Views of the News: Barbara Walters defends Woody Allen on 'The View'

Feb 4, 2014

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Sunday, the New York Times published an open letter written by Dylan Farrow, the daughter of actress Mia Farrow.  In it, Dylan offers a detailed account of sexual abuse she says she endured at the hands of her stepfather -- legendary actor, director and producer Woody Allen.

These allegations first came to light more than 20 years ago.  Since then Allen has ended his longtime relationship with Mia Farrow and married Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi.  That relationship began when Soon-Yi was in her late teens.

Dylan Farrow says she's speaking out now for the first time because "Woody Allen is a living testament to what happens when our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse."

Dylan Farrow, New York Times: “An open letter from Dylan Farrow

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: “Dylan Farrow’s story

Margaret Sullivan, New York Times: “On Kristof’s column about Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen, ‘Only questions’

Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times: “Dylan Farrow or Woody Allen? Does it really matter whom we believe?

Noah Rayman, Time: “Barbara Walters defends Woody Allen

Amanda Knox found guilty

Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, have been found guilty in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher.  Knox was tried in abstentia, refusing to return to Italy for the trial after being acquitted of the same charges in 2011.  The case has received coverage around the globe -- but the story varies widely depending on who is doing the reporting.

Phoebe Natanson, ABC News: “Amanda Knox ‘frightened’ by guilty verdict and 28 year sentence

Saba Hamedy, Los Angeles Times: “Amanda Knox on new guilty verdict: ‘It hit me like a train’

Eric J. Lyman, USA Today: “Amanda Knox found guilty in Italian murder case

Neal Karlinsky & Lauren Effron, ABC News: “Amanda Knox’s parents angry, stunned over guilty verdict

Lucy Crossley & James Nye, Mail Online: “Amanda Knox’s fury as she is found GUILTY AGAIN of Meredith Kercher murder

France 24: “Amanda Knox, Raffaele Rollecito convicted again of Meredith Kercher murder

Sky News: “Amanda Knox weeps and vows to ‘fight to the end’

Naomi O’Leary, Reuters: “Knox and Sollecito convicted again of Briton’s 2007 murder

Stephen Hayward, Mirror: “Amanda Knox murder judge ‘suffered’ over second guilty verdict

Independent: “Amanda Knox judge Alesandro Nencini faces inquiry over media comments following guilty verdict in Meredith Kercher case

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death

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Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose.

The Wall Street Journal first broke the story on Twitter and the national news networks followed with wall-to-wall coverage soon after.

Stacia L. Brown, Salon: “How breaking news is breaking us: The rush to report Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death

Scott Kleinberg, Chicago Tribune: “R.I.P. (add name of famous person)

Nigel Smith, Indiewire: "Roger Ebert's widow reveals the critic wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman to play him in a film"

Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post: “Ashleigh Banfield: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s dealer ‘deserves to go away for life’"

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Philip Seymour Hoffman death: CNN host clashes with Alan Dershowitz

Guardian editors destroy hard drives

Editors at The Guardian have destroyed computer hard drives that had been storing documents leaked to the newspaper by Edward Snowden. 

[VIDEO] Luke Harding, The Guardian: “Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives

Dylan Byers, Politico: “New video shows Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives

Fox News: “Guardian chief says UK destroyed hard drives to stop Snowden secrets

Julie Bosman, New York Times: “New book on Snowden revelations from Guardian writer

Happy 10th birthday, Facebook!

Ten years after Mark Zuckerberg and some friends created "The Facebook" in a dorm at Harvard University, the site now that more than 1.23 billion users worldwide. 

How has Facebook changed the way we communicate, share meaningful moments in our lives and change the way journalists report and deliver the news?

Will Oremus, Slate: “Facebook 10th anniversary: Social network turns 10, look back at its history

Katrina Bishop, CNBC: “Facebook’s Zuckerberg: We’re not just for teens

Rob Reynolds, Al Jazeera: “Facebook’s 10th birthday

Jemima Kiss, The Guardian: “Facebook’s 10th birthday: from college dorms to 1.23 billion users

Brad Stone & Sarah Frier, Businessweek: “Facebook turns 10: The Mark Zuckerberg interview

Jamie Condliffe, Gizmodo: “Facebook made you a sentimental video to celebrate its 10th birthday

Facebook: “A look back: Highlights from your time on Facebook