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Posts Tagged ‘Jamil Hussein’

NYT in 90 Seconds


  • One look at the changes over at Time names the weekly’s ever-slimming look, its new Friday street date and pending employee cuts (is that all?) as the major changes Richard Stengel has initiated in his half-year post at the mag. Patience in its reader base will be key in upcoming months until the redesigns of the magazine and the new Web site— which makes its debut today— are complete.
  • The Politico plows ahead with high aspirations in the midst of a general retreat from Washington coverage forced by the glut of news from the capital city; and to top it off, access to the new venture’s reporting will be free for readers both online and in print.
  • As we’ve noted, bloggers are (still) not appeased by the A.P.’s confirmation of a disputed source used in reports on the violence in Iraq, as this week they’ve shifted their criticism to the fact that the A.P. itself was at the root of the article acknowledging police captain Jamil Hussein, the source in question.
  • WSJ reporter Robert Frank and NYT contributor Robert Frank both will release new books— on the same topic (American wealth) no less— this summer. Not to worry: apparently the writers are “more amused than annoyed” by the coincidental timing.
  • Cole Campbell, one of the earliest newspaper editors to foster the idea of ‘civic journalism,’ died Friday in Reno, Nevada, when his vehicle flipped on an icy road.
  • DirecTV is all set to unveil the Sat-go, a 25-lb mobile satellite and television system projected to retail at over $1,000 bucks a pop starting this spring, today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
  • A story suggests that the ensuing print-Internet court battle being waged in China over violated copyright laws reflects the start of a media war and hints at a possible shift in policies in a country that has long been called a “no man’s land for intellectual property rights.”
  • An email from one of the Times‘ own, a senior editor, may be used in the suit against the paper over columns written about the deadly anthrax mailings back in 2001.
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    AP Finds Iraqi Policeman, Not Everyone’s Happy

    malkin.gifSo, the AP has found the Iraqi policeman they quoted six weeks ago, and — despite US and Iraqi denials — shown he exists. (‘Course, now Jamil Hussein faces punishment for speaking.)

    And former CNN chief and current “Iraq Slogger” co-founder Eason Jordan — who was going to go look for Hussein with a blogger he called “co-president of the Eason Haters’ Club”– tells FishbowlNY: “I’m relieved the dispute about the existence of Jamil Hussein has been resolved. With the benefit of hindsight, I believe all involved in this case could and should have handled it better.”

    The blogger, Michelle Malkin (pictured), says she’s still going to Iraq on a military trip, and tells FishbowlNY she has no regrets over her hammering on the Hussein affair:

    No regrets at all. I hope Jamil Hussein, who lent his name and rank publicly to dozens of Associated Press stories, will talk to journalists other than those employed by the Associated Press about the incidents he has witnessed across Iraq.

    As I stated when I made our plans public, the “Jamil Hussein” story is one important item on our agenda, but not the only one. As bloggers on this story have noted from the beginning, Jamilgate isn’t just about Jamil Hussein. [Fellow blogger] Bryan Preston and I plan to do as much on-the-ground reporting as we can to nail down still unresolved questions. And we are looking forward to reporting first-hand on the security situation in Iraq.

    Jordan, in a separate note to us, wishes Malkin well.


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