UK Foreign Secretary Rips Trump Fan’s Attack On BBC Cameraman, Ties It To Deadly Assaults

UK Foreign Secretary Rips Trump Fan’s Attack On BBC Cameraman, Ties It To Deadly Assaults

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned a violent attack by a Donald Trump supporter on a BBC cameraman at an El Paso, Texas, rally on Monday. Hunt linked the violence to a troubling surge in fatal assaults against journalists, whom he praised as the “invisible line between open and closed societies.”

A man wearing a red “Make America great again” cap was captured on video attacking BBC cameraman Ron Skeans at the rally before he was pulled off the journalist. Ironically, the MAGA violence erupted at a rally where Trump talked of improving safety in the nation.

“It is never acceptable when journalists and cameramen are attacked just for doing their job,” Hunt said Tuesday on Sky News. “There is a broader issue here, which is that last year 80 journalists were killed across the world just doing their job.” (Hunt addresses the incident in the video here at 8:33.) Continue reading UK Foreign Secretary Rips Trump Fan’s Attack On BBC Cameraman, Ties It To Deadly Assaults

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WordPress CEO runs a billion-dollar company with no offices or email

WordPress CEO runs a billion-dollar company with no offices or email

Even if you aren’t familiar with what WordPress is, or use it to publish content on the internet, there’s a good chance you’ve visited a website that runs on it — and probably within just the past 24 hours.
That’s because WordPress — an open-source content-management system — powers an astonishing 25% of all websites today.

I recently spoke with Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, the company that offers a range of products and services for WordPress users.

Automattic is valued today at over $1 billion.

Matt joined me for a wide-ranging conversation on my podcast, in which he shared his aspiration to capture the 75% of the internet that WordPress doesn’t already manage. Continue reading WordPress CEO runs a billion-dollar company with no offices or email

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I came up from Jamaica, Queens, Jamaica Estates, and I became president of the United States; I’m sort of entitled to a great story from my — just one — from my newspaper.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I came up from Jamaica, Queens, Jamaica Estates, and I became president of the United States; I’m sort of entitled to a great story from my — just one — from my newspaper.”

For President Donald Trump, his ongoing battle with the New York Times is personal — he just wants a good story about him from the big newspaper in the city where he grew up.

Trump sat down for an interview on Thursday with Times journalists Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker as well as the newspaper’s publisher, A.G. Sulzberger. Trump had initially requested an off-the-record meeting with Sulzberger, but the publisher declined, saying he would only agree to an on-the-record interview with Times reporters.

Haberman and Baker conducted most of the interview, but Sulzberger specifically decided to press Trump on his attacks on the media. The president, who often declares what he calls the “fake news” to be the “enemy of the people,” defended his stance that he is often treated unfairly by reporters. He took specific issue with a number of outlets, including the Times.

But what becomes clear through his comments, a transcript of which the Times published, is that Trump, who was born in Queens and spent his whole life in New York, just really craves the paper’s approval.

“I came up from Jamaica, Queens, Jamaica Estates, and I became president of the United States,” Trump said. “I’m sort of entitled to a great story from my — just one — from my newspaper.” Continue reading PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I came up from Jamaica, Queens, Jamaica Estates, and I became president of the United States; I’m sort of entitled to a great story from my — just one — from my newspaper.”

FRENCH Yellow Vest protesters overflow, continue to assault journalists

FRENCH Yellow Vest protesters overflow, continue to assault journalists

In late November, as the Gilets Jaunes—or Yellow Vests—protest movement took hold in France, Martin Goillandeau and Makana Eyre wrote for CJR that participants were harassing, and even assaulting, journalists. Since then, the protests have become a weekly occurrence. So, too, have threats against reporters. “The harassment and violence have got worse,” Eyre told me this morning. “I went to the Saturday protests in Paris to shoot photos and see how big it would get. This was the first time that I really felt nervous with my camera… I saw people interfering with broadcasts, shouting at media teams, and getting in their faces. For much of it, I had my camera in my coat.”

This past weekend, a group of Yellow Vests in the northern city of Rouen set upon two journalists working for LCI, a French TV news broadcaster; they were spared by two bodyguards, one of whom ended up in hospital with a broken nose. Protesters aggressed another LCI team in Paris. In Toulon, two Agence France-Presse reporters were chased by about 10 people, while in nearby Marseille, photographers were hassled and blocked from taking pictures. In Toulouse, a group of protesters trapped a 31-year-old local journalist in her car and threatened her with rape. “They wanted me to open my window. I told them it wasn’t possible, that I had to go and pick up my son,” she recalled. “A man threatened me that I had two seconds to get out.” Organized groups have hampered newspapers’ core operations, too: overnight on Friday, for example, about 30 Yellow Vests blocked regional newspaper La Voix du Nord’s distribution depot and threatened to burn a truck, stopping 20,000 copies of the paper from being delivered. On Sunday, trash cans were set on fire outside the same paper’s offices. While no motive was immediately established, its director doesn’t think it was an accident. Continue reading FRENCH Yellow Vest protesters overflow, continue to assault journalists