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Treasury Dept. Sanctions Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder
Geopolitics
Treasury Dept. Sanctions Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder
2021-02-26 20:52:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on Saudi Arabia’s former deputy head of Intelligence and the nation’s “Rapid Intervention Force” for their roles in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  The move came just... Read More

Media Accused of Disinformation As Congress Ponders Restrictions
Media
Media Accused of Disinformation As Congress Ponders Restrictions
2021-02-25 15:03:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The news media fell under attack Wednesday in Congress for exacerbating the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and irresponsibly downplaying threats of global warming. The criticisms were hurled during a House Energy... Read More

Your Land? My Land? An Author Ponders the Implications
Books
Your Land? My Land? An Author Ponders the Implications
2021-02-19 19:51:47
by Dan McCue

Simon Winchester has spent a lot of time thinking about land. As a student in his native Great Britain, he read geology at St. Catherine's College and, having become involved in the University Exploration Club, soon found himself a member... Read More

Trump-McConnell Feud Threatens Republicans' Path to Power
Political News
Trump-McConnell Feud Threatens Republicans' Path to Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is escalating a political war within his own party that could undermine the Republican push to fight President Joe Biden's agenda and ultimately return the party to power.A day after blistering Mitch McConnell,... Read More

Biden's First Official Trip Will Be to Wisconsin for CNN Town Hall
Political News
Biden's First Official Trip Will Be to Wisconsin for CNN Town Hall
2021-02-10 21:08:45
by TWN Staff

President Joe Biden will visit Wisconsin next week for his first official trip as president, participating in a TV town hall from Milwaukee. Biden will take questions at a socially-distanced, invitation-only event hosted by CNN next Tuesday night, according to... Read More

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's Founder, Will Step Down as CEO
Business
Jeff Bezos, Amazon's Founder, Will Step Down as CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon and turned into an online shopping behemoth, is stepping down as the company's CEO, a role he's had for nearly 30 years. He'll be replaced in the fall by Andy Jassy,... Read More

Search is on For New Leaders in Journalism's Upper Echelons
Media
Search is on For New Leaders in Journalism's Upper Echelons

NEW YORK (AP) — The “help wanted” list for top management jobs in journalism is suddenly getting very long. Searches for new leaders at brand names like The Washington Post, ABC News and the Los Angeles Times are coming at... Read More

Carl Hiaasen Retiring from Miami Herald After 35 Years
Media
Carl Hiaasen Retiring from Miami Herald After 35 Years

MIAMI (AP) — Writer Carl Hiaasen is retiring from the Miami Herald after composing newspaper columns for the past 35 years, the newspaper says. The Herald published a story this week saying that Hiaasen would be done after his last column on... Read More

Washington Post's Marty Baron Says He's Retiring Next Month
Media
Washington Post's Marty Baron Says He's Retiring Next Month

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, who has led the resurgent newspaper as it nearly doubled its staff in eight years, said Tuesday that he will retire at the end of February. One of the nation's... Read More

New Leaders Named at US-funded International Broadcasters
Media
New Leaders Named at US-funded International Broadcasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Sunday installed new heads of three federally funded international broadcasters after abruptly firing Donald Trump-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Kelu Chao, the acting CEO of the agency, made the announcement after dismissing... Read More

Head of U.S. Agency for Global Media Resigns
Political News
Head of U.S. Agency for Global Media Resigns
2021-01-25 17:20:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The government agency that runs Voice of America is getting a new chief executive after the controversial previous head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media resigned Wednesday. Michael Pack was given an ultimatum by the Biden administration:... Read More

Voice of America Director Accused of Financial and Media Self-Dealing
In The News
Voice of America Director Accused of Financial and Media Self-Dealing
2021-01-14 15:01:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Trump-appointed chief executive who oversees Voice of America is facing an onslaught of crises only days before the president is scheduled to leave office. First, the attorney general of the District of Columbia last week sued U.S.... Read More

DC's Top Federal Prosecutor Condemns Violence Against Journalists at Capitol Riot
Media
DC's Top Federal Prosecutor Condemns Violence Against Journalists at Capitol Riot
2021-01-12 19:24:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The top federal prosecutor in Washington said Tuesday investigators are aware of multiple reports of reporters being assaulted and otherwise abused during last Wednesday's siege at the U.S. Capitol and vowed to bring the guilty parties to justice.... Read More

Lincoln Project’s Ads in Palm Beach County Aimed at Vacationing, TV-watching Trump
Political News
Lincoln Project’s Ads in Palm Beach County Aimed at Vacationing, TV-watching Trump

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Lincoln Project, which spent much of the year trolling President Donald Trump with TV ads aimed directly at him, is deploying the tactic in South Florida. Starting Wednesday, if Trump turns on the TV at... Read More

Report: Gov't Spyware Targets Phones of Al-Jazeera Reporters
Media
Report: Gov't Spyware Targets Phones of Al-Jazeera Reporters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dozens of journalists at Al-Jazeera, the Qatari state-owned media company, have been targeted by advanced spyware in an attack likely linked to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a cybersecurity... Read More

Florida-based Elections Vendor Demands Conservative Media Retract Rigging Reports
Media
Florida-based Elections Vendor Demands Conservative Media Retract Rigging Reports

MIAMI — A global elections vendor founded in South Florida is threatening to sue Fox News and other conservative media outlets for defamation unless they prominently retract unfounded reports alleging a conspiracy to rig the 2020 vote against President Donald... Read More

Time Magazine Names Biden, Harris 2020 Person of the Year
Media
Time Magazine Names Biden, Harris 2020 Person of the Year
2020-12-11 16:49:03
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK - Time magazine has named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris 2020's Person of the Year. The two made history on November 7 when they beat Donald Trump after an election marked by a surging public health crisis and... Read More

Psaki, Next White House Press Secretary, a Veteran Messenger
Media
Psaki, Next White House Press Secretary, a Veteran Messenger

WASHINGTON (AP) — After four years of President Donald Trump serving as his own chief spokesperson and frequently peddling false information and conspiracy theories in the process, successor Joe Biden is pledging to return to a more traditional approach to... Read More

Presidents’ Feuds With Press, From America’s Earliest Days
Media
Presidents’ Feuds With Press, From America’s Earliest Days
2020-12-02 19:30:23
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While it may seem that the White House’s relationship with the media is in an appalling state, Historian Harold Holzer claims that the president vs. press feud is actually nothing new. In fact, President Trump’s antagonism barely measures... Read More

Fox News Settles Lawsuit After Conspiracy Theory Report
Media
Fox News Settles Lawsuit After Conspiracy Theory Report
2020-11-30 14:27:59
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK -- Fox News is paying a reported seven-figure sum in a settlement reached this week with the parents of a Democratic National Committee staff member who was murdered in Washington, D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood in 2016. A subsequent Fox... Read More

New Book Offers Unique Look at Our Presidents and the Wines They Drank
White House
New Book Offers Unique Look at Our Presidents and the Wines They Drank
2020-11-30 14:14:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There has probably never been a comprehensive tome on the American presidency quite like this one. Entitled "Wine and the White House: A History" and coming in at 456 pages, this new, elegant offering from the White House... Read More

Election Disinformation Fears Came True for State Officials
State News
Election Disinformation Fears Came True for State Officials

The disinformation scenario that local election officials feared months ago has come true: President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud have been picked up by many state and local Republican officials across the country, and polls now show that more than... Read More

Sinclair Broadcast Loses $3.2 Billion in Third Quarter Amid Pandemic's Impact on Sports Networks
Media
Sinclair Broadcast Loses $3.2 Billion in Third Quarter Amid Pandemic's Impact on Sports Networks

Sinclair Broadcast Group reported a massive loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 due to charges related to its local sports segment during the coronavirus. The Hunt Valley-based broadcaster lost $3.2 billion for the July-to-September period as the company wrote off about $4.2 billion... Read More

A Viewer's Guide to Election Night: Patience is Key
Media
A Viewer's Guide to Election Night: Patience is Key

While we're all beyond ready to see this election — and this year — come to an end, don't be so sure we'll get that closure on Nov. 3. Millions of Americans may have already voted, but there's an unprecedented amount... Read More

Lesley Stahl Gets Security Protection After Death Threat Over Trump '60 Minutes' Interview
Media
Lesley Stahl Gets Security Protection After Death Threat Over Trump '60 Minutes' Interview

CBS has reportedly hired full-time security for "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl after a family member received a death threat over her interview with President Trump. An unidentified suspect called Stahl's home Thursday, just hours before the president released his own copy of the... Read More

National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
Media
National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
2020-10-22 18:03:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The BCC microphone used by CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow during his historic broadcast from war-torn London during World War II is taking up temporary residence at the National Press Club this fall. Casey Murrow, the legendary journalist's... Read More

WHCA 'Strongly Encourages' Journalists to Avoid Working on White House Grounds
Media
WHCA 'Strongly Encourages' Journalists to Avoid Working on White House Grounds
2020-10-08 14:20:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House Correspondents’ Association on Wednesday "strongly" encouraged journalists to "avoid working from the White House grounds entirely" if at all possible. The notice, circulated among the association's members and posted on its website, came after BuzzFeed... Read More

Justices Agree to Decide Challenge to FCC's Bid to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
Media
Justices Agree to Decide Challenge to FCC's Bid to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
2020-10-02 19:17:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear oral arguments in a challenge to the FCC's efforts to loosen rules that limit media ownership. The underlying case was brought by Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project, a coalition of low-power... Read More

President Trump Paid $750 in Income Taxes in 2016 and 2017, NYT Says
Taxes
President Trump Paid $750 in Income Taxes in 2016 and 2017, NYT Says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump paid just $750 in income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, reported losing millions of dollars from his golf courses and has hundreds of millions in debt that will come due in the next few... Read More

ROKK Solutions Launches New Practice Area: Social Impact Communications
In The News
ROKK Solutions Launches New Practice Area: Social Impact Communications
2020-09-22 19:08:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Lindsay Singleton, longtime managing director at ROKK Solutions, will now also serve as lead of its new practice area: social impact communications. The practice, launched Tuesday by the bipartisan political communications firm, will assist organizations in amplifying their... Read More

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