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.

 

Yet More Evidence There Are No ‘Moderate Voters’

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 8:49 am

The establishment media loves the idea of a great American moderate political center, mostly because it would mean there is still a large market for their pathetic products that try for universal appeal in order to obtain eclectic advertising. Though for many of the media elite having influence is an end as well as a means to an end. Unfortunately for them, no such “center” exists and moderates are a statistical myth.

CNBC Caught Soliciting Op-Ed Calling Climate Change A ‘Hoax’

By: Monday June 30, 2014 12:02 pm

CNBC was caught recently soliciting an op-ed that would label climate change a “hoax.” According to Republic Report, a CNBC employee sent an email to DeSmog Blog under the mistaken impression that because the site contained information on climate change skeptic Alan Carlin it was in some way affiliated with him.

Though Flawed, Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill Contains Protections for Intelligence Agency Whistleblowers

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 3:11 pm

The United States Senate passed an intelligence authorization bill that, while inadequate and flawed, contains sections which address protections for intelligence agency employees who become whistleblowers.

On the floor of the Senate, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worked to get these provisions included in the bill, celebrated the expansion of statutory protection for potential whistleblowers. He also criticized a directive signed by Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper that broadly prohibits employees from “unauthorized” contact with the media.

NBC News Confirms Attempt by Edward Snowden to Go Through Channels at NSA

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 9:52 am

One major argument from critics of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been that he did not go through “proper channels” in government before taking documents on top secret surveillance programs and providing them to journalists. But, during NBC News’ exclusive interview with Snowden, the network indicated that it was able to confirm Snowden had made at least one attempt to go through channels and the network is in the process of obtaining records showing other complaints were made to superiors.

Will White House Official Who Revealed Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Identity to Reporters Be Held Responsible?

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 8:55 am

While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters.

Media Organizations Challenge Secrecy Around Execution Drugs for Lethal Injections

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 4:20 pm

Five media organizations are challenging Missouri’s Department of Corrections, which is keeping critical information about execution drugs that are being used for lethal injections secret.

When Journalists Oppose Using Leaked Documents But Favor Relying on Statements from Anonymous Officials

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 11:56 am

According to the survey by David Weaver and Lars Willnat, “The percentage of US journalists endorsing the occasional use of ‘confidential business or government documents without authorization’ dropped significantly from 81.8 percent in 1992 to 57.7 percent in 2013.”

US Journalists Depressed, Not Optimistic About Future Of Journalism

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 11:32 am

And you thought you were the only one who thought US journalism sucked. Well, if it is any consolation, they agree. A new survey by the Indiana University School of Journalism shows that US corporate journalists are unsatisfied and pessimistic about the future with 59.7% of those surveyed saying that journalism in the US is headed “in the wrong direction.”

US Military Censors Images of Soldiers Recorded by Miami Herald

By: Monday April 28, 2014 3:08 pm

A video posted to YouTube by the Miami Herald shows how the United States military is now imposing a greater regime of censorship on the press, who are credentialed to cover the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Since 2002, reporters from the media organization had been reporting on the facility. Rarely has it been easy to do reporting, but, when four senior journalists for the Herald traveled to Guantanamo in March to shoot video “with a staff videographer for the first time,” the Herald “encountered censorship of the sort” that they had “never experienced.”

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