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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»

Photo: Whoopi officially joins ABC's `The View' Whoopi officially joins ABC's `The View'
Associated Press - Tue Jul 31, 2007
NEW YORK - Whoopi Goldberg, officially named Wednesday as the new moderator of "The View" as the show puts Rosie O'Donnell in its rearview mirror, said her new job is a "big ol' thrill for me. More»

UN Condemns Attacks on Journalists
BBC News - Fri Dec 22, 2006
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution condemning attacks on journalists working in war zones. More»

Exxon Spends Millions to Cast Doubt on Global Warming
The Independent, UK - Wed Dec 6, 2006
The world's largest energy company is still spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund European organisations that seek to cast doubt on the scientific consensus on global warming and undermine support for legislation to curb emission of greenhouse gases. More»

Photo: Right Winger Laura Ingraham Tells Listeners To Jam Voter Protection Hotline Right Winger Laura Ingraham Tells Listeners To Jam Voter Protection Hotline
Think Progress - Mon Nov 6, 2006
As FireDogLake has been reporting, right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham today urged her listeners to obstruct efforts to protect voting rights by jamming a free voter protection hotline. More»

Photo: Bloggers on Campaign Payrolls Proliferate Bloggers on Campaign Payrolls Proliferate
MSNBC - Mon Oct 30, 2006
Bloggers paid by campaigns were a rarity two years ago -- so rare that their work and their ethics, whether for Republicans or Democrats, became fodder for controversy. More»

Photo: Pentagon Increases 'Media War' Unit Pentagon Increases 'Media War' Unit
BBC - Sun Oct 29, 2006
The US defence department has set up a new unit to better promote its message across 24-hour rolling news outlets, and particularly on the internet. More»

Photo: FOX Uses Subliminal Ploy On Foley Head Shot FOX Uses Subliminal Ploy On Foley Head Shot
News Hounds - Wed Oct 4, 2006
While a former congressional page, Tyson Vivyan, was talking about the e-mails he received from Mark Foley on The O'Reilly Factor tonight,10/3, a photo was flashed on the screen labeled Mark Foley D. More»

Half of Americans Still Believe In WMDs - They Saw Them on TV
PR Watch - Mon Aug 7, 2006
A recent Harris Poll reports found that while "the US and other countries have not found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, surprisingly more US adults (50%) think that Iraq had such weapons when the US invaded Iraq. More»

Report Faults Video Reports Shown as News
New York Times - Wed Apr 5, 2006
Many television news stations, including some from the nation's largest markets, are continuing to broadcast reports as news without disclosing that the segments were produced by corporations pitching new products, according to a report to be released today by a group that monitors the news media. More»

The US propaganda machine: Oh, what a lovely war
The Independent UK - Thu Mar 30, 2006
The Lincoln Group was tasked with presenting the US version of events in Iraq to counter adverse media coverage. More»

Photo: Guantanamo actors held at airport Guantanamo actors held at airport
BBC - Mon Feb 20, 2006
The actors who star in movie The Road to Guantanamo were questioned by police at Luton airport under anti-terrorism legislation, it has emerged. More»

Photo: 'Feminine Mystique' author Betty Friedan dies 'Feminine Mystique' author Betty Friedan dies
Associated Press - Fri Feb 3, 2006
WASHINGTON - Betty Friedan, whose manifesto "The Feminine Mystique" became a best seller in the 1960s and laid the groundwork for the modern feminist movement, died Saturday, her birthday. More»

Media death toll 'worst' in 2005
BBC - Wed Jan 4, 2006
Last year was the worst on record for the number of journalists and support staff killed in the line of duty, media watchdogs in Europe and the US say. More»

The Real Price of Propaganda
Jonathan Alter - Newsweek - Fri Dec 9, 2005
If you wander into a venerable Washington men's club and glimpse the distinguished older man in the corner, trying to avoid spilling soup on his Brooks Brothers suit, chances are reasonably good that he was in the CIA back in the 1940s and 50s. More»

Robert Scheer: On Leaving the LA Times
Huffington Post - Fri Nov 11, 2005
On Friday I was fired as a columnist by the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, where I have worked for thirty years. More»

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