Best news application: “HOT DISINFO FROM RUSSIA,” from TEXTY.org.ua. Other winners include The New York Times, the AP, the Netherlands’ Pointer (KRO-NCRV), France’s DISCLOSE, Mexico’s El Universal and PODER, Peru’s OjoPúblico, and the global collaboration behind The Troika Laundromat.
The News Media Alliance says “policymakers should limit the safe harbor exemption within the law that protects tech platforms from being sued for the content that other people post on its site.” That law, CDA 230, also protects news sites from being sued for nefarious behavior in their comments sections. But ah, you see, the feds “should start by limiting the exemption for just the very largest companies who…have the greatest capacities to take legal responsibility for their commercial decisions.”
“On Friday, Feb. 14, a senior executive from Vox Media managed to break into a sports blogger’s Twitter account and change the login credentials, effectively stealing it — and its nearly 10,000 followers — from the 23-year-old sports blogger who created the account and was primarily responsible for growing its following.”
“Little evidence suggests that any new market-driven model can rescue newspapers or sustain the journalism that democracy requires. For many areas across the US, there’s simply no commercial option. The market has failed us. With market failure, journalism’s survival requires public options.”
“Solomon did not report to a specific management official in the newsroom, which was an unusual personnel situation at The Hill…In certain columns, Solomon failed to identify important details about key Ukrainian sources, including the fact that they had been indicted or were under investigation. In other cases, the sources were his own attorneys.”
“At a daily news briefing on Wednesday, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the reporters’ credentials would be revoked in retaliation for a headline on an essay that ran in The Journal’s editorial pages earlier this month. The headline read, ‘China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia.'”
The papers were owned by Cox for decades, but were sold to GateHouse in 2018 (which became Gannett in 2019). “We understand Palm Beach County better than the out-of-state corporate owners, however well-intentioned, who bought our newspapers two years ago. “