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MAN ON MOON: Reflections on how man and the media came together on the surface of the moon 50 years ago
Fifty years ago this weekend, three Americans landed on the moon, an event broadcast live to the whole world. Today, we explore the visuals and storytelling that bounced back to us earthlings, changing our views of science, journalism and possibilities for the future. Read the rest of the story here.
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Americans gathered around their TVs 50 years ago to watch Apollo 11 land on the moon. It was an early moment of history that media enabled the country to share. The next day, newspapers wrote and illustrated that moment’s first draft, as they say, on the front page. Looking at these now is, at least […]
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It was a crazy summer in New York City, 1969, and I spent it working in a mail room in Rockefeller Center. It was a summer of protests against the Vietnam War, a summer when drag queens fought back against police harassment in Greenwich Village. The Amazin’ Mets were headed for a World Series championship. […]
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After a telephone interview, Roy Peter Clark submitted some questions for Poynter to Mark Bloom about his recollections of reporting and writing the story of Apollo 11 and the first moon landing in 1969. Questions and answers have been edited lightly for clarity and context. Roy Peter Clark: Mark, you got to cover one of […]
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‘How would this day turn out?’: The reporter covering Apollo 11 for America’s biggest paper recalls July 20, 1969
‘That was the first headline idea that we had’: The origin story of The Onion’s most hilarious cover
Sometimes, your first idea is your best. In the late ‘90s, editors of the satirical newspaper The Onion were contemplating a book of front pages, much like the one in their office that showcased The New York Times. The idea for the eventual bestseller, “Our Dumb Century,” was a series of 20th-century front pages from […]
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Around the world, fact-checkers are popularly known for their work fighting political misinformation. But for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, many of them have prepared lists of moon-related debunks you just can’t miss. Now it’s your turn to check out the work of some of the International Fact-Checking Network’s verified signatories, and make sure […]
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On Wednesday, Facebook announced the first round of grant recipients for what it is calling its Facebook Journalism Project Community Network. The 23 media outlets who will receive the money—between $5,000 and $25,000 per newsroom—were chosen by Facebook’s partner: the Lenfest Institute, a non-profit entity set up by former cable magnate Gerry Lenfest in part to finance the continued operation of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Facebook said in a news release about the grant program that the winners “include a fresh approach to business sustainability through community-funded journalism, and expansion of successful storytelling events shown to increase reader revenue.”
Being a small, community-focused media outlet has never been easy, but it has gotten increasingly difficult of late, as the print advertising business has crashed and digital advertising has been squeezed. So it’s not surprising that startups and hyperlocal players like the ones chosen to receive Facebook’s largesse would celebrate their victory, since the company’s funding will allow them to do things they otherwise couldn’t—including, perhaps, keep the lights on. But there is an elephant in the room: namely, the fact that Facebook is one of the main reasons the media industry is in such desperate straits in the first place, since it controls a significant share of the ad market, and the attention of billions of daily users.
The almost two dozen media entities who are getting the Facebook grants include a number of prominent players in community-based journalism, such as Spaceship Media, which organizes events aimed at bringing together disparate groups in an attempt to discuss difficult topics, the education-focused outlet known as Chalkbeat, and the Tyler Loop from Texas, which got money to expand its live storytelling events. There’s Block Club Chicago, a member of the blockchain-powered journalism platform Civil, and a project called 100 Days in Appalachia. But somewhat surprisingly, the recipients also include a number of much larger, more traditional media companies, like the Los Angeles Times—which is getting money to fund community forums—as well as Newsday, which is owned by Cablevision founder Charles Dolan.
The Community Network is expected to get about $1.5 million in total funding this year, according to Facebook, or less than 1 percent of the amount of revenue the giant social network makes in a single day. Even Facebook’s broader Journalism Project, which it has said it is going to fund to the tune of about $300 million over the next several years, is only going to cost the company about two days worth of revenue. And what does Facebook get in return? The company says it cares about local journalism because local media is all about community, and so is Facebook. But the main benefit seems to be that the company gets to issue press releases with grateful comments from all of the ventures it is helping support, and that makes it look good at a time when it is under fire from Congress both for its market power and its role in spreading disinformation.
Obviously, media outlets both large and small are struggling to make ends meet, as are many other journalism-related entities, which is why making friends with Facebook and Google is so appealing. They have money, and they are willing to spend it! And, best of all, it appears to have no strings attached. The reason why it doesn’t have any obvious strings attached, however, is likely because these giant platforms don’t actually care what happens to the money, so long as they get to issue their press releases and make themselves look good in the eyes of regulators. It may feel like a win-win, but it isn’t. It’s a giant, thorny conflict of interest with a check attached.
Here’s more on Facebook and the funding of journalism:
- The patronage system: I looked at journalism funding from Facebook and Google in a feature for CJR last year called The Platform Patrons. Google has also committed to spend $300 million on journalism training and other funding over the next several years, as part of what it calls the Google News Initiative.
- Dangerously codependent: British journalist James Ball wrote for CJR about the idea of a levy on tech companies to fund journalism. He said “tying the future of journalism to a tech or social media levy shackles the two even closer together, making a already dangerously codependent relationship even less healthy—and potentially compromising journalism in the eyes of readers.”
- Facebook and news deserts: At an “accelerator summit” in Denver earlier this year, Facebook announced its research into the news desert problem, and held workshops with local media outlets aimed at helping them figure out how to improve their business models. But some of those who attended said they felt they were mostly pawns in a giant public-relations exercise.
Other notable stories:
- Tensions are running high at First Look Media, according to a report from New York magazine. The owner of the investigative journalism site The Intercept has come under fire for closing two well-regarded sites, The Nib and Topic magazine. A letter sent to management by First Look staffers says there are reports the company has used the cost savings from the shutdowns to acquire Passionflix, a romance-focused streaming video service run by Elon Musk’s sister.
- Substack, a platform for publishing email newsletters, said Wednesday that it has closed a $15.3-million Series A funding round from a group of investors including noted Silicon Valley firm Andreessen Horowitz. Substack says that the dozens of newsletters published on its platform, including Bill Bishop’s Sinocism, currently have a total subscriber base of about 50,000 people.
- Emily Tamkin, one of a group of public editors that CJR has appointed for several leading media outlets, writes about CNN’s questionable decision to put white supremacist Richard Spencer on its news program to talk about the response to Donald Trump’s recent racist comments about four Democratic members of Congress.
- Some staffers at Gizmodo Media say the company’s new owners are taking sites like Jalopnik and Kotaku in the wrong direction, according to a report from The Daily Beast. New CEO Jim Spanfeller has reportedly suggested that sites should be more friendly toward advertisers, and has asked to send ad sales representatives along with reporters when they visit potential advertisers.
- Ford Motor Co. issued a statement contesting a recent Detroit Free Press investigation that found the automaker knowingly launched the Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta with defective transmissions, “and continued selling them despite thousands of complaints and an avalanche of repairs.” In response, the Free Press printed the rebuttal from Ford in full but annotated it.
- A recent goodbye party for retiring Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky took a dark turn according to Philadelphia magazine, when architecture critic Inga Saffron took the microphone and started taking jabs at the columnist’s body of work, his alleged ethical lapses, and a contentious column he wrote about the virtues of young sex workers in Thailand.
- Twitter released a video-editing tool on Wednesday called LiveCut, which it says will allow media companies and publishers to easily create and share video clips from media streams. The product is similar to a service called SnappyTV, which Twitter acquired in 2014 and is in the process of shutting down.
- Brian Merchant writes for CJR about the scourge of “on background” briefings given to media outlets by tech company executives. Merchant says these briefings are a “toxic arrangement” that shields tech companies from accountability, and allows giant corporations the opportunity to “transmit their preferred message, free of risk, in the voice of a given publication.”
- The Athletic, a US-based subscription sports news service, just hired away some of the top sports writers in the United Kingdom, according to a report by BuzzFeed. The new hires include an award-winning Guardian football writer and a BBC reporter with a huge following among London football fans. The acquisition spree has been described as “setting off a bomb” in the industry.
- The New York Times published a special interactive feature looking at the fire that almost destroyed the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in April. The feature, which includes hand-drawn sketches of the fire-fighting process done by a Paris firefighter who is also a trained sketch artist, concludes that an incredibly complicated system of fire alerts and an employee who had only been on the job for three days were partly to blame for the devastating blaze.
ICYMI: Just say ‘racist’
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Puerto Rico is in crisis. One week ago, Julia Keleher and Ángela Ávila-Marrero, formerly senior government officials on the island, were arrested by the FBI on charges that they steered public contracts to associates unqualified to execute them. Meanwhile, screenshots began to circulate from a private chat group in which Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico’s governor, exchanged scandalous, derogatory messages with aides. On Saturday, the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, an investigative nonprofit, published 889 pages of them. The ensuing scandal—known, in some quarters, as “RickyLeaks”—has driven thousands of citizens into the streets, to protest and to call for Rosselló’s resignation.
No luck so far. Yesterday, Rosselló finally addressed assembled reporters at a press conference about his future. David Begnaud, of CBS News, asked eight questions of Rosselló and streamed the answers to his followers. “What you did, governor, was the final straw for a lot of people,” Begnaud said. “What I hear from you is, it’s business as usual. It seems somewhat tone-deaf, with all due respect. Your response?” Rosselló contested the description, and said he has to focus on the business of governing. He also said that an analysis found nothing illegal in the chat messages, and that certain extracts doing the rounds had been doctored; per Begnaud, Rosselló did not provide evidence for either claim. The press conference did nothing to mollify Rosselló’s critics. Officials expect 20,000 of them to rally in San Juan today.
Begnaud isn’t just covering this story: he’s part of it. Officials in the chat discussed plans to discredit his past reporting about crime on the island, out of concern that it could dampen tourism. Rosselló and his inner circle also singled out bloggers Jay Fonseca and Sandra Rodriguez Cotto, and used a homophobic slur to describe Benjamin Torres Gotay, a journalist with El Nuevo Día. They didn’t just target journalists: Rosselló personally used a misogynistic slur against Melissa Mark-Viverito, the former speaker of the New York City Council, and said she should be “beaten up”; aides said they were “salivating to shoot” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, used homophobic language about the singer Ricky Martin, and joked about dead victims of Hurricane Maria, which ravaged Puerto Rico in 2017. The chat’s implications for the press, nonetheless, are worrying. According to El Nuevo Día’s Dennis Costa, officials outlined efforts “to manipulate public narrative through mass media, influence public polls to favor the administration, and operate a ‘troll network’ to discredit negative press coverage.”
Last week, Puerto Rico’s concurrent crises scarcely featured in mainstream US media. Since the weekend, that’s started to change. Begnaud, for example, has reported dispatches for CBS’s morning and evening news shows since his arrival on Sunday; NPR’s Adrián Florido arrived the same day and has since patched into All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Reporters such as CNN’s Leyla Santiago and the AP’s Dánica Coto have been on the ground, too. On the whole, however, major outlets have downplayed the story. When I checked this morning, Puerto Rico was nowhere to be seen on the homepages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, or The Wall Street Journal. Others featured stories about a cruiseliner canceling a stop in San Juan.
This is a major crisis of governance on US soil. Yet compared to political scandals on the mainland—the mess earlier this year in Virginia, for example—the coverage feels an order of magnitude less prominent. Sadly, there’s nothing unexpected in that. As my former colleague Pete Vernon wrote last year, numerous analyses showed that Hurricane Maria and its aftermath got less coverage than severe weather events in the continental US, apart from when they became a Trump story. Last summer, the cancellation of Roseanne got significantly more play than a new report pegging the death toll from Maria at 70 times the official count. The following weekend, the Sunday shows did not mention the report once. These failures are doubly worth remembering because Maria’s devastating consequences reverberate through Puerto Rico’s latest crisis. The hurricane added to existing financial woes. Austerity imposed by a federally appointed oversight board has destabilized the island’s politics and pushed many Puerto Ricans to their limit.
On Monday, Tanzina Vega centered some of this context as she opened The Takeaway, her show on WNYC, with the Puerto Rico story. Vega asked Michael Deibert, who reports for Bloomberg from San Juan, about public fears that reports of poor governance on the island could provide the Trump administration with a pretext to withhold post-Maria aide payments. Deibert said that wouldn’t surprise him.
Yesterday, the administration put out a statement saying the current crisis has validated many of Trump’s “concerns” about Puerto Rico’s leadership. The statement stressed that federal officials “remain committed” to the island’s recovery. We should do better in holding them to that. We could start by paying more attention to this week’s tipping point.
Below, more on Puerto Rico:
- “Putting Puerto Rico first”: In a column for the Post, Julio Ricardo Varela, who co-hosts the podcast In The Thick with Maria Hinojosa, outlines greater background to these week’s protests and calls on Rosselló to resign. Puerto Rico’s “debt crisis, as much as Wall Street is at fault, needed its accomplices,” Varela argues. “Rosselló was part of that political class and culture—the cool kids who thought they were smarter, better and entitled to put their personal interests ahead of Puerto Rico’s.”
- High-profile interest: In a video posted to Twitter last night, Ricky Martin confirmed that he plans to attend today’s anti-Rosselló protests in San Juan. Puerto Rican artists Residente and Bad Bunny are expected to join, too. Will celebrity involvement boost coverage?
- A depleted media scene: Last September, CJR’s Zainab Sultan found that journalists in Puerto Rico were still struggling to find work one year after Maria. “Dwindling advertising revenues that plagued media operations for years had worsened after the hurricane,” and so many made cuts, Sultan reported. “While the media outlets have somewhat recovered, the individuals who lost their jobs in the process still struggle to regain their footing.”
Other notable stories:
- In Washington yesterday, the fallout from Trump’s weekend tweets telling four Democratic Congresswomen of color to “go back” where they came from got even uglier. Andrew Feinberg, a reporter for Breakfast Media, asked Kellyanne Conway about the tweets; Conway asked back, “What’s your ethnicity?” CNN drew heat for inviting Richard Spencer, a white supremacist, to discuss the far-right reaction to the tweets. On Fox News, Tucker Carlson said (again) that Ilhan Omar “despises the United States,” and called her “pompous.” (Omar and the other Congresswomen targeted by Trump sat down with Gayle King, of CBS, for a joint interview that airs this morning.) And in the evening, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump’s tweets as racist in a session that devolved into a “bitterly partisan brawl,” the Times reports.
- Earlier this year, a judge restricted what Roger Stone, who is being prosecuted on charges brought by Robert Mueller, could say about his case on social media after Stone posted an image of the judge overlaid with crosshairs. (Stone said the crosshairs were actually a Celtic cross.) Yesterday, the judge banned Stone from using Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, period, after finding that he violated the earlier order, BuzzFeed’s Zoe Tillman reports. Stone is “determined to make himself the subject of the story,” the judge said. His behavior “has more to do with middle school than with a court of law.”
- Johnson Publishing, the former owner of Ebony and Jet, will today sell the magazines’ combined photo archive at a private auction, the Times’s Julie Bosman writes. The future of “the most significant collection of photographs depicting African-American life in the 20th century” is thus uncertain, Bosman says. “Historians, alarmed by the potential sale, say that the collection is full of cultural treasures that should be opened to the public.”
- For CJR, Nick Pinto spoke with Dan Taberski, who dedicated the third season of his podcast “Headlong” to examining the cultural impact of the TV show Cops. Taberski “confirms the impression anyone who’s watched a handful of episodes has likely had: Cops emphasizes the lurid, the violent, and the action-packed,” Pinto writes. “The show over-represents violent crime by nearly a factor of four, drug crimes by nearly a factor of three, and prostitution by nearly a factor of 10.”
- The administration announced yesterday that it is tapping Monica Crowley, a former Fox News contributor, as a Treasury Department spokesperson, The Hill’s John Bowden reports. Crowley, who currently serves Treasury as a public affairs adviser, was slated, in 2017, to become press secretary for the National Security Council, but withdrew after CNN found her book, PhD dissertation, and columns for The Washington Times were partially plagiarized.
- Quibi—a “quick bites” streaming service for smartphones founded by entertainment veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman—will partner with NBC on a twice-daily news show when it launches next year, The Wall Street Journal’s Benjamin Mullin reports. The BBC will partner with Quibi to provide international news.
- In Turkey, a court acquitted Reporters Without Borders representative Erol Önderoğlu, human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı, and writer Ahmet Nesin, who had been charged with spreading “terrorist propaganda” in 2016 after they guest-edited a Kurdish newspaper that was subsequently shut down by the government. It’s not all good news though: Önderoğlu faces a separate trial on similar charges in November.
- And after major news organizations failed to describe Trump’s racist tweets as “racist,” The Daily Show With Trevor Noah came out with a “Trump Racist Euphemism Headline Generator.” Examples include “Trump plants seeds of race-adjoined faux pas” and “Trump scales summit of racially moist boo-boo.” Try it for yourself.
ICYMI: Just say ‘racist’
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Yesterday, the news cycle threw a test at Norah O’Donnell as she anchored her first broadcast as host of CBS Evening News. President Trump’s racist tweets about four Congresswomen of color remained a top story yesterday: Trump said the Congresswomen hated America and called one of them, Ilhan Omar, an Al Qaeda sympathizer. Later, Omar and her targeted colleagues responded with a press conference; “This is the agenda of white nationalists,” Omar said. Many major news organizations—including CBS—avoided calling Trump’s tweets racist, instead leaning on tortured euphemisms such as “racially charged.” Would O’Donnell punt, too?
As she started talking, an on-screen graphic referred to a “racial firestorm.” It did not bode well. Less than 10 seconds later, however, O’Donnell did clearly and directly use the R-word. She then briefly trained attention on the continued silence of senior Republican lawmakers before tossing to Weijia Jiang, a CBS White House correspondent. Jiang said “racist,” too.
ICYMI: Just say ‘racist’
It was a strong start. Next, a report by Major Garrett on Trump’s history of “controversial racial comments” (less strong) touched on the president’s equivocation following the deadly white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, in 2017; leading out of that, O’Donnell offered an update in the case of James Fields, Jr., who killed Heather Heyer with his car that day and who was just sentenced to life plus 419 years in prison. The rest followed a similar pattern: O’Donnell passed from the issues commanding the nation’s attention—the ICE raids, Jeffrey Epstein, blackouts in New York—to important stories lower in the news cycle’s churn, including protests in Puerto Rico and the murders of an American scientist in Greece and a civil-rights activist in Louisiana. O’Donnell teased coming interviews with Jeff Bezos and Caroline Kennedy ahead of Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the moon landings, then ran a segment on the forgotten “women of NASA” who were critical to the mission’s success. The space focus was a none-too-subtle nod to Walter Cronkite, the most illustrious of O’Donnell’s Evening News predecessors, who anchored the landings in 1969. O’Donnell quoted another news legend, Edward R. Murrow, at length to close out the broadcast.
There’s more at stake in O’Donnell’s move from CBS This Morning to the evening slot than in a routine network reshuffle. O’Donnell is only the third woman ever to solo anchor a nightly newscast, following Katie Couric, also of CBS, and Diane Sawyer, of ABC. That’s important for representation, but also for CBS. Since the height of #MeToo in 2017, sexual-abuse scandals prompted the firings of star anchor Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager, and chairman and CEO Les Moonves; cascading allegations against Moonves led to reports of a toxic, misogynistic culture at the network. In recent months, the news division has seen something of a turnaround under the direction of Susan Zirinsky, its new president; O’Donnell has said that she would not have taken the Evening News gig if Zirinsky weren’t in charge.
Both Zirinsky and O’Donnell have stressed the need to restore viewers’ trust with serious reporting. To that end, O’Donnell, a former White House and Congressional correspondent, will move the Evening News from New York to DC in the fall. The early reviews, on the trust front, seem positive. In yesterday’s debut, O’Donnell “didn’t rely on any attention-grabbing tricks to carry the day,” Brian Steinberg writes for Variety. It was “a no-nonsense newscast that was packed with information and left little time for gimmicks.”
This being television, the thirst for ratings looms large, too. As The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan wrote last week, for all O’Donnell’s talk of trust, “Network honchos would probably settle for something less lofty: getting the Tiffany Network, as it once was known, out of the ratings cellar for its evening news broadcasts.” CBS Evening News has long lagged rival shows: currently, it averages 6 million viewers a night, whereas the nightly newscasts on ABC and NBC both boast more than 8 million viewers on average. These are important figures. The network newscasts all perform much better than prime-time news shows on cable.
O’Donnell portrays her show as a counterweight to cable’s ever-louder opinionating. “If you want affirmation, you can turn on a cable channel,” she told the LA Times’s Stephen Battaglio. “If you want information, turn on the CBS Evening News.” In the Trump era, this sort of straight-down-the-middle, view-from-nowhere approach feels tired, rooted in old notions of objectivity that too often are a fig leaf for the obscene. Last night, however, O’Donnell proved there’s room for the word “racist” in her conception of facts-first journalism, and room for stories from across America that some national outlets have overlooked. Already, that sets her apart.
Below, more on Norah O’Donnell and CBS:
- Looking forward: Earlier this month, O’Donnell previewed her time in the Evening News anchor chair in an interview with The Boston Globe’s Shirley Leung. O’Donnell said the hardest interview she’s ever done was with Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback. That might change one day: O’Donnell’s current top interview target is Kim Jong Un.
- Tumbling down: Variety’s Steinberg writes that Zirinsky and O’Donnell plan to revamp the Evening News for the digital era: it will appear each weekday evening on CBSN, the network’s news-streaming hub, and important stories will be distributed via social media. “Quite frankly, the walls of Jericho are coming down when it comes to digital,” Zirinsky says.
- Watch this space: Fifty years ago today, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins lifted off in Apollo 11. This morning, CBS News will replay Cronkite’s coverage of the launch in real time. Tonight, O’Donnell, like Cronkite before her, will anchor live from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. O’Donnell is also hosting “Man on the Moon,” a CBS News special that will air at 10pm Eastern.
Other notable stories:
- Last month, Twitter announced a bold new policy: when tweets by prominent public figures breach its abuse rules, they’ll be left up (in the public interest, Twitter says), but they’ll be down-ranked by the platform’s algorithm and users will have to click past a warning screen to see them. Trump’s racist tweets attacking Omar et al show no such label. Yesterday, Twitter told CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan that the tweets didn’t violate any rules—“a conclusion,” O’Sullivan noted, “apparently contradicted by Twitter’s written policies.”
- In Puerto Rico, protesters demanded the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló, the territory’s governor, following the arrests of high-profile former officials on corruption charges and the leak, on Saturday, of derogatory private chat messages between Rosselló and aides. Later, police used tear gas and pepper spray on demonstrators. Per El Nuevo Día, the leaked messages detailed efforts to manipulate media coverage—including through a “troll network”—and contained offensive remarks about journalists including Benjamin Torres Gotay, of El Nuevo Día, and David Begnaud, of CBS News.
- Recently, the BBC brokered access for a foreign correspondent inside Iran; in return, the broadcaster agreed not to share its reporting with its Persian-language channel, BBC Persian, Yashar Ali reports for HuffPost. “The agreement represents a capitulation to a government that has been hostile to press freedom,” Ali writes. On that score, Iranian state television has been showing Gando, an over-the-top procedural drama “based on a real case.” In reality, the show seeks to justify the detention of Jason Rezaian, a Post reporter previously imprisoned in Tehran, and smear him as a spy. The AP has more.
- For CJR, Megan Frye charts the backlash to a Times story about gang territory in Honduras that, critics say, imperiled sources by using too many identifying details. The Times says its subjects consented, but the criticism of the piece speaks to a broader problem: that journalists’ efforts to be credible can lead to risk for the people in their stories.
- Staffers for Bernie Sanders say too much coverage of their candidate is negative or dismissive, Politico’s Michael Calderone writes. “Even though he’s consistently near the top in the polls, Sanders’ staff thinks pundits write off his chances. And they’re unusually vocal in calling out coverage they dislike on Twitter and on the media channels they’ve created in-house, fueling frustration once again among the senator’s supporters about whether he’s getting a fair shot at the White House.”
- A scoop for CNN: Marshall Cohen, Kay Guerrero, and Arturo Torres obtained surveillance documents showing that in 2016, Julian Assange turned Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he was then in exile, into a “command center” to influence the US presidential election, and took a number of “suspicious” deliveries, possibly of hacked materials.
- Also in the UK, Arron Banks, a controversial political donor and self-proclaimed “bad boy of Brexit,” is suing Carole Cadwalladr, the reporter who broke the Cambridge Analytica story, over a TED talk in which Cadwalladr said Banks was offered money by Russia. Yesterday, Cadwalladr countersued for harassment; Banks’s libel case is the culmination of a campaign that has included trolling and threats of violence, her lawyers said.
- Clayton Morris, a former Fox & Friends host, and his wife and business partner Natali Morris, a former MSNBC anchor, have relocated to Portugal amid allegations that Clayton Morris defrauded investors in Indiana real estate, the Indianapolis Star’s Tony Cook and Tim Evans report. He denies wrongdoing.
- And the Post’s Gillian Brockell looks back at the paper’s role in “aiding and abetting” a deadly race riot in DC 100 years ago. A Post front page calling for service men to mobilize and “clean-up” has since been dubbed “highly provocative and shamefully irresponsible.”
Correction: Norah O’Donnell closed out the CBS Evening News last night with a quote from Edward R. Murrow, not from Walter Cronkite, as previously stated. The post has been updated.