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April 21, 2014
True story: Coffee (which apparently should be brewed with an AeroPress) apparently drives us to stronger ethical behavior, according to a recent study. We’re apparently less ethical when we’re groggy.

True story: Coffee (which apparently should be brewed with an AeroPress) apparently drives us to stronger ethical behavior, according to a recent study. We’re apparently less ethical when we’re groggy.

11:52 // 1 day ago
February 3, 2014
Would releasing the news on an official channel — even without family notification — help clear up confusion and offer confirmation instead of allowing unconfirmed speculation to fester? And couldn’t it be argued that that would be more respectful of the families?
Phillips Media Training founder Brad Phillips • Discussing the way that some media outlets have failed to wait until a piece of news has been officially confirmed by the police—in some cases before even next of kin has been informed. That’s what happened yesterday when the Wall Street Journal reported on the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Salon notes.
22:34 // 2 months ago
May 13, 2013
There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.
Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt • In a letter, sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, denouncing the Justice Department’s decision to acquire the phone records of AP journalists as well as a number of the wire service’s offices over a two-month period. The move came as a result of a 2012 AP story which leaked the news of a foiled attack on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. The move, which followed the Obama administration’s general policy of trying to shut down leaks, nonetheless was disowned by the White House. “We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “Any questions about an ongoing criminal investigation should be directed to the Department of Justice.” The move has been condemned by many journalists.
22:22 // 11 months ago
May 11, 2013

Bloomberg journalists piss off big-name banks with privacy breach

  • the company Bloomberg LP, the market data company started by current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg 32 years ago, built its success from its Bloomberg Terminal electronic trading platform, as well as its journalistic platform, including its wire service and Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Companies pay as much as $20,000 per year for a single Bloomberg Terminal—and financial companies use many of them, as 310,000 exist worldwide.
  • the problem Apparently Bloomberg journalists have been using this data to monitor big-name subscribers to the Bloomberg Terminal service. Hundreds of the service’s 2,400 journalists worldwide reportedly tracked users of the service through this method, which financial institutions noticed after a journalist pointed out to Goldman Sachs that one of the company’s partners didn’t log into their terminal recently. The incident could prove dangerous to both of Bloomberg’s businesses, as it could damage the credibility of both the wire service and the market data platform. source
14:29 // 11 months ago
May 5, 2013
This is not a ritual for me where you just come on camera and say you’re sorry and hope to move on. I’m truly sorry about what happened. I believe deeply in good journalism and fair journalism and I am determined to learn from this episode and minimize the chances of anything like this happening again.
CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz • Apologizing, at extreme length, for his erroneous reporting about the Jason Collins story as well as his sloppy overall reporting in recent years. Kurtz, who left his job at The Daily Beast last week, said that his departure from the publication was amicable and mutual, and already in the works before the Collins situation broke. Kurtz, who also faced conflict-of-interest questions over his ties to a small-scale site called The Daily Download, spent a full fifteen minutes atoning for his journalistic sins this morning, according to Politico.
12:41 // 11 months ago
April 26, 2013

Luntz and Penn student spar over secretly recorded footage

  • action Yesterday, Mother Jones released secretly-recorded audio of GOP strategist Frank Luntz criticizing right-wing talk show hosts during a talk with College Republicans at the University of Pennsylvania. “They get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it’s really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It’s only on the Republican side,” Luntz said.
  • reaction "I’m very disappointed that at Penn, [the] trust between students and speaker is gone," said Luntz, an former student and professor at the school, after the release of the audio. ”Call me naive, but I thought it was possible to have an open, honest conversation about American politics and not make it a national conversation.”
  • rebuttal "The Penn environment should be one in which people are encouraged and expected to speak unencumbered by self-interest," wrote Aakash Abbi, the student who recorded the speech. ”If influential GOP figures like Frank Luntz truly believe that the party’s media kingmakers harm the national interest but refuse to say so for fear of backlash, they knowingly work against the spirit of open and honest debate.”

There’s also a question of journalistic ethics. Luntz requested that the remarks remain off the record; while a journalist who was in the room verbally agreed to this request, Abbi (who isn’t a journalist) and Mother Jones (who wasn’t present) did not. So are they still bound by it? Does a request to remain off the record amount to a decree, or must it be agreed to? Regardless of where you stand, it’s a fuzzy area. Meanwhile, Luntz has withdrawn a scholarship in his father’s name since the remarks leaked.

18:33 // 12 months ago
March 25, 2013
The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is currently investigating Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign, on suspicion of improper usage of campaign funds, according to a new report from The Daily Beast. While Rep. Bachmann is not believed to have personally committed any criminal actions, investigators are trying to ascertain whether or not Bachmann was aware of under-the-table payments to several advisers and, if so, when she became aware of the cash transfers. While OCE has no real enforcement powers of any kind, the board does make direct recommendations to the House Ethics Committee, though we don’t suspect the threat of censure (a.k.a a stern talking to from Congress) particularly frightens Rep. Bachmann. (Photo via Gage Skidmore) source

The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is currently investigating Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign, on suspicion of improper usage of campaign funds, according to a new report from The Daily Beast. While Rep. Bachmann is not believed to have personally committed any criminal actions, investigators are trying to ascertain whether or not Bachmann was aware of under-the-table payments to several advisers and, if so, when she became aware of the cash transfers. While OCE has no real enforcement powers of any kind, the board does make direct recommendations to the House Ethics Committee, though we don’t suspect the threat of censure (a.k.a a stern talking to from Congress) particularly frightens Rep. Bachmann. (Photo via Gage Skidmore) source

14:14 // 1 year ago
September 21, 2012

abaldwin360:

The National Review ran a magazine cover in which they Photoshopped signs at an Obama rally to read “ABORTION” instead of “FORWARD” as they originally did.

The top image shows the October 1, 2012 cover of “National Review” magazine. 

The image at the bottom shows another photo taken at the same rally.

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additional source

When Photoshop is used for evil.

(via sarahlee310)

18:40 // 1 year ago
September 3, 2012
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August 20, 2012
I have decided that I will not be able to serve a second term as a Successor Fellow of the Yale Corporation. I am reexamining my professional life and I have recognized that, in order to focus on the core of my work, I will have to shed some of my other responsibilities.
Time and CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria • Revealing to Yale President Richard C. Levin his plans to resign from the school’s governing board, weeks after he received a major professional scare — getting suspended from his two main gigs after getting caught plagiarizing. (Both CNN and Time eventually accepted him back.) Zakaria likely had too much on his plate: “My service at Yale is the single largest commitment of time, energy, and attention outside of my writing and television work,” he also wrote in his note. Levin graciously accepted the note and thanked the journalist for his work.
20:01 // 1 year ago