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More Than 340 Papers Publish Anti-Trump Editorials

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The Boston Globe decided it was time for an organized response to President Trump’s attacks on the media as an “enemy of the people”—and hundreds of newspapers responded. At least 343 publications agreed to publish editorials Thursday against what the Globe calls Trump’s “dirty war against the free press,“ reports the Guardian. They include some of America’s biggest newspapers as well as smaller publications nationwide, though the Wall Street Journal is among the holdouts, reports the BBC. A selection:

  • The onslaught from the president is “scary. We’re afraid, for our personal safety and for the future of our country,“ write the editorial boards of the San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times. “These attacks on the press are an attack on our nation’s foundation. And we’re angry. Angry that we work so hard to carry out the mission our Founding Fathers envisioned, to provide the free flow of information so critical to a well-functioning democracy, only to be demonized by our president for doing our jobs.“

The Boston Globe decided it was time for an organized response to President Trump’s attacks on the media as an “enemy of the people”—and hundreds of newspapers responded. At least 343 publications agreed to publish editorials Thursday against what the Globe calls Trump’s “dirty war against the free press,“ reports the Guardian. They include some of America’s biggest newspapers as well as smaller publications nationwide, though the Wall Street Journal is among the holdouts, reports the BBC. A selection:

  • The onslaught from the president is “scary. We’re afraid, for our personal safety and for the future of our country,“ write the editorial boards of the San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times. “These attacks on the press are an attack on our nation’s foundation. And we’re angry. Angry that we work so hard to carry out the mission our Founding Fathers envisioned, to provide the free flow of information so critical to a well-functioning democracy, only to be demonized by our president for doing our jobs.“

Sessions Charges Ex-FBI Agent With Media Leaks

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A former FBI agent who allegedly shared secret documents with a national media organization has been charged months after Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to crack down on government leaks. Terry J. Albury, who was an agent in Minnesota, faces two counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. He was charged Tuesday by felony information, which typically indicates a defendant will plead guilty, per the AP. The charges allege Albury shared two documents with a reporter, including one dated August 17, 2011, that relates to how the FBI assesses confidential informants. The other document, which is undated, pertains to “threats posed by certain individuals from a particular Middle Eastern country,“ according to the information.

The charges say Albury shared the documents sometime between February 2016 and January 31, 2017. Prosecutors don’t name a reporter or news organization, but on January 31 of last year, The Intercept posted a story about how the FBI assesses and manages informants. The story references a secret document dated August 17, 2011, that deals with assessing informants and recruiting them by identifying their “motivations and vulnerabilities.“ Albury’s attorneys, JaneAnne Murray and Joshua Dratel, said in a statement that Albury “accepts full responsibility for the conduct set forth in the Information.“ They also said that as the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota, his actions were driven by a “conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI.“

Walmart Kicks Cosmo Out of Its Checkout Lines

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No longer will you see headlines like “Best. Sex. Ever.“ in the Walmart checkout line. The retail giant partnered with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to announce Tuesday that it will remove women’s magazine Cosmopolitan from checkout lines at more than 5,000 stores across the US. In a press release, the NCOSE said the magazine—which covers sex, relationships, fashion, health, and more—would be removed “from each and every checkout aisle” at “all Walmart stores.“ However, it will still be found in the magazine racks, a Walmart rep tells USA Today. “While this was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard,“ the rep adds. According to the NCOSE, girls and boys complained the magazine’s “normalization of sexual objectification and pornography” made them feel pressure “to engage in more risky sex.“

Now, shoppers “will no longer be automatically exposed to Cosmo‘s hypersexualized and degrading article titles that regularly promote pornography, sexting, BDSM, group sex, anal sex, and more, all while marketing toward young teens with Disney star cover models,“ the conservative nonprofit says. “We really want a culture that will respect women and ensure their dignity is understood,“ adds the group’s VP of Advocacy and Outreach, citing the #MeToo movement. But Kristen King, who’s written for Cosmo, says the move shows “another double standard for women” since magazines like Men’s Fitness aren’t affected. “Saying it’s inappropriate for children to see women’s bodies teaches children that women’s bodies are inappropriate,“ King tells the BBC. “The more conversations we have about women’s health and sexuality the better.“

National Geographic Admits Past Racist Coverage

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National Geographic has acknowledged that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated, and unintelligent. “We had to own our story to move beyond it,“ editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg tells the AP in an interview about the magazine’s April issue, which is devoted to race. National Geographic first published its magazine in 1888. An investigation conducted last fall by University of Virginia photography historian John Edwin Mason showed that until the 1970s, it virtually ignored people of color in the US who were not domestic workers or laborers, and it reinforced repeatedly the idea that people of color from foreign lands were “exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages—every type of cliché.“

For example, in a 1916 article about Australia, the caption on a photo of two Aboriginal people read: “South Australian Blackfellows: These savages rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings.“ In addition, National Geographic perpetuated the cliche of native people fascinated by technology and overloaded the magazine with pictures of beautiful Pacific island women.“I think National Geographic was a product of its time,“ Goldberg says. “It started at the height of colonialism and that is the lens through which it covered the world.“ In the April issue, Goldberg, who is National Geographic‘s first woman and first Jewish editor, wrote a letter titled “For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It.“

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