Holder’s Comments to Journalists Do Not ‘Hint’ at NYT Reporter Not Being Jailed for Defying Subpoena

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 9:50 am

Holder made no such hint. The position of President Barack Obama’s administration is that they are not prosecuting Risen. The administration also probably expects him to cooperate in the leak prosecution and not resist—or, in other words, they expect Risen to “do his job.”

 

New York Times’ New Executive Editor Has History of Steering Clear of Controversial Reporting

By: Friday May 16, 2014 10:00 am

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been fired and replaced by Dean Baquet, who was managing editor at the Times. But how will he defend the right to publish when confronted by opposition from government officials?

New Yorker: NYT Editor Fired for Seeking Gender-Neutral Wage

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 7:15 pm

From the “Love Me I’m A Liberal” department:

The New Yorker is reporting that today’s firing of The New York Times’ first female Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, occurred because she was “pushy” with the paper’s masters er, CEO and owner.

#BringBackOurGirls Brings Back the Blowback?

By: Friday May 9, 2014 1:23 pm

Will a well-meaning social media campaign to rescue kidnapped girls result in military action and, as a result, more blowback against the United States? Could our intervention in Nigeria make Boko Haram stronger?

In recent days, Americans have become aware of the 276 kidnapped Muslim schoolgirls, taken at gunpoint from their classroom in Nigeria by the militant Boko Haram movement.

The Feinstein Syndrome: “The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee”

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 4:48 pm

Who knows, soon we might see headlines and cable TV shows asking: “Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?”

New York Times Reporter In Effect Smears Russia Today Anchor Who Spoke Out Against Russia

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 3:16 pm

The Russian-based television network, RT, is consistently referred to by United States media organizations as “Kremlin-backed” or “Kremlin-owned” and frequently treated as a propaganda outlet.

Coverage of what has been happening in Ukraine, as The Nation’s Greg Mitchell highlighted, what has been published on the network’s website and broadcast on air has been very one-sided. That is why when RT anchor Abby Martin, host of “Breaking the Set,” ended her show condemning Russia it resonated.

That ‘Surreal Moment’ When Snowden’s ‘Accomplices’ at The Guardian Destroyed Hard Drives

By: Friday January 31, 2014 10:15 am

The act of demolition was not going to stop The Guardian from reporting on any more of the files from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, but it did not matter to Downing Street. Cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood, sent by Prime Minister David Cameron, informed the media organization in late June and July of last year that there had been enough debate. “We can do this nicely or we can go to the law,” he said at one point.

New York Times Reporter James Risen, Fighting Obama Administration’s Attack on the Press, Turns to Supreme Court

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 11:25 am

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama insists a journalist must testify against his source so they can prosecute and convict a former CIA officer for a leak. It has spent about six years trying to force him to testify, and now, having lost in an appeals court, he is taking his case to the Supreme Court.

Why the Washington Post’s New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous

By: Monday January 13, 2014 7:15 pm

American journalism has entered highly dangerous terrain. A tip-off is that the Washington Post refuses to face up to a conflict of interest involving Jeff Bezos — who’s now the sole owner of the powerful newspaper at the same time he remains Amazon’s CEO and main stakeholder.

The Case Against Clemency for Snowden Involves Prioritizing Secrecy ‘Oaths’ Over Truth-Telling

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 9:00 am

A column on why former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden should not be granted clemency—and will not be given clemency—was written by Slate’s Fred Kaplan on January 3. It quickly became regarded as a sharp well-argued rebuttal to The New York Times’ editorial, which labeled Snowden a whistleblower and urged President Barack Obama to show him leniency so he could come back to the United States.

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