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Raskin, Lieu, Yarmouth Step Up to Protect a Free Press
Media
Raskin, Lieu, Yarmouth Step Up to Protect a Free Press
2021-07-08 12:32:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and John Yarmuth, D-Ky., are stepping up to protect journalists from being compelled to reveal confidential sources and to prevent federal law enforcement from abusing subpoena power. On Wednesday, the three... Read More

Broadcasters Group Asks FCC to Toss Request for New Low-Power FM Class
Media
Broadcasters Group Asks FCC to Toss Request for New Low-Power FM Class
2021-07-07 20:05:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Association of Broadcasters is urging federal regulators to reject a request for a new class of low-power FM radio stations. The Federal Communications Commission established low-power FM radio in 2000 to create opportunities for more voices... Read More

Cameras in Courts Proposal Wins Early Support in Senate
Courts
Cameras in Courts Proposal Wins Early Support in Senate
2021-06-25 13:54:57
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved bills Thursday to put video cameras in federal courts in a move that ups the chances more of the proceedings will reach household televisions soon. If the proposed legislation wins as expected in a... Read More

Big Tech Faces Calls For Revenue Sharing
Media
Big Tech Faces Calls For Revenue Sharing
2021-06-18 14:56:15
by Daniel Mollenkamp

In the latest call for regulators to limit the power of big tech companies, a group of Canadian news media publications has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to force revenue sharing negotiations among tech behemoths Google and Facebook and Canadian... Read More

Journalists Demanding More Action Against Online Harassment
Media
Journalists Demanding More Action Against Online Harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press' recent firing of a young reporter for what she said on Twitter has somewhat unexpectedly turned company and industry attention to the flip side of social media engagement — the online abuse that... Read More

Justice Dept. Drops Subpoena Seeking USA Today Readers
Media
Justice Dept. Drops Subpoena Seeking USA Today Readers
2021-06-07 19:40:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department late Friday withdrew its subpoena ordering media organization USA Today to turn over records identifying readers of a story about a Feb. 2 shootout in Florida that killed two FBI agents and injured three others.... Read More

Biden's Pledge on Media Freedom May Be Easier Said Than Done
Media
Biden's Pledge on Media Freedom May Be Easier Said Than Done

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the Biden Justice Department's first big moves has been to alert reporters at three major news organizations that their phone records were seized as part of leak investigations under the Trump administration, with President Joe... Read More

Amazon to Buy MGM, Studio Behind James Bond and 'Shark Tank'
Business
Amazon to Buy MGM, Studio Behind James Bond and 'Shark Tank'

NEW YORK (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon is buying MGM, the movie and TV studio behind James Bond, "Legally Blonde" and "Shark Tank," with the hopes of filling its video streaming service with more stuff to watch. Amazon is... Read More

AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery Deal Unlikely to Have Smooth Sailing
Telecom
AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery Deal Unlikely to Have Smooth Sailing
2021-05-21 13:29:37
by Victoria Turner

Telecom giant AT&T may expect smooth sailing through the federal review of its deal spinning off WarnerMedia to Discovery, but four antitrust experts disagree that it is such a clear-cut case. And the deal is likely to get scrutinized by... Read More

Blinken Hasn't Seen Any Evidence on AP Gaza Building Strike
Foreign Affairs
Blinken Hasn't Seen Any Evidence on AP Gaza Building Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday he hasn't yet seen any evidence supporting Israel's claim that Hamas operated in a Gaza building housing The Associated Press and other media outlets that was destroyed by an Israeli... Read More

Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part Four)
Media
Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part Four)
2021-05-12 21:59:31
by Dan McCue

(This is the fourth and final part of a four-part series. The first three parts can be read here, here and here.) The First Amendment Prevails The Supreme Court’s decision in the Pentagon Papers case, officially, New York Times Co.... Read More

Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part Three)
Media
Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part Three)
2021-05-11 21:04:47
by Dan McCue

(This is the third part of a four-part series. The first and second installments can be read here and here.) White House Makes Its Move  Ultimately, the decision to seek prior restraint -- an injunction prohibiting The Times from publishing... Read More

Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part Two)
Media
Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part Two)
2021-05-11 10:46:55
by Dan McCue

(This is the second part of a four-part series. The first installment can be read here.) To Publish or Not to Publish Upon his return to Washington, Sheehan and an editor booked a room at the Jefferson Hotel, where they... Read More

Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part One)
Media
Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part One)
2021-05-10 10:46:03
by Dan McCue

The battle was joined on a Monday night. It was shortly after 7 p.m. on June 14, 1971, when a seething President Richard Nixon telephoned his attorney general, John Mitchell, and told him it was time to make the administration’s... Read More

Washington Post Says US Secretly Obtained Reporters' Records
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Washington Post Says US Secretly Obtained Reporters' Records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Justice Department secretly seized the phone records of three Washington Post reporters who covered the federal investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the newspaper said Friday. The disclosure sets up... Read More

What to Watch During Biden's 1st Big Speech to Congress
Media
What to Watch During Biden's 1st Big Speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is putting the finishing touches on his first address to a joint session of Congress, a prime-time speech on Wednesday night on the eve of his 100th day in office. Biden will use the... Read More

COVID KO's  Correspondents' Dinner
Media
COVID KO's Correspondents' Dinner
2021-04-14 20:13:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Citing ongoing concerns over the lingering coronavirus pandemic, the White House Correspondents' Association has decided to cancel its annual dinner this year. "We have worked through any number of scenarios over the last several months, but to put... Read More

Study Finds People Want More Than Watchdogs for Journalists
Opinion Polls
Study Finds People Want More Than Watchdogs for Journalists

NEW YORK (AP) — A study of the public's attitude toward the press reveals that distrust goes deeper than partisanship and down to how journalists define their very mission. In short: Americans want more than a watchdog. The study, released... Read More

After Blank Front Page, Newspaper Learns It's Appreciated
Media
After Blank Front Page, Newspaper Learns It's Appreciated

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories are back on the cover of Kansas City's Northeast News this week after the newspaper intentionally printed a blank front page of its previous edition to show community members what they'd miss if the newspaper... Read More

Fox News Slapped With $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Over 2020 Election Claims
Litigation
Fox News Slapped With $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Over 2020 Election Claims
2021-03-26 13:46:29
by Dan McCue

Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news company sought to boost faltering ratings by falsely claiming the voting machine company had rigged the 2020 election.  The company, which is... Read More

Amid Growing Challenges, Biden to Hold 1st News Conference
White House
Amid Growing Challenges, Biden to Hold 1st News Conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden held off on holding his first news conference so he could use it to celebrate passage of a defining legislative achievement, his giant COVID-19 relief package. But he's sure to be pressed at Thursday's... Read More

Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
White House
Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
2021-03-03 16:43:19
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago today, on March 3, 1991, a Los Angeles motorist named Rodney King was severely beaten by four White police officers wielding metal batons, an event that would ultimately seal his place in recent civil rights history.  This... Read More

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

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

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