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Steve Forbes, John Kerry Call Attention to Journalist’s Unsolved Murder

Will the July 9, 2004 murder in Moscow of rising Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov ever be solved? It’s hard to say.

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On Wednesday, Forbes Media CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes sent out several tweets marking the tenth anniversary of the crime, including the message above. And from Washington D.C., Secretary of State John Kerry issued a powerful statement, which began as follows:

Ten years ago today, an American journalist was shot and killed as he left his Moscow office. Paul Klebnikov did more than write about politics and business in Russia. He was a voice of conscience in the fight against corruption.

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New York Times on Publishing Government Leaks: ‘That’s Our Job’

The New York Times has recently come under fire by members of Congress for publishing stories that they felt compromised national security. As Politico notes, when the Times ran stories on President Obama’s “kill list” and backing of cyber attacks, John Kerry said “there is a serious question whether or not [the Times articles] served our interest and whether the public had to know.” Others Senators who called out the Times include John McCain, Peter King and Lindsay Graham. The Times’ Dean Baquet was quick to defend the paper.

“Both the rise and use of drones, and the increased use of cyberwarfare, are the kinds of issues that we have a public service mission to surface so they can be part of a national debate,” Baquet, the paper’s managing editor, told The Huffington Post. “That’s our job.”

Baquet went on to nail the Times’ critics for, well, for doing what politicians do best. “I wonder if only Washington is having the debate about [the stories'] timing, as opposed to what they actually said,” he pondered.

Huffington Post Defends Itself: An Analysis

Former DCist.com unpaid contributor, current paid editor of Huffington Post’s Eat the Press -  the man with the best name for a blogger ever – Jason Linkins has written a post titled “How The Huffington Post Works (In Case You Were Wondering).”

Linkins writes:

This is how it all works. Yes, The Huffington Post is like a public square, for conversation. But that’s been built and maintained by people who work at it every single day, at all hours. We’re glad to have created that space, and we’re overjoyed that it gets filled every day, and we’re happy to promote the writing of others. But the building and the maintaining and the promoting of that space for people to play — that’s takes daily work, and that’s a big part of what I’m paid to do.

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UC Irvine Adds to Social Media Curriculum

Social media is busting out all over. Mark Zuckerberg is TIME Magazine‘s Person of the Year; Twitter just got $200 million; and UC Irvine Extension is offering three new online social media marketing courses in January.

Caitlin Adams at OC Metro has the details. By far the most intriguing is the one to be taught by Dr. Pamela Rutledge, Director of Boston’s Media Psychology Research Center, and Bonnie Buckner (pictured), CEO of LA’s MicroFocus Media.

“Transmedia Marketing Through Storytelling” explores the concept of 360-degree marketing through multiple media… The course will examine the new phenomenon of transmedia storytelling, the psychology behind creating audience engagement and the challenges the marketing strategy poses to more traditional business models.

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Michael Moore Puts Democrats On Notice

Didn’t hear much from Michael Moore in the run up to the recent mid-term elections. But he’s back now, reminding Democrats that they still control the Senate and the presidency and to stop acting like such sad sacks. Moore went on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell yesterday to float a petition warning the Democrats to push an actual agenda in the next two years, instead of running to the center to save their asses.

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Boston Globe Reporters Rally to Save Their Paper

boston-globe-logo.jpgWith the Boston Globe potentially facing an imminent demise, Globe reporters and the Boston Newspaper Guild have teamed with local politicans to host a rally at noon “in support of saving the Boston Globe.” The event was billed as featuring “journalists and business staff” from the paper, along with Boston City Council President Mike Ross and union leaders. At the rally, members of the public were invited to sign a petition saying they are “committed to saving the Boston Globe from the threat of closure.”

This morning, the Globe’s crosstown rival, the Boston Herald, published a story claiming that the rally raises “concerns about potential conflicts” because the Guild organized the event with the powerful Boston lobbying firm O’Neill and Associates and sought the participation of area politicians. Massachusetts State Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei told the Herald that he was invited to attend, but “would feel uncomfortable.” The Herald also spoke with Poynter Institute scholar Bob Steele, who said it “puts pressure on the principle of journalistic independence,” when reporters ask politicians for support. Massachusetts senator John Kerry has also spoken out in support of the Globe, calling for Senate committee hearings on the future of the newspaper industry in response to the crisis.

Earlier today, we spoke with Scott Allen, an investigative reporter who’s been at the Globe for almost 17 years, to get his take on the mood in the newsroom…

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Douglas Frantz Gets Interviewed By NYT in the Presence of a Press Aide

FrantzDougbwbigweb.jpgFormer LAT managing editor Douglas Frantz got hired by Senator John Kerry to be chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Nice cushy government job for Frantz…heard he gets retirement bennies and even dental.

Anyway, there was a piece in the NYT about these journalists getting jobs in the Obama Administration. Here’s the excerpt about Frantz:

Mr. Frantz, who left The Los Angeles Times as it was changing owners in 2007, said he was ready for a career change. But he acknowledged, “If the newspaper industry were more robust, I would hope to still be managing editor of The Los Angeles Times.”

With a press aide for Mr. Kerry monitoring the interview – the sort of arrangement that annoys reporters – Mr. Frantz said he did not view his new job as promoting any partisan aim.

“Pursuing the truth is apolitical,” he said.

You know what else annoys reporters? Having to do the government’s job for them.

John Kerry Pillages LAT for Staff

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Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has hired former LAT managing editor Douglas Frantz to be the chief investigator for said committee.

The LAT reports:

Frantz was the managing editor of The Times from 2005 to 2007 and has also been an investigative reporter for The Times, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. He was the Istanbul, Turkey, bureau chief for the New York Times and a reporter there for the Los Angeles Times.

Which leads us to ask: Are there any jobs that aren’t in the government anymore?!

The Huffington Post’s World Page to Highlight ‘Global Stories and Voices’

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FBNY has more details on The Huffington Post‘s newly launched World News page. According to HuffPo the page will include content from “editorial partners with correspondents in more than 50 countries” as well as “foreign policy experts and advocates.” Says Arianna: “As the recent Mumbai attacks made so painfully clear, the international community is now more interconnected than ever, and readers around the world are keen to know what’s happening beyond their borders.”

Some of the bloggers participating in the launch include: Queen Noor of Jordan, John Kerry, Joseph Nye, Haleh Esfandiari, Yoani Sanchez, Daoud Kuttab, Francisco Toro, and Oleg Kozlovsky. Full details after the jump.

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First Family Becomes First Celebrities

cov-b_16ss.jpg We took it as a joke (and a bad one, at that) when John McCain tried to compare Obama to Paris Hilton, et al. But it turns out Barack Obama‘s presidential win is not only historic for breaking racial barriers and exciting a whole generation of new voters. It’s historic for how — and whom — covered it.

Us Weekly treats the Obamas like the Jolie-Pitts, complete with baby photos and sartorial critiques. Could you imagine an Us Weekly cover featuring John Kerry and Teresa Heinz?

Even Red Carpet Fashion Awards got into the act, going out on a limb to predict the First Lady’s dress designer. (Narciso Rodriguez. Turns out they got it right.)

We’re glad to see the tabs as excited as the rest of the country about this historic day, but we hope this new trend in celeb reporting doesn’t last. It’s one thing to hear what Obama’s family had to say on election night, it’ll be another if they start asking the First Family to weigh in on the latest exploits of Britney Spears.

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