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Pentagon punishes reporters over tough coverage

Pentagon punishes reporters over tough coverage

The Pentagon’s top spokesperson was ostensibly seeking to make peace with the media when she headed down to the building’s press bullpen about three weeks ago for an off-the-record discussion on how to improve relations.

But the meeting quickly grew combative, according to three people who were in the room. When reporters raised issues like vanishing access to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other top officials, Dana White pushed back by criticizing the accuracy of press corps members’ reporting.

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US newsrooms to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

US newspapers: We are not enemies of the peopleThe nation's newsrooms are pushing back against President Donald Trump with a coordinated series of newspaper editorials condemning his attacks on "fake news" and suggestion that journalists are the enemy.

The Boston Globe invited newspapers across the country to stand up for the press with editorials on Thursday, and several began appearing online a day earlier. Nearly 350 news organizations have pledged to participate, according to Marjorie Pritchard, op-ed editor at the Globe.

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New Poll: 43% of Republicans Want to Give Trump the Power to Shut Down Media

43% of GOP wnta Trump to have power to end media

Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution. But a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos and provided exclusively to The Daily Beast.

The findings present a sobering picture for the fourth estate, with respondents showing diminished trust in the media and increased support for punitive measures against its members. They also illustrate the extent to which Trump’s anti-press drumbeat has shaped public opinion about the role the media plays in covering his administration.

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Jared Kushner Ordered Deletion Of Observer Articles Critical Of His Friends: Report

Jared Kushner deleted articles from his newspaper critical of his frineds

Jared Kushner personally ordered a software developer at his newspaper to remove stories that were critical of his friends and real estate peers.

Now a senior White House adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, Kushner in 2012 went around the editorial leaders at the New York Observer — the newspaper he owned and operated — to mandate the removal of a handful of articles from the website, according to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News.

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Fox News correspondent resigns after 9 years with network

Conor Powell to leave FOX NewsFox News correspondent Conor Powell has announced he is resigning after 9 years with the news network.

The Jerusalem-based reporter announced his decision in a Facebook post on Friday, saying he will return to the United States in the “coming days.”

“After nearly 9 years I have decided to resign from Fox News. Those of you who have spoken to me in recent months, you will understand why I am leaving [Fox News Channel],” Powell said in the post.

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A Top Syrian Rocket Scientist Is Blown Up, and Fingers Point at Mossad

israel sid to assassinate top Syrian rocket scientistAziz Asbar was one of Syria’s most important rocket scientists, bent on amassing an arsenal of precision-guided missiles that could be launched with pinpoint accuracy against Israeli cities hundreds of miles away.

He had free access to the highest levels of the Syrian and Iranian governments, and his own security detail. He led a top-secret weapons-development unit called Sector 4 and was hard at work building an underground weapons factory to replace one destroyed by Israel last year.

On Saturday, he was killed by a car bomb — apparently planted by Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.

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C-SPAN alerts FBI to caller who made apparent threat

C-Span caller threated journalists

C-SPAN said it reported to the FBI one of their callers for making “what seemed to be a threat” directed at CNN hosts Brian Stelter and CNN anchor Don Lemon.

During an “open phones” segment of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” series on Friday morning, the network said a viewer who claimed to be form State College, Pennsylvania, called in to discuss criticism of the media.

The network said in the statement that the caller made “specific references” to Stelter and Lemon and “ended his call with what seemed to be a threat directed to the two journalists.”

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