Tag: News and News Media

Cardinal George Pell’s Acquittal Was as Opaque as His Sexual Abuse Trial

SYDNEY, Australia — Cardinal George Pell walked out of prison on Tuesday after Australia’s highest court reversed his 2018 conviction for molesting two choirboys decades earlier — liberating the most senior Roman Catholic cleric to ever face trial over child sexual abuse. The world may never be able to assess whether the court’s reasoning was […]

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Embracing the Uncertainties

These are, safe to say, uncertain times. The confirmed global cases of illness from coronavirus are approaching 1.5 million, and reported deaths are well into the six figures, but what are the true rates of infection and mortality? We don’t know. Last week, Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

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Hollywood Reporter’s Top Editor Exits After Dispute With Publisher

LOS ANGELES — The editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter has left his job after a dispute with his bosses over coverage of the entertainment industry. In a move that caught the staff by surprise, the trade publication announced on Monday morning that Matthew Belloni was departing. A former Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, Mr. Belloni […]

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On the Coronavirus, God and the Chinese Communist Party

CHICAGO — My mother believes that God and the Chinese Communist Party will defeat the novel coronavirus. “Pray for Wuhan. Pray for China,” she urges me, referring to the capital of Hubei Province, where the outbreak started. It is early February, a week and some since Wuhan was placed under lockdown. My mother lives in […]

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Under Modi, India’s Press Is Not So Free Anymore

NEW DELHI — The Media One anchorman Vinesh Kunhiraman went on air as usual on March 6, ready to tell the station’s five million viewers in India’s Kerala State about the death anniversary of a beloved comedian and the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Just a few minutes into the broadcast, he saw the […]

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Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media’s Coronavirus Distortion

On Feb. 27, two days after the first reported case of the coronavirus spreading inside a community in the United States, Candace Owens was underwhelmed. “Now we’re all going to die from Coronavirus,” she wrote sarcastically to her two million Twitter followers, blaming a “doomsday cult” of liberal paranoia for the growing anxiety over the […]

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When All the Zingers Were Fit to Print

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. In September 1978, a living room full of New York writers hatched a scheme. For around a month, they put their lives on hold and devoted their imaginative powers to a secret. During a strike […]

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Brother of Governor, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor and younger brother of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the network said on Tuesday. Mr. Cuomo, 49, is “feeling well,” according to a memo distributed by CNN to staff members, and he plans to continue hosting his prime-time program from a studio […]

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‘I Didn’t Know Whether to Mourn or to Celebrate’: An Afghan Reporter’s Girlhood Education

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. KABUL, Afghanistan — Last spring I visited the Rustam School in a remote corner of the Yakawlang District in central Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Province. While the country’s longest war was continuing to destroy lives in other […]

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The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago

On New Year’s Eve, Helen Branswell, a reporter at the science and medical news website Stat, was finishing an article about the development of an elusive Ebola vaccine when she got an inkling of her next big story. “Hopefully this is nothing out of the ordinary,” she wrote on Twitter, adding a link to a […]

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Facebook Aims $100 Million at Media Hit by the Coronavirus

Facebook announced on Monday that it would dole out $25 million in grants to local news outlets and spend $75 million in a marketing drive aimed at news organizations internationally in response to the coronavirus-prompted economic downturn, which has caused advertising to plummet and has threatened media industry revenues. Despite huge interest in news that […]

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How Television and Online Personalities Work From Home

Savannah Guthrie, a co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, broadcasts from the basement of her home in upstate New York. Stephen Colbert drew laughs when he delivered his “The Late Show” monologue from his bathtub; and Jimmy Fallon can be found juggling “The Tonight Show” duties with his two daughters, who scribble his graphics in crayon. […]

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President Trump’s Prime-Time Coronavirus Pandemic

“I’ve gotten to like this room,” President Trump said March 23 in the White House briefing room. If the walls had ears, they’d have been surprised to hear it. Until recently, the Trump administration had all but done away with formal press briefings, and the president preferred to talk to reporters amid the helpful din […]

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Bail Out Journalists. Let Newspaper Chains Die.

Elizabeth Green was musing the other day about buying 261 newspapers. You could, this Sunday, purchase Gannett, the biggest newspaper chain in the country, for a mere $261 million — about a quarter of what Michael R. Bloomberg spent on his presidential campaign. And Ms. Green, a founder of the nonprofit education news organization Chalkbeat, […]

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The Politics of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is first and foremost a global public health crisis. But here in the United States — as is likely true in other countries — the response to it is heavily overlaid with political calculations. It is both obvious and inevitable. The crisis is unfolding in the lead-up to the election. Viewed strictly […]

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U.S. Officials Push for Expelling Suspected Chinese Spies at Media Outlets

WASHINGTON — As China moves forward with expelling almost all American journalists from three major American newspapers, Trump administration officials have intensified discussions over whether to evict employees of Chinese media outlets who they say mainly act as spies. The action is under consideration because some U.S. officials want to retaliate against China in a […]

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Lessons From Lockdown

Two Thursdays ago, I flew to Los Angeles to meet my daughter and cheer her on at her final international Olympic qualifier in fencing. She never boarded her flight because the event was canceled. Now, the entire Olympics is postponed. I spent my time in Los Angeles dealing with all the cancellations of my upcoming […]

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Facebook Is ‘Just Trying to Keep the Lights On’ as Traffic Soars in Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO — As the coronavirus spread around the world and people everywhere were ordered to stay home, phone calls over Facebook’s apps more than doubled. In many countries, messaging on Instagram and Facebook soared by over 50 percent, while group calls in Italy jumped by more than 1,000 percent. And hungry for information, people […]

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The Evening News Is Back

Ten million people watched “The Voice” last week, the biggest audience for the NBC reality show in a year. It was no match for another nonfiction program: the nightly newscast. As Americans, housebound because of the coronavirus crisis, watch more TV than usual, they have returned to the network news programs that have not been […]

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3 Newspapers Ask China to Reverse Decision to Expel American Journalists

The publishers of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post on Tuesday released a statement critical of the Chinese government’s decision to bar American journalists for the three publications from working in China. The unusual statement, signed by A.G. Sulzberger of The Times, William Lewis of The Journal and Fred […]

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Local News Outlets Dealt a Crippling Blow by This Biggest of Stories

Once the Chocolate Pig closed, the paper was in trouble. Doyle Murphy, the editor in chief of Riverfront Times, a 43-year-old weekly in St. Louis, knew how much the publication depended on ads from the Chocolate Pig, Beast Butcher & Block, the Pat Connolly Tavern and many other restaurants not far from the paper’s headquarters […]

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