4:23 pm Sep. 24, 2012
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CNN came under fire from the State Department for its use of a journal that had been kept by United States Libya ambassador Christopher Stevens before the attack that killed him last week.
(If you haven't been following, Poynter has a useful roundup of the controversy.)
But CNN is standing by its decision to report on the contents of the journal before returning it to Stevens' family, and the network's managing editor, Mark Whitaker, appeared on air this morning to reassert the network's position on the matter.
"How do you balance concerns for privacy against the public interest in learning information that is of vital national interest?," he asked. "And when you look at what we did at every step, that is exactly the balance we tried to strike. We felt we had an obligation to the family not to talk about the journal or about personal details from the journal. On the other hand ... we had not only the right but the obligation to continue to look into this issue of whether there were terror threats in advance."
You can watch the video below:
And after you do, be sure to read BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings' heated email exchange with the State Department spokesperson who condemned CNN in a blistering statement released over the weekend.
"Why do you bother to ask questions you've already decided you know the answers to?"
"Why don't you give answers that aren't bullshit for a change?"
" I now understand why the official investigation by the Department of the Defense as reported by The Army Times The Washington Post concluded beyond a doubt that you're an unmitigated asshole. How's that for a non-bullshit response? Now that we've gotten that out of our systems, have a good day. And by good day, I mean Fuck Off."
In other news...
Village Voice print sex ads aren't going anywhere. [The New York Observer]
Yahoo's top lawyer warned employees that they could potentially end up in jail for leaking memos. [AllThingsD]
The New York Times Company has completed its sale of About.com to IAC. [NYT/Media Decoder]
NBC has tapped Willie Geist to host the 9 a.m. hour of "Today." [NYT/Media Decoder]
Arthur Brisbane's exit interview. [Poynter]
DNAinfo has hired a Pulitzer winner for its forthcoming Chicago edition. [Time Out Chicago]
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