David Folkenflik
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'Project Mayhem': Reporters Race To Save Tribune Papers From 'Vulture' Fund

'Project Mayhem': Reporters Race To Save Tribune Papers From 'Vulture' Fund

'Project Mayhem': Reporters Race To Save Tribune Papers From 'Vulture' Fund The Baltimore Sun's Liz Bowie is leading reporters across Tribune properties to find civic-minded owners for the chain's newspapers before a hedge fund with a record of slashing cuts buys the company.Toggle more optionsDavid FolkenflikToggle more optionsJournalists working for the storied newspapers of Tribune Publishing Company are racing against the most intense deadline of their careers to find new owners for their company before May 21. That's when the hedge fund Alden Global Capital, , is poised to make good on...

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David Folkenflik
Apr 21
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Hedge Fund Alden Global Capital Poised To Acquire Tribune Publishing

Hedge Fund Alden Global Capital Poised To Acquire Tribune Publishing

Hedge Fund Alden Global Capital Poised To Acquire Tribune Publishing The hedge fund Alden Global Capital is poised to acquire full control of Tribune Publishing. It already owns nearly 200 papers around the country. Those who have worked for the company say: beware.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe hedge fund Alden Global Capital is poised to acquire full control of Tribune Publishing. It already owns nearly 200 papers around the country. Those who have worked for the company say: beware.AILSA CHANG, HOST:Most local newspapers have been gutted by changes in how people...

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David Folkenflik
Apr 1
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'I Was Speechless': Law Firm Investigated Its Own Ex-Client For Trump VOA Chief

'I Was Speechless': Law Firm Investigated Its Own Ex-Client For Trump VOA Chief

Law Firm McGuireWoods Investigated Ex-Client For Trump VOA Chief Michael Pack As part of a contract that earned it more than $2 million in taxpayer money, McGuireWoods investigated an ex-client - a not-for-profit tech fund - for Trump's CEO at the U.S. Agency for Global Media.Early last June, the Open Technology Fund was scrambling for survival. The nonprofit fosters technology that enables people who live under repressive regimes to communicate securely. It is wholly dependent on the U.S. government for money. And the new CEO of the federal agency that subsidizes the fund had declared war...

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David Folkenflik
Mar 10
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Trump Appointee At VOA Parent Paid Law Firm Millions To Investigate His Own Staff

Trump Appointee At VOA Parent Paid Law Firm Millions To Investigate His Own Staff

Trump VOA Appointee Paid Law Firm Millions To Investigate His Own Staff Trump appointee Michael Pack hoped to fire top executives who challenged him at the U.S. Agency for Global Media. When he couldn't, Pack paid a high-profile law firm millions to investigate them.Last summer, an appointee of former President Donald Trump was irate because he could not simply fire top executives who had warned him that some of his plans might be illegal. Michael Pack, who was CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees Voice of America, in August suspended those top executives. He also...

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David Folkenflik
Mar 5
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Trump Official Cited Security To Kill Visas For VOA Staffers. Emails Say Otherwise

Trump Official Cited Security To Kill Visas For VOA Staffers. Emails Say Otherwise

Visas For Foreign VOA Staffers Rejected To Preserve Jobs For U.S. Citizens Under Trump, the agency over the Voice of America stopped granting requests for visa extensions for foreign journalists to reserve jobs for Americans. The agency had cited security concerns.Nabila Ganinda was awaiting a green light from the U.S. Agency for Global Media. The agency had hired Ganinda, a young Indonesian journalist, to work for two years at the Voice of America's Indonesian-language service, based in Washington, D.C. As those two years came to an end last fall, Ganinda's editors sought to have her...

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David Folkenflik
Feb 11
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Election Tech Company Sues Fox News, Giuliani And Others For $2.7 Billion

Election Tech Company Sues Fox News, Giuliani And Others For $2.7 Billion

Election technology company Smartmatic filed a massive lawsuit Thursday against Fox News, saying the network and some of its biggest on-air personalities made it into a villain and perpetuated false claims about the recent election. The suit names Fox stars Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro, as well as Trump allies Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. The defamation and disparagement lawsuit seeks more than $2.7 billion, citing damage from what Smartmatic calls a "disinformation campaign" that was waged by people who were unhappy with President Biden's victory – but who also hoped...

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Bill Chappell
Feb 4
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Trump Ally At Voice of America Replaced By News Executive He Recently Demoted

Trump Ally At Voice of America Replaced By News Executive He Recently Demoted

Trump Ally At Voice of America Replaced By News Executive He Recently Demoted : President Biden Takes Office The Biden White House has named Yolanda Lopez acting director of the Voice of America. She was demoted last week after a VOA reporter asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unwelcomed questions.David FolkenflikThe Biden administration continued its swift sweep of the leadership at the Voice of America and its parent agency on Thursday. It who had been appointed just last month. According to two people with knowledge, Reilly and his deputy, former State Department official Elizabeth...

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David Folkenflik
Jan 21
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After Deadly Capitol Riot, Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric

After Deadly Capitol Riot, Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric

Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric Following Capitol Riot Many Fox News hosts, commentators and guests helped stoke the pro-Trump protests that became an assault on Congress. Among those influenced was Ashli Babbitt, who died while storming the Capitol.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsUpdated 12:48 p.m. Among some prominent Republicans, inside social media companies and in other major institutions throughout society, a reckoning has erupted following the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. Not at the Fox News Channel, however. On the contrary, the...

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Tom Dreisbach
Jan 13
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Voice of America CEO Accused Of Fraud, Misuse Of Office All In One Week

Voice of America CEO Accused Of Fraud, Misuse Of Office All In One Week

In A Single Week, VOA Chief Accused Of Fraud, Propaganda And Misuse of Office U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack faces accusations of fraud over his private documentary film company and separate allegations he's promoting propaganda at Voice of America.Updated at 7:35 p.m. ET Fresh crises and fresh challenges confront the Trump-appointed CEO of the parent of Voice of America, even with less than two weeks left of the Trump presidency. To start, this week accused U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack of illegally funneling more than $4 million to his private documentary...

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David Folkenflik
Jan 8
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Trump Appointee Seeks Lasting Control Over Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia

Trump Appointee Seeks Lasting Control Over Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia

Trump Appointee Seeks Lasting Control Over Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia The CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media is seeking to retain control over Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for at least two years — even though President-elect Biden has signaled he'll be replaced.Michael Pack's stormy tenure over the federal agency that oversees government-funded broadcasters abroad - including the Voice of America - appears to be coming to a close. Yet President Trump's appointee has sparked an internal outcry by taking bold steps to try to cement his control over at least two of the networks...

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David Folkenflik
Dec 31
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