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Is the White House press corps becoming obsolete?

WH press corpsOver the last six years, a confluence of forces have eroded the foundation of the relationship between the White House and the reporters who cover it most regularly.

Financial pressures have reduced the number of news organizations committed to daily coverage of the White House and to participating in its cycle of pools, briefings and trips on Air Force One. And technologies including Twitter, YouTube and livestreaming of events mean the White House can communicate directly with the public without going through the traditional media that still dominates the Brady Briefing Room.

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NBC finds more possible reporting problems by Brian Williams, report says

Brian WilliamsIt appears that more scrutiny is coming for suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams, sources close to the investigation told the New York Times Friday.

Williams was suspended in February after an inaccuracy was found in a 2003 report on the Iraq War. Two people with knowledge of the network's investigation now say NBC has found even more possible instances of fabricating, misrepresenting or embellishing facts, the Times report said.

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Iran Charges U.S. Journalist Jason Rezaian With Espionage

Razaian charged with espionage in IranIran is charging Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian with four crimes, including espionage, the newspaper said on Monday in a report offering the first details about the exact charges against him.

Rezaian, the Post's bureau chief in Tehran, was detained last year in Iran. Among the charges, he is accused of "collaborating with hostile governments" and "propaganda against the establishment," according to a statement from Rezaian's attorney, Leilah Ahsan, the Post reported.

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SC paper wins Pulitzer for reporting on domestic violence

PulitzerThe Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for an examination of the deadly toll of domestic violence, while The New York Times collected three awards and the Los Angeles Times two.

The Seattle Times staff took the breaking news award for its coverage of a mudslide that killed 43 people and its exploration of whether the disaster could have been prevented.

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Lying us into Iraq: The Real Problem with Judith Miller

Judith MillerIt’s okay that the New York Times reporter got Iraq wrong—the trouble with her new memoir is she still won’t admit she actually did.

Judith Miller has returned to center stage with an autobiography, The Story: A Reporter’s Journey. The Story traces Miller’s many stations of the journalistic cross—as an affirmative action hire and clueless rookie at the New York Times, as the Times Cairo bureau chief, Times Paris correspondent, Times Washington reporter, book author and, most famously, as a national security reporter whose work for the Times before and after the Iraq war drew hot fire from detractors who accused her of relying on dubious sources, and worse.

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Ken Prewitt, Bloomberg Radio ‘Authoritative' Voice, Dies at 68

Ken Prewitt diesKen Prewitt, a Bloomberg Radio anchor who interviewed billionaire investors, Wall Street executives and a former Federal Reserve chairman in a news career with jobs at CBS and ABC television, has died. He was 68.

He died Saturday at his home in Manhattan, according to his wife, Faye Prewitt. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012 and went on leave the following year.

Tall, lean and white-haired, Prewitt was the daily host of Bloomberg Radio’s “The First Word” show at 5 a.m. in New York, covering economic, business and market news, and co-hosted “Bloomberg Surveillance” at 7 a.m., focusing on interviews and analysis, and “Bloomberg Businessweek Radio,” a weekend program of features.

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Reuters Iraq Bureau Chief Leaves Country After Being Threatened Over Story

Iraq: reuters bureau chief leavesThe Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shi'ite paramilitary group's satellite news channel in reaction to a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit.

The threats against journalist Ned Parker began on an Iraqi Facebook page run by a group that calls itself "the Hammer" and is believed by an Iraqi security source to be linked to armed Shi'ite groups. The April 5 post and subsequent comments demanded he be expelled from Iraq. One commenter said that killing Parker was "the best way to silence him, not kick him out."

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