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Not A Random Attack: New Details Emerge From Investigation Of Slain NPR Journalists

NPR journalists killed in Afghanistan in 2016NPR journalists David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna died a year ago this week, ambushed on a remote road in southern Afghanistan while on a reporting assignment traveling with the Afghan National Army.

Since their deaths, NPR has been investigating what happened, and today we are sharing new information about what we learned. It's a very different story from what we originally understood.

The two men were not the random victims of bad timing in a dangerous place, as initial reports indicated. Rather, the journalists' convoy was specifically targeted by attackers who had been tipped off to the presence of Americans in Afghanistan's Helmand province.


Al Jazeera Media Network under cyber attack

Al jazeera Media networkAl Jazeera Media Network is in the midst of a cyberattack, the company said Thursday.

It was not immediately clear what the attack entailed, but the Qatar-based news network reported that it had affected "all systems, websites & social media platforms."

The reported attack followed the revelation on Tuesday that U.S. investigators believe that Russian hackers may have been responsible for breaching Qatar's state news agency and posting a fake news story that prompted several countries to cut diplomatic ties with Doha.


Fox host to Trump: ‘Fake news media’ isn’t the issue, it’s you

Neil CavutoFox News host Neil Cavuto on Tuesday hit President Trump for his criticism of media outlets' coverage of his Twitter habits.

“Mr. President, it’s not the fake news media that’s your problem,” he said on Fox. “It’s you. It’s not just your tweeting, it’s your scapegoating. It’s your refusal to see that sometimes you’re the one who’s feeding your own beast and acting beastly with your own guys.


Conservative WaPo writer: ‘Serious concerns about this president’s mental stability’

Jennifer RubinWashington Post conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin on Monday said “there are serious concerns” about President Trump’s “mental stability.”

“There are serious concerns about this president’s mental stability, and there are serious problems when you have a president of the United States who is so erratic, so unreliable. This is incredibly damaging,” Rubin told CNN’s “New Day.”

Rubin pointed to the discrepancies between Trump’s own statements on Twitter and the messages disseminated by his White House press shop.


White House eyes Bannon ally for top broadcasting post

Bannon ally for top broadcasting postThe Trump administration’s leading candidate to head the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a position that with recent changes would give the appointee unilateral power over the United States’ government messaging abroad reaching millions, is a conservative documentarian with ties to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Michael Pack, the leading contender for the post, is president and CEO of the Claremont Institute and publisher of its Claremont Review of Books, a California-based conservative institute that has been called the “academic home of Trumpism” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Scott Pelley out as 'CBS Evening News' anchor

Scott PelleyScott Pelley is being replaced as anchor of CBS Evening News and will return full-time as a correspondent on the network's Sunday night newsmagazine 60 Minutes.

Anthony Mason, a CBS News senior national correspondent and co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday, will serve as the CBS Evening News' interim anchor in the coming weeks, the network announced Wednesday. Mason will continue to co-anchor CBS This Morning with Alex Wagner.


CNN fires Kathy Griffin after Trump beheading photo

Kathy Griffin fired by CNNComedian Kathy Griffin has been fired from hosting CNN's New Year's Eve celebration after she posted a photo depicting her with President Trump's severed head.

In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, CNN's public relations team announced that Griffin will not appear on their high-profile live show, but didn't give an explicit reason for her firing.


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