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SF Newspaper Editor 'Quits' Rather Than Cut Staff — and Other Lowlights of Local Reporting's Demise

SF Newspaper Editor 'Quits' Rather Than Cut Staff — and Other Lowlights of Local Reporting's Demise
Recent stories in San Francisco highlight the struggle of some publishers to maintain a viable local reporting staff — the boots on the ground of journalism — among a new, Internet-driven information economy (and a recession-era real life economy). What's a paper to do? "Do more with less," as they say in season five of "The Wire."
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Glenn Beck Defends Paula Deen

Glenn Beck Defends Paula Deen
On his June 24 web show, Beck used the backlash against Deen as a platform to rant about what he believes is the active destruction of Constitutional principles, arguing that attacks on Deen over the content of her speech are symptomatic of the nation's decline.
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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Delete ‘Em: Maine Gov Blacklisting Three Newspapers He Doesn’t Like

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Delete ‘Em: Maine Gov Blacklisting Three Newspapers He Doesn’t Like
Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will not comment on stories published by three Maine newspapers he claims oppose his administration. This is news about not making news.
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The One Percent Playbook: Convincing Americans It's Their Own Darn Fault

The One Percent Playbook: Convincing Americans It's Their Own Darn Fault
When the "New York Times Book Review" assigned conservative columnist David Brooks to review George Packer's book — one that argues that elite-driven economic policies have negatively "unwound" the lives of millions —the mass media blueprint was clearly placed on the table. This is how the American elite will convince the 99 percent that government and the poorest Americans are to blame for every one's everyday struggles.
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Business as Unusual: Half of Non-Profit News Sites Need Help With Their Books

Business as Unusual: Half of Non-Profit News Sites Need Help With Their Books
According to the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of non-profit news organizations say that their greatest need comes in business, marketing or fundraising, compared to 39 percent who cited reporting or editing help. Nearly two-thirds of the groups said it was a major challenge to find enough time to focus on the business aspects of their operations.
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MSNBC Could Reverse Declining Viewership by Covering Activism More Closely

MSNBC Could Reverse Declining Viewership by Covering Activism More Closely
What if activists closely following Keystone, immigration reform, the battle against federal budget austerity and other campaigns knew that each night MSNBC would have the latest developments? It might be enough to bring the news network back up from the ratings basement.
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Does This 'Abused Spouse' Cartoon Cross the Line?

Does This 'Abused Spouse' Cartoon Cross the Line?
I'm not someone who believes that there are topics that should be off-limits to comedians. However, Daryl Cagle's cartoon crosses a line in equating the relationship between the American press and President Obama with that of an abused spouse.
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'Off the Record' Meetings with DOJ Expose Deep Subservience of DC Press Corps

'Off the Record' Meetings with DOJ Expose Deep Subservience of DC Press Corps
While some news outlets are lining up to attend a series of "off the record" media briefings with the Department of Justice, others are balking at the invitation from embattled Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that it would be "inappropriate" to accept the government's conditions of secrecy as they actively report on how the DOJ "secretly" investigates journalistic activities.
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Rallies in 12 Cities Protest Koch Brothers' Tribune Takeover Bid

Rallies in 12 Cities Protest Koch Brothers' Tribune Takeover Bid
On Wednesday, 12 groups sent a strong message to the Koch Brothers consisting of over 500,000 signatures delivered to Tribune Company Newspapers protesting the prospective "Kochtopus" buyout of the news outlets, which are up for sale by CEO Peter Liguori.
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Koch Brothers Linked to Censorship of PBS Documentary About Post-Citizens United America

Koch Brothers Linked to Censorship of PBS Documentary About Post-Citizens United America
A recent expose in the New Yorker by writer Jane Mayer reveals that two major PBS stations attempted to edit and censor an upcoming documentary titled “Citizen Koch” for fear of the billionaire brothers halting their financial support of PBS.
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