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August 16, 2010
It is a popular conservative myth to suggest that the "mainstream media" is a liberal lapdog to the Obama administration, that reporters favor the president and that he returns the admiration. In fact, this administration has pursued a quiet but malicious campaign against the news media and their sources, more aggressively attacking those who ferret out confidential information than even the George W. Bush administration did. James Risen of the New York Times has been ordered to testify about sources for his 2006 book, "State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.
July 27, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey and Jennifer Martinez, Tribune Washington Bureau
Though propelled to fame by its recent disclosures about the U.S. military, WikiLeaks has homed in on targets as wide-ranging as corruption in the family of a former Kenyan ruler, alleged illegal activities by a Swiss bank and Sarah Palin's private e-mail account. And in just 3 1/2 years, the secretive organization founded by a convicted Australian hacker has helped pioneer a new model for using the Internet to unearth classified government documents and private corporate memos.
June 21, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Monday on legislation that would impose additional U.S. sanctions against Iran in hopes the economic pressure persuades Tehran to curb its nuclear ambitions. The new penalties would come on top of a fourth round of United Nations Security Council sanctions, and would also be in addition to new sanctions by the Obama administration and the European Union. The legislation gives Congress a new role in the sanctions effort that until now has been largely kept up by the Treasury Department.
May 11, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Officials at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar acknowledged Monday that they had launched an investigation into possible leaks of patient information and had warned staff not to speak to the media after reports in the Los Angeles Times about allegations of substandard care in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Carolyn Rhee, the county-run hospital's chief executive, said county Health Department policy is "that our employees not talk directly to the media." "We have people who do that," she said.
January 2, 2010 | Elaine Woo
Joe R. Nevarez, a copy boy turned reporter for the Los Angeles Times who broke barriers as one of the newspaper's first Mexican American staff writers, died of natural causes Tuesday at his Monterey Park home, according to his daughter Margaret Nevarez. He was 97. A founding member of the California Chicano News Media Assn., Nevarez joined The Times as a copy boy in 1930 and began earning bylines in the early 1950s as a reporter in the business section. He specialized in coverage of the oil industry and corporate earnings over the next 26 years, until his retirement in 1977.
June 27, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
Given his recklessly eccentric and peripatetic personal life, Michael Jackson's premature death seems almost foreordained -- one of those deaths Yeats had in mind when he wrote of a friend's lost son: "What made us dream that he could comb gray hair?" Still, the global outpouring of grief and the frenzy of public attention focused since Thursday on Jackson's death is an acknowledgment not only of his popularity but of the reach and influence of America's most successful export: popular culture.
March 18, 2009
After eight years of being little more than the president's sugar daddies, Southern Californians can be proud to have a new occupant of the Oval Office who values us not just for our generous campaign contributions but for who we really are: providers of priceless media exposure. President Obama is making a sojourn to the Golden State today and Thursday to promote his economic recovery plan, a trip that will include a stop in Burbank to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
March 17, 2009 | David Sarno
Visitors to Austin's South by Southwest conference arrived Friday to a sky like a wet blanket. A cold, wet blanket. We traipsed our way from panel to panel, grumbling from beneath convenience-store umbrellas, wondering about the possibilities for eating barbecue in a rainstorm. In the same kind of way, discussion at the new media portion of this year's conference was shot through with a chilly strain of winter.
January 18, 2009 | Mark Magnier
Add another casualty to the list of victims of the Mumbai attacks: the credibility of India's 24-hour television news channels. In the wake of the November assault that killed more than 170 people, India's TV channels, often accused of sensationalism, have come in for rebuke, accused of informing their viewers so quickly and completely that the alleged masterminds in Pakistan were able to tell the attackers what Indian security personnel were planning and when.
November 14, 2008 | Times Wire Services
China agreed to ease limits on foreign financial-information providers, shifting control of licensing to an independent regulator from the state-owned news service, after a trade complaint by the U.S. and Europe. Under the deal with the European Union, the U.S. and Canada, information suppliers will provide a level playing field for all operators in China. The changes, agreed to in talks after the three governments filed complaints with the World Trade Organization, will be put in place by June 1. In the joint complaint lodged in March, the U.S. and the EU said China had violated global trade rules by giving New China News Agency the right to issue annual licenses for overseas media groups, barring them from directly soliciting subscribers in China.
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