helping the U.S. continue its targeting of U.S. citizens for death, but by being adversarial to the government," Greenwald says. "Telling the public what it ought to know, and targeting the most powerful corporate factions with accountability journalism." Greenwald and Scahill founded TheIntercept.org with filmmaker Laura Poitras.

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February 07 2014

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How Will Ezra Klein's 'Project X' Add Context to News? - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic

Atlantic Monthly - By Conor Friedersdorf - Feb. 07 (Opinion) - The potential and pitfalls of an ambitious play for the future of digital journalism. Ezra Klein's new journalistic venture, Project X, starts with the proposition that news organizations focus too much on what's new and not enough on what's important.

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08:00

Like It or Not, Glenn Greenwald Is Now the Face of the 1st Amendment - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic

Atlantic Monthly - By Conor Friedersdorf - Feb. 07 (Special Report) - Among the dozens of reporters, editors, and commentators who have worked on articles sourced to Edward Snowden, just one, Glenn Greenwald, has been subject to a sustained campaign that seeks to define him as something other than a journalist.

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February 06 2014

08:00

A Lot Of Media Outlets Botched The CBO's Obamacare Report

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Feb. 06 (News Analysis) - The Congressional Budget Office issued a report on Tuesday that said that as many as 2 million people could exit the workforce thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The reasons for this, the CBO said, were varied, but it stressed that the economy would see "a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than...a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor," thanks to, for instance, people choosing to quit jobs they didn't like but were only staying in because of their health care benefits. That's not how a lot of media outlets reported the news, however. A lot of them said that the report was warning that Obamacare would kill over 2 million jobs—a notion at odd's with the CBO's conclusion that some workers would choose not to work.

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January 30 2014

08:00

Walsh How the media created Chris Christie

populist.com - By Joan Walsh - Jan. 30 (News Analysis) - it’s hard not to be shocked anew that Christie was ever considered a leading presidential candidate. It’s also shocking that he coasted to reelection just two months ago, crushing state Sen. Barbara Buono – but the two phenomena are connected. Christie’s strong national reputation convinced local and national Democrats and even liberal media figures to either ignore the New Jersey race or, in some cases, back Christie.

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January 19 2014

08:00

10 of the Nuttiest, Nastiest Right-Wing Statements This Week

AlterNet - By Janet Allon - Jan. 19 (News Analysis) - Nancy Grace made it extremely clear, in case anyone did not know, that she has never smoked, or known anyone who smoked marijuana this week. How did she do this? By hysterically claiming without a scintilla of evidence that marijuana is highly addictive, and that it causes people to go on bloody killing sprees.

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January 05 2014

08:00

Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns

New York Times - By Ravi Somaiya - Jan. 05 (News) - The byline of Dick Metcalf, one of the country’s pre-eminent gun journalists, has gone missing. It has been removed from Guns & Ammo magazine, where his widely-read column once ran on the back page. He no longer stars on a popular television show about firearms. Gun companies have stopped flying him around the world and sending him the latest weapons to review.

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December 28 2013

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Talking anonymous sources, under oath

The Politico - Dec. 28 (Opinion) -

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December 26 2013

08:00

5 More of the Most Awful Media People of 2013

AlterNet - By Alex Pareene - Dec. 26 (News Analysis) - The Columnist’s work is fantasy, an extensive anthropology of fictitious creations, and other serious people are enchanted. For the serious, a good Idea doesn’t need supporting evidence. The Idea is its own justification. The Columnist moves from his magazine of Ideas to his rightful position as official Columnist at the last newspaper.

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December 23 2013

08:00

On Sarah Palin's Impressively Incoherent 'Duck Dynasty' Comments

Rolling Stone - By Matt Taibbi - Dec. 23 (News Analysis) - Palin's mind is amazing. Slavery was purely a private-enterprise abomination. It had nothing to do with being subservient to the government. It was the opposite of that, actually. She was also wrong in the sense that the health care program isn't "free stuff" (even those who will receive subsidized care will be paying in one form or another for their policies). So she pulled off a Friedman-esque anatomical impossibility there, getting three feet in her mouth at the same time.

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December 21 2013

08:00

How Bad is the Corporate and Conservative Media?

AlterNet - By Don Hazen - Dec. 21 (Editorial) - Actually both corporate and right-wing press are getting much worse. There are dozens of examples of journalistic failure every week. The right-wing media is often insane as we report on AlterNet in our super popular weekly series on Right-wing wackos. And, increasingly, mainstream media is about protecting the 1% and the media owner’s financial interests. They too often miss the real story or mislead the reader. We need top flight, tenacious, fearless, progressive media to push back every day.

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December 18 2013

08:00

'60 Minutes' Benghazi Debacle Named 'Error Of The Year'

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Dec. 18 (News) - As if things weren't bad enough for "60 Minutes," the newsmagazine has now been given a prize nobody wants: Poynter's "Error of the Year" award, which it won for its disastrously botched story on the Benghazi attacks.

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December 16 2013

08:00

'The War On Fox Is Over'

Huffington Post - By Amanda Terkel - Dec. 16 (News Analysis) - in the coming years, Fox will no longer be the center of Media Matters' universe. That's because the group believes it has effectively discredited the network's desire to be seen as "fair and balanced."

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08:00

'60 Minutes' Trashed For NSA Piece

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Dec. 16 (News Analysis) - "60 Minutes" was trashed all over Twitter on Sunday night for a two-part story on the NSA which critics dubbed obsequious at best.

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December 13 2013

08:00

Jon Stewart's Reaction To Megyn Kelly's 'White Santa' Statement Is All We Need

Huffington Post - By Ross Luippold, Jon Stewart - Dec. 13 (Comedy News) - Fox News has certainly make their fair share of problematic gaffes on air, but on Thursday, they marched forward with out-and-out racism when Megyn Kelly clarified to kids that Santa is white, despite what the liberal media has been telling them.

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November 25 2013

08:00

Jeremy Scahill: the man exposing the US Dirty War

theguardian.com - By Stephen Moss - Nov. 25 (Review) - as the Edward Snowden furore shows, journalists are under greater pressure than ever before. "Under President Obama the US justice department has authorised the seizure of the phone records of journalists; they are tracking the meta-data of journalists; they're prosecuting whistleblowers in record numbers under the Espionage Act; there really is a war against journalism. For everyone who does this kind of work, where you're taking on powerful institutions, the responsible posture to take is to assume they're monitoring your communications. It's a part of doing this work."

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November 22 2013

08:00

JFK Denialism: Why Does Mainstream Media Refuse to Ask the Real Questions About His Death?

Consortium News - By JP Sottile - Nov. 22 (News Analysis) - It is a failure that has metastasized over the five decades since, with those entrenched behind the privileged walls of network news, major newspapers and sanitized pulp-history continually doubling-down on a discredited theory that has them perpetually out of step with the majority of Americans who, not coincidentally, also distrust them.

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November 19 2013

08:00

An Epidemic of Journalist Kidnappings in Syria - David Rohde - The Atlantic

Atlantic Monthly - By David Rohde - Nov. 19 (News) - Reporters are being abducted at an unprecedented rate—and their captors aren't even making demands anymore.

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