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Friday, May 26, 2017

Jeff Bezos, owner of Washington Post and Amazon, adds to his already overpowering bully pulpit, gives $1 million to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, largest personal contribution in the group's 46 year history-Editor and Publisher, 5/24/17

May 24, 2017, "Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Announces $1 Million Gift From Jeff Bezos," press release, via Editor and Publisher

"On Tuesday, at the Freedom of the Press Awards, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced a $1 million gift — the largest personal contribution in the organization’s 46-year history — from Amazon Chief Executive Officer and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos....

Charles Gibson, former host of Good Morning America and ABC World News with Charles Gibson emceed the event, which raised a total of $1.9 million for the Reporters Committee and its mission ensure a robust and vibrant free press by offering pro bono legal support to journalists and newsrooms. 

The Freedom of the Press Awards — recognizing career achievements in protecting press freedom — were given to Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, former Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of the Associated Press Kathleen Carroll, ProPublica Executive Chairman Paul Steiger, and the Media and First Amendment practice of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

Attendees also heard from the New York Times Deputy General Counsel David McCraw who penned the letter that later went viral responding to a threat from then-candidate Donald Trump of a libel suit.

“When we stand up for freedom of the press, it is not just about standing up for news organizations and their journalism,” McCraw said in his remarks. “It is about standing up for people who depend on us to give them the truth and to give them a voice.” 

Major sponsors of the dinner included the Washington Post, Google, Microsoft, Davis Wright Tremaine, the Associated Press, AOL Inc., Meryl Streep, and Richard and Carole Rifkind."...
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3 comments to above at Editor and Publisher
 
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"Peter Adler

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"Ron Roenigk
May 24, 2017 at 10:42 am
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The Washington Post is no longer a newspaper, it is a lobbying tool. Talk about big money in politics, how abut buying the D.C. hometown newspaper to push your Amazon agenda?
I lost faith in the WaPo and no longer trust their reporting on anything having to do with Washington D.C. They are agenda driven."


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"Peter Adler
May 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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Precisely! the wapo introduced reporting using unnamed (and thus uncheckable) sources long time ago …
 
they have been also claiming that they introduced investigative reporting … not so: any good reporting must be investigative … otherwise you might as well just publish news releases and be done with it …


besides, even though i never agreed with his world view, i recall a german-writing czech journalist named egon erwin kisch … that’s the guy who made investigative reporting his bread and butter: at the beginning of the 20th century …
 

as you stated perfectly, they are agenda-driven, and that is NOT journalism …
 
after more than a half of a century in this business, i have developed a definition: reporters are those who report news, journalists are those who think THEY are the news … and that’s what wapo has become"…



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