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Morning Media Newsfeed: ISIS Holds Another Journalist | Glasser Named Politico Editor

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ISIS Reportedly Holding Another Journalist Captive (TVNewser)
ISIS released a new video Thursday showing a British journalist as its prisoner. The video, since deleted by YouTube, shows British journalist John Cantlie. HuffPost Cantlie, a former reporter for the Sunday Times, the Sun and the Sunday Telegraph, went missing in Syria in 2012, but was later freed by the Free Syrian Army. Cantlie reportedly then returned to Syria in 2012, along with U.S. journalist James Foley. Foley was beheaded by ISIS in August, a horrific killing that was also recorded and released on video. Reuters In the new roughly three-minute video posted on social media sites, the man identified as Cantlie appears in good health and promises to “convey some facts” in a series of “programs,” suggesting there would be further installments. “Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner. He’s got a gun at his head and he’s being forced to do this.’ Right?” the man in the video, wearing an orange shirt and closely-cropped hair, says. “Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose.” Mashable He delivers a propaganda message to the West, promising to show “the truth” about the jihadists and stop what he calls the “seemingly inevitable sequence of events” that’s taking Western countries to another war in the Middle East. He promises that he will appear in more videos to come. NYT Analysts said that the shift in tone from the previous videos sought to gain maximum exposure and showed how attuned the group is to Western sensibilities in crafting its message. The video, like those before it, seems designed to forestall international military action against the Islamic State. But while the previous videos threatened revenge for attacks, Cantlie’s message seemed crafted to capitalize on reluctance in the West to get involved in a new war. “After two disastrous and hugely unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, why is it that our governments appear so keen to get involved in yet another unwinnable conflict?” he says.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Politico Expanding to Europe | Fox News Defeated in Fair Use Suit

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It’s Official: Politico’s Headed to Brussels (FishbowlDC)
A 12:44 p.m. ET email from Politico president Jim VandeHei confirmed expansion to Europe, joining with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to cover European politics and policy. Capital New York The 50-50 joint venture will cover the European Union as well as “European politics and policy more broadly,” VandeHei and editor-in-chief John Harris told staff in the memo, confirming recent reports that the influential Beltway website and congressional newspaper was eyeing expansion abroad. HuffPost / Backstory Details have not yet been finalized for the new organization, though Politico‘s leadership has been working on the plan throughout the year. VandeHei, Harris and owner Robert Allbritton have met in Brussels with top European journalists and diplomats about the potential launch of Politico Europe, as the outlet is tentatively titled, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media VandeHei and Harris called Axel Springer “Europe’s largest and most powerful media company.” “Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” they wrote. “They do about $3.6 billion in annual revenue and house a number of digital start-ups in their Berlin-based offices. We are excited to join forces with them.” NYT Politico was founded in 2007 and rose quickly to become a player in the world of political reporting. It has recently been considering ways to grow and refine its journalism. Last year, it started a magazine that focused on deeper and more expansive stories. The site also hired an executive editor Rick Berke from The New York Times in October, but he resigned Sunday, citing differences with Harris and VandeHei. Axel Springer, which publishes Bild and Die Welt among others, said last year that it was selling two regional newspapers and several magazines to focus on digital media.

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Rick Berke Leaves NY Times for Politico [Updated]

Rick Berke, who has been with The New York Times since 1986, is leaving the paper to join Politico as its executive editor. David Joachim, Washington Weekend editor for the Times, tweeted the news.

Berke was most recently the Times’ assistant managing editor for news. He started at the Times as a night editor in the paper’s Washington bureau. Berke also served as the Times’ national political correspondent for over 10 years. As a reporter, he covered four presidential campaigns.

Prior to joining the Times, Berke was a reporter for The Baltimore Evening Sun from 1981 to 1986.

Update (1:00 pm):
Below is the memo John Harris, Politico’s editor, sent to staffers announcing Berke’s appointment.

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Politico Reporter Fired for Plagiarism

According to our sister site FishbowlDC, Kendra Marr, a transportation reporter for Politico, has been fired for plagiarism. Marr was let go by Politico after a New York Times reporter came to the site’s Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei with evidence of Marr lifting passages from other publications and presenting them as her own.

According to a Politico memo, Marr’s mistakes were in failing to cite sources:

There were instances of language and ideas published in at least seven of her Politico stories that borrowed without attribution from work that had been published previously in other publications. As we say in the editors’ note, we have found no cases of invention of scenes and quotes. Even so, these examples represented a lapse of our standards that we could not defend or tolerate.

FishbowlDC broke this story last night, so for more details please click through.

Former OC Register Writer Caught in Plagiarism Scandal*

Politico staffer Kendra Marr was forced to resign after seven instances of plagiarism were discovered in her recent work. Marr was outed after a New York Times writer alerted Politico editor-in-chief John Harris to similarities between his/her recent transportation story and Marr’s Politico followup. Harris launched an investigation an subsequently discovered six other instances of reporting and phrasing that was lifted from other stories without attribution. There were no manufactured quotes or invented scenes in Marr’s work, but the offenses were serious enough to force her resignation.

Marr is a California native who previously wrote and worked as a copy editor an intern for the Orange County Register and wrote for the San Jose Mercury News.

Betsy Rothstein at our sister site FishbowlDC got a hold of the Politico editorial honchos’ memo to staff, after the jump.

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The Ethics of Reporting on Rep. Weiner’s Wife’s Pregnancy

For those of you have been following every sordid detail about the Anthony Weiner scandal, one major piece might have caught you off guard: how quickly mainstream media outlets like the New York Times reported that Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin was three months pregnant, based on the word of several sources. It’s a huge story, but normally details like that are left to the tabloid trade. Politico’s On Media takes a look at the difficult decision news outlets faced in reporting this story.

The news that Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant had been known and agonized over in newsrooms, including this one, for more than 24 hours before it was reported on Wednesday night… For the New York Times, which broke the story, the decision was not a quick one. The paper published the story a little after 5 p.m. Wednesday night on its City Room blog after Gawker published an item saying it had heard that Abedin was pregnant.

Phil Corbett, the Times’s standards editor, emailed Politico: “We try to be sensitive to privacy concerns, and we weighed that issue here, too. But Weiner’s problems were obviously a big story, and his actions and words had clearly put himself, his private life and his marriage squarely into the news.”

He also made clear that the decision was the Times‘ own. “We don’t take our cues from Gawker on a story like this.”

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Gregg Birnbaum Joins Politico

After a report on Gawker fueled speculation that he left the New York Post following a heated exchange with editor-in-chief Col Allen, Gregg Birnbaum has found a new home as Politico’s senior editor.  Kat Stoeffel writes that Politico’s editor-in-chief John Harris distributed a memo yesterday that lauded Birnbaum’s talents and took a few shots at the Post.  Birnbaum will be based in New York and his work will cover breaking news.  Read on to see the complete version of Harris’s memo below.

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