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FCC commissioner on Trump's media threats: 'History won't be kind to silence'

FCC commissioner responds to Trump’s license tweets A top Federal Communications Commission official is putting pressure on her colleagues to end their silence amid President Trump’s threats against TV networks that are critical of his administration. Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who was first appointed by President Obama and brought back to the commission by Trump, said the FCC should make it very clear that the agency will not revoke licenses simply because Trump does not like their coverage. “History won’t be kind to silence,” Rosenworcel, who is one of five ...

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Russia threatens 'restrictions' in letters to U.S.-backed media

Russian threats against American media outlets based in Moscow reached a new level on Monday, when officials sent letters to news organizations backed by the US government, warning them of possible “restrictions.” The letters and increasingly intimidating rhetoric from Russian officials are retaliation for what they allege is the U.S. Justice Department’s crackdown of state-funded news organizations like RT and Sputnik in the US. It’s the latest in an escalating war of words the Russian government is waging as it comes closer to taking measures against U.S. media in Russia. ...

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Bannon ally wants to turn government media agency into 'legacy' for former Trump adviser

Stephen Bannon has left the Trump administration. But he’s still having an influence at a government agency many outside of Washington haven’t heard of but wields influence around the world: the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The board controls U.S. government-funded media outlets like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. Its aim is to counter propaganda from repressive regimes with independent news coverage and promote democracy to the rest of the world. An ally of Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who has returned to Breitbart, is expected to ...

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Pro-Trump media goes on offense for President in NFL controversy

Ravens, Jaguars kneel during national anthem President Trump’s supporters in the media came out in full force this weekend, supporting the President after he called for the firing of NFL players who have chosen to raise awareness of racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. “Don’t give me this crap that you want to support reform and stand up against social injustice,” snarled Judge Jeanine Pirro on her Fox News show Saturday evening. “Shame on you. Shame on all of you. And shame on you too, Roger Goodell, for ...

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Jason Kint: Tech companies wield 'uncomfortable' amount of power over media

All it takes is for you to update your phone to the newest operating system, or to download the latest version of any of your favorite social networking apps, to cause a chain reaction that may have disrupting effects on the world of media as you know it. Take Apple’s latest tweaks to its Safari browser, announced on September 12, which will allow users to view articles in what they call “reader mode,” a lighter version of a webpage stripped of branding, graphic elements, and ads. With Safari accounting for ...

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After Russian Facebook ads, Democrats seek new FEC rules on social media politics

Why was it so easy for the Russians to buy ads on Facebook? Democrats on Capitol Hill are launching new efforts to prevent Russians and other foreigners outside the U.S. from using social media to interfere in future American elections. House and Senate Democrats plan to send a letter to the Federal Election Commission this week asking them to consider new rules that would prevent foreigners from using online advertising platforms like Facebook and Twitter to influence voters. The letter will likely be sent and made public on Wednesday, Daniel ...

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How social media is helping Houston deal with Harvey floods

Houston TV station rushed to higher ground as floodwater rises We’re finding out what a major flood emergency looks like in the era of social media. Hundreds of stranded Texas residents sought help on Sunday by posting on Facebook and Twitter. They tweeted their addresses to emergency officials. They organized rescue missions through Facebook groups. And they posted harrowing pictures to emphasize just how high the flood waters were. Requests for rescues were common: “Anyone in North Houston have a boat and can rescue a 3 &6 yo, mom, gramma ...

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Sarah Palin's lawsuit against New York Times caps tough year in courtroom for media companies

Lawsuits against media outlets are piling up This week marked one year since Gawker shut down, a milestone that just happened to coincide with another legal threat posed to a New York media giant. While Gawker’s fans and former staff members mourned its demise, Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Times continued to unfold in a Manhattan federal court. In a brief filed on Monday, attorneys for the former vice presidential candidate argued that the Times editorial board “decided to use” the June shooting at a practice for ...

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Mic becomes latest media company to lay off staffers amid 'pivot to video'

Mic is the latest media company to lay off staffers amid a shift of emphasis and resources to video content. On Thursday, the news company laid off 25 employees in order to, it said, focus more on “visual journalism.” “We made these tough decisions because we believe deeply in our vision to make Mic the leader in visual journalism and we need to focus the company to deliver on our mission,” Chris Altchek, Mic co-founder and CEO, said in an internal email obtained by CNN. Roughly half the layoffs hit ...

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Media show range of emotions after Trump presser

The CEOs who quit Trump’s business councils Reporters waited in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday for vague remarks from President Trump about infrastructure. White House aides tamped down expectations ahead of time: they said the president was not expected to take questions. The reporters and aides were both surprised by what came next. Trump said “both sides” were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville that left three people dead on Saturday, seemingly equating neo-Nazis with anti-racism activists. After the Q&A session, members of the media freely expressed shock, ...

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