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New York Review of Books Editor Out After #MeToo Uproar

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The editor of the New York Review of Books has abruptly left his post following an outcry when the magazine published an essay by a former radio host accused of sexual misconduct that many deemed self-serving. Ian Buruma, who was appointed to lead the magazine last year, is “no longer the editor,“ according to Nicholas During, a publicist for the New York Review of Books. It was unclear if Buruma was fired or resigned, the AP reports. The magazine came under fire last week for publishing “Reflections From a Hashtag,“ an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, who has been accused of sexual assault and punching and choking women without their consent. Critics say the 3,400-word essay had inaccuracies, minimized Ghomeshi’s actions, and was an egotistical attempt to rehabilitate himself.

Ghomeshi was acquitted in March 2016 of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking involving three complainants. He also apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn. Buruma defended publishing the essay (in which Ghomeshi referred to himself at one point as a “#MeToo pioneer”) in an interview with Slate, saying he was “no judge of the rights and wrongs of every allegation” and that the specifics of Ghomeshi’s past misconduct were not his “concern.“ Buruma contributed to the Review for more than 30 years. His books include Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War and Year Zero: A History of 1945. Buruma also taught at Bard College.

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.“

New York Post Slammed for Its ‘Kim Thong Un’ Cover

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The jokes of a “Trump-Kim” summit came flying fast after Kim Kardashian met with the president Wednesday at the White House, but one snarky headline isn’t going over so well. Per HuffPost, Kardashian was there to talk to Trump about criminal justice reform and to press for a pardon for 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, who’s serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense. The New York Post tweeted out an advance look at its Thursday morning cover about the meeting: a photo of Kim K and Trump posing in the Oval Office along with a headline that read: “The Other Big ### Summit: Trump Meets Rump.“ Kardashian is also referred to as “Kim Thong Un” on the cover.

It’s a riff on both the canceled summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as on a part of Kardashian’s body, which doesn’t have anything to do with prison reform—and many aren’t happy about it. CNN calls the cover “appalling,“ while Mashable’s own headline reads “Wildly sexist New York Post front page refers to Kim Kardashian’s butt 3 times.“ Even those who aren’t fans of either Kim K or Trump say the cover is out of line. One big name in particular was miffed. “Disgusting headline, @nypost,“ Alyssa Milano tweeted. “@KimKardashian was meeting with President Trump about a critical issue and you lead with her ###? This is unacceptable sexism. No woman deserves this.“ The Daily Beast dives into a related take: Trump’s own “ugly history of misogynistic comments” on Kardashian’s appearance.

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.“

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