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Wall Street Journal fires celebrated reporter over involvement with arms dealer

Jay Solomon fired by WSJThe Wall Street Journal has fired chief foreign affairs correspondent Jay Solomon for what the paper called a “breach” and ethical lapses over his involvement with an Iranian-born arms dealer.

Washington Bureau Chief Paul Beckett made the announcement to staff during a hastily called meeting on Wednesday after meeting with senior editors in New York the day before. Beckett did not elaborate on Solomon’s situation, only to say that an upcoming Associated Press investigation would have more details. Beckett took no questions and asked any staffers who knew anything about the situation to come forward, according to multiple sources.

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Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march

Reporters face 70 years in prison at anti-Trump marchEven when heavily armed riot police closed off a square block and surrounded protesters, media workers and legal observers alike, independent journalist Alexei Wood did not realise he was about to be arrested.

"It didn't even cross my mind that was what was happening," the 37-year-old photographer and videographer told Al Jazeera. "I was waiting for an order of dispersal and the mass of people showed no sign of resistance when the police completely surrounded them."

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Pay to sway: report reveals how easy it is to manipulate elections with fake news

Play to sway with fake newsPolitical campaigns can manipulate elections by spending as little as $400,000 on fake news and propaganda, according to a new report that analyzes the costs of swaying public opinion through the spread of misinformation online.

The report from Trend Micro, a cybersecurity firm, said it also costs just $55,000 to discredit a journalist and $200,000 to instigate a street protest based on false news, shining a light on how easy it has become for cyber propaganda to produce real-world outcomes.

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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.

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Montana House GOP candidate cited after reporter says he 'body-slammed me'

Montana House GOP candidate cited for assault against reporterMontana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was issued a citation late Wednesday after he allegedly “body-slammed” a reporter at a campaign event on the eve of a hotly contested special election.

Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian tweeted that Gianforte “body-slammed me and broke my glasses” at a campaign event in Bozeman, Montana — minutes before what was to be the last campaign rally of the campaign. Jacobs said he had asked Gianforte about a new budget analysis of House Republicans' effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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WSJ’s Peggy Noonan Wins Pulitzer Prize For Commentary

Peggy Noonan wins PulitzerPeggy Noonan, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, has just won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Much of her winning work focuses on Donald Trump’s rise and the unfolding political realignment within the Republican Party and America. Her honest and brusque criticism of media’s coverage surrounding Trump’s success drew much attention from critics as well as appreciative readers.

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Steve Bannon Says Feud With ‘Corporatist, Globalist’ Media Will Only Get Worse

Steve Bannon goes to war with the mediaA few days after President Donald Trump drew rebukes for calling the media the “enemy of the American people,” his top strategist Steve Bannon showed no sign that the White House was willing to reconsider its feud with the press.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference alongside White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Thursday, Bannon warned the situation between the administration and the fourth estate will only get worse.

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