Russia’s RT and Sputnik news organizations have been banned by the Foreign Office from attending a global conference on media freedom in London because of their “active role in spreading disinformation”. The Russian embassy previously condemned the decision relating to RT as “direct politically motivated discrimination” and said it had complained to the Foreign Office. In December, the British media regulator Ofcom found RT had broken impartiality rules with several programs broadcast after the nerve agent attack in the English city of Salisbury.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday and were recognized along with the Capital Gazette of Maryland for their coverage of the horrifying mass shootings in 2018 at a high school, a synagogue and a newsroom itself. The Associated Press won in the international reporting category for documenting the humanitarian horrors of Yemen’s civil war, while The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were honored for delving into President Donald Trump’s finances and breaking open the hush-money scandals involving two women who said they had affairs with him.
A supporter of US President Donald Trump has attacked a BBC cameraman at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. Sporting a Make America Great Again cap, the man shoved and swore at the BBC’s Ron Skeans and other news crews before being pulled away. Mr Skeans said the man almost knocked him and his camera over twice before he was wrestled away by a blogger. President Trump checked they were well with a thumbs up, and continued his speech after Mr Skeans returned the gesture.
New York Times publisher AG Sulzberger urged President Trump to stop labeling reporters ‘enemies of the people,’ claiming it could ‘lead to violence’ against the media. The comment came after Trump tweeted details of an off-the-record meeting with Sulzberger. Sulzberger said he accepted Trump’s invitation to meet to address the president’s ‘deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.’
It was revealed in court on Monday that Fox News host Sean Hannity is a client of President Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, a potential conflict of interest for unbiased reporting. Cohen’s work involves negotiating settlements for clients. Hannity insisted business with Cohen never ‘involved a matter between me and any third party.’
In an explosive tell-all blog post published Thursday, Jeff Bezos accused the publisher of the National Enquirer of trying to extort him. The post by Bezos on the blogging platform Medium revealed what he said were the full text of emails his representatives got from executives at AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer. In the text, he shared what he said was an email from AMI’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, in which Howard threatened to release intimate and personal photos and text messages of Bezos and a woman the National Enquirer said he was having an affair with.
After NBC released a story claiming President Donald Trump discussed increasing nuclear arsenal, he responded threateningly, targeting NBC’s FCC licenses. Despite the US Constitution’s declaration of freedom of the press, Trump finds it ‘frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.’ President Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis denied NBC’s claims.
Congressman-elect, Greg Gianforte, will not be serving jail time for his assault against a reporter last month. Instead, Gianforte was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management classes, he will also have to pay $385 in fines and court costs. Gianforte will be under court supervision for 180 days, which will end in late November when his suspended jail sentence ends.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overturned a longstanding rule, Thursday, allowing one company to own a newspaper, television, and radio station in the same town. The previous rule prevented companies from having unbalanced power over media influence. The Republican-led FCC secured the vote opposed by many Democrats who say Americans will suffer from media consolidation.
Sinclair Broadcast Group said today it will pay $3.9 billion to buy Tribune Media Company and its 42 local TV stations, beating out 21st Century Fox to land the deal. Sinclair also will assume about $2.7 billion in Tribune Media debt, according to the companies. Tribune Media owns local TV stations across the country, including WGN in Chicago, WPIX in New York, KTLA in Los Angeles and WDCW in Washington.