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Questions Surround Edited NBC Report on Al-Shifa Hospital Bombing

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 6:45 am

Something strange happened yesterday. NBC News reported that Israel bombed Al Shifa hospital located in the Gaza Strip only to later pull back the report based on statements from the Israeli military. Ayman Mohyeldin, an NBC reporter, claims there is video and pictures to back up the initial account that the attack on the hospital came from an Israeli drone.

BuzzFeed Editor Fired After 41 Instances Of Plagiarism Found

By: Monday July 28, 2014 2:20 pm

The results of BuzzFeed’s internal review are back and they aren’t pretty. In a post entitled “An Apology to Our Readers”, BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith disclosed that after reviewing 500 posts from one of BuzzFeed’s leading reporters, Benny Johnson, Smith and others discovered “41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites.”

Would Middle Aged White People Think Marijuana Reform Was “Rushed” If Their Kids Were Being Arrested?

By: Monday July 28, 2014 1:15 pm

This Sunday’s Meet the Press panel on marijuana reform was annoying for the sheer number of bad puns and unacceptable level of laughter. But even worse was the bizarre claim made that somehow marijuana reform is being “rushed.”

Judy Woodruff, the co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour, said “I think it’s important to have the debate. But I think it’s, I wonder what’s the rush. I mean, why not see what’s going on in the states.”

FISA Court Judges Signing Off on NSA Surveillance Programs Invest in Verizon Stock

By: Monday July 28, 2014 12:12 pm

The secretive court that rules on the legality of NSA domestic surveillance programs has members holding stakes in the telecommunications companies affected by the court’s decisions. This conflict of interest poses a serious risk to the actual and perceived impartiality of the shadowy court.

NBC Changes Story on Israeli Bombing of Hospital

By: Monday July 28, 2014 11:07 am

This morning Israeli forces bombed Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. As reports began to circulate via twitter, several tweets referenced the above tweet from NBC News.

The same account was included on the NBC website report as of 11:04 AM Central time, but then it was gone.

Automatic Plan Renewal on the Exchanges Could Cause Some New Problems

By: Monday July 28, 2014 10:20 am

The Affordable Care Act exchanges will allow people to automatically renew the policy they selected last year but the complexity of how affordability tax credits are calculated means that could cause new problems for people.

New York Times Reporters Avoid Investigative Journalism When Covering Israel’s Bombing of UN-Run School

By: Monday July 28, 2014 9:15 am

New York Times reporters seem to have neglected to engage in investigative journalism when reporting on last week’s attack by Israeli forces on a school in Gaza.

The school in Beit Hanoun, which was being run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), was shelled on July 24. At least sixteen people were killed and about 200 people were wounded in the attack, which occurred while the UN agency was trying to evacuate people.

Voters Feel Some 2012 Buyer’s Remorse

By: Monday July 28, 2014 7:49 am

President Obama’s job approval rating has been negative for months and it has gotten so bad a majority of voters now wish he lost his re-election. If the Presidential election was held again today 53 percent of voters say they would back Mitt Romney while only 44 percent would vote for Barack Obama

David Gregory Caught Using Unverified Israeli Propaganda Video To Smear UN

By: Monday July 28, 2014 6:45 am

In yet another embarrassing moment for Meet The Press, David Gregory was caught using Israeli government video claiming to show rockets being fired from a UN school with no verification, only to have to to walk back the claim later in the show. Gregory accusingly introduced the video during an interview with UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesperson Chris Gunness.

FDL Exclusive: DOJ Says Smarter Sentencing Act Would Save Taxpayers $24 Billion

By: Friday July 25, 2014 8:49 am

The Department of Justice has responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from FDL News for documents estimating the costs that the federal government will not have to incur if the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014 is passed.

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