Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else?

What should we call Reality Winner, the 25-year-old low-level employee for a government contractor who allegedly mailed secret intelligence files to a news organization? To federal prosecutors, she’s a criminal leaker, while others, like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, have lionized her as a whistleblower in need of support.
What’s the difference? 
The answer isn’t cut and dry, yet it carries huge legal consequence. Federal laws protect whistleblowers who provide evidence of government wrongdoing. But they must share the sensitive information through specific official channels to avoid arrest or reprisals at work. 
Leakers, on the other hand, can become targets for prosecution for mishandling classified information. Not all leak are crimes, however. Sharing unclassified materials — such as former FBI Director James Comey did with some of his memos about Continue reading "Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else?"

Journalist Jailed For Questioning HHS Secretary Says He Was Just Doing His Job

The West Virginia journalist who was arrested after shouting questions last week at Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Tuesday that he’s surprised by the attention his case has received.
Dan Heyman, a Public News Service reporter, published an op-ed in The Washington Post describing his experience after getting arrested for repeatedly questioning Price in the West Virginia State Capitol. Heyman wanted Price to address aspects of proposed health care legislation that would possibly drive up costs for victims of domestic violence. Police accused Heyman of “willful disruption of governmental processes.”
When Heyman was released after spending seven hours in jail, he was surprised to learn that he was at the center of a smoldering national story raising questions about press freedom under President Donald Trump’s administration.

Fox News Reporter Sues Network For Gender And Disability Discrimination

Diana Falzone, a reporter for Fox News’ website, on Monday filed a lawsuit accusing the network of gender and disability discrimination after she wrote an article about her personal struggle with a gynecological disorder. 
In the complaint filed in the New York State Supreme Court, Falzone claims that her on-air reporting about celebrity news was cut back and that she was encouraged to look for a new job after writing the article, which editors in the newsroom had approved in January.
Hers is the latest in a series of lawsuits and allegations about a toxic environment at Fox News. Earlier suits brought down former chairman Roger Ailes last summer and popular host Bill O’Reilly in April. Both men had been accused of sexually harassing female co-workers. 
In her article, published on, Falzone describes her diagnosis with endometriosis, which had caused her to become infertile.
The Continue reading "Fox News Reporter Sues Network For Gender And Disability Discrimination"

Feds Say It’s Too Dangerous To Share Dakota Access Oil Spill Report

A federal agency won’t release a study about the potential effects of a Dakota Access Pipeline oil spill because it claims information in the report could put lives at risk. 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the claim while rejecting a Freedom of Information Act request from MuckRock, a journalism website that collects and publishes government documents. 
MuckRock’s co-founder Michael Morisy had requested in March a copy of an Army Corps environmental assessment that looked at the possible impact of a pipeline leak on Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
“The referenced document contains information related to sensitive infrastructure that if misused could endanger people’s lives and property,” said Army Corps lawyer Damon Roberts in a denial letter that MuckRock published Tuesday.
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Bill O’Reilly’s Replacement, Tucker Carlson, Has Unenlightened Views On Women

There’s a new era at Fox News with the departure of Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday, but viewers may not see much change in on-air attitudes toward women.
His replacement, Tucker Carlson, has been criticized for promulgating tone-deaf views on gender and for being dismissive of female guests on his show for years. 
The cable news network ditched O’Reilly as allegations widened that the top-rated host had sexually harassed several former colleagues. Advertisers had fled from his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” after The New York Times reported this month that he and the network had paid $13 million to settle complaints from five women. 
Into that prime-time void steps Carlson, a pundit with a chauvinistic persona in front of the camera, though he faces no allegations of misconduct off the Continue reading "Bill O’Reilly’s Replacement, Tucker Carlson, Has Unenlightened Views On Women"

Mercedes-Benz Pulls Ads From ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Amid Sex Harassment Claims

Mercedes-Benz will no longer run commercials on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News program after revelations this weekend that the host had been accused of harassing five female coworkers. 
The carmaker’s decision Monday to withdraw its ads from “The O’Reilly Factor” came after a New York Times investigation revealed that O’Reilly, 67, and the network had paid $13 million to settle complaints from five women. 
One accuser, Wendy Walsh, who’d been a recurring guest, said O’Reilly broke a promise to help her get a paid position at Fox News after she declined an invitation to join him in a hotel room. Other accusations against O’Reilly included making inappropriate phone calls and unwanted advances, according to The Times. 
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Milo Yiannopoulos Speech At Berkeley Canceled Amid Violent Protests

BERKELEY, Calif. ― Violent protests on the University of California, Berkeley’s campus forced school officials to cancel a Wednesday night appearance by right-wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulos.

The Berkeley College Republicans had invited the 32-year-old Breitbart editor and conservative provocateur, who’s been permanently banned from Twitter for harassment, to address an audience of 500. 

University police said that a crowd of roughly 1,500 people had toppled light poles, started fires and hurled objects at officers before the event. Security had been heightened, as students had announced demonstrations against Yiannopoulos.

As the violence escalated Wednesday night, police placed the campus on lockdown and advised students to shelter in place, then ordered demonstrators multiple times to leave the area.
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