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  • After editor's departure, Washington Post's publisher faces questions about phone hacking stories

    DAVID BAUDER|Jun 7, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Post's new publisher is facing questions about whether he made efforts to conceal — in his own newspaper and elsewhere — his involvement in a British phone hacking scandal from his time working for Rupert Murdoch a decade ago. The weeklong saga, which began with the abrupt departure of the Post's executive editor Sunday night, offers a window into differences between approaches to journalism in Britain and the United States — and touches on delicate issues of trust in the American media community as it approaches...

  • What will become of The Epoch Times with its chief financial officer accused of money laundering?

    DAVID BAUDER|Jun 5, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — The arrest of an executive at The Epoch Times in a money-laundering scheme this week has drawn attention to a media outlet that has lived largely in the shadows since its founding in 2000 and a transformation during the Trump administration. Federal prosecutors in New York charged Weidong "Bill" Guan of Secaucus, N.J., chief financial officer of The Epoch Times, of steering at least $67 million in criminal proceeds, much from fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance benefits, to the company, its affiliates and himself. G...

  • The National Enquirer was the go-to American tabloid for many years. Donald Trump helped change that

    DAVID BAUDER|Apr 26, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — Catch and kill. Checkbook journalism. Secret deals. Friends helping friends. Even by National Enquirer standards, testimony by its former publisher David Pecker at Donald Trump's hush money trial this week has revealed an astonishing level of corruption at America's best-known tabloid and may one day be seen as the moment it effectively died. "It just has zero credibility," said Lachlan Cartwright, executive editor of the Enquirer from 2014 to 2017. "Whatever sort of credibility it had was totally damaged by what happened in c...

  • Judge in Trump case orders media not to report where potential jurors work

    DAVID BAUDER and LARRY NEUMEISTER|Apr 19, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — The judge in Donald Trump's hush money trial ordered the media on Thursday not to report on where potential jurors have worked and to be careful about revealing information about those who will sit in judgment of the former president. Judge Juan Merchan acted after one juror was dismissed when she expressed concerns about being "outed" for her role in the case after details about her became publicly known. The actions pointed to the difficulties involved in trying to maintain anonymity for jurors in a case that has sparked w...

  • EXPLAINER: Why is a police raid on a newspaper in Kansas so unusual?

    DAVID BAUDER and JIM SALTER|Aug 13, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tensions between public officials and the press are hardly unusual. To a large extent, it's baked into their respective roles. What's rare in a democratic society is a police raid on a news organization's office or the home of its owner. So when that happened late last week, it attracted the sort of national attention that the town of Marion, Kansas, is hardly used to. The Marion Police Department took computers and cellphones from the office of the Marion County Record newspaper on Friday, and also entered the home of Eric M...

  • CNN ousts CEO Chris Licht after a brief, tumultuous tenure

    DAVID BAUDER|Jun 7, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — The chief executive CNN pushed out of a job on Wednesday faced mounting problems in his first year leading the struggling network: viewership and profits were declining, programming blunders were growing and the network's journalists were losing confidence by the day. Chris Licht's very bad year culminated in a damning magazine profile last week, and just a few days later his tumultuous 13-month tenure was over. Licht, 51, was informed of his ouster Wednesday morning, and it was announced to the staff at the daily editorial m...

  • Tucker who? Fox News hosts avoid Carlson's name after ouster

    DAVID BAUDER|Apr 26, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — The day he was fired, Tucker Carlson was nearly invisible on the Fox News prime-time lineup that he used to dominate. "We're not talking about him," former colleague Sean Hannity said in one of the two very brief mentions of Carlson's name on Fox News on Monday night. In contrast, his ouster was the lead story on ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts. Carlson was abruptly bounced from his popular prime-time show earlier in the day without any explanation from Fox. It was less than one week after Fox had agreed to pay $787 m...

  • Don Lemon fired from CNN after divisive morning show run

    DAVID BAUDER|Apr 23, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN fired longtime host Don Lemon on Monday following his short and disastrous run as a morning show host, a little over two months after he apologized for on-air comments about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley being past her prime. The move quickly turned nasty. While CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht announced, after Lemon had co-hosted the show Monday, that they had "parted ways," Lemon characterized it as a firing and said it was surprise to him. "After 17 years at CNN I would have thought someone in m...

  • Fox, Dominion reach $787M settlement over election claims

    DAVID BAUDER and RANDALL CHASE|Apr 19, 2023

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Fox and Dominion Voting Systems reached a $787 million settlement Tuesday in the voting machine company's defamation lawsuit, averting a trial in a case that exposed how the top-rated network chased viewers by promoting lies about the 2020 presidential election. "The truth matters. Lies have consequences," Dominion lawyer Justin Nelson said in a news conference outside the courthouse after a judge announced the deal. Dominion had asked for $1.6 billion in arguing that Fox had damaged its reputation by helping peddle p...

  • Carlson, Hannity among potential witnesses at Fox News trial

    DAVID BAUDER and RANDALL CHASE|Mar 29, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Bret Baier are among the stars who both Fox News and the voting machine company suing it for defamation have signaled could testify if the case heads to trial next month. They are among the names submitted this week as potential witnesses by Fox and Dominion Voting Systems, although it doesn't guarantee that they will appear in court. It still isn't certain there will be a trial. Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis is expected to make a summary judgment ruling in favor of either side or t...

  • Records in Fox defamation case show pressures on reporters

    DAVID BAUDER|Mar 12, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn't critics, political foes or their bosses that united Fox News stars Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham when they gathered via text message for a gripe session shortly after the 2020 election. It was their own network's news division. "They're pathetic," Carlson wrote. "THEY AREN'T SMART," Ingraham emphasized. "What news have they broken the last four years?" Hannity asked. The Nov. 13, 2020, conversation was included among thousands of pages of recently released documents related to Dominion Voting S...

  • Dominion voting case exposes post-election fear at Fox News

    DAVID BAUDER|Feb 24, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — A court filing in a lawsuit against Fox News lays bare a panic at the network that it had alienated its viewers and damaged its brand by not lining up with President Donald Trump's false claims that he had won the 2020 presidential election. That worry — a real one, judging by Fox's ratings in the election's aftermath — played a key role in Fox not setting the record straight about unfounded fraud claims, the network's accuser contends. "It's remarkable how weak ratings make good journalists do bad things," the filing quote...

  • Study shows 'striking' number who believe news misinforms

    DAVID BAUDER|Feb 15, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Half of Americans in a recent survey indicated they believe national news organizations intend to mislead, misinform or persuade the public to adopt a particular point of view through their reporting. The survey, released Wednesday by Gallup and the Knight Foundation, goes beyond others that have shown a low level of trust in the media to the startling point where many believe there is an intent to deceive. Asked whether they agreed with the statement that national news organizations do not intend to mislead, 50% said they disag...

  • Sharp attacks on Trump from Rupert Murdoch's news outlets

    DAVID BAUDER|Nov 11, 2022

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has taken some hits in the aftermath of the midterm elections, but the unkindest cuts may have come from a source that was once among his biggest backers — the media empire of magnate Rupert Murdoch. The New York Post's front cover on Thursday put Trump's face over the drawing of a boy from a well-known nursery rhyme. The headline: "Trumpty Dumpty." "Don (who couldn't build a wall) had a great fall — can all of the GOP's men put the party back together again?" the newspaper wrote. The Wall Stree...

  • CNN management intent on changing perception of the network

    DAVID BAUDER|Aug 26, 2022

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was the kind of story that media reporter Brian Stelter would normally sink his teeth into — if only it didn't involve him. CNN said last week it was cancelling "Reliable Sources," its 30-year-old program on the media, and letting Stelter go, part of a nascent effort by new management to reclaim a brand identity that it feels was damaged during the Trump era. The news network, now under the Warner Discovery corporate banner and led since spring by CNN Worldwide Chairman Chris Licht, is trying to inject more balance into its...

  • How does it f-e-e-e-e-l? Bob Dylan museum opening in Tulsa

    DAVID BAUDER|May 6, 2022

    NEW YORK (AP) — Elvis Costello, Patti Smith and Mavis Staples will be among the dignitaries expected in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this weekend for the opening of the Bob Dylan Center, the museum and archive celebrating the Nobel laureate's work. Dylan himself won't be among them, unless he surprises everyone. The center's subject and namesake has an open invitation to come anytime, although his absence seems perfectly in character, said Steven Jenkins, the center's director. Oddly, Dylan was just in Tulsa three weeks ago for a date on his concert t...

  • Hannity, Fox face ethical issues over Trump text revelations

    DAVID BAUDER|Jan 5, 2022

    NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Sean Hannity has skirted ethical boundaries with his role on a television network with "news" in its name. Yet it's never been as stark as now, with the committee investigating last year's Capitol insurrection seeking his testimony. The Jan. 6 select committee has revealed a series of texts where Hannity privately advised former President Donald Trump before, during and after the assault, and is seeking his insight about what happened in those days. The popular Fox News Channel prime-time host hasn't said what he w...

  • Whistleblower: Facebook chose profit over public safety

    DAVID BAUDER and MICHAEL LIEDTKE|Oct 3, 2021

    NEW YORK (AP) — A data scientist who was revealed Sunday as the Facebook whistleblower says that whenever there was a conflict between the public good and what benefited the company, the social media giant would choose its own interests. Frances Haugen was identified in a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday as the woman who anonymously filed complaints with federal law enforcement that the company's own research shows how it magnifies hate and misinformation. Haugen, who worked at Google and Pinterest before joining Facebook in 2019, said she had a...

  • Plenty at stake for NBC as COVID Olympics opening looms

    DAVID BAUDER|Jul 16, 2021

    NEW YORK (AP) — If all goes well for NBC Universal over the next several weeks, Americans will be buzzing about the Olympic performances of Simone Biles, Gabby Thomas, Kevin Durant or some unexpected star. The year-delayed Tokyo Olympics officially opens with NBC's telecast of the opening ceremony on July 23 — live in the morning and with an edited version in prime time. The Olympics arrive dripping in bad vibes, amid a COVID-19 state of emergency in Japan. The majority of Japanese citizens are unvaccinated against the virus and most wish the...

  • The Hamburglar? How a story about meat limits fell apart

    DAVID BAUDER and ALI SWENSON|Apr 28, 2021

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden spent only a weekend as the "Hamburglar" in the conservative media world. But while the false story lasted, it moved with a damaging speed and breadth, another example of a closed ecosystem of information affecting public opinion. An academic study published a year before Biden became president was used to speculate that he would place limits on how much red meat Americans can consume as part of his stated goal to sharply reduce greenhouse gas pollution. It was a potentially potent, visceral argument with p...

  • EXPLAINER: Why impeachment evidence tested TV's standards

    DAVID BAUDER|Feb 12, 2021

    NEW YORK (AP) — All the words abounded — the ones that you're not supposed to hear on broadcast television or, for that matter, in a lot of other places. Former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial last week featured explicit language rarely heard on American airwaves, particularly during a dramatic 13-minute video presented by House managers that showed scenes from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the enraged, violent mob that caused it. Why was hearing that language on network television unusual? And what might it mean for the future whe...

  • Dominion worker sues Trump campaign and conservative media

    DAVID BAUDER|Dec 23, 2020

    NEW YORK (AP) — An election systems worker driven into hiding by death threats has filed a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump's campaign, two of its lawyers and some conservative media figures and outlets. Eric Coomer, security director at the Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems, said he wants his life back after being named in false charges as a key actor in "rigging" the election for President-elect Joe Biden. There has been no evidence that the election was rigged. His lawsuit, filed Tuesday in district court in Denver C...

  • Does Electoral College end election for conservative media?

    DAVID BAUDER|Dec 16, 2020

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newsmax's newest star, Greg Kelly, sought to rally President Donald Trump's supporters after Monday's Electoral College vote confirmed their hero's defeat at the hands of President-elect Joe Biden. "My fellow deplorables," he said, "it's not over." By continuing to support the president's unfounded accusations of election fraud, Kelly is by no means alone within a media infrastructure that competes for the loyalty of Trump's backers. He doesn't speak for all, however, and a shift toward preparing for a post-Trump world is s...

  • Rashida Jones replaces Phil Griffin as MSNBC president

    DAVID BAUDER|Dec 6, 2020

    NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Griffin is stepping down as the longtime president of MSNBC, to be replaced early next year by rising NBC News executive Rashida Jones. Griffin, 64, has worked at NBC News for 35 years and has been president of MSNBC since 2008. With a primetime lineup led by Rachel Maddow, it has become established as the favorite of those wanting news from a liberal perspective. Jones, who has been with NBC News for the past seven years, is currently chief of breaking news and major events at the network. She just led the network's c...

  • News organizations rebuke Trump on election results claim

    DAVID BAUDER and LYNN ELBER|Nov 4, 2020

    In a stunning scene in the middle of the night, news organizations rebuked President Donald Trump after he falsely said on live television that he had won reelection even as votes were still being counted. With reporters and supporters gathered at the White House at 2:20 a.m. Eastern, the president said it was "a major fraud on our nation" that he hadn't been declared the winner. "As far as I'm concerned, we already have won this," he said. The words were barely out of his mouth before television anchors rushed to refute him. CBS News' Norah...

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