New York Times’ New Executive Editor Has History of Steering Clear of Controversial Reporting

By: Friday May 16, 2014 11:08 am

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been fired and replaced by Dean Baquet, who was managing editor at the Times. But how will he defend the right to publish when confronted by opposition from government officials? What will Baquet do to encourage and promote investigative journalism? What responsibility may he show to sources? As [...]

New York Times Reporter In Effect Smears Russia Today Anchor Who Spoke Out Against Russia

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 5:49 pm

The Russian-based television network, RT, is consistently referred to by United States media organizations as “Kremlin-backed” or “Kremlin-owned” and frequently treated as a propaganda outlet. Coverage of what has been happening in Ukraine, as The Nation’s Greg Mitchell highlighted, what has been published on the network’s website and broadcast on air has been very one-sided. [...]

That ‘Surreal Moment’ When Snowden’s ‘Accomplices’ at The Guardian Destroyed Hard Drives

By: Friday January 31, 2014 10:33 am

The act of demolition was not going to stop The Guardian from reporting on any more of the files from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, but it did not matter to Downing Street. Cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood, sent by Prime Minister David Cameron, informed the media organization in late June and July of [...]

New York Times Reporter James Risen, Fighting Obama Administration’s Attack on the Press, Turns to Supreme Court

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 10:52 am

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama insists a journalist must testify against his source so they can prosecute and convict a former CIA officer for a leak. It has spent about six years trying to force him to testify, and now, having lost in an appeals court, he is taking his case to the [...]

The Case Against Clemency for Snowden Involves Prioritizing Secrecy ‘Oaths’ Over Truth-Telling

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 11:06 am

A column on why former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden should not be granted clemency—and will not be given clemency—was written by Slate’s Fred Kaplan on January 3. It quickly became regarded as a sharp well-argued rebuttal to The New York Times’ editorial, which labeled Snowden a whistleblower and urged President Barack Obama to [...]

Dear New York Times Editors: If Snowden Is a Whistleblower, What Is Chelsea Manning?

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 1:26 pm

The New York Times Editorial Board is to be highly praised for finally publishing a strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, one which not only urges clemency but also labels him a whistleblower. But, it invites debate on another individual, one who is currently serving thirty-five years in a military prison for releasing [...]

In Snowden Editorial, New York Times Editorial Board Legitimizes Whistleblowing to the Press

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 11:07 am

The New York Times Editorial Board has published a remarkably strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who they refer to as a whistleblower in the headline. The Times states Snowden should not have to live out the rest of his life in “permanent exile.” Considering the enormous value of the information he has [...]

New York Times Knew Missing American in Iran Was Working for CIA Back in 2007

By: Friday December 13, 2013 3:53 pm

A major story on a retired FBI agent who went missing in Iran was published by the Associated Press yesterday. It revealed details on a coverup at the Central Intelligence Agency to cover up the fact that the agent, Robert Levinson, had been “recruited as a spy by a rogue group of analysts inside the [...]

NSA Extended Tentacles to Ensure Games Like World of Warcraft, Second Life Weren’t Beyond Its Reach

By: Monday December 9, 2013 11:27 am

The National Security Agency targeted Internet communications features in games or virtual environments like Second Life, World of Warcraft (WoW) and XboxLive, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Documents from 2008, reported and published in partnership by The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica, show that online game [...]

Until Grand Jury Investigation Disbanded, WikiLeaks Should Remain Skeptical of US Officials’ Statements

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 3:58 pm

(updates 1 & 2 below) For the second time in the past weeks, anonymous United States government officials have spoken to a reporter with the Washington Post about a possible case against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. “The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing [...]

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