October 1, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is the model of a new kind of power-grabbing authoritarian. Gone is the preening, bullying fascist in a comical military costume, like Hitler or Mussolini. Mao's jacket and Fidel Castro's combat fatigues are out of fashion. Today, it is all business. Today, Stalin would be wearing Hugo Boss or Brooks Brothers, his mustache would be shaved off and he, like Yanukovych, would look like any chief executive flying business class. The pogrom and the putsch have given way to PR. Yanukovych has hired lobbyists and public relations teams to help him project a progressive image while he quietly squeezes the press and rejiggers election laws to guarantee his party permanent rule. An example of this is the Podesta Group's $200,000 contract with an entity called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
March 13, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- The embattled Syrian government took the unusual step Wednesday of denying reports that young men were being grabbed at checkpoints and drafted into the army as part of a new general call for military conscription. The official news service also dismissed suggestions that almost two years of fighting an internal rebellion had eroded the capabilities of Syria's once imposing military, which has suffered heavy casualties and mass desertions. The Syrian military is at its “highest levels of readiness and capability, and [is]
July 24, 2012 |
In the day since Emily Maynard and Jef Holm revealed their engagement to the world, the happy couple have been busy doing the media rounds to spread the news of their romantic bliss. On Tuesday morning, the pair jumped on a conference call with a handful of media outlets to talk about wedding plans and how in love they were. But I would not be part of this lobbing of softballs. When it came time for me to ask my first question, I asked about something that has been perplexing a number of us in "Bachelorette" Nation for months: Why wasn't the show forthright about Jef's Mormon background?
July 19, 2013 |
A group of parents have decided to fight back against the decision of Corona Santiago's administration to force out boys' basketball coach David Humphreys. In an email, representatives say they have more than 150 petitioners requesting a school board meeting or hearing seeking the reinstatment of Humphreys, who had been the coach for five years. "Our parents are outraged," according to the email sent to media outlets. This is the second controversy this summer involving the Corona-Norco Unified School District.
July 12, 2000 |
Russian authorities seized financial and personnel files from the offices of Media-Most, a media holding company whose owner's arrest last month prompted an international outcry and fears of a crackdown against press freedoms. Investigators also gathered documents from the NTV television network, one of Media-Most's outlets, and the Gazprom state gas monopoly, which owns part of NTV, news reports said. Media outlets owned by Vladimir A.
May 18, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Times will use a $1-million grant from the Ford Foundation to expand its coverage of key beats, including immigration and ethnic communities in Southern California, the southwest U.S. border and the emerging economic powerhouse of Brazil. Times Editor Davan Maharaj announced the grant Thursday, calling it "great news" that will bolster coverage of subjects vitally important to readers. A Ford Foundation spokesman said that as media organizations face challenges in funding reporting through advertising and traditional revenue streams, "we and many other funders are experimenting with new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism.
September 22, 2009
Re "Can you count the Capitol protesters?" Sept. 15 Your article's readiness to give validity to suspect sources for the high estimates is troubling. Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union and Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks, the sponsoring groups, have an incentive to inflate the numbers. The consensus among local officials and media outlets is that the crowd was well under 100,000. Do estimates vary wildly? Sure. But someone who doesn't read the entire article will have the impression that the various estimates are all equally legitimate.
August 10, 2008
KATE AURTHUR'S piece on Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan ["It's Bigger Than Both of Them," July 20] was fantastic. What a great look about what media outlets are saying and not saying. That only so many people would go on record for your article only emphasized the peculiar nature of their relationship and how it is being covered. It's refreshing that a writer will go there. Kelechi Ubozoh Tarrytown, N.Y.
September 26, 2013 |
New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker uses Twitter more than the typical politician. He tweets cheesy maxims; replies publicly to just about everyone who mentions his name, and relentlessly catalogs his schedule of ribbon cuttings, football games and speeches. He also apparently exchanges direct messages with single women, including a tattoo-covered stripper from Oregon who works in a vegan strip club, a detail that's gotten the New York media world excited after a few long weeks during which no local politicians did anything even remotely scandalous.