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InlandPolitics: Is The Sun in the county’s pocket or what?

The Sun

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County’s pocket?

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InlandPolitics: Newspaper decline continues

newspaper

Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The sad steady decline in newspaper circulation continues to pressure publications nationwide, and in the Inland Empire.

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LATimes: O.C. Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise lay off 100 employees

Orange County Register

The Press-Enterprise

Orange County Register Publisher Richard Mirman said in a memo to employees that layoffs at the Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise are part of an attempt “to ‘right size’ the business back to appropriate levels.”

Freedom Communications lays off 100 employees
By Tiffany Hsu contact the reporter

Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise, is laying off about 100 non-newsroom employees Wednesday.

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The Hill: Networks won’t air Obama speech

The Hill

By Ben Kamisar, Jesse Byrnes and Justin Sink
11/19/14 – 06:19 PM EST

Three major networks will not air President Obama’s prime-time address Thursday outlining his executive actions on immigration.

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LATimes: O.C. Register asks reporters to help deliver its newspapers

Orange County Register

Newspaper boxes outside the Orange County Register in Santa Ana. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

By Andrew Khouri
November 14, 2014

The Orange County Register is now asking its reporters and other staff members to deliver papers.

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InlandPolitics: Local newsroom troubles again

Editing

Monday, November 10, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

More troubles emerge in a local Inland Empire newsroom.

Once again, pressure is being exerted to kill or undermine stories affecting certain politicos.

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CapitolWeekly: TV losing ground, web gaining for political news

Capitol Weekly

By JOHN HOWARD
Posted 10.27.2014

Californians’ reliance on TV for their political news is declining, while an increasing number of people are using the Internet for political coverage, according to a report from the Public Policy Institute of California.

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NYPost: Ex-CBS reporter’s book reveals how liberal media protects Obama

CBS THIS MORNING

By Kyle Smith
October 25, 2014 | 5:12pm

Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so.

When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about reinforcements sent to the Benghazi compound during the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “I give up, Sharyl . . . I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess.”

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NYTimes: For Aaron Kushner, a Difficult Foray Into Newspapers

Freedom Communications

By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY
OCT. 19, 2014

Ever since the entrepreneur Aaron Kushner bought into the newspaper business two years ago, he has generated a steady stream of headlines — about himself.

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LATimes: Los Angeles Times sues O.C. Register alleging breach of contract

Aaron Kushner

The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit against the Orange County Register, owned by Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications, alleging breach of contract. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

By Shan Li
October 14, 2014

The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Orange County Register, accusing the embattled newspaper of breach of contract and failure to pay more than $2 million in delivery fees.

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LATimes: Los Angeles Register ceases publication five months after debut

Los Angeles Register

Orange County Register co-owner Aaron Kushner, announced Monday night the closure of the 5-month-old Los Angeles Register.

By Andrew Khouri
September 22, 2014

The Los Angeles Register, which launched in April as part Aaron Kushner’s bold bet on print newspapers, will cease publication, effective immediately.

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LATimes: Owner of L.A. Daily News and other local newspapers exploring sale

For Sale

By Andrew Khouri
September 12, 2014

Digital First Media, the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News and other newspapers across the country, said it will explore the sale of its publications.

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WashPost: A majority of Americans say Obama’s presidency is a ‘failure’

Barack Obama

By Aaron Blake
September 9, 2014 at 6:00 AM

A majority of Americans and even many Democrats consider President Obama’s tenure to be a “failure,” according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.

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NYTimes: Print Is Down, and Now Out

newspaper-future

Media Companies Spin Off Newspapers, to Uncertain Futures

By DAVID CARRAUG. 10, 2014

A year ago last week, it seemed as if print newspapers might be on the verge of a comeback, or at least on the brink of, well, survival.

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AP: 5 things to know from the AP-GfK poll on politics

Elections

By JENNIFER AGIESTA
Associated Press
Aug 7, 2014 – 3:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds the nation dissatisfied with what Congress and President Barack Obama have done lately, and few expect much more after the midterm elections. Here’s a look at five things to know from the poll.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Monday, July 21, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Monday morning. In case you missed it!

Jerry Brown for President?

We’ll start off with this morning’s humor.

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InlandPolitics: Readers question local newspaper tactics again

question-mark

Sunday, June 22, 2014 – 01:00 p.m.

It would appear local Inland Empire newspapers need to make a choice.

Either adopt the true purpose of a newspaper and be a public watchdog, or become a sock puppet!

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Friday, June 20, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Friday morning, in case you missed it!

Romney tops New Hampshire straw poll

With the Presidential Election a little more than two years off, the finger-in-the-water polling has started.

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LATimes: Dozens at O.C. Register apply for buyouts as layoffs at newspaper loom

Los Angeles Register

In the last 10 months, Orange County Register parent Freedom Communications Inc. purchased the Riverside Press-Enterprise and launched two new papers, the Long Beach Register and Los Angeles Register. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

Stuart Pfeifer
June 9, 2014

Dozens of veteran journalists have applied for voluntary buyouts at the Orange County Register, and those who haven’t are bracing for layoffs in the latest sign that the daily paper’s expansion is faltering.

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OCRegister: Register owner announces cutbacks

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BY MARY ANN MILBOURN / STAFF WRITER
Published: June 3, 2014 Updated: 5:27 p.m.

The owner of the Orange County Register on Tuesday announced a major restructuring that includes staff furloughs, voluntary newsroom buyouts, layoffs and the consolidation of the company’s Long Beach newspaper with the Los Angeles Register six days a week.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: State policies exacerbate poverty by raising living costs

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am

CNN, the television news network, offers a handy website calculator that allows a user to compare the cost-of-living differentials among the nation’s towns and cities.

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InlandPolitics: CD-41: Conservative Democrat on Democrat violence

KTIE 590 Logo

Friday, May 30, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

Conservative Democrat Veronica Franco (D) lashes out on Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) on The Lou Desmond Show, broadcast on San Bernardino-based KTIE-AM 590, Thursday evening (5/29/14).

To hear the interview in the second segment of the podcast, click the following link: The Lou Desmond Show

InlandPolitics: Commentary: Editorial endorsement intrigue?

Press-Enterprise

The Sun

inland valley daily bulletin

 

Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

We don’t don’t take a much stock in the endorsments and opinions of the local editorial pages.

But one has to wonder about the state of, and reasoning behind, current local political endorsements.

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SFChronicle: Only-in-CA GOP gov shock jock debate: voters, you deserve better

Carla Marinucci

Posted on Thursday, May 15 at 11:13pm | By Carla Marinucci

Maybe it was fitting that California’s two Republican gubernatorial candidates, Neel Kashkari and San Bernardino County Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, held their first and only debate in the equivalent of a clown car — a shock jock radio show.

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KNBC

Wednesday, May 14, 214 – 09:00 a.m.

As previously discussed here. Los Angeles news outlets have started coverage of the unfolding investigation into deputy-on-prisoner abuse allegations at San Bernardino County jail facilities.

To view the news feed from Los Angeles-based KNBC TV-4, click the following link:

Federal Lawsuit: San Bernardino County Deputies “Tortured” Inmates

InlandPolitics: Grover Merritt appears on KTIE-AM 590

KTIE 590 Logo

Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 08:20 a.m.

San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney and candidate, Grover Merritt, was a guest on the Lou Desmond Show on KTIE-AM 590, Wednesday evening (4/30).

The 30-minute segment was fast paced. Also participating in the discussion was Ralph Rossum, Professor of Criminal and Constitutional Law at Claremont McKenna College.

To listen to the podcast, click the here.

ALADS

Corina Knoll
April 30, 2014, 7:50 p.m.

Months after it unsuccessfully sought to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information gleaned from officers’ personnel files, a union representing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies has been ordered to pay the newspaper more than $41,000 in legal fees.

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From left, Rachel Luna, Paul Penzella, Jim Steinberg and Jessica Keating.

Posted: 04/16/14, 4:48 PM PDT |

Four Los Angeles News Group staff members were honored with two prestigious Sigma Delta Chi awards Wednesday for excellence in journalism.

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LAObserved: Register arrives as Tribune undercuts the Times

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By Kevin Roderick | April 14, 2014 1:10 AM

The Orange County Register on Sunday published a staff photo from this week’s new addition to the Los Angeles County newspaper scene — the LA Register, due Wednesday — and a story detailing some of the plans: 50-60 pages weekdays, 80-90 pages on Sundays, with Register sports coverage and a staff of 40 covering news in the Los Angeles area. The paper will be sold in 5,500 retail locations, the OCR story says, “including grocery and convenience stores and on news racks. The paper will cost $1.50 weekdays and $2 on weekends. Home delivery is expected to begin in May.” The story is outside the pay wall — as I have to assume LA coverage will be, at least at first.

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LATimes: Tribune newspaper unit to pay up to $275 million in spinoff

Tribune

Tribune Publishing, which will own the L.A. Times and seven other newspapers, will pay a dividend of up to $275 million to parent Tribune Co. when it is spun off this year.

By Walter Hamilton and Jim Puzzanghera
April 11, 2014, 10:42 p.m.

Tribune Co.’s newspaper unit will pay a dividend of up to $275 million to its parent when it is spun off later this year, according to a government filing.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Eloise Gomez Reyes takes your questions via MSNBC

Eloise Gomez Reyes

Eloise Gomez Reyes

March 18, 2014

Got something you want to ask Democratic congressional candidate Eloise Gomez Reyes? MSNBC wants to help you out.

The cable network with a liberal-leaning reputation is seeking questions for Gomez Reyes, one of four Democrats in the 31st Congressional District race.

To read entire story by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

VVDailyPress: New owners take over Daily Press, Desert Dispatch

Sold

March 02, 2014 3:37 PM
Staff Reports

NEW YORK • The Daily Press, the Desert Dispatch and a handful of local weekly newspapers have been sold to New Media Investment Group, the largest owner of newspapers in the country.

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LATimes: NBC’s Maria Shriver won’t step down to support brother’s campaign

Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver watches her older brother, Bobby Shriver, address supporters at a campaign event in Santa Monica. (Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times / February 22, 2014)

By Catherine Saillant
February 22, 2014, 7:35 p.m.

NBC correspondent Maria Shriver said she sees no need to step down from her news job while campaigning for her brother, Bobby Shriver, a candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies lawyer to appear on local radio show

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Wednesday, Fenruary 19, 2014 – 04:15 p.m.

Riverside-based Attorney Rajan Maline, one of the criminal defense lawyers in the well-publicized Colonies case, will be a guest on the Lou Desmond Show, this evening from 06:30 – 07:00 p.m.

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The Sun: Comcast, Time Warner Cable deal raises concerns

Comcast

FILE – This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company’s vehicles, in Pittsburgh. Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, or $158.82 per share, in a deal that would combine the top two cable TV companies in the nation, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced formally. An announcement is set for Thursday morning, Feb. 13, 2014, the person said. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

By Gregory J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/13/14, 9:19 PM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

The $45.2 billion merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable, the nation’s two biggest cable providers, will likely draw an intense review from federal regulators, while TWC customers could see new technology and improved service, officials said Thursday..

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InlandPolitics: Rush Limbaugh lands at KTIE-AM 590

Rush Limbaugh

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Salem Broadcasting owned and operated radio station KTIE-AM 590 (San Bernardino) has picked up the Rush Limbaugh Show.

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The PE: INDUSTRY: Layoffs at P-E

The Press-Enterprise

January 15, 2014; 10:35 PM

The new owners of The Press-Enterprise announced plans Wednesday to lay off 39 back-office, newsroom, information technology and production workers as part of a restructuring of Inland Southern California’s largest daily newspaper.

To read storyby Mary Ann Milbourn in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Hill: Christie, Clinton tied in new presidential poll

The Hill

December 27, 2013, 07:49 am
By Peter Sullivan

A new CNN poll finds that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are essentially tied in a potential 2016 presidential matchup.

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CNN: Poll: GOP has edge in early midterm indicator

Campaigns

December 26th, 2013 – 09:00 AM ET
Posted by CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser

Washington (CNN) – Democrats have lost their advantage and Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress, according to a new national poll.

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InlandPolitics: The slow news cycle is in full swing

News Cycle

Sunday, December 22, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.

The holiday news cycle slow down is in full swing.

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LATimes: Freedom Communications plans to launch Los Angeles Register

Freedom Communications

The Los Angeles Register, which is expected to launch next year, would be a stand-alone newspaper separate from Freedom’s Orange County Register.

By Andrea Chang
December 12, 2013, 8:32 p.m.

Freedom Communications Inc., the owner of the Orange County Register, is crossing the northern border once again, this time to launch the Los Angeles Register sometime next year.

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Guns

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds a quarter would be “very pleased” to extend checks to gun shows and Internet sales.(Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

UTC | NJ Congressional Connection Poll Coverage
By Peter Bell
December 6, 2013

A majority of Republican and Republican-leaning men, 53 percent, would be “very pleased” or “somewhat pleased” if legislation requiring universal background checks on all gun sales was passed by Congress and signed by the president, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.

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LATimes: Clear Channel moving Rush Limbaugh from KFI to revamped KTLK

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

By Ryan Faughnder
December 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Rush Limbaugh’s radio tirades will have a new home on Los Angeles airwaves next year.

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The Press-Enterprise

By Jim Romensko
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

In late November, Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications bought the Riverside Press-Enterprise from A.H. Belo. The new owner on Monday dismissed P-E editor Nels Jensen, who tells his Facebook friends that “I understand his decision” and “I am oddly at peace with this.” Mike Coronado, an Orange County Register editor and former P-E reporter, replaces Jensen.

To read the post, click here.

The Guardian

Surveillance

Defends paper’s role in publishing Edward Snowden leaks
By Denver Nicks – @DenverNicks
Dec. 03, 20133 Comments

The Guardian has published only one percent of the leaked documents it received from former NSA contractor and famed leaker Edward Snowden, the newspaper’s editor said Tuesday.

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NationalJournal: Poll: Americans Want Washington Focused on Jobs, Not Health

National Journal

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds least popular priorities are reducing deficit, repealing Obamacare.

By Alex Roarty
December 2, 2013

More than anything else, voters would be happiest if Congress and President Obama focused on creating jobs, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. And they don’t care if lawmakers use Republican or Democratic ideas to do so.

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InlandPolitics: What’s wrong with this headline?

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Monday, December 2, 2013 – 08:45 a.m.

In Monday’s Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

“Three Adelanto prisoners targeted for release have criminal records”

Ya think?????

Healthcare.gov Down

By Noel Sheppard | December 1, 2013 | 12:04

A really funny thing happened Sunday morning when the folks at CNN’s New Day tried to open a health insurance account at the newly upgraded ObamaCare website.

To read entire post, click here.

The PE: PUBLISHING: Mike Burns named publisher of The Press-Enterprise

Press-Enterprise

November 22, 2013

Mike Burns, senior vice president of sales at the Orange County Register, has been named publisher of The Press-Enterprise, Freedom Communications owner Aaron Kushner announced.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Will ownership change alter newspapers content, reporting?

The Press-Enterprise

Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

The deal for Freedom Communications to purchase The Press-Enterprise newspaper, from A.H. Belo, finally closed this week, following a short delay.

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The PE: Sale of Press-Enterprise has been completed

Press-Enterprise

November 21, 2013

The sale of The Press-Enterprise to the company that owns the Orange County Register, a deal that appeared to have bogged down as recently as a few days ago, has been completed, representatives of both sides said.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: PUBLISHING: Sale of Press-Enterprise still up in the air

The Press-Enterprise

November 18, 2013; 05:09 PM

The sale of The Press-Enterprise to the Orange County Register’s owner, which was expected to be completed Friday, has still not closed and the company that owns Inland Southern California’s largest newspaper announced it could be exploring other options.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Sale of Riverside newspaper may be in jeopardy

Press-Enterprise

By Ken Bensinger
November 5, 2013, 8:18 a.m.

A deal to sell the Riverside Press-Enterprise to the owner of the Orange County Register may be in jeopardy less than a month after it was announced.

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VVDailyPress: Pryke named in sexual harassment suits

Ray Pryke

Valleywide publisher accused of ‘explicit’ comments, advances
October 24, 2013 5:59 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Two lawsuits allege that the publisher of the Valleywide Newspaper group made sexual advances toward an employee and punished another who spoke out, court records show.

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InlandPolitics: Newspaper shenanigans afoot?

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Sunday, October 20, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 – 09:10 a.m.

Would a local newpaper interfere with story content, in order to shill for a local politico?

It sure sounds that way!

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InlandPolitics: Local politicos must be shaking their heads this morning

Angry Emoticon

Local Politician

Thursday, October, 17, 2013 – 08:45 a.m.

Inland Empire politicos have to be choking over their breakfast this morning.

Why you ask?

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VVDailyPress: Daily Press owner buys Riverside newspaper

Press-Enterprise

October 10, 2013 7:14 AM
By MARY ANN MILBOURN, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Freedom Communications Inc. on Thursday announced an agreement to purchase The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, a daily newspaper owned by Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corp., for $27.25 million. The deal is expected to close by mid-month.

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InlandPolitics: FoxNews continues to dominate cable

Fox News

Saturday, October, 5, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

FOX News has, once again, dominated cable news in the latest ratings sweeps. CNN’s somewhat ideological shift, from the left to the middle, has not helped the struggling network.

CABLE NEWS VIEWERSHIP
Thursday, October 3, 2013

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InlandPolitics: The Sun newspaper revises Merritt campaign story

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – 09:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, Octobr 2, 2013 – 08:45 a.m.

The emails and calls were flying Tuesday morning, following a major revision by The Sun newspaper, of a story penned by Reporter Joe Nelson, and published in Tuesday’s edition.

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LATimes: Senate committee approves reporters’ shield law

By David G. Savage
September 12, 2013, 2:29 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Journalists and bloggers who report news to the public will be protected from being forced to testify about their work under a media shield bill passed by a Senate committee Thursday.

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Politico: With Clinton vote, RNC pushes back on debates

GOP

By JAMES HOHMANN | 8/16/13 5:01 AM EDT Updated: 8/17/13 7:20 AM EDT

BOSTON — The Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday to bar NBC and CNN from hosting GOP primary debates in 2016 if the networks move forward with their Hillary Clinton projects.

But the vote was not just about Clinton.

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LA Biz: Time Warner Cable subscribers sue over CBS blackout

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Along with 3.2 million other TWC customers in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas, three Southern California subscribers have been subjected to a blackout of CBS, Showtime and other channels for the past two weeks, and they want their money back.

Aug 15, 2013, 12:12pm PDT
Annlee Ellingson

Time Warner Cable customers are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore!

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The Hill: Republicans say IRS can’t be trusted with ObamaCare data

GOP

By William Cutting
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 – 04:15 p.m.

The train wreck that is ObamaCare is still hurtling down the tracks.  It used to be “out of sight, out of mind” but now its approach is growing closer.  We still can’t see it…but we are starting to hear the rumble echoing through the canyons in the distance.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Sunday, August 4, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this week. In case you missed it!

Cummings reportedly running for San Bernardino Mayor

Cliff Cummings, owner of Toyota of San Bernardino, is reportedly running for Mayor of bankrupt San Bernardino.

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The Sun: Politico calls Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar one of top 50 to watch

Politico

The news organization Politico has named Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, who is challenging Rep. Gary Miller for his 31st District seat, to its annual watch list.

Greg Cappis, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/29/2013 10:19:17 PM PDT

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar has been named one of “50 Politicos to watch 2013″ by the Washington-based news organization, Politico.

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Politico: Cumulus planning to drop Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

By DYLAN BYERS |
7/28/13 7:59 PM EDT

In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told POLITICO on Sunday.

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LATimes: Brown poised to OK temporary limits on public records law

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown supports temporarily weakening the law that ensures public access to official documents.

By Anthony York
June 19, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown indicated that he would support protecting public access to government records in a constitutional amendment to be voted on next fall, but still supports temporarily weakening the law that ensures public access to official documents.

Brown’s comments, which came in a statement released Wednesday evening, capped a wild day at the state Capitol, which had lawmakers scrambling to cope with the fallout of last week’s vote to water down the law. At Brown’s urging, both houses approved a measure making local compliance with part of the state’s public records laws optional.

To read entire story, click here.

Reuters: CBS News says reporter’s computer was hacked

CBS

By Susan Heavey; Additional reporting by David Ingram in Washington and Liana Baker in New York
WASHINGTON | Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:17pm EDT

(Reuters) – A CBS News investigative reporter’s computer was remotely accessed by an unauthorized party several times late last year, the news organization said on Friday, citing an analysis by an outside cyber security firm.

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LATimes: Atty. Gen. Holder tries to reassure journalists on leak probes

DOJ

The attorney general pledges not to prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information in news articles.

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
May 31, 2013, 10:34 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and his top Justice Department deputies met with journalists and their lawyers Friday and pledged they would not seek to prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for reporting and writing stories that may disclose classified information.

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Reuters: Attorney general signed off on Fox phone records subpoena

DOJ

By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON | Tue May 28, 2013 11:32pm EDT

(Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder personally approved a decision to subpoena Fox News telephone records as the Justice Department investigated an unauthorized leak regarding North Korea, officials said on Tuesday.

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Fox News

News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel.

By AMY CHOZICK
Published: May 26, 2013

News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel.

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The NewYorker: How Prosecutors Fought to Keep Rosen’s Warrant Secret

The New Yorker

May 24, 2013First
Posted by Ryan Lizza

The Obama Administration fought to keep a search warrant for James Rosen’s private e-mail account secret, arguing to a federal judge that the government might need to monitor the account for a lengthy period of time.

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The Atlantic

Connor Simpson
May 25, 2013

The New York Times reports the Department of Justice investigated national security leaks given to Times reporter David Sanger over his story last year about the Stuxnet virus by pulling all the email and phone records of government officials who communicated with the reporter.

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Reuters: Justice Department defends journalist email search

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee in Washington

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on ”Oversight of the United States Department of Justice” on Capitol Hill in Washington May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON | Fri May 24, 2013 5:00pm EDT

(Reuters) – The Justice Department said on Friday that senior officials including Attorney General Eric Holder vetted a decision to search an email account belonging to a Fox News reporter whose story on North Korea prompted a leak investigation.

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LATimes: FBI spied on Fox News reporter, accused him of crime

FBI

The FBI obtained a sealed search warrant to read Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal emails in a leak investigation.

By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
May 20, 2013, 9:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The FBI obtained a sealed search warrant to read a Fox News reporter’s personal emails from two days in 2010 after arguing there was probable cause he had violated espionage laws by soliciting classified information from a government official, court papers show.

In an affidavit, an FBI agent told a federal magistrate that the reporter had committed a crime when he asked a State Department security contractor, Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, to share secret material about North Korea in June 2009.

The affidavit did not name the reporter, but Fox News identified him as its chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen. He was not charged, but Kim was indicted on espionage charges in August 2010 and is awaiting trial. He has denied leaking classified information.

The case marks the first time the government has gone to court to portray news gathering as espionage, and Fox News officials and 1st Amendment advocates reacted angrily Monday after the secret warrant was reported by the Washington Post.

“We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter,” said Michael Clemente, Fox News executive vice president of news. “In fact, it is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”

The development emerged days after the Justice Department notified the Associated Press that the agency used a subpoena last year to obtain phone company records for 20 telephone lines used by more than 100 reporters and editors in three cities. The subpoena was pursuant to a grand jury investigation of an alleged leak of classified information about an Al Qaeda plot to bomb a U.S. aircraft.

Neither Fox News nor the Associated Press was told in advance about the government actions or had a chance to challenge them in court, the usual practice. The government ordered Google not to disclose that it had given the FBI access to Rosen’s Gmail account, and Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia confirmed in a September 2010 ruling that the government did not have to notify Rosen.

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LATimes: Scale of government’s AP records seizure surprises many

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The Obama administration has zealously prosecuted leaks involving national security, but the secret collection of records for 20 Associated Press phone lines reaches a new level.

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
May 19, 2013, 8:41 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the Obama administration brought criminal charges under the Espionage Act against Thomas Drake, an Air Force veteran and intelligence expert at the National Security Agency in Maryland.

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InlandPolitics: Local newspapers trying to create distance

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Friday, May 17, 2013 – 11:30 a.m.

Well it’s finally started!

Local newspapers trying to create distance from San Bernardino mayor Pat Morris and company.

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By Sean Sullivan
Published: May 14, 2013

More than four dozen media organizations joined forces Tuesday to sharply rebuke the Justice Department for secretly gathering the phone records of Associated Press journalists, calling on the department to promptly return the records and disclose all other pending subpoenas related to the news media.

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Shane Goldmacher
May 14 2013, 4:39 PM ET

As three separate scandals – the IRS targeting the tea party, the Justice Department’s phone-records grab from the AP, and Benghazi – erupt simultaneously, congressional Republicans are hoping to fold them into a single narrative of an unaccountable and overreaching White House that cannot be trusted.

As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., put it colorfully during a Fox News appearance, “This sounds like a president somewhat drunk on power.”

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LATimes: Unions protest any sale of Tribune papers to Koch brothers

By Chris Megerian
May 13, 2013, 7:11 p.m.

California unions are increasing their opposition to any sale of the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune Co. newspapers to the Koch brothers, urging the City Council to oppose such a deal and planning a protest for Tuesday.

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Prosecutors targeted the Associated Press in an attempt to learn who leaked information about the CIA and an apparent terrorist plot in Yemen.

Government secretly probed AP phone records
By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
May 13, 2013, 9:33 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors secretly obtained telephone records from more than 20 lines belonging to the Associated Press and its journalists in an attempt to learn who leaked information on how the CIA thwarted an apparent terrorist plot hatched in Yemen.

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LATimes: Unions, lawmakers line up against Koch brothers

By Patrick McGreevy and Chris Megerian
May 8, 2013, 8:21 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — California legislative leaders and 10 public employee unions announced opposition Wednesday to any sale of the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune Co. newspapers to a pair of wealthy brothers who fund conservative causes throughout the country.

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NYTimes: An Effort to Thwart Sale of Papers to the Kochs

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY
Published: May 8, 2013 104 Comments

LOS ANGELES — An effort by two conservative billionaires to take over The Los Angeles Times and seven other newspapers is setting off a firestorm of opposition here. Public employee unions, the leaders of the State Legislature and liberal advocacy groups are moving to block the sale, denouncing it as a threat to public workers and Democratic Party issues.

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Politico: Rush Limbaugh may leave Cumulus

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By DYLAN BYERS
5/5/13 8:42 PM EDT

The Rush Limbaugh Program is considering ending its affiliation agreement with Cumulus Media at the end of this year, a move that would bring about one of the biggest shakeups in talk radio history, a source close to the show tells POLITICO.

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HuffPost: If Koch Brothers Buy LA Times, Half of Staff May Quit (VIDEO)

By Kathleen Miles
Posted: 04/30/2013 7:03 am

At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony a week ago, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room.

Speaking to the entire staff, he said, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Austin Beutner’s group.” No one raised their hands.

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