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New York Times Public Editor Criticizes Paper's Iraq Coverage

NY TimesNew York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan was very critical of the paper's recent Iraq coverage and warned Saturday that the Times could be headed down a dangerous yet familiar path.

In a weekend column, Sullivan wrote that in the months leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, much of the Times' reporting took a hit for being "flawed" and "lacking in needed skepticism." Now, with the renewed crisis in Iraq, Sullivan said that readers are once again accusing the Times' coverage of lacking in balance -- and that they're right to do so.

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If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV

CheneyKent Conrad’s phone hasn’t been ringing very much over the past few weeks, as Iraq, and the debate over America's future in the country, has once again dominated the news.

The architects of the Iraq war are back in TV studios and on op-ed pages, as are journalists and pundits who promoted the Bush administration’s ultimately bogus case for invading. But Conrad, a former senator who was one of only 23 to vote against authorizing the war in October 2002, hasn’t heard from CNN, MSNBC or any other TV outlet. "Not once," he said, when asked if anyone in the press had reached out regarding the current crisis in Iraq.

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Ex-UK editor Coulson convicted of phone hacking

Coulson guiltyTwo powerful British political insiders met starkly different fates Tuesday as former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted, after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.

A jury at London's Old Bailey unanimously found Coulson, the former spin doctor of British Prime Minister David Cameron, guilty of conspiring to intercept communications by eavesdropping on mobile phone voicemails. Brooks was acquitted of that charge and of counts of conspiring to bribe officials and obstruct police.

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Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters up to ten years in prison

Al Jazeera journalists sentencedAn Egyptian court has sentenced two Al Jazeera journalists to seven years in prison and another to 10 years, on charges including aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and reporting false news.

A judge delivered the verdicts Monday against Peter Greste, an Australian citizen; Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian citizen; and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian citizen.

Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison. Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possession of ammunition.

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News organizations seek ‘secret’ videos of Guantánamo force-feeding

force feeding at GitmoMore than a dozen news organizations have filed court papers calling on a federal court judge to unseal videos depicting a Guantánamo Bay detainee being forcibly removed from his cell and force-fed.

The motion — backed by The New York Times, The Associated Press and Reuters, among others — argues that the First Amendment allows for the public to inspect the footage in a bid to assess whether inmates at the camp have been treated fairly.

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Sports Editor: Seattle Times to ban 'Redskins'

RedskinsThe Seattle Times sports editor announced Thursday that he will ban use of the word 'Redskins' in the paper and online, making the Times the latest publication to stop using the controversial name of Washington's NFL team.

"The most controversial name in sports won’t appear again in The Seattle Times’ print edition or on the seattletimes.com home pages as long as I am sports editor," the Times' Don Shelton wrote. "It’s time to ban the use of 'Redskins,' the absurd, offensive and outdated name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. ... Past time, actually."

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch drops George Will for' offensive and innacurate' column

George WillStarting today, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson replaces George Will on Thursdays and Sundays.

Mr. Gerson, who grew up in St. Louis and still has family here, is a former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush. (To answer the classic St. Louis question: Westminster Christian Academy).

Mr. Gerson had served as a speechwriter for Republican presidential candidates Jack Kemp and Bob Dole, and is a former senior editor at the U.S. News & World Report.

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