New York Times

New York Times Asks Fox for Apology After ‘Inaccurate Segment’

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

The New York Times has asked that the television show “Fox & Friends” apologize for what a Times spokeswoman described as a “malicious and inaccurate segment” that aired the week of July 17 accusing the paper of publishing a story in 2015 that had hindered the United States military’s attempt to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.

Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary, Denouncing Chaos in West Wing

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned after denouncing chaos in the West Wing and telling President Donald Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Excerpts From The Times’s Interview With Trump

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump spoke on July 19 with three New York Times reporters — Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman — in an exclusive interview in the Oval Office.

Outgoing Ethics Chief: US Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’

Location:
U.S. Office of Government Ethics, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Actions by President Trump and his administration have created a historic ethics crisis, the departing head of the Office of Government Ethics said. He called for major changes in federal law to expand the power and reach of the oversight office and combat the threat.

How to Smoke Out Where Broadband Companies Stand on Net Neutrality

Location:
USA, United States

A curious thing happened on a day that many internet companies and public policy groups had christened a “Day of Action” aimed at protesting the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to overturn so-called net neutrality rules. The curiosity was that several broadband companies — the very same companies that pushed to rewrite the rules that undergird net neutrality — put out statements suggesting that they, too, supported the aims of the protesters.

How Trump Jr.’s ‘Transparency’ Erodes Trust With the Media

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Asked by New York Times reporters about emails revealing that he had agreed to a meeting to hear damaging information about Hillary Clinton proffered by an intermediary for the Russian government, Donald Trump Jr revealed the emails to the public instead. The move was cheered by some of the president’s supporters.

Russian Dirt on Clinton? ‘I Love It,’ Donald Trump Jr. Said

Location:
USA, United States

The June 3, 2016, e-mail sent to Donald Trump Jr. could hardly have been more explicit: One of his father’s former Russian business partners had been contacted by a senior Russian government official and was offering to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Digital Privacy to Come Under Supreme Court’s Scrutiny

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The House of Representatives adopted the Email Privacy Act in February to modernize the protections afforded electronic communications that would require obtaining a search warrant in almost every case.

To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

Microsoft will harness the unused channels between television broadcasts, known as white spaces, to help get more of rural America online.

News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook

Location:
News Media Alliance, 4401 Wilson Boulevard (Formerly the Newspaper Association of America), Arlington, VA, 22203-1867, United States

A group of news organizations will begin an effort to win the right to negotiate collectively with the big online platforms – Facebook and Google -- and will ask for a limited antitrust exemption from Congress in order to do so.

AT&T’s Blockbuster Deal for Time Warner Hangs in Limbo

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States

The small army of career antitrust officials is marching toward a great unknown. For one thing, the Justice Department officials still don’t have a boss who will have the final say on whether to approve or block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner.

Spyware Sold to Mexican Government Targeted International Officials

Location:
United Mexican States, Mexico

A team of international investigators brought to Mexico to unravel one of the nation’s gravest human rights atrocities was targeted with sophisticated surveillance technology sold to the Mexican government to spy on criminals and terrorists. The spying took place during what the investigators call a broad campaign of harassment and interference that prevented them from solving the haunting case of 43 students who disappeared after clashing with the police nearly three years ago.

QVC to Merge With Home Shopping Network in $2.1 Billion Deal

Location:
Liberty Interactive, 12300 Liberty Blvd, Englewood, CO, 80112, United States

John Malone is solidifying his hold on home-shopping channels — in his own particular way. His Liberty Interactive, which owns QVC, will combine with its longtime rival, the Home Shopping Network, in a $2.1 billion deal.

CNN: The Network Against the Leader of the Free World

Location:
CNN, 1 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

CNN and its president, Jeff Zucker, are in the middle of their most intense bout yet: an unlikely public fight with the leader of the free world.

‘Morning Joe’ Row Is Fresh Sign of TV’s Iron Grip on Trump

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

There are a lot of insights to be drawn from the latest media maelstrom involving President Trump: about his sensitivity to criticism, his impulsivity, the way he talks about women and the ease with which he can still hurl the basest of insults. But the episode is also a striking example of how a presidency born of television lives there still, no matter what else might be going on In Real Life (IRL, as the internet calls it).

A Costly Retraction for CNN and an Opening for President Trump

Location:
CNN, 1 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

The mea culpa did not stop President Trump and his supporters from seizing on the mistake, condemning CNN and claiming it as evidence that other major news organizations were conspiring against the administration.

What’s at Stake in the Discussions Between Comcast, Charter and Sprint

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States

The real disruption may be how Sprint’s negotiations with the cable companies put a potential merger with T-Mobile USA in limbo.

Facebook, Free Expression and the Power of a Leak

Location:
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210, United States

Today, as social media sites are accused of spreading false news, influencing elections and allowing horrific speech, they may respond by increasing their policing of content. Clarity about their internal speech regulation is more important now than ever. The ways in which this newfound transparency is harnessed by the public could be as meaningful for online speech as any case decided in a United States court.

DHS Working with Google to Improve Screening Techniques at Airpots

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States

The Department of Homeland Security is turning to data scientists to improve screening techniques at airports. On June 22, the department, working with Google, will introduce a $1.5 million contest to build computer algorithms that can automatically identify concealed items in images captured by checkpoint body scanners.

21st Century Fox Faces a Showdown with British Regulators

Location:
21st Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 94710, United States

Rupert Murdoch’s legacy as a media mogul will be tested on June 20 when British regulators report to the government whether 21st Century Fox should be allowed to buy the rest of Sky, the British satellite giant.

Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Journalists and Their Families

Location:
Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico), Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico’s most prominent human rights lawyers, journalists and anti-corruption activists have been targeted by advanced spyware sold to the Mexican government on the condition that it be used only to investigate criminals and terrorists.

Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Activists and Their Families

Location:
United Mexican States, Mexico

Mexico’s most prominent human rights lawyers, journalists and anti-corruption activists have been targeted by advanced spyware sold to the Mexican government on the condition that it be used only to investigate criminals and terrorists.

A Newsroom and a Lifeline: Univision’s Urgent Sense of Purpose

Location:
Univision Communications, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10158, United States

Univision is the leading news source for Hispanics in the United States, citizen and noncitizen alike — a core audience that has an almost existential stake in the Trump administration’s policies.

Consumer Groups Take Aim at Navient for Phone Harassment

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

A half-dozen consumer groups have asked the federal government to take action against Navient, a student loan servicer, and have accused the company of “harassing and abusing” borrowers with repeated automated telephone calls, even after being asked to stop.

Company Lost Secret 2014 Fight Over ‘Expansion’ of NSA Surveillance

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States

An American communications company in 2014 balked at an “expansion” of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program, but was ordered to comply by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a newly declassified document shows.

Regulatory ‘Reform’ That Is Anything But

Location:
Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, United States

After decades of failed efforts to enact “regulatory reform” bills, Congress appears to be within a few votes of approving reform legislation that would strip Americans of important legal protections, induce regulatory sclerosis and subject agencies that enforce the nation’s laws and regulations to potentially endless litigation. This is not reform.

Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones and a Fine Line Between News and Promotion

Location:
USA, United States

Where’s the line between covering a scoundrel as a news figure and giving him a promotional platform?

In Watergate, One Set of Facts. In Trump Era, Take Your Pick.

Location:
USA, United States

The Trump White House something Nixon never had: a loyal media armada ready to attack inconvenient truths and the credibility of potentially damning witnesses and news reports while trumpeting the presidential counternarrative, at times with counterfactual versions of events.

Making Google the Censor

Location:
Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA, 94305, United States

Prime Minister Theresa May’s political fortunes may be waning in Britain, but her push to make internet companies police their users’ speech is alive and well. But making private companies curtail user expression in important public forums — which is what platforms like Twitter and Facebook have become — is dangerous.

President Trump Accuses Comey of Lying Under Oath

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump accused James B. Comey, the former FBI director, of lying under oath to Congress in testimony that the president dismissed as a politically motivated proceeding.