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Suspicious powder mailed to Wall Street Journal
Associated Press - Tue Jan 20, 2009
NEW YORK - Police evacuated the newsroom and executive offices of the Wall Street Journal at the Dow Jones building Wednesday after about a dozen envelopes that contained a white powder were received. More»

Photo: Facebook's War on Nipples Facebook's War on Nipples
Time - Wed Dec 31, 2008
The breast-feeding wars have long followed a familiar pattern: A woman gets thrown off a plane for nursing her toddler; she sues Delta. More»

'Colbert,' 'SpongeBob' may go dark on Time Warner
Associated Press - Tue Dec 30, 2008
LOS ANGELES - "SpongeBob SquarePants" and Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report" may be getting squeezed off of Time Warner Cable. More»

AP study finds $1.6B went to bailed-out bank execs
Associated Press - Sun Dec 21, 2008
Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and other benefits last year, an Associated Press analysis reveals. More»

Drug Maker Said to Pay Ghostwriters for Journal Articles
New York Times - Fri Dec 12, 2008
Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company, paid ghostwriters to produce medical journal articles favorable to its female hormone replacement therapy Prempro, according to Congressional letters seeking more information about the company's involvement in medical ghostwriting. More»

Photo: Tribune Co. files for bankruptcy Tribune Co. files for bankruptcy
Associated Press - Sun Dec 7, 2008
NEW YORK - Tribune Company - owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other dailies - filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, the first major newspaper publisher to take such a step since the Internet plunged the industry into a desperate struggle for survival. More»

The Miami Herald Is Said to Be for Sale
New York Times - Sat Dec 6, 2008
The McClatchy Company, burdened by debt and a steep slide in newspaper advertising, wants to sell one of its most-prized properties, The Miami Herald, according to people briefed on the company's plans. More»

Photo: Pink Floyd member Richard Wright dies Pink Floyd member Richard Wright dies
Associated Press - Sun Sep 14, 2008
LONDON - Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. More»

MSNBC shake-up: Olbermann and Matthews no longer anchoring
Politico - Sun Sep 7, 2008
Less than two weeks ago, MSNBC president Phil Griffin was still defending the network's anchor team to Politico, despite reports of turmoil behind-the-scenes and on-air squabbles. More»

FBI to newspapers: Sorry about your phone records
Associated Press - Fri Aug 8, 2008
FBI Director Robert Mueller has apologized to the editors of The Washington Post and The New York Times for improperly obtaining phone records of the newspapers' reporters while investigating terrorism four years ago. More»

News agency says missile-test photo digitally changed
USA Today - Sat Jul 12, 2008
An editor who transmitted an apparently doctored photo of an Iranian missile test published around the world said Thursday the gaffe shows that news organizations must be careful about using government handouts. More»

Photo: Dunkin' Donuts pulls Rachael Ray ad after complaints Dunkin' Donuts pulls Rachael Ray ad after complaints
Associated Press - Tue May 27, 2008
BOSTON - Dunkin' Donuts said today it stopped running an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray after complaints that a fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism. More»

Photo: Film legend Charlton Heston dead at 84 Film legend Charlton Heston dead at 84
Associated Press - Sat Apr 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Charlton Heston, the Oscar winner who portrayed Moses and other heroic figures on film in the '50s and '60s and later championed conservative values as head of the National Rifle Association, has died. More»

9/11 attacks harm First Amendment
Associated Press - Wed Mar 5, 2008
WASHINGTON - The shadow of the September 11 terror attacks is eclipsing press freedom and other constitutional safeguards in the United States, Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley said Thursday. More»

NBC reprimands employee for Obama error
Associated Press - Tue Feb 19, 2008
NEW YORK - NBC News said Tuesday it has reprimanded the employee responsible for mistakenly flashing a picture of Osama bin Laden on MSNBC as Chris Matthews talked about Barack Obama. More»

Photo: Colbert portrait hangs at Smithsonian Colbert portrait hangs at Smithsonian
Associated Press - Wed Jan 16, 2008
Stephen Colbert was denied when he tried to run for president this year in South Carolina. More»

Photo: Colbert chosen AP Celebrity of the Year Colbert chosen AP Celebrity of the Year
Associated Press - Sat Dec 22, 2007
While most TV characters remain boxed inside the frames of our sets, Stephen Colbert has routinely injected his on-screen persona into everything from the presidential race to ice cream. More»

FCC relaxes rules on media ownership
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mon Dec 17, 2007
Defying powerful members of Congress, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted 3-2 to permit cross-ownership of broadcast outlets and newspapers in the same city. More»

Military Keeps News Photographer Charges Secret
WGCL-TV - Sun Nov 18, 2007
BAGHDAD - The US military is planning to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer. More»

FEMA forgives itself for staging fake press conference
Washington Post - Mon Nov 12, 2007
An internal investigation into a fake news conference staged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency during last month's California wildfires found that the agency's press secretary directed aides to pose as reporters, secretly coached them during the briefing and ended the event after a final, scripted question was asked, according to a senior FEMA official. More»

FEMA sorry for fake news briefing
Washington Post - Fri Oct 26, 2007
WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Number 2 official apologized Friday for leading a staged news conference Tuesday in which FEMA employees posed as reporters while real reporters listened on a telephone conference line and were barred from asking questions. More»

Photo: Female journalists to be awarded Female journalists to be awarded
Associated Press - Mon Oct 22, 2007
MEXICO CITY - She set out to expose a pedophile ring in Cancun, naming the rich and powerful she says were involved, and became a journalism sensation after she was abducted by police, allegedly at the behest of a state governor. More»

Photo: Group renames asteroid for George Takei Group renames asteroid for George Takei
Associated Press - Mon Oct 1, 2007
A piece of outer space named for George Takei is in kind of a rough neighborhood for somebody who steers a starship: an asteroid belt. More»

Photo: Group points out O'Reilly racist comments Group points out O'Reilly racist comments
Associated Press - Mon Sep 24, 2007
NEW YORK - After eating dinner at a famed Harlem restaurant recently, Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly told a radio audience he "couldn't get over the fact" that there was no difference between the black-run Sylvia's and other restaurants. More»

Photo: Dan Rather files lawsuit against CBS Dan Rather files lawsuit against CBS
Associated Press - Tue Sep 18, 2007
NEW YORK - Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit Wednesday against CBS, alleging that the network made him a "scapegoat" for a discredited story about President Bush's National Guard service. More»

Ex-ABC consultant said to fake interview
Associated Press - Thu Sep 13, 2007
A former ABC News consultant fired last year because he couldn't authenticate academic credentials is at the center of a new dispute over apparently faked interviews with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Gates and others. More»

Photo: Industry pressure waters down breast-feed ads Industry pressure waters down breast-feed ads
Washington Post - Thu Aug 30, 2007
In an attempt to raise the nation's historically low rate of breast-feeding, federal health officials commissioned an attention-grabbing advertising campaign a few years ago to convince mothers that their babies faced real health risks if they did not breast-feed. More»

Photo: Author Stephen King 'mistaken for vandal' Author Stephen King 'mistaken for vandal'
BBC - Thu Aug 16, 2007
Author Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal when he started signing books during an unannounced visit to a shop in Australia, according to local media. More»

Photo: Satirical Weekly World News folding Satirical Weekly World News folding
UPI - Tue Aug 7, 2007
BOCA RATON, Florida - The outrageous, Florida-based supermarket tabloid, The Weekly World News, is going out of business. More»

Photo: Dow Jones agrees to Murdoch purchase Dow Jones agrees to Murdoch purchase
Associated Press - Tue Jul 31, 2007
NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch has sealed a deal to buy Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Company for $5 billion, ending a century of family ownership and adding a crown jewel to his global media empire, News Corp. More»

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