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Breaking tradition, Trump doesn’t permit journalists to cover his first meeting with Obama

Trump ignores press poolPresident-elect Donald Trump on Thursday refused to let a group of journalists travel with him to cover his historic first meeting with President Barack Obama, breaking a long-standing practice intended to ensure the public has a watchful eye on the nation’s leader.

Trump flew from New York to Washington on his private jet without that “pool” of reporters, photographers and television cameras that have traveled with presidents and presidents-elect.

Trump’s flouting of press access was one of his first public decisions since his election Tuesday.

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Breitbart and Infowars Become President Trump’s New Media Establishment

Info Wars fringe founder Alex JonesAs President-elect Donald J. Trump might say, something’s going on in the media-political complex, and we’ve got to figure out what the hell it is.

Trump’s shocking ascendancy as the 45th president of the United States has reduced conventional wisdom and time-honored political norms to smoking rubble, but it is also likely to threaten, if not topple, the previously unchallenged primacy of the mainstream media.

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Fox News anchor apologizes for false report of 'likely' Clinton indictment

Bet BaierFox News anchor Bret Baier apologized on air Friday for his report that Hillary Clinton faces a "likely" indictment as the result of a  federal investigation into the Clinton Foundation and for his report that Clinton's private email server had been hacked by five foreign intelligence agencies.

Both of Baier's mistaken reports were made Wednesday night in an appearance with Fox News Channel's Brit Hume. At the time, Baier said the information was based on "two separate sources with intimate knowledge of the FBI investigations into the Clinton emails and the Clinton Foundation."

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FCC Passes Sweeping Internet Privacy Rules in 'Big Win for Civil Rights'

FCC passes privacy policyThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday passed sweeping new privacy rules designed to keep broadband providers from giving customers' private data to third parties.

The rules, approved by a vote of 3-2, require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get customers' explicit consent before using or sharing behavioral data like browsing history, location, and other sensitive information with marketing firms or other companies, the Washington Post reports.

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New York Times refuses Trump lawyers' demand to retract story about two of his accusers

NY TimesThe New York Times Thursday refused a request from lawyers for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to retract a story in which two women describe instances in which Trump touched them forcibly.

Lawyers acting for Trump had written to the Times late Wednesday night to demand a retraction and apology from the newspaper. “Your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se,” the lawyers for Trump wrote. “It is apparent from, among other things, the timing of the article, that it is nothing more than a politically-motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”

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Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC for “negative option billing” practices

ComcastThe FCC announced a $2.3 million fine against Comcast on Tuesday after confirming that the company had been billing customers for products and services they had never ordered. After calling the fine "the largest civil penalty assessed from a cable operator by the FCC," the federal agency's announcement detailed exactly how Comcast bilked customers—and new company practices that must be put into place as a result.

According to the FCC's Office of Media Relations, the agency had received "numerous complaints from consumers" about the issue of "negative option billing"—meaning, receiving charges for items that the customers had never affirmatively requested. (The FCC reminds readers that in the telecom world, this practice is known as "cramming.") The listed complaints revolve specifically around items related to cable TV service, including "premium channels, set-top boxes, and DVRs."

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Photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans Killed by ISIS Sniper

photo-journalist killed in LibyaJeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch photojournalist, was killed Sunday when he took fire from an ISIS sniper in Libya, a government spokesman said. Oerlemans, 46, was covering a skirmish between the terror group and pro-government troops when he was shot in the chest multiple times.

In 2012, Oerlemans was kidnapped and held for a week in Syria while covering the civil war there.

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