CPJ: Trump Damaging Global Press Freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon in the New York Times today spared little in his critique of the Trump Administration's anti-press campaign: "In President Trump’s carpet bombing of the news media, it is not just the United States’ global reputation that is collateral damage. Rather, it is the brave journalists on the front line who risk their lives and liberty to bring the world the news. It is to our great shame that they can no longer count on the support of the United States."

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 26, 2017

Media Are “Enemies of the People”: Trump

Battered by tough news coverage and a flood of leaks, Donald Trump this week lashed out at the news media in his harshest language yet, branding it "the enemy of the American People!" on Twitter. The comment brought widespread condemnation -- Republican columnist David Brooks called it "rhetoric straight out of the fascist playbook," and his own cabinet members backed away from the phrase. But it has left journalists wondering if Trump supporters may feel emboldened to launch physical attacks against the press.

Source: BBC

Posted on: February 19, 2017

SecureDrop, Signal Used for Trump Leaks

The news media is using two tech tools to help facilitate the unprecedented flood of leaks coming from the Trump White House: SecureDrop, an encrypted platform for sending leaks, and Signal,  a messaging app with end-to-end encryption. "It's hard to name a news organization that has not gotten in touch with us about installing SecureDrop in the past six weeks," says Trevor Timm of SecureDrop's Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Source: CNBC

Posted on: February 11, 2017

CNN To Expand I-Team by 12 Reporters

As the Trump Administration ratchets up its war on the press, top target CNN is re-dedicating itself to watchdog journalism by sharply expanding its investigative unit and hiring as contributing editors Pulitzer Prize winners Carl Bernstein and Jim Steele. The network says it will add at least a dozen reporters to a consolidated investigative team. Says Bernstein: "Hopefully, other networks will do the same."

Source: NPR

Posted on: January 30, 2017

“Moment of Truth” for U.S. Journalists

With the Trump White House kicking off its first press briefing this weekend with blatant falsehoods and unprecedented press bashing, the U.S. media is in uncharted waters. As major media hit back, branding Trump team statements as lies, Columbia University's Todd Gitlin calls it a moment of truth for American journalism.

Source: BillMoyers.com

Posted on: January 23, 2017

Facebook Scrutiny for Election Fake News

Facebook is facing tough scrutiny for its role as publisher and distributor of a flood of misinformation and fake news during the U.S. election. From President Obama to media critics, the online service is being singled out for allowing extraordinary amounts of false reports to reach voters. Facebook, argues, CJR, "should play a more active part in editing—yes, editing—its own platform, and hiring actual people to do so."

Source: CJR

Posted on: November 12, 2016