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Former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller engages Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story of National Security Agency spying on Americans, in a dialogue about the proper role of news media. Are traditional media like the Times too solicitous of government? Or are journalists like Greenwald -- who will be at the center of Pierre Amidyar's new $250-million digital-first news venture -- too activist?
"The State Department has agreed to begin providing an environmental group with records of communications with various outside lobbying firms and other parties seeking approval of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline."
"Spider sightings may be up, but experts say it's due to a reaction to the media frenzy, not an explosion in their population."
"In the spring of 2005, Georgia-Pacific Corp. found itself facing nearly $1 billion in liability from a product it hadn’t made in nearly three decades: a putty-like building material, known as joint compound, containing the cancer-causing mineral asbestos."
"A handful of protesters, angered by what they called biased reporting of the anti-fracking movement, asked media outlets to leave the scene at Rexton, N.B., Saturday morning."
"Glenn Greenwald, the reporter and blogger on the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, is leaving Britain's Guardian newspaper to join a new media venture."
"The news for environmental journalism in the United States is grim and getting grimmer."
"CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee -- The news for environmental journalism in the United States is grim and getting grimmer."
"LOS ANGELES -- Two U.S. senators angered by the firing of whistle-blower Walter Tamosaitis from the contaminated Hanford, Wash., nuclear site sharply criticized the U.S. secretary of Energy on Wednesday."
"An environmental activist group wants Boston's public television and radio affiliate to bump billionaire conservative donor David Koch from its board of trustees over his position on climate change."
How did a narrative almost opposite to the scientific consensus that human activities are causing climate change get started? Misinformation was spread by climate skeptics, aided by journalists and scientists themselves.
"A laurel to Environmental Health News for taking a hard look at the politics behind a controversial editorial "
"Al Gore ripped U.S. television coverage of climate change Friday, alleging the media is cowering before industry-funded global warming 'deniers.'"
"NBC Sports Network gave a controversial NRA-sponsored safari hunting show the axe over the weekend, ending a week of controversy that was initially sparked when the network aired an episode in which the host gleefully shot and killed a bull elephant."