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Since 2010, the AP’s been safe-keeping the scoop that an American man who went missing in Iran in 2007 had ties to the CIA. At the government’s request, they kept the story unpublished—until yesterday. “In the absence of any solid information about [the missing man]’s whereabouts, it has been impossible to judge whether publication would put him at risk,” AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll said. (Huffington Post)
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Here’s your easy guide to understanding the fierce ethics debate currently waging over the firing of AP political reporter Bob Lewis. And whether or not you believe Mr. Lewis should have been fired for his misreporting on Terry McAuliffe, The Washington Post also notes that “As of Tuesday, three news organizations have contacted him to discuss potential job offers.” (The Washington Post)
In on ongoing quest to prove it’s more than just listicles about corgis, Buzzfeed has hired Pulitzer Prize Winner and ProPublica veteran Mark Schoofs to head its investigative unit. (The New York Times)
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The Associated Press and news aggregator Meltwater have had a rocky relationship, but today, the two companies announced that they would end their court battles and enter a partnership.
The couple’s problems started in February 2012. That’s when the AP took Meltwater to court, alleging copyright infringement. Meltwater, a media monitoring service, was tracking the news—including AP articles—for key words and phrases, and then delivering excerpts of those articles to its subscribers, who paid $5,000/year for the privilege. Many of those articles came from the AP.
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The National Security Agency is probably spying on you. A few weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that the Department of Justice had subpoenaed two months of their phone records—not the actual conversations, but information on which phone numbers they had called and when they had made the calls. Yesterday, The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald revealed that the NSA has a secret court order allowing them to collect that info from all Verizon users—including journalists—in the United States.
Faced with criticism over the government’s secret spying on the Associated Press and Fox News, President Barack Obama has tried to burnish his free-press bona fides by pushing for the passage of a federal shield law to protect journalists and their confidential sources.
Without the protection of a shield law, journalists can be held in contempt of court and sent to jail for refusing to testify in court about anything—including their sources.
That is what happened to Judith Miller, the New York Times journalist who was jailed in 2005 after she refused to reveal her confidential source to a federal grand jury investigating the Valerie Plame scandal. More recently, Fox News reporter Jana Winter was threatened with jail time after she refused to reveal her source on a story about the Aurora, Colo., shooting to a judge in Colorado.
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Taking the top post at the Associated Press isn’t Gary Pruitt’s only big move—he’s also inked a deal on a 3-bedroom Tribeca condo.
Mr. Pruitt and wife Abby are leaving Sacramento and McClatchy behind for an airy space at 101 Warren Street. The Pruitts plunked down $4.3 million for the pad, a little over the $4.29 million ask, according to city records. The couple signed the contract just two days before AP broke the news of his hire in March.
The apartment, which has been on the market since late last year, has taken a price cut since it was initially listed with Corcoran broker Heather Cook, so we’re not sure why the couple was willing to pay over ask. Maybe another late-on-the-scene buyer materialized and Mr. Pruitt was afraid of getting scooped?
The Associated Press has hired Mark Kennedy, late of Aol News, to be its new theater critic. Kennedy fills the post last occupied by Michael Kuchwara, who passed away last May. Kennedy previously worked for the AP and covered a number of beats and major stories. He reported on 9/11, from the field in Afghanistan Read More
Ron Fournier, the Associated Press’s Washington bureau chief, has been named editor-in-chief of the National Journal Group by Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley, according to Mike Allen.
Mr. Bradley is planning to relaunch the National Journal in September, dropping the paywall to compete more direclty with Politico’s coverage of Washington online.
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In an amusing conflict of interest, the Associated Press reported Friday that its lawsuit against graphic artist Shepard Fairey is progressing nicely. According to the AP, it looks like the AP is going to win.
To be fair: Fairey’s chances really do appear to be slim. The case dates back to February Read More