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Dan Rather’s Moment of ‘Truth’: The Movie CBS and George W. Bush Don’t Want You to See

Film about Dan Rather's fall from graceA new film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford explores the notorious ‘60 Minutes’ piece on George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard record, and the anchorman’s subsequent fall.

It was the great Henry David Thoreau who once said, “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” And it’s the Thoreauian tenets of self-reliance—the pursuit of unvarnished truth and resistance to institutional authority—that motivates many in the journalism profession.


Climate change denier Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic

nat'l Geographic goes for profitThe National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but that ends today. The long-running American publication becomes very much for-profit under a $725 million dollar deal announced today with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch is a notorious climate change denier, and his family's Fox media empire is the world's primary source of global warming misinformation. Which would be no big deal here, I guess, were it not for the fact that the National Geographic Society's mission includes giving grants to scientists.

Or had you forgotten? Here's a refresh for you, a fun little interview with Murdoch on his climate change views.


Hungarian camerawoman filmed kicking, tripping migrants sparks outrage

Hungarian camera woman kicks migrantsA Hungarian camerawoman linked to the country's far-right party was filmed kicking two migrant children and tripping a man who was carrying his child Tuesday near the town of Roszke.

Petra Laszlo of N1TV was fired after being filmed apparently deliberately kicking two running migrant children and tripping a Syrian man who was carrying his child while feeling from police.


Wikipedia Editors Uncover Extortion Scam And Extensive Cybercrime Syndicate

Wikipedia extortionWikipedia, the world’s online trove of collective knowledge, is in the midst of a international extortion scandal, where editors secretly charged businesses and artists a fee to create and “protect” articles.

The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that sponsors but does not operate Wikipedia, announced Monday that at least 381 accounts have been suspended for “black hat” editing, in which editors charge and accept money for “to promote external interests.”


Israel bans journalists from voicing opinions in newscasts

Israeli newscasterThe Israeli parliament has passed a law banning journalists working for the country's public broadcast authority from expressing their opinions on air.

The law, passed early Thursday in the middle of the night, drew criticism from journalists, who accused the government of trying to stifle dissent.

The law says broadcasts should "avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal opinions, giving grades and affixing labels."


Vice News Journalists Charged With Terrorism In Turkey Are Released From Prison

Vice jpurnalists freedA Turkish court has ordered the release of two British journalists working for U.S.-based Vice News who were charged earlier this week with "aiding a terrorist organization," Vice News confirms.

While British citizens Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury have been released, their Iraqi translator, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, remains in custody. In a statement, Vice commended the release of its staffers but called for the release of Rasool, who has worked across the Middle East with not only Vice but The Associated Press and Al Jazeera as well.


Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

Al Jazeera journalistsA court in Egypt has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in jail after finding them guilty of "aiding a terrorist organization".

Egyptian Baher Mohamed, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were all handed three-year jail sentences when the court in Cairo delivered the verdict on Saturday, sparking worldwide condemnation of the decision.

Mohamed was sentenced to an additional six months for possession of a spent bullet casing. An appeal against the verdict is planned.


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