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Whoops: Fox News labels esteemed Jewish author a ‘Holocaust Winner’

It’s not the first time Fox News has flubbed an on-screen graphic but it may be the worst. When Fox News host Gretchen Carlson interviewed Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in mid-December, the conservative network made the unfortunate mistake of identifying him as a “Holocaust Winner” on the lower-third portion of…

Chomsky, Singer declare support for WikiLeaks’ Assange

Two distinguished scholars and activists, Noam Chomsky and Peter Singer, signed an open letter to the Prime Minister of Australia on Tuesday, urging the government to condemn calls for Australian citizen and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be assassinated. Peter Singer is an Australian philosopher and Professor of Bioethics at…

Drug company used ghost writers to author work bylined by academics, documents show

According to newly released documents from GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceutical company often paid ghostwriters to pen medical studies, editorials and even a textbook that listed physicians as the authors. The documents—some of which date back to late 1990s—were recently unsealed in litigation over a GlaxoSmithKline product. We saw them after they…

India says writer Arundhati Roy can be prosecuted

NEW DELHI — An Indian court ruled Saturday that award-winning author Arundhati Roy could face prosecution for allegedly speaking out on the disputed region of Kashmir, according to a report. A court in Delhi allowed the registration of a case against Roy and hardline Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani,…

Torture memo author John Yoo compared waterboarding to speeding

Former Justice Department lawyer and ‘torture memo’ author John Yoo compared George W. Bush’s decision to waterboard suspected terrorists to a driver’s decision to go the full speed limit. Yoo used a speeding metaphor to explain that just because he gave George W. Bush the legal justification for the decision…

Pentagon: Our observers made sure publisher destroyed 10,000 books

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said on Monday a publisher has destroyed nearly 10,000 copies of a spy memoir by a former army officer in Afghanistan after officials charged it exposed US military secrets. With Pentagon representatives looking on, St. Martin’s Press pulped the first print run of “Operation Dark Heart”…

Take down that wall: Palin biographer moving out

Sarah Palin can take down the fence. Palin’s neighbor of three months on Wasilla’s Lake Lucille, author Joe McGinniss, is packing his bags and notebooks and leaving Sunday for his home in Massachusetts to write the book he has been researching on the former governor and GOP vice presidential candidate.…

Writer in Palin’s home town out of a job after ‘deadly force’ editorial

An editor in Sarah Palin’s hometown has split from the local newspaper just weeks after he wrote an inflammatory piece about the former governor and her new neighbor, an author who is writing a book about her. Tom Mitchell says his departure from the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in Wasilla has…

‘Jack Meoff’: Google uses vulgar author credit for ABC News reporter

In a Thursday Google News search index detailing reports on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ effort to audit the Federal Reserve, one result stood out a bit more than the rest. In the long lineup of breaking news reports, an entry with a phony, vulgar author credit — “Jack Meoff” — pointed…

Conservative author: Liz Cheney ‘worse than Joe McCarthy’

Liz Cheney is used to drawing the ire of liberals, but her latest attack campaign against the Obama administration has conservatives likening her to one of the most notorious political villains in the last century. Cheney’s political advocacy group “Keep America Safe” this week launched an ad suggesting that a…

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