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The Somaly Mam Scandal

As you may have heard, it has come to light, following reporting by Simon Marks for the Cambodia Daily and Newsweek, that Somaly Mam — founder of AFESIP (Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Precaire, or “Acting for Women in Distressing Situations”), a Cambodian NGO dedicated to “rescuing, housing and rehabilitating women and children in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam who have…

Derek Jeter gets New Yorker cover

Derek Jeter has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, GQ, ESPN, the Sporting News and even Newsweek during his Hall-of-Fame bound career. And now, he's on the New Yorker.

Libeling The Dead: Newsweek Uncovers Outragous Lies In Marilyn Monroe Bio

Newsweek’s article Pulp Fiction delves into years of blatant lies from best-selling author C. David Heymann about Marilyn Monroe, The Kennedy’s, Elizabeth Taylor and more. The New York Times describes C. David Heymann as a celebrity biographer, trained literary scholar and best-selling author who died in his apartment lobby in May of 2012. Show More Summary

Telluride: Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' leavens a somber story with humor

Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" is about a deathly serious subject -- the Iranian government's 2009 imprisonment of Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari. 

FAIR TV: August 29, 2014

On the show this week: On the day of his funeral, the New York Times declared that Michael Brown was "no angel." We look at that and other shoddy reporting from Ferguson. Plus Newsweek spreads farfetched fear about Ebola and African immigrants, and we look at how often union leaders appear on the Sunday chat shows. (Brace yourself.)

Hollywood Critic: Jon Stewart's Movie Is a 'Sideshow,' Would Vanish With 'Scant Notice' Without Him

Embodying the old Hollywood joke “I’ve always wanted to direct,” Comedy Central star Jon Stewart took an entire summer off last year to direct a film called “Rosewater” about Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahiri being abducted in Iran. In...Show More Summary

Josh Shaw called USC to fix a minor detail in their press release of his made-up story

Newsweek has a story about how Southern Cal was duped into promoting what turned out to be a thoroughly fictitious account of how Josh Shaw injured his ankles. Basically, it boils down to the fact that Shaw was meticulous in weaving his deceitful tale, staying on script through numerous interviews and enlisting family members to […]

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Don't Expect Much - It's The Thursday Before Labor Day Weekend

Governor Jindal is a [Legal] Troll | EdCentral ow.ly/APrXV@l tepe Teacher unions ought to ease up on the gas — @njleftbehind - NewsWorks ow.ly/AQ7YB 5 @greendot [unionized charter] schools make Daily Beast/Newsweek top HS in the nation...Show More Summary

Sofia Vergara Haters -- Just Shut Up!

It's not often I profess to know more than Newsweek or the Chicago Tribune. But I sure as hell do today. A lot is being said about Sofia Vergara's rotating pedestal act at the Emmys. Most of it bad. Very bad. Newsweek and the Chicago Tribune are just a small slice of the pie. Show More Summary

Newsweek's Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering

Newsweek's cover story is built around the idea that illegally imported "bushmeat"--what we would call "wild game" if it were being eaten in the United States--could carry the deadly Ebola virus. But is there any evidence that imported meat could actually carry Ebola? On that score, Newsweek comes up empty.

Journalist Revisits a Celebrity Biographer’s Fraudulent Ways

The late author’s editor would not talk to reporter David Cay Johnson. Neither would Simon & Schuster spokesperson Paul Olewski. But there it is, nonetheless, detailed in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine. The litany of errors and fabrication committed by celebrity biographer C. Show More Summary

Morning Report for August 26, 2014

Hundreds of Turner Broadcasting veterans will be getting buyout offers. (fortune.com) Time’s Ferguson story – shared 4,076 times on Twitter – was the most social of the three newsweeklies. (digiday.com) Cartoonist Matt Bors predicted a he-was-no-angel story about Michael Brown. The cartoon on the right is from August 18. washingtonpost.com) | “No … Read More

Petty Law Enforcement and Its Effect on Ferguson

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Walter Olson writes at Cato's blog on an interesting angle on the background hat went into the people of Ferguson's attitudes about police: Reading through this Newsweek article on he troubled relations between police and residents in Ferguson, Mo. Show More Summary

No Love? The Most Homophobic Countries In The World

The Most Homophobic Countries In The World There are far too many anti-gay governments in the world and places where homophobia is worse than you can imagine. The folks at Newsweek have listed the most homophobic countries in the wo...

Petty Offenses and Police-Community Relations in Ferguson

Walter Olson Reading through this Newsweek article on the troubled relations between police and residents in Ferguson, Mo. before this month’s blowup, this passage jumped out at me: “Despite Ferguson’s relative poverty, fines and court...Show More Summary

Words and Images from Ferguson

Newsweek reporter Alexander Nazaryan traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, to report on the days of unrest and protest that followed the shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer. He brought back quotes from residents and protesters. “I can’t sleep at night,” a woman standing just a few feet away from where [...]

R.I.P. Producer Peter McAlevey

The man who teamed with Michael Douglas to launch Columbia-based production outfit Stonebridge Entertainment died today of cancer in L.A. Peter McAlevey was 58. The Suffern, NY, native was working as a Newsweek entertainment writer when Jeffrey Katzenberg recruited him to the new Disney team. Show More Summary

Five Suspected Ebola Victims Found in Albania

Newsweek is reporting that five immigrants out of 40 who were arrested in Albania on Thursday have shown signs of symptoms of Ebola, according to the Macedonian newspaper Vecer. Albanian police believe the five immigrants arrived from Eritrea by illegally emigrating to Europe through Greece. Show More Summary

PBS MediaShift’s ‘Mediatwits’ Asks ‘How Far Does Plagiarism Go in the Age of BuzzFeed?’

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Following instances of plagiarism at BuzzFeed and The New York Times in recent weeks, PBS MediaShift executive editor Mark Glaser pulled together POLITICO’s Dylan Byers, The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, Newsweek’s Alex Leo and Poynter’s...Show More Summary

Yes, this police blotter item is B.S.

This Dan’s Papers police blotter item was all over social media yesterday, and followed up today with another fake piece about the “chaos” caused by this “crime.” Newsweek’s Zach Schonfeld points out: There is no such “reality TV star” named Sergio Eisalat. The blurb bears no mention of the TV show he stars in, a … Read More

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