Views Preview: Sinclair Broadcast Group Asks Employees to Donate to PAC

Feb 14, 2018

Sinclair Broadcast Group has asked its news directors to consider donating personal funds to the company’s political action committee to help fund its lobbying efforts. Is it a conflict of interest to pay to lobby the leaders you’re covering? 

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “Sinclair Broadcast Group solicits its news directors for its political fundraising efforts

Stephen Cohen, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “KOMO owner Sinclair asks workers to give to political fund

Jacqueline Thomsen, The Hill: “Sinclair asks news directors to donate to political action committee

Shane Savitsky, Axios: “Sinclair asks its news directors for political contributions”

Al Tompkins, Poynter: “Sinclair says asking news directors for PAC contributions isn’t a conflict of interest

Scott Jones, FTV Live: “I can’t believe that Sinclair is doing this!

Scott Jones, FTV Live: “Sinclair posting on employee’s social media as them

Nunes’s news site

David Siders, POLITICO: “Devin Nunes creates his own alternative news site

Rebecca Savransky, The Hill: “Nunes creates own media analysis outlet to deliver ‘news, sports, and analysis’

Ed Mazza, HuffPost: “GOP lawmaker Devin Nunes reportedly made his own fake news website

Journalist Protection Act

Jackie Wattles, CNN: “Congressman says his Journalist Protection Act is needed now

Jonathan Peters, Columbia Journalism Review: “The time is right for the Journalist Protection Act. But we need a federal shield law

Christopher Fox Graham, Sedona Red Rock News: “Shield law more valuable than federal charges

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Russia & the 2015 Protests  

Rudy Keller, Columbia Daily Tribune: "Report: Russia sparked fear at the University of Missouri during 2015 protests"

Jared Preier, Strategic Studies Quarterly: "Commanding the trend: Social media as information warfare"

When reality tv makes news

Daniel D’addario, Time: “Omarosa is getting everything she wanted out of Celebrity Big Brother after her White House exit

Madeline Farber, Fox News: “Omarosa’s journey from Trump aide to ‘Big Brother’ star and beyond

James Poniewozik, New York Times: “On ‘Big Brother,’ America gets the reality-tv politics it deserves

Brianne Tracy, People: “Why Celebrity Big Brother’s Omarosa ‘would be worried’ if ‘extreme’ Mike Pence became president

Maegan Vazquez, CNN: “Omarosa warns ‘Big Brother’ housemates: Pence is worse than Trump

Piers Morgan, Daily Mail: “The wife-beater, the witch and the White House: Why the hell did Trump ever tell Rob Porter and Omarosa ‘you’re hired’?

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All eyes on PyeongChang

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Fox News eliminates column by network executive blasting Olympic diversity as ‘darker, gayer, different’

Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter: “Fox News removes exec’s ‘darker, gayer’ Olympics column after uproar

Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times: “Fox News removes a top executive’s column on Olympic team diversity

Sydney Smith, iMediaEthics: “Fox News deletes ‘darker, gayer, different’ Olympics column by exec editor John Moody

Rick Maese, Washington Post: “Trying to make Team USA look more like America

Caroline Scott, journalism.co.uk: “The Washington Post’s latest augmented reality game brings the Winter Olympics into your living room

Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times: “NBC’s ‘Today’ hopes for morning ratings glory at the Winter Olympics

Ricardo Bilton, Nieman Journalism Lab: “With its new Olympics texting experiment, the Times is saying goodbye to SMS, hello to personalization

Frank Pallotta, CNN Money: “Winter Olympics opening ceremony ratings slip up just a bit for NBC

Avi Selk, Washington Post: “NBC apologizes to Koreans for Olympics coverage that praised Japan’s brutal occupation

Jung Min-ho, The Korea Times: “NBC analyst under fire in Korea over ignorant comment

Cristiano Lima, POLITICO: “Critics pan media’s positive coverage of North Korea at Olympics

Pete Vernon, Columbia Journalism Review: “Journalists don’t just stick to sports in Olympics coverage

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Adelson on Netanyahu

Josh Breiner & Revital Hovel, Haaretz: “Israel police recommend charging Prime Minister Neyanyahu with bribery in two cases

David M. Halfbfinger & Isabel Kershner, New York Times: “Netanyahu should be charged with bribery and fraud, Israeli police say

Debra Kamin, Variety: “Israeli police recommend Arnon Milchan, Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with bribery

Joshua Keating, Slate: “So is Bibi Netanyahu finally getting indicted or what?

Loveday Morris & Ruth Eglash, Washington Post: “Israeli police recommend indictment of Netanyahu on corruption charges

Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post: “Sheldon Adelson exposes cold shoulder to former friend Netanyahu

Unilever: Clean it up

Charles Riley, CNN: “Unilever to Facebook and Google: Clean up ‘swamp’ or we’ll pull ads

Brett Samuels, The Hill: “Unilever threatens to pull ads from online ‘swamp’ of fake news, extremism

John Battelle, NewCo Shift: “Do big advertisers even matter to the platforms?

Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times: “YouTube vamped its ad system. AT&T still hasn’t returned.

Costs to use the Oxford comma

Daniel Victor, New York Times: “Oxford comma dispute is settled as Maine drivers get $5 million

Hayley Glatter, Boston Magazine: “Maine dairy company settles lawsuit over Oxford comma