Chevron Starts Its Own News Organization

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 8:10 am

One way to avoid bad press is simply to own the presses. Chevron has decided to jump directly into the media business with the publication of the Richmond Standard. A publication based in Richmond, California where Chevron is under increasing pressure over concerns about environmental damage the company may be causing in the town. The [...]

James Risen Says Obama Is ‘Greatest Enemy Of Press Freedom’ Of This Generation

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 8:13 am

James Risen of the New York Times has labeled President Barack Obama as the “greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation” for Obama’s repeated attacks on the First Amendment. Risen, currently fighting the Obama Administration in court over revealing a source, said that Obama wants to essentially destroy [...]

Barrett Brown’s Case Could Destroy Online Journalism

By: Friday February 28, 2014 8:46 am

It seems the more the public learns about the Barrett Brown case the more confusion and anger there is at the misuse of the justice system. Which is likely why prosecutors successfully sought a gag order against Brown – the more people learn the less they support the government’s case. The government is pressing charges [...]

Right Wing Rioters In Venezuela Shoot Journalist

By: Friday February 21, 2014 8:19 am

After losing another free and fair election the far right forces of Venezuela repeated what they did in 2002, 2003, and 2004 – they rioted in hopes of destabilizing the democratically elected government. And like before they found suckers in US media and elsewhere to buy the freedom fighter story mostly it seems out of [...]

[UPDATED] Business Insider Compromises Integrity On Buzzfeed Story

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 7:58 am

One ever-diminishing hope for New Media was that it would set a higher standard for journalistic integrity and principles, no more closed off favor-trading elite trying to manage the news for its own benefit. Yeah, not so much. According to Gawker, a piece that included a critique of Buzzfeed‘s notoriously sketchy business model at Business [...]

General Clapper Labels Journalists Snowden’s ‘Accomplices’

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 5:11 am

In testimony before congress General James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, labeled the journalists whom Edward Snowden worked with to blow the whistle on the NSA as “accomplices.” A term that makes those journalists legitimate targets for surveillance, if not worse. Now the war on whistleblowers has expanded to include the press. From Snowden [...]

Grantland Editor-In-Chief Apologizes For Story That May Have Led To Subject’s Suicide

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 10:56 am

Grantland, a blog dedicated to in-depth sports reporting, has been having a reportedly introspective last few days. Last Wednesday the blog published a story wherein a reporter had investigated a golf club inventor and upon learning that she was born a man, outed her to an investor and may have threatened to out her publicly. [...]

Bloomberg News Fires Reporter For Investigating Corruption In Chinese Government

By: Friday November 22, 2013 10:04 am

Thanks everyone for the incredible outpouring of sympathy and support. It has really helped me and my family get through this. — Mike Forsythe 傅才德 (@PekingMike) November 18, 2013 Some disturbing news is leaking out from a surprise firing of a Bloomberg News journalist. The reporter, Mike Forsythe, is a well respected expert on China [...]

Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith Says He ‘Hates Advocacy Journalism’ While Defending Smear On Max Blumenthal

By: Friday November 8, 2013 12:26 pm

Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, speaking at the Columbia School of Journalism, disclosed that he “hated” advocacy journalism instead preferring the theoretical (arguably mythical) objective journalism. A posture where reporters are to present themselves as detached and free from personal bias. Start at 57:30: ERIC HIPPEAU: What about the fine line between either investigative journalism, or [...]

Corporate Press Joining Government At Disturbing Rate

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 9:29 am

Try to act surprised when I tell you there is an incestuous relationship between the corporate media and federal government. Wall Street didn’t invent the revolving door between government and business. And for those in the “mainstream media” journalism it’s first and foremost a business. So why not steal talent from your competitors? From corporate [...]

CNBC Jumps Shark, Drops Pretense And Does JPMorgan Damage Control Live

By: Monday September 30, 2013 9:57 am

CNBC is the Fox News of financial journalism in that few consider them to be journalists. The financial press in general has a reputation for being courtiers for Wall Street in hopes of finding a job or spouse in the halls of money. But CNBC fails to even offer the patina of journalistic pretense most of the finance press displays. They are, quite clearly, hacks posing as journalists.