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Tue January 14, 2014

Views of the News: Tweeting terminal illness: Educational or TMI?

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That's the question Emma G. Keller asked in a blog post published on The Guardian's website last week.  The piece centered on Lisa Adams, a woman with stage four breast cancer who is blogging and tweeting about her fight -- sometimes dozens of time per hour. 

A few days later, Keller's husband, Bill Keller wrote a column in the New York Times comparing Adams' decision to aggressively fight her disease to his father-in-law's more palliative treatment plan.

Is the Kellers' criticism fair? What was behind The Guardian's decision to pull Emma Keller's work?

Emma G. Keller, The Guardian: "Forget funeral selfies. What are the ethics of tweeting a terminal illness?" (via Wayback Machine)

Bill Keller, New York Times: "Heroic measures"

Huffington Post: "Bill Keller criticized for op-ed about cancer patient Lisa Boncheck Adams"

Jennifer Dunning: "Cancer patient Lisa Adams furious after 'bullied' by New York Times, Guardian columnists"

Margaret Sullivan, New York Times: "Readers lash out about Bill Keller's column on woman with cancer"

Chris Elliott, The Guardian: "Open Door: Why an article on Lisa Bonceck Adams was removed from the Guardian site"

Twitter: @AdamsLisa

Lisa Bonchek Adams: "Writings on metastatic breast cancer, grief & loss, life, and family"

The reporting behind ‘Bridgegate’

How much did New Jersey Governor Chris Christie know about the closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge?  The September lane closures caused unbearable traffic jams for days in the town of Fort Lee, N.J.

Shawn Boburg, The Record: “Christie stuck in a jom over GWB lane closings

The Record: “Timeline of events around GWB lane-closure controversy

ABC: Chris Christie ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal

Joe Pompeo, Capital New York: “Blurred lanes : The Journal really owned the Christie story

Kristen Hare, Poynter: “For Bergen Record’s reporting, public records requests are the ‘the go-to tool’

'Duty' of the Gates memoir

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates released his memoirs this week.  It has some harsh criticisms for President Barack Obama and his administration. Is the book a betrayal of the president? Should the publishing have been delayed until after troops left Afghanistan?

CBS Sunday Morning: “Robert Gates’s Duty

Sarah Chayes, Los Angeles Times: “Robert Gates’ failure of duty

David Jackson, USA Today: “McCain: Gates should have delayed book

Howard Kurtz, Fox News Channel: “Robert Gates’ Bombshell Book: Tell-all a betrayal of the president

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (ret.), Fox News: “What Gates’ book get right, wrong about Obama, Biden, Afghanistan

David Weigel, Slate: “The funniest part of Robert Gates’ very serious new memoir

The talk around Ailes biography

Gabriel Sherman's new biography of Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes also hit bookstores this week.  The profile paints the executive as a controlling force behind the conservative news network --  and the Republican party.

Julie Bosman & Bill Carter, New York Times: “Biography casts critical light on Fox News chief

Ananalisa Quinn, NPR: “Book News: Biography of Fox’s Roger Ailes alleges sexism, anti-semitism

David Freedlander, The Daily Beast: “Fox’s war against Ailes biographer

Michael O’Connell, Hollywood Reporter: “Roger Ailes fights back: CNN ‘out of business’; Megyn Kelly critics ‘jealous’; Dismisses new book (Q & A)

Tom Kludt, Talking Points Memo: “Author to Ailes: “No, my book was properly fact checked

David Carr, New York Times: “Roger Ailes’s permanent pushback campaign

Brian Lowery, Variety: “CNN’s Reliable Sources’ tackles Fox News chief biography, while Howard Kurtz ignores it

Getting answers in West Virgina

Water is flowing again in West Virginia and people there are being told it's safe to drink again.  Last week's chemical spill left with more than 300,000 people under a "do not use" order for more than five days.  By Friday night, reporters were tired, fed up and likely thirsty -- just like their audience.

WCHS: “Charleston public relations firm will no longer represent Freedom Industries

Who's that man?

A Pew Reseach Center poll indicates only 27% of Americans could identify a photo of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. That's a steep decline from decades ago.

Rob Suls, Pew Research Center: “Who is this man? Many Americans don’t recognize top news anchor

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