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Americans Asked to Defend Media Against ‘Cannibalistic’ Attacks

The director of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a network of 170 nonprofit online media outlets, said reporters covering criminal justice and other local beats face an upsurge of harassment and intimidation. But “we’re not going to shut up,” Sue Cross said in an open letter posted Thursday in response to an appeal by the Boston Globe to news organizations around the country to publish editorials on the issue.

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Will the Roberts Court Defend Online Fake News?

A professor at the University of California Davis School of Law predicts Supreme Court justices will defend the First Amendment principles of free speech against government attempts to curb Internet abuses—even when those abuses involve promoting falsehoods online.

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Washington Post

Right-Wing ‘Guerrilla Journalist’ Foiled in Inept Roy Moore Sting

A clumsy sting by right-wing “guerrilla journalist” James O’Keefe, who recruited a woman to pose as a long-ago adolescent lover of Judge Roy Moore, was easily sniffed out by the Washington Post. One conservative commentator carped “it really would serve the movement if his funders would consider financing someone more effective.”

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That Viral Map of Crime and Democratic Voters? It’s Fake

The maps, shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter, purport to show a correlation between high crime rates and Democratic voters. The hoax has been kicking around the Internet since an anti-science blogger posted it in 2013. Snopes.com debunked the graphic last week, but that hasn’t stopped its viral sharing.