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BuzzFeed was right to publish Trump-Russia files

January 11, 2017 - 3:43pm
Early Tuesday evening, spurred by a CNN story, BuzzFeed published a 35-page dossier on Donald Trump’s alleged long-term relationship with Russia. The documents contain references to compromising information the Russians purportedly gathered about the president-elect and accusations that Trump’s campaign was in regular contact with Russian officials. Within hours, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among...

Trump berated a CNN reporter, and fellow journalists missed an opportunity

January 11, 2017 - 2:41pm
The most confrontational moment of Donald Trump’s first press conference in 168 days featured the President-elect pointing his finger at a CNN reporter and declaring, “You are fake news.” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stood pleading with Trump to acknowledge his question, referencing earlier attacks made by Trump and his press secretary about the accuracy of a CNN...

Q&A: A scrappy Wall Street Journal reporter on his jump to Breitbart

January 10, 2017 - 5:52pm
The news that respected Wall Street reporter John Carney is leaving his role at The Wall Street Journal to head up a new vertical at the right-wing news site Breitbart raised eyebrows among media types late Monday. As Bloomberg’s Joshua Green first reported, Carney will lead a team of contributors in establishing a business, markets, and economics news site that is...

Letters from our readers

January 10, 2017 - 1:35pm
Here is a selection of letters and emails we’ve received since December 5. Please send correspondence to, along with your name, address, and any relevant affiliation. “Paper makes audacious decision to highlight silent epidemic” I feel your use of "audacious" in the headline of the article on the Palm Beach Post’s series, “Generation Heroin,” gives the wrong impression. While...

Donald Trump is a media organization

January 10, 2017 - 11:21am
It is inconceivable that Donald Trump, president-elect of the United States, was not watching the Golden Globes on Sunday night, or at least following it on his phone. His difficult history with awards shows is only matched by his intense, professional interest in their outcome. The consistent snubs delivered by the Emmys to The Apprentice, the vehicle that made his...

The intersection of race, sports and culture: Kevin Merida and The Undefeated

January 10, 2017 - 5:50am
On a recent Tuesday, Kevin Merida sat in on a meeting for a project set to launch later this month. He leaned back with one leg crossed over the other, his gray socks peeking out from his leather shoes. He adjusted his glasses as managing editor Raina Kelley led the conversation by phone. “The Wendy Williams Show” was muted on...

Focus more on fighting bad journalism, less on fake news

January 9, 2017 - 1:38pm
The Fake News Panic has reached an advanced stage in which the smart take on the situation—published at CJR and elsewhere—is to call for more direct descriptions of the problem: lies, propaganda, deception. “The label,” Washington Post Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote Sunday, “has been co-opted to mean any number of completely different things: Liberal claptrap. Or opinion from left-of-center. Or...