Journalists Condemn Trump Press Restrictions, But Don’t Expect Them To Boycott Briefings

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders approached the lectern Thursday to take questions from White House reporters ― and then she was suddenly gone. 
At least for TV viewers.
CNN producers cut back quickly to anchor Wolf Blitzer, who said the White House had barred video coverage of the daily press conference, which continued off-screen. Audio recordings were allowed but could only be broadcast after it ended. 
“It’s strange to me, especially as a former White House correspondent, why on an important day like this, they don’t want the American public to see this live,” Blitzer said on air. Over on Fox News, host Martha MacCallum said that “news conferences have to happen live and they have to be documented with audio and in every possible way.”

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Wall Street Journal Fires Reporter Jay Solomon For Ethical Violations

The Wall Street Journal has fired longtime foreign affairs correspondent Jay Solomon for what it said was a violation of “his ethical obligations as a reporter.”
The paper announced the move minutes before The Associated Press revealed that Solomon was offered a 10-percent stake in a company headed by an Iranian businessman involved in running weapons for the CIA. The AP could not confirm whether Solomon received any money from Farhad Azima, the businessman, or accepted a stake in his company.
“We are dismayed by the actions and poor judgement of Jay Solomon,” a Wall Street Journal spokesman said in a statement to HuffPost. “The allegations raised by this reporting are serious. While our own investigation continues, we have concluded that Mr. Solomon violated his ethical obligations as a reporter, as well as our standards. He has not been forthcoming with us about his actions or his reporting practices Continue reading "Wall Street Journal Fires Reporter Jay Solomon For Ethical Violations"

CNN White House Reporter Questions Covering ‘Bizarre’ And ‘Pointless’ Briefings

CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday questioned why he, and the rest of the press corps, bothered showing up.
“I don’t know what world we’re living in right now,” Acosta said on air after White House press secretary Sean Spicer took questions from reporters but didn’t allow video or audio coverage of the exchanges. 
“I don’t know why everybody is going along with this,” he added. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me. It just feels like we’re sort of slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.”

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CNN Chief Says NBC’s Marketing Of Alex Jones Interview Was A ‘Big Mistake’

NEW YORK ― As reporters attended an event Thursday at Time Warner Center, home of CNN, it was hard to ignore the controversy brewing at nearby 30 Rock.
On Sunday night, NBC will air Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones, a far-right figure with an audience in the White House and who has promoted dangerous conspiracy theories, such as the slaughter of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary school being a hoax. NBC has faced criticism for giving Jones a network television platform and a teaser prompted doubts he’ll be seriously grilled over his reckless claims. 
CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker defended booking Jones, telling reporters that he is a “newsworthy” subject because President Donald Trump “relies on him and his points of view.”
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CNN Chief Calls Politicians’ Attacks On The Media ‘Shameful’ And ‘Dangerous’

CNN President Jeff Zucker said Thursday that the “the amount of rhetoric and threats” that his network’s journalists receive daily “is much more serious than I think anybody would realize.”
GOP congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s violent attack on a reporter last month brought national attention to an alarming trend of journalists around the country facing physical aggression when doing their jobs.
During a breakfast with reporters celebrating the fourth anniversary of “New Day,” HuffPost asked Zucker about the uptick in verbal and physical attacks on journalists ― not only from the president’s Twitter feed, but also from politicians around the country
Zucker signaled deep worry inside the network over the matter, initially saying he needs to speak carefully in public about just “how serious a concern we think this is.”
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HuffPost Lays Off Dozens Amid Corporate Cutbacks

HuffPost laid off over three-dozen employees Wednesday, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, as part of broader corporate cutbacks.
The creation of a new Verizon digital unit called Oath, following the acquisition of Yahoo, is expected to result in roughly 2,100 layoffs. Verizon owns AOL, HuffPost’s parent company.
Writers Guild of America, East, HuffPost’s union, said Wednesday that they were notified of 39 members being laid off.
“Like many of their peers across the industry, HuffPost employees unionized to ensure that they have a seat at the table as enormous corporations merge and restructure,” the union said in a statement. “The unit members who have been laid off will receive a collectively-bargained severance package that includes two months’ salary plus a week of pay for each year of service and continued health benefits.”
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Journalists Face New Limits On Press Access In Covering Congress

Reporters on Capitol Hill are facing alarming new restrictions when trying to interview senators, journalists from multiple media outlets said Tuesday.
NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt tweeted that “reporters at Capitol have been told they are not allow [sic] to film interviews with senators in hallways.”
Reporters have traditionally been able to wait outside meetings and hearings and approach senators with question as they come and go. But now reporters are being told they need permission from the specific senator and the Senate Rules Committee.

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