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    Edward Snowden and His Friends

    Edward Snowden, the self-glamorizing leaker of National Security Agency secret programs, is still holed up in an airport in Moscow, where he’s been stuck for two weeks. The United States has warned Russia and other countries not to let him travel by air. Snowden is hoping to make it to … More

    How Many "Friends" Does the State Department Really Have?

    A new State Department inspector general’s report accuses State of buying friends—or, more precisely, boosting its “likes” on Facebook to up to 2 million—by spending taxpayer dollars on Internet advertising to the tune of $630,000. This is definitely not your father’s State Department at work. Apparently having trouble driving traffic … More

    Pew Study Reveals 5–1 Bias for Same-Sex Marriage in Media Coverage

    Media stories supporting redefinition of marriage outnumbered stories with the opposite viewpoint by almost five to one, according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center. The study examined over 1,080 online, print, television, and radio stories from March 18—one week before the Supreme Court began hearing oral … More

    Q&A on the NSA Leak

    Recent reports indicate that a government contract employee leaked the details of a classified National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program to the media. We asked James Carafano, who authored a book on Washington’ s use of contractors, Private Sector, Public Wars, what to make of these recent revelations. Is it … More

    DOJ Blows a "Chill" Wind Through the Media

    In recent days, it has been disclosed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) subpoenaed telephone records from Fox News reporters, including chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, and obtained a search warrant for the content of Rosen’s email in connection with another leak investigation. State Department adviser Stephen Jin-Woo Kim has … More

    Radio Liberty Journalists in Moscow to See Justice Done

    The fired journalists of Radio Liberty’s (RL) Moscow office are finally seeing a deep injustice reversed. Following a visit to Moscow, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) members Susan McCue and Michael Meehan announced: Given the rapidly shrinking independent media across Russia over the past few months, we have asked the … More

    Social Media and the Boston Attack: The Good, the Bad, and the Confused

      Reddit, the website that styles itself the Internet’s front page, apologized yesterday to the people hurt by its overhasty attempts to capture the Boston bombers last week. Administrators are publically regretting the “online witch hunts” caused by overeager armchair investigators across the Internet. In this, clearly, lies a cautionary … More

    Congress to Broadcasting Agency: Is Anyone Listening to Us?

    U.S. international broadcasting strategy again landed under congressional scrutiny in Wednesday’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. Representative Brad Sherman (D–CA) wanted to know why the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) ignored the congressional mandate to keep broadcasting to Pakistan in several local languages. In spite of a specific $1.5 million … More

    Head Start: Reporters Need to Ask the White House the Obvious Question

    A rigorous and large-scale experimental evaluation, conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), finds that the federal Head Start program has essentially no lasting cognitive or behavioral benefits. The results clearly call into question the federal government’s $8 billion per year commitment to the program. Far from … More

    Sentimental Journey: Obama, Clinton and "60 Minutes"

    There is no other way to say it: “60 Minutes” blew it. Steve Kroft’s interview with President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, broadcast Sunday night, was mushy, sentimental, and oh so easy-going. As for news… it elicited practically no information about Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of … More