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.
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?
November 1, 2012 |
No timetable is set to replace Randy Bernard, whose departure as chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series sparked a storm of protest from some media outlets and fans this week, interim IndyCar Chief Executive Jeff Belskus said Thursday. Making his first public comments since Sunday, when IndyCar announced that Bernard had stepped down, Belskus acknowledged in an interview that "Randy was very popular" and that IndyCar "has a lot of passionate fans. " "We do plan to conduct a thorough search for a permanent replacement," said Belskus, who is also CEO of IndyCar's parent, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.
August 9, 2012 |
DENVER -- James Egan Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on July 20, is expected to be in court Thursday in a hearing to unseal more details about the case. Twenty news media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, have joined in a motion to ease a strict gag order imposed on the case by District Court Judge William Sylvester. That order bans anyone connected with the case from discussing it, including those at the University of Colorado.
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.
November 19, 2012 |
A final surge of positive media coverage propelled President Obama in the last two weeks of the presidential race, while coverage of challenger Mitt Romney remained negative but also tapered off in volume - probably because news outlets shifted their attention to Superstorm Sandy, according to a new study . The Washington-based Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that “positive stories about Obama (29%)...
November 8, 2000 |
Television networks, newspaper headlines and Web sites declared George W. Bush the 43rd president of the United States on Tuesday. Then they took it back early today. The tight race in Florida wreaked havoc with presidential projections Tuesday, prompting one of the national media's most embarrassing moments in history. "If you're disgusted with us, frankly, I don't blame you," Dan Rather told CBS viewers at one point in the evening.
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March 21, 2014 |
Prosecutors announced Friday that there was not enough evidence to charge a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan last September in San Francisco, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News . Michael Montgomery, 21, was arrested last September but then released, with officials saying they lacked the evidence to charge him. Montgomery was one of two men held for questioning after the stabbing death of Jonathan Denver,...
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January 16, 2014 |
Huntington Beach police on Thursday were looking for additional possible victims of a man charged with using social media to gather lewd photos of underage victims. The 10 victims included at least one boy and ranged in age from 11 to 15 years old, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department. Police said Jackson Roland Westermeyer used a Kik Messenger app to solicit photos from some of the victims. He allegedly identified himself as a woman and used the name "KatKat777" when messaging victims, according to police.
January 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The military judge in charge of the trial for alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others has ruled that lawyers cannot share even unclassified materials or discuss the information with the press or public, and he further has ordered the names of the jurors be kept secret in the trial. The ruling by the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, follows an order on Dec. 6 in which he directed that any evidence or discussion about harsh interrogation techniques used against the five men also will be kept secret, despite protests from human rights groups that the government is trying to hide the fact that the men were tortured.