Los Angeles Times reporter Alene Tchekmedyian finds herself in the middle of a story as L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva initially stated she was under a criminal leak investigation after revealing a jail coverup.
Tchekmedyian, who covers the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, recently published a series of stories regarding an incident where a deputy kneeled on an inmate — including an article on Monday about an allegation that Villanueva was involved in a coverup.
“The three individuals that we want to know a lot about,” Villanueva said. “These three people have some important questions to answer.”
Kevin Merida, the executive editor of The Times, provided a statement concerning the sheriff’s investigation into Tchekmedyian.
“His attempt to criminalize news reporting goes against well-established constitutional law. We will vigorously defend Tchekmedyian’s and the Los Angeles Times’ rights in any proceeding or investigation brought by authorities,” Merida said.
After these remarks led to criticism of Villanueva, the sheriff attempted to walk back his comments, saying there was an “incredible frenzy of misinformation being circulated.”
“I must clarify at no time today did I state an L.A. Times reporter was a suspect in a criminal investigation,” he said. “We have no interest in pursuing, nor are we pursuing, criminal charges against any reporters.”
Twitter Introduces Crisis Misinformation Policy
“In times of crisis, misleading information can undermine public trust and cause further harm to already vulnerable communities,” Twitter said in a statement.
When major developing news occurs, such as the Buffalo Mass Shooting last weekend, many jump on Twitter to get the latest information. However, as the details come out, some disinformation surfaces on the platform.
In an attempt to help combat any incorrect details in real-time, the social media platform is introducing a crisis misinformation policy. This global guideline will steer Twitter’s efforts to boost credible information when a crisis moment.
“Alongside our existing work to make reliable information more accessible during crisis events, this new approach will help to slow the spread by us of the most visible, misleading content, particularly that which could lead to severe harms.”
Twitter stated that the policy has been under development since last year and will “determine whether claims are misleading, we require verification from multiple credible, publicly available sources.”
Some instances of Tweets that the company may add a warning notification to include:
- False coverage or event reporting, or information that mischaracterizes conditions on the ground as a conflict evolves;
- False allegations regarding use of force, incursions on territorial sovereignty, or around the use of weapons;
- Demonstrably false or misleading allegations of war crimes or mass atrocities against specific populations;
- False information regarding international community response, sanctions, defensive actions, or humanitarian operations.
NY Times Puts Hold on Entire Staff Return to Their Offices
Times prepared to have its entire staff return to the office on June 6th a few days a week, a date which the newspaper had previously moved back as well.
The New York Times staffers were scheduled to return to their offices on June 6th; however, the rise in Covid-19 cases in New York City have caused the newspaper to pause on a return to their offices.
“Based on the city’s guidance and the advice of our health experts, we are pausing the start of our Expected Phase of return to office until conditions improve,” wrote Jacqueline Welch, Chief Human Resources Officer, in a memo.
The Times prepared to have its entire staff return to the office on June 6th a few days a week, a date which the newspaper had previously moved back as well.
Furthermore, the company’s notification to their staff coincided with New York City increasing its Covid-19 alert level to “High” on Tuesday as daily cases in the U.S. have grown near 100,000 per day, a boost from 73,000 new cases daily average last week.
Employees who need to be in the building are encouraged to wear masks in public spaces while in its offices, including elevators, meeting rooms, and restrooms.
FOX Nation to Debut Veteran-Themed Shows Later This Month
FOX Nation will also be extending its “Grateful Nation initiative,” offering all active military members and veterans a free one-year subscription to FOX Nation.
FOX Nation is set to debut its veteran-themed programming Sunday, May 22nd. In a release, the network said it will air the 38th annual “America’s Top Ranger.” The competition pits some of America’s elite Army Rangers against one another in a grueling 70-mile obstacle course.
On Thursday, May 26th, the network will debut “The Unauthorized History of the Vietnam War” hosted by Bret Baier. The show will document how the Vietnam War left an indelible mark on a generation of Americans and changed the course of human events across the globe.
On Saturday, May 28th, “Heroes Honor Festival” will air from Daytona Beach, Florida. Country star Toby Keith will headline the event along with other musical artists.
On Sunday, May 29th, Bret Baier is back with a look at the most iconic ships of World War II in “Lost Ships of WWII.” The eight-part special will spotlight the director of undersea operations at Vulcan Inc. Rob Kraft and his team aboard the research vessel Petrel.
On Monday, May 30th, “The Story’s” Martha MacCallum dives into a series of stories and heroes you never knew from World War II in “Secret History of WWII.” The special will document America’s “Ghost Army”, Pearl Harbor and Japan’s code
Fox Nation’s Memorial Day Schedule:
• America’s Top Ranger – Release Date: May 22nd
• The Unauthorized History of the Vietnam War – Release Date: May 26th
• Heroes Honor Festival – Event Date: May 28th
• Lost Ships of WWII – Release Date: May 29th
• Secret History of WWII – Release Date: May 30th