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Chicago Considers Making Former 'Ebony' And 'Jet' Headquarters A Historic Landmark
The former building of Johnson Publishing Company, home of Ebony and Jet magazines in downtown Chicago, may soon get historic landmark status. Raymond Thomas speaks about his time working there.
Source : www.npr.org | 26-Feb-2017 14:12

Trump Administration House Bars Major Media Organizations From Latest Press Briefing
The relationship between the White House and the news media took another step backward Friday when CNN, The New York Times, BuzzFeed and others were kept out of secretary Sean Spicer's briefing.
Source : www.npr.org | 26-Feb-2017 00:20

Lashing Out Against Critical Reports, White House Bars Outlets From Briefing
The move blocked reporters from CNN, The New York Times and others from participating and was seen at least in part as retaliation for a Thursday CNN piece on White House-FBI communications.
Source : www.npr.org | 25-Feb-2017 01:11

The Struggles Of Austin's Music Scene Mirror A Widened World
As the face of Austin's music office prepares to depart, the city's problems and successes may offer a lesson for the world at large about globalization and technology.
Source : www.npr.org | 24-Feb-2017 14:00

Voters Trust The Media More Than Trump... Maybe
In just a few days, two different polls give two different answers to the same question: Do you trust Trump or the news media more? One lesson here is don't trust any single poll too much.
Source : www.npr.org | 23-Feb-2017 19:45

Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns From Breitbart After Underage Sex Comments
Milo Yiannopoulos is having a very bad few days. The 32-year-old conservative provocateur resigned from Breitbart, lost a book contract and a high-profile speaking engagement after past remarks resurfaced showing him seemingly praising pedophilia.
Source : www.npr.org | 21-Feb-2017 22:30

After Comments On Pedophilia, Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns
One day after he lost both a book deal and a prominent speaking gig, Yiannopoulos said he was stepping down as technology editor for the website formerly run by President Trump's chief strategist.
Source : www.npr.org | 21-Feb-2017 21:40

After Underage Sex Comments, Milo Yiannopoulos Loses CPAC Invite, Book Deal
The American Conservative Union disinvited the far-right provocateur citing comments it said condoned "pedophilia." Hours later, Simon & Schuster said it was canceling the publication of his book.
Source : www.npr.org | 21-Feb-2017 04:53

Mattis Disagrees With Trump's Characterization Of Media As 'The Enemy'
"I don't have any issues with the press myself," the secretary of defense said during an interview while traveling in the United Arab Emirates.
Source : www.npr.org | 19-Feb-2017 21:23

Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?
Mark Zuckerberg has announced a plan to make Facebook the only primary platform people use to connect to others virtually. But he fails to discuss the responsibilities that come with that power.
Source : www.npr.org | 19-Feb-2017 20:41

Barbershop: Trump's Attacks On The Media
Columnist Mary Kate Cary, former Obama communications aide Corey Ealons, and NPR Political correspondent, Mara Liasson, discuss President Trump's attacks on the media and whether they serve a purpose.
Source : www.npr.org | 18-Feb-2017 23:38

Anonymous Leaks Gain New Prominence In Trump-Era Journalism
Many of the revelations about the new administration have come from leaks. Journalism outlets have taken various approaches to dealing with the onslaught of information.
Source : www.npr.org | 18-Feb-2017 13:54

The Trump Media Survey Is Phenomenally Biased. It's Also Useful
Uber-flawed surveys are still useful: They can plant ideas in respondents' heads, provide friendly numbers and test new messaging.
Source : www.npr.org | 17-Feb-2017 19:13

When A Politician Says 'Fake News' And A Newspaper Threatens To Sue Back
If the Colorado newspaper files a lawsuit, legal experts say it would be the first of its kind, potentially setting a legal definition for what is considered fake news and what is not.
Source : www.npr.org | 17-Feb-2017 18:36

The Turtles Lose Case Over Rights To Their Oldies In New York
Members of The Turtles lost their New York class action in a ruling from the state's appeals court.
Source : www.npr.org | 17-Feb-2017 16:56

Trump Attacks The Media As 'Dishonest'
Donald Trump decided to hold a news conference Thursday, and spent much of it insulting the news media.
Source : www.npr.org | 17-Feb-2017 10:59

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News
In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction.
Source : www.npr.org | 16-Feb-2017 12:00

Gay Journalist Leaves Left Behind And Embraces A 'Brand New Conservative'
Journalist Chadwick Moore says he's coming out. He's not coming out as gay — he did that a long time ago. Instead, Moore says he's abandoned the political left and has found a home on the right.
Source : www.npr.org | 16-Feb-2017 10:41

Lawyer Alleges Fox News Is Under Federal Investigation Related To Sexual Harassment
Attorney Judd Burstein says the probe centers on the masking of settlement payments to victims as salary and compensation to avoid disclosure of the payments and the harassment.
Source : www.npr.org | 16-Feb-2017 08:54

Is Donald Trump Helping Or Hurting Twitter?
The tweeter-in-chief has brought a new level of notoriety to the social media company, but it hasn't helped Twitter's bottom line. Analysts say Trump-related harassment continues to hurt the platform.
Source : www.npr.org | 14-Feb-2017 16:29

'Playboy' Snaps Out Of Its Never-Nude Phase
"Naked is normal," the magazine announces on the cover of its new issue, one year after removing full-frontal nudity from its pages.
Source : www.npr.org | 14-Feb-2017 15:14

'Wall Street Journal' Editor Defends Trump Coverage At Staff Meeting
The Wall Street Journal's top news executive, Gerard Baker, called an all-staff meeting on Monday to address newsroom concerns. Chief among them: whether the newspaper has been slow to scrutinize Trump adequately. Baker is said to be an admirer of Trump, and the paper's controlling owner, Rupert Murdoch, has become increasingly close to him.
Source : www.npr.org | 13-Feb-2017 22:33

Despite Getting Attention Via Trump, Twitter Falling Short For Investors
President Trump tweets daily and often makes news when he does. Despite getting more attention, Twitter itself is having a rough time, as a new earnings report shows flat growth and some big losses.
Source : www.npr.org | 12-Feb-2017 13:45

Crime Reporter Recounts The Emotional Toll Of The Beat
Stomaching murder and violence is part of the job for crime reporters. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Chicago Tribune 's William Lee about the emotional burden of his crime beat.
Source : www.npr.org | 11-Feb-2017 13:36

Broadcasting Board of Governors' Chief On The Future Of VOA
John Lansing is the CEO of the agency in charge of the government-funded Voice of America news service. He talks with Steve Inskeep about the agency's operations under the new administration.
Source : www.npr.org | 10-Feb-2017 10:58

VOA Chief On The Future Of The News Service
John Lansing is the CEO of the governing body in charge of the government-funded Voice of America news service. He talks with Steve Inskeep about the agency's operations under the new administration.
Source : www.npr.org | 10-Feb-2017 10:58

John Oliver On Facts, Donald Trump, And The Supreme Court For Dogs
In an NPR interview, the comedian talks about why facts matter more to him as a comedian than the president he's about to lampoon. Oliver's Last Week Tonight returns for a new season on HBO Sunday.
Source : www.npr.org | 10-Feb-2017 10:44

Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest And Michael McKean Join 'Spinal Tap' Lawsuit
The three comedy legends join Harry Shearer's lawsuit, first filed last fall, against the film's owner.
Source : www.npr.org | 08-Feb-2017 18:05

Anderson Cooper Rips Donald Trump For Watching Too Much Cable News




Donald Trump may dismiss CNN as “fake news,” but Anderson Cooper says the new president can’t get enough of the network.


“He watches CNN all the time, this is not in dispute at all,” the journalist said on Tuesday’s broadcast of “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”


“He has texted about people I am interviewing while I am interviewing them, he would do that during the campaign.”


TV sets in Trump’s offices are also usually tuned in to CNN, too, Cooper added.


After quipping that Trump “watches me on CNN probably more than my mom watches me on CNN,” Cooper questioned if Trump’s alleged TV viewing habits were appropriate.





“At a certain point you would think, like, there’s gotta be something more important going on for the president to be doing than flicking around the shows,” he told Meyers. “But, I don’t know.”


Check out the full segment above.


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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 08-Feb-2017 13:08

John Oliver Fears For His Green Card Status Under Donald Trump




John Oliver says he’s “slightly concerned” about his immigration status under the Trump administration.


On Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the British host of “Last Week Tonight” acknowledged he “probably” won’t be deported because he has a green card.


But Oliver said he now accepts that under Donald Trump’s presidency, there is “a non-zero chance of it happening.”


“I have an American wife and an American son now, but who knows what’s enough?” Oliver said. “Having a green card used to be enough, and yet what we saw with that executive order on immigration, that debacle, things are not what they were supposed to be.”





Oliver, whose wife served as an Army medic in Iraq, also took issue with the treatment of Afghan and Iraqi translators held up at the border following Trump’s executive order banned refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.


The translators are people “who have bled for a country they’ve never visited, have sacrificed family members for this country,” Oliver said.


Trump telling people whether they would benefit America or not was “a little hard to swallow,” he added, because the president “has done neither of those things.”


Oliver made similar comments on Tuesday’s broadcast of “Dan Rather’s America” show on SiriusXM, when he labeled Trump’s order as “viscerally offensive.”


Check out full clip above and listen to his radio appearance below:





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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 08-Feb-2017 11:05

Update On The Journalist Kicked Off Facebook
A Zimbabwean investigative reporter was kicked off Facebook while investigating a case of child abuse. Now she's reinstated and still pained by the experience, but happy to be connected again.
Source : www.npr.org | 08-Feb-2017 10:50

Trump Admits To 'Relationship' With Putin In Resurfaced Video






President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that he doesn’t know Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he did so again in a tweet Tuesday. 


But in a 2013 interview that keeps resurfacing, he told another story. 



Full, uninterrupted interview from 2013 where Trump details his relationship with Vladimir Putin. View in light of recent revelations. pic.twitter.com/W1eZT6SOQU

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 11, 2017



“I do have a relationship and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today,” Trump told MSNBC. “He’s probably very interested in what you and I are saying today, and I’m sure he’s going to be seeing it in some form.”


The interview was conducted in Moscow, where Trump’s Miss Universe pageant was being held at the time. 


Trump addressed those comments in an interview last year with ABC News by parsing the word “relationship.”


What do you call a relationship? I mean he treats me with great respect,” he said. 


He added: “Well, I don’t know what it means by having a relationship. I mean he was saying very good things about me, but I don’t have a relationship with him. I didn’t meet him. I haven’t spent time with him. I didn’t have dinner with him. I didn’t go hiking with him.”


However, Trump also said in 2014 that he “spoke indirectly and directly with President Putin” and told a radio interviewer in 2015 that he met Putin “a long time ago” and “got along with him great.” He also said last year that he “got to know [Putin] very well because we were both on ‘60 Minutes.’”

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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 08-Feb-2017 05:50

Donald Trump's Pre-Super Bowl Interview Ratings Dismal Compared To Obama's. SAD!

President Donald Trump, a man obsessed with television ratings, should really appreciate this fun statistic: His pre-Super Bowl television appearance got less ratings than former President Barack Obama’s first interview. Sad!


The Sunday interview was part of a now-customary tradition giving the U.S. president a platform to speak prior to the Super Bowl. Speaking to Bill O’Reilly on Fox News before the big game, Trump drew a measly 12.2 million viewers in Nielsen’s overnight ratings, according to Variety. By comparison, Obama brought in 21.9 million viewers in his first pre-game interview in 2009. (He followed up with 18 million viewers in 2014, 16.4 million in 2015, and 14.9 million in 2016.)


During Trump’s weak interview performance, the president defended his buddy, Russian President Vladimir Putin, after O’Reilly called Putin a “killer.”


“But he’s a killer though,” O’Reilly told Trump. “Putin’s a killer.”


“There’s a lot of killers,” Trump responded. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”


A smart question would be, “Well, who cares about television ratings?” We totally agree. Unfortunately, our president is more concerned with ratings than he is with, say, a white terrorist attacking a mosque. 


In January, Trump blasted former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ? now the host of “Celebrity Apprentice” ? for having lower ratings during his premier compared to Trump’s final season on the show.



Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got "swamped" (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017



And last week, Trump thought it a good opportunity at the National Prayer Breakfast to “pray” for the show’s ratings.



“When I ran for president, I had to leave the show,” Trump said. “That’s when I knew for sure I was [running for president]. “And they hired a big, big movie star ? Arnold Schwarzenegger ? to take my place, and we know how that turned out: The ratings went right down the tubes. It’s been a total disaster.”




“I want to just pray for Arnold if we can for those ratings,” Trump added.


Maybe we should pray for Trump’s ratings, too. Because as bad as his pre-Super Bowl interview ratings may have been, they’re still far better than his overall approval ratings as president


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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 23:34

#TrumpBookReport Might Be Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' Worst Nightmare

On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, so how better to mark the occasion than with an educational HuffPost Comedy hashtag game?


This week, despite the possibility of wanting to rip the soft, sinewy eyes from our own skulls, we went with #TrumpBookReports. Secretary DeVos, you’re being graded on this, too.


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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 23:30

The Joke's On Conservatives Who Love Lady Gaga For 'Not Getting Political'






Lady Gaga brought razzle-dazzle to Super Bowl LI on Sunday, pulling out all the stops in her mesmerizing, hit-filled halftime show.


No stranger to controversial statements, the pop superstar nonetheless steered clear of politics ? or, at least, overt political references ? in the performance, which included “Poker Face,” “Telephone” and “Bad Romance.” Turns out, this decision may have earned Gaga a few new fans in an unlikely demographic: right-wing conservatives. 


The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren was among those to applaud Gaga’s halftime show, comparing it unfavorably to Beyoncé’s Black Panther-themed rendition of “Formation” at last year’s Super Bowl. “Yes, she has political opinions, but on Super Bowl Sunday, America’s game day, Lady Gaga choose to keep her political opinions and/or distaste for the president to herself,” Lahren said. “We all sat there waiting and biting our lips for the moment Gaga would make some stupid anti-Trump comment, or spout off about some policy she knows nothing about, but shockingly, it never came.” 





She then added, “What a concept! An entertainer actually sticking to entertainment!”


Breitbart’s Daniel Nussbaum felt similarly. “Pop songs are by definition catchy baubles meant to entertain us, and if Lady Gaga wanted to show off her maturity as an artist by performing a collection of her greatest hits (and converting some of the skeptics), then so be it,” he wrote. To those who felt Gaga should have used her platform to explicitly address politics, he added, “Go masturbate to Meryl Streep’s [Golden Globes] acceptance speech and dream of better days.”


The show also got a thumbs-up from Marco Rubio...



Wasn't sure what to expect with everything going on. But that was quite a show by @ladyGaga one of best #SuperBowl  shows I can remember

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 6, 2017



...and Ivanka Trump: 



Incredible performance by @ladygaga #PepsiHalftime #SuperBowl

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 6, 2017



Meanwhile, conservative televangelist Pat Robertson couldn’t contain his enthusiasm for the Super Bowl, on “The 700 Club,” singling out Lady Gaga’s halftime performance as a highlight. “Lady Gaga did a fantastic halftime show,” he said. “If you went to sleep, you missed a great evening!” 


Of course, those who looked (and listened) carefully enough could find some subtle nods to politics in Lady Gaga’s performance, some of which the aforementioned conservatives would likely disapprove of. After all, she included a snippet of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” which was originally conceived of as a protest anthem, in her 13-minute medley. Similarly, she took an unabashedly pro-LGBTQ stance by including “Born This Way,” which features the lyrics, “No matter gay, straight or bi/lesbian, transgender life/I’m on the right track, baby, I was born to survive.” 


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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 23:25

Trump Assistant Implies Literally, Like, Everything Is 'Fake News'

A deputy assistant to President Donald Trump suggested Monday that every single scrap of news put out by the American media could rightfully be categorized as “fake news.” 



Dr. Sebastian Gorka: Executive Order Is All About Protecting Americans https://t.co/bb0i2XqfJS pic.twitter.com/Bsg7mLs6hl

— The Liberty Eagle (@TheLibertyEagle) February 7, 2017



Sebastian Gorka, a top assistant to the president and former Breitbart News editor, joined the conservative radio program “The Michael Medved Show” to discuss the Trump administration’s first weeks in power, and the media’s reaction to it.


Gorka often used the term “fake news” during the discussion, and a caller complained. “Every time you call everything fake news, it just turns everyone except your hardcore fans off,” the caller said. “Not everything’s fake news.”  


To which Gorka responded: “You know, I would beg to differ.


“Every single organ that generates these kinds of stories comes from the same clique of media organs that predicted that Hillary [Clinton] would win and that Brexit wouldn’t occur,” Gorka said. “I know what fake news is. And it’s coming from those organizations. It’s time that you yourself understood that as well.”





CNN’s KFile dug up Sebastian Gorka’s conversation with the caller.


The president’s definition of the term “fake news” has become increasingly flexible in recent months. In February alone, he has used it to imply that a news outlet is part of the mainstream, is critical of him, or is The New York Times.



I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017




Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017




After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017




Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about. Very nice!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017



Despite the Trump administration’s fondness for the term, not all news is fake. 

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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 23:20

On 'Conan,' Trump Calls Obama For Valentine's Day Advice

Even the most powerful men need advice when it comes to Valentine’s Day. What are some great date restaurants? Are there any good couple movies out now? And when will you know the moment is right to grab their p***y?


On “Conan,” President Trump called former President Obama to get ? the world assumes ? some much-needed advice for Valentine’s Day.




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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 22:19

Stephen Colbert Is Game To Headline Trump's White House Correspondents' Dinner






The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is still happening this year, regardless of whether Donald Trump actually attends. And though the president has yet to RSVP, there’s no doubt it’s going to be an awkward affair for everyone, considering his feelings about the press. Thankfully, Stephen Colbert has offered to liven things up. 


The “Late Show” host appeared as the featured entertainer for the gig back in 2006, when George W. Bush was the president. There, he gave the kind of scathing roast we can’t ever imagine Donald Trump sitting through. 


While at a fundraiser benefiting the upcoming Montclair Film Festival on Saturday, Colbert told Variety he’d “love” to headline the show again.  


“Everyone who wasn’t in that room loved [the speech],” he joked to the publication, adding that “it would be an honor” to headline this year.


“I’d love to do it [again]. I mean, when else are you going to stand next to the president and make jokes? But no one will ever ask again,” he said. 





Colbert’s 2006 speech was called the “most controversial Correspondents’ Dinner speech ever” by The Washington Post. His jabs to Bush still seem relevant to the current administration. 


Colbert wasted no time then, roasting the President for relying on his gut rather than facts and data: 



We’re not so different, he and I. We get it. We’re not brainiacs on the nerd patrol. We’re not members of the factinista. We go straight from the gut, right, sir? That’s where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. I know some of you are going to say, ‘I did look it up, and that’s not true.’ That’s ‘cause you looked it up in a book.”



If you didn’t know better, you might think Colbert was talking about Trump and current political climate. The same bit could easily be applied to Trump’s false claims that “3 to 5 million” undocumented immigrants voted illegally in the election, despite the fact research has found that widespread voter fraud is not an issue. 


And just as White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has given the world the concept of “alternative facts” in 2017, Colbert lambasted Fox News for their interpretation of the truth way back when: 



Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that’s how our nervous system works. Every night on my show, “The Colbert Report,” I speak straight from the gut, OK? I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the “No Fact Zone.” Fox News, I hold a copyright on that term.”



Similarly, we all know Trump is obsessed with polls and approval ratings, but only if they work in his favor. 



Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017



Though Colbert said this of then-President Bush nearly 11 years ago, the joke works almost too well today: 



Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32 percent approval rating. But guys like us, we don’t pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in “reality.” And reality has a well-known liberal bias. 



They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. Colbert tore into Bush for his administration’s complaint the media was too liberal and biased, and if you close your eyes, it’s not difficult to believe he’s talking about Trump, who declared the media to be the “opposition party,” 



As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president’s side, and the vice president’s side.


But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: They’re super-depressing. And if that’s your goal, well, misery accomplished.



Colbert finished up his speech by “auditioning” for the role of White House press secretary. In the pre-recorded clip, he holds a press conference while portraying himself as combative and insulting to the journalists in the room, which makes us wonder whether Sean Spicer watched Colbert’s tape for inspiration. 




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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 21:55

This Is Exactly What Life Has Felt Like Since The Election

It’s not necessarily specific to liberals. If you’re conservative, the political climate has probably felt pretty toxic for you, too.


It’s hard to describe, but this video by Michael Feldman is exactly what the world has felt like since the presidential election. 




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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 21:45

Katie Couric Admits To 'Embarrassing' Herself Over Trans Issues






Katie Couric is earning raves for hosting and producing “Gender Revolution,” a National Geographic documentary that examines the way gender identity shapes our lives and experiences. 


Couric, 60, got a much different reception in 2014 when she attempted to tackle similar issues in an interview with transgender stars Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox. At one point in that interview, Couric asked Carrera about the state of her “private parts,” unleashing a wave of criticism about media’s perceived fixation on trans individuals’ genitalia.


It was, without question, a careless move on Couric’s part. Although “Gender Revolution” suggests that the Yahoo! News anchor is ready to move on, she didn’t shy away from the debacle in an interview with The Wrap, telling journalist Itay Hod that she “learned a lot” from the experience. While she said she had the opportunity to edit the “private parts” question out of the final broadcast, she ultimately decided to leave it in.


“I was willing to embarrass myself to help other people understand and make a point,” she said. Calling the question “insensitive” and “clumsily asked,” she believes that leaving the segment intact ultimately had a bigger impact: “It’s an extremely sensitive topic. I tried to use my lack of knowledge as a learning device.” 


Couric, of course, began working on “Gender Revolution” well before Election Day. But with transgender rights facing an uncertain future under President Donald Trump, the documentary couldn’t feel more relevant, she said. 


“The timing wasn’t pegged to the election or the Trump administration, but I can’t think of a better time to educate people or familiarize them,” she said. “I can’t think of a better time for people to get to know Americans in this community who are part of this seismic shift and the way we perceive gender.”


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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 20:39

Paul Ryan Shrugs Off Donald Trump's Claim About The Media Downplaying Terrorist Attacks






WASHINGTON ? In case you strangely thought otherwise, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is not going to call out President Donald Trump for his baseless attacks against the media, even if those outbursts involve claims that the media is covering up terrorist attacks.


On Monday, Trump asserted that terrorism in the United States and Europe is so out of control, “it’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported, and in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.”


Fact-checking website PolitiFact rated that statement a “pants on fire” lie.


When Ryan was asked on Tuesday about the false claim that journalists are covering up major terrorist attacks and whether he was concerned with Trump’s “grasp of the truth,” the speaker almost seemed to lend credibility to Trump’s argument.


“Look: I’m going to do my job, I’ll let you guys do yours with respect to how you report or what you don’t report,” Ryan said.


“The problem is we do have a war on terror in front of us, we do have ISIS trying to conduct terrorist attacks across the globe,” he continued. “This is a real serious problem, and what I’m focused on is doing our job and making sure the law enforcement authorities, that our military, have the tools they need to keep us safe.”


But pressed whether it hurts U.S. credibility around the world when Trump makes false claims like this, Ryan again refused to cross Trump.


“I can’t speak to whether you’re over- or under-reporting something. That’s your job. I’ll stick with mine,” he said.


Ryan’s transformation from someone willing to call out Trump’s more egregious transgressions to some someone who is perfectly on board with the president hasn’t always been a straight line. The speaker has, on occasion, criticized Trump. He just isn’t going to stick his neck out there for a claim that the media is ignoring terrorist attacks.


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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 17:42

Seth Meyers Grills Sean Spicer At Spoof White House Briefing






Seth Meyers joined a (spoof) White House press briefing to “probe” press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday.


The “Late Night” host poked fun at how Spicer responds to reporters’ questions on President Donald Trump’s administration with some burning inquiries of his own in the parody clip.


“How soon after winning the election did President Trump start to regret ever running in the first place?” Meyers asked during the “grilling.”





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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 12:14

Anderson Cooper Shuts Down The White House's Terrorism List In Just 45 Seconds




Anderson Cooper disproved the White House’s list of terrorist attacks it claimed the media underreported in the simplest way possible: By showing clips of his own coverage of those attacks.

“Not only did we cover many of attacks the White House released, we covered them heavily,” he said Monday night on “Anderson Cooper 360.” “I know because I was there on the ground reporting a number of them. ‘360’ was in Ottawa, Canada, October of 2014, [and] that’s on the list.”


Also on the manifesto was the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, the 2015 terror attack in Paris, France, and the 2016 assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. All three of those stories, and many others on the list, dominated the news cycle for weeks. The Orlando incident even made news a few weeks ago after the widow of the attacker, Omar Mateen, was arrested over allegations of obstruction of justice, among other charges.


The list includes dozens of attacks that received extensive media coverage, some that authorities have said don’t appear to be connected to terrorism at all, and several that resulted in no deaths.

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Source : www.huffingtonpost.com | 07-Feb-2017 11:28

Examining Where Things Stand With The Administration's Travel Ban
Rachel Martin talks to Matt Lewis of The Daily Beast , about President Trump's travel ban. A federal appeals court has rejected a request by the Justice Department to immediately restore the ban.
Source : www.npr.org | 06-Feb-2017 11:11

Advocates Fear Trump's Stance Against Media Will Block Flow Of Information
News organizations have objected to what they see as the new Trump White House's rhetorical stance against journalism. But transparency advocates say there's a larger concern: the potential constriction of the flow of information to the public.
Source : www.npr.org | 03-Feb-2017 22:35

Building, And Losing, A Career On Facebook
What a meme-maker and an investigative journalist teach us about the power of the Facebook empire, and how its opaque decisions harm real people.
Source : www.npr.org | 03-Feb-2017 17:50

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