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Views Preview: Did the US Labor Secretary Cover Up A Sex Ring?


A bombshell report from the Miami Herald revealed U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta negotiated a plea deal during his time as a federal prosecutor to cover up an underage sex ring. How did the story come together? And, what effect might it have on his place in President Donald Trump’s cabinet?

Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald: “How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime

Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald: “How the Miami Herald investigated Epstein – and his many enablers

Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald: “Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark.

Editorial Board, Miami Herald: “He gave a sexual predator a sweet deal. Alex Acosta is not fit to be attorney general.


Remembering George H.W. Bush

Maureen Dowd, New York Times: “The Patrician President and the reporterette: a screwball story

Michael Cavna, Washington Post: “How this emotional George H. W. Bush cartoon went viral – touching even his family

Kristin Clark Taylor, Washington Post: “I worked in George H.W. Bush’s press office. He was like a father to me.

Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner: “Sam Donaldson critiques Sarah Sanders: George H.W. Bush’s press secretary ‘didn’t try to insult reporters’

Jon Allsop, Columbia Journalism Review: “In Bush coverage, the media finds another foil for Trump

Andrew Restuccia, Politico: “Trump cancels G-20 press conference


The end for Mic

Niraj Chokshi, New York Times: “Mic, a news site for millennials, lays off most of its staff

Matthew Ingram, Columbia Journalism Review: “Mic shuts down, a victim of management hubris and Facebook’s pivot to video

Jill Disis, CNN: “Bustle Digital Group acquires Mic after massive layoffs

Laura Hazard Owens, Nieman Lab: “Mic lays off almost everyone and goes for a last-ditch sale to Bustle

Maxwell Strachan, HuffPost: “Here is the excruciating audio of Mic’s co-founder telling everyone it’s over

Mic Union: Statement

Zeeshan Aleem: “Behind the collapse of Mic: a farewell to algorithms

Todd Spangler, Variety: “Bustle Digital Group acquires Mic following Mic’s massive layoff

The effect of ‘shiny things syndrome’

Julie Posetti, Nieman Lab: “Journalism has a focus problem: How to combat Shiny Things Syndrome

Max Willens, Digiday: “Why ‘news’ for millennials’ media never panned out

Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post: “The digital-media bubble is bursting. That’s hurting a generation to promising young journalists

High school newspaper suspended

Amber Jamieson, BuzzFeed: “A high school newspaper was suspended for publishing an investigation into football players’ transfers

David Ramsey, Arkansas Times: “High school newspaper in Springdale suspended for investigating football transfers

Aris Foley, The Hill: “High school newspaper suspended over ‘disruptive’ investigation into football controversy

Denying Nazis coverage in Little Rock

Al Tompkins, Poynter: “A Little Rock TV station denied Nazis news coverage

Austin Kellerman, KARK-TV: “Nazis coming to Little Rock: Why you haven’t heard much on the news

Sinclair backs away from Boris Epshteyn

Boris Epshteyn, WJLA: “Opinion: The US cannot be intimidated by those using force to enter our country illegally

Niraj Chokshi, New York Times: “Sinclair TV statement defends use of tear gas on migrants at border

Al Tompkins, Poynter: “Sinclair backs away from Boris

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “Sinclair Broadcast gives its pro-Trump analyst a cold shoulder, then rethinks it

Nexstar buys Tribune

Nexstar: “Nexstar Media Group enters into definitive agreement to acquire Tribune Media Company for $6.4B in accretive transaction creating the nation’s largest local television broadcaster and local media company

Carl O’Donnell & Liana B. Baker, Reuters: “Exclusive: Nexstar clinches $4.1 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media – sources

Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting + Cable: “Nexstar announces deal to buy Tribune for $6.4B

Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: “Nexstar to buy Tribune Media for $4.1B, creates giant TV station group

Cynthia Littleton, Variety: “Nexstar makes regulatory case for Tribune acquisition, drawing contrast with Sinclair

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The end of community access tv?

Dan Kennedy, WGBH: “Is community access television on the FCC chopping block?

Eli Sherman, Worcester Telegram: “FCC rule could slash local cable tv programs