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Which Deaths Matter? How the media covers the people behind today's grim statistics

Media coverage of worldwide deathsThe past several months have been scarred by international crisis and turmoil, from strife in Gaza to the downing of Flight MH17 and the gruesome murders of the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

News is so grim that The Washington Post recently published an accounting of what it called “the hideous carnage wreaked” between June and early September: an untold number killed in Syria (where the civil war’s death toll may now exceed 200,000, though the UN has stopped counting); more than 5,500 killed in Iraq; over 1,500 killed in Ukraine; and nearly 2,000 killed by Ebola in West Africa. An estimated 550,000 to 1.4 million people could be infected with Ebola by January in a worst-case scenario.

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Glenn Greenwald: Media Way Overhyped Khorasan Group Threat

Glenn GreenwaldWhen the United States suddenly announced last week that it had attacked a militant group called Khorasan, many observers wondered where, exactly, these people had come from.

"Extraordinary - military strikes against a group no WH official had ever publicly mentioned by name," ABC's Jon Karl noted.

That didn't stop the headlines about the group's fearsome powers from piling up everywhere—along with lots of "explainer" posts so that people could actually know what was being discussed.

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WCBS-TV reporter John Slattery dies of heart attack hours after last newscast

John SlatteryEmmy-winning local news mainstay John Slattery, a 30-year veteran of WCBS-TV, died after a sudden heart attack only hours after filing his final story, the station announced.

“A grey day,” his CBS colleague Lou Young tweeted Thursday morning. “Our friend John Slattery has passed. We go on with warm memories and tears.”  General assignment reporter Slattery worked Wednesday, covering a Bronx attack on a 72-year-old Good Samaritan who stepped in to protect a mugging victim.

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Corporate TV Misses Yet Another Opportunity To Cover Climate Change

Climate marchThe People's Climate March on Sunday was perhaps the largest climate change protest in history. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City. Celebrities and high-profile politicians were among the marchers. The protest was a huge topic on social media.

All in all, it was a perfect opportunity for some of America's biggest news organizations to cover the topic of climate change, something that usually gets either ignored or badly handled. For Sunday talk show hosts, there was even a nice political hook, since the march was pegged to a UN summit that President Obama will be attending.

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BBC team under attack in southern Russia

BBCA BBC team has been attacked in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan.

They had gone to investigate reports of Russian servicemen being killed near the border with Ukraine.

The team's cameraman was beaten up and the camera smashed during the attack. The recorded material left in the car had been deleted, the team found after returning from the police station.

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NLRB Orders CNN To Rehire Fired Workers

CNNThe National Labor Relations Board is finding against the CNN cable television network in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 workers and former workers.

The NLRB agreed with a November 2008 ruling by one of its administrative judges that CNN improperly replaced a unionized subcontractor, Team Video Services (TVS), with in-house non-union staffers, claiming "anti-union" bias.
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Egyptian Journalists Join Hunger Strike Against Protest Law

egyptian journalistA number of Egyptian journalists on Saturday joined dozens of political activists in a hunger strike against a restrictive protest law imposed last year, the head of the country's journalists union said.

The ongoing hunger strike has been gaining momentum as scores of political detainees, activists and rights advocates join in, all protesting the contested law and demanding the release of those imprisoned under it.

The list includes key icons of the 2011 revolt that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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