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 FoxNews.com, Falzone describes her diagnosis with endometriosis, which had caused her to become infertile.
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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. 
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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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Corey Lewandowski Scores New TV Gig

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has become a paid pundit for One America News Network.
With close ties to the president-elect, Lewandowski brings a higher profile to the fledgling conservative cable channel, based in San Diego. The Daily Beast first reported that Lewandowski landed at OAN.  




Publicity materials from OAN claim that it airs “more live news coverage than any other news network” and that it is “fast becoming the 4th rated cable news channel!” The cable channel, which launched in 2013, has begun promoting Lewandowski’s appearances. 
“We got a lot of help from [Corey] in the past, and he seems like very nice guy and very knowledgeable,” OAN CEO Robert Herring told The Daily Continue reading "Corey Lewandowski Scores New TV Gig"