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Cuillier: Gov't officials should end spin-control culture

Agencies at all levels, through aggressive and manipulative tactics, are increasingly controlling what information the public receives, threatening the very foundation of democracy. This is more than just about Easter eggs and inconveniences for journalists. Growing message management by the government is something that concerns anyone who cares about holding elected officials accountable.... Read more»

Things you should know about RT, Russia's state-funded news

Russia Today exploded onto the American media scene during the Occupy Wall Street protests. Now it’s imploding over Crimea.... Read more»

Advocates slam proposal to charge for searching public records

A proposal that would allow governments to charge a labor fee for time-intensive public records requests would restrict access to information and undermine open government, a media attorney told lawmakers Thursday. “Bottom line is public records in Arizona belong to the people.”... Read more»

Parisi, Scott back on air Monday

Two longtime local broadcasters are returning to the radio Monday. Talk-show hosts Jim Parisi and John C. Scott are both taking to the air on PowerTalk Radio, AM 1210. Parisi organized the station’s new lineup, which includes other local talk and a satellite sports feed at night.... Read more»

Time magazine just made lots of enemies in Mexico

The upcoming issue of Time features Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, on its cover. That has made the magazine more than a few new enemies. But it’s the accompanying front-page headline that really clinched the Mexicans’ ire: SAVING MEXICO.... Read more»

Az lawmaker targets revenge porn, seeking felony charge

The bill by Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, would make it a felony to knowingly distribute images showing a person who is nude or engaged in a sexual act without the written consent of the pictured individual. It carries harsher penalties if the individual is recognizable.... Read more»

Tucson Citizen archive available - not quite public yet

A visit to the home page of the Tucson Citizen still displays a notice that parent company Gannett Inc. pulled the plug on the website of the shuttered newspaper, but a skeleton of the text archives is available for those who can find it.... Read more»5

Not so fast: John C. Scott to join Parisi in return to airwaves

Just over a month after what was thought to be his final broadcast comes word that a veteran radio talker will again pick up the microphone. The John C. Scott Show will return as part of a “PowerTalk Radio” lineup organized by talk show host Jim Parisi, beginning Feb. 17 on AM 1210.... Read more»1

Groundhog Day: Same as it ever was

Every Feb. 2, it’s time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Here in the Sentinel newsroom, we’d rather watch the same old Youtube videos than check whether some rodent is having a bad hair day. Enjoy!... Read more»

Gannett pulls plug on Tucson Citizen, again

Four and a half years after the press of the Tucson Citizen rolled for the final time, the final employee of what became a blogging site was laid off Friday. Newspaper chain Gannett announced that the website would become an archive, letting go sportswriter Anthony Gimino (for the second time) and shutting down the site.... Read more»7

Comic:

Rep. Grimm: Hero of the Capitol

New York Congressman Michael Grimm delivered his response to President Obama’s State of the Union address ... a right! And a left! And another left!... Read more»

KOLD tops ice cream story with ethnic slur

An unbylined story posted online Thursday by a Tucson TV station used a pejorative reference to people of Romani descent. The word “gypping” - which at first wasn’t spelled correctly - was used while telling of a man suing a grocery store over the amount of ice cream in a container. When it was pointed out that the term is offensive, the station “corrected” the spelling, but didn’t remove the word until Friday afternoon.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Why Az economists think 2014 will be better

An interview with Mark Stegeman, TUSD Governing Board member. Also, comet discoverer Dr. David Levy. Then, our monthly segment on animal care with Dr. Douglas A. Rohn of Veterinary Specialty Center Tucson. Plus, we chart the future of the Arizona economy with USU Prof. Dennis Hoffman of the W.P. Carey School of Business.... Read more»

Report: Az Republic may cut 'Valley & State' section

The Arizona Republic may be poised to cut a section of its print newspaper to make room for an insert of USA Today stories, the Phoenix Business Journal said Tuesday. An unattributed report said the Republic may axe the section; the paper’s publisher said “the result will be an even greater commitment to local news.”... Read more»

The Onion satirizes mass shooter on anniversary of Jan. 8 attack

There’s satire, and then there’s satire. The Onion, a website that attempts to elicit equal parts tearful laughter and painful wincing, cooked up a look at the motivations of school shooters Wednesday - timed for the anniversary of the day a mentally ill college dropout gunned down six and wounded 13 in Tucson. “Classmates Admit School Shooter Showed Them, Showed Them All” laid out an all-too-familiar scenario of a disturbed young man gaining attention through mass murder.... Read more»1

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