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Capital Gazette Editor Departs, Cites Newsroom Shooting

Capital Gazette editor Rick Hutzell issued his farewell column over the weekend, highlighting those lost in the attack.

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It’s been three years since a gunman opened fire on the newsroom in Annapolis, Md., killing five employees. 

Yet, despite the time passing by, an editor for the newspaper says that ordeal continues to affect him, which is why he’s leaving. Capital Gazette editor Rick Hutzell issued his farewell column over the weekend, highlighting those lost in the attack. 

“I wish I could say it’s all been grand, and I’m headed off to retirement,” Hutzell said. “But it hasn’t, and I’m not. The murder of my five friends, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, and Rebecca Smith, changed me.” 

“I always enjoyed the job. But I became consumed with the notion that it was my purpose to save the paper. A man with a shotgun tried to kill us — to kill me and the newspaper I’ve poured my life into for 33 years. I wasn’t going to let it die.”

Hutzell said he took a buyout from Alden Global Capital, the Capital Gazette’s new owner, after three decades working at the publication. Alden Global Capital bought the media outlet from Tribune Publishing last month.

Hutzell said that he believed it was essential to cover the trial of the gunman, Jarrod Ramos. The latter had a long-standing hatred toward the newspaper, according to The Associated Press.

“One of the greatest joys of my life has been generations of reporters, editors, and photographers who are convinced they have an important contribution to make. My job has been to help give birth to their successes,” Hutzell said.

“Things will change. That is the nature of life. It will be different under new owners and leadership. Some of it will be good; some will be bad. I hope you’ll keep reading it because that is how it will survive and grow.”

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Elon Musk: ‘Corporate Journalism’ is Defending The State Over People

“While Elon Musk was criticized as a hypocrite after banning journalists from Twitter himself this month while still promoting the Twitter Files in the name of transparency and free speech, their impact has not been dulled.”

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Criticizing the establishment media is nothing new for Elon Musk. The Twitter CEO continued that trend this week, asking why his release of “The Twitter Files” has been met with skepticism.

“Why is corporate journalism rushing to defend the state instead of the people?” the billionaire tweeted in response to a piece on Leighton Woodhouse’s Substack account.

Musk has provided details about Twitter’s previous leadership working with government agencies to suppress stories to independent journalists Bari Weiss and Matt Taibbi. The reports have been released one at a time since the beginning of December.

While Elon Musk was criticized as a hypocrite after banning journalists from Twitter himself this month while still promoting the Twitter Files in the name of transparency and free speech, their impact has not been dulled.

Previous editions of the Twitter Files have highlighted the platform’s role in shaping Covid-19 information, coordination between the FBI and the platform, and suppression of the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden.

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Twitter Experienced Outage for Web Browser Users

More than 10,000 affected users from the United States, about 2,500 from Japan and about 2,500 from the UK at the peak of the disruption

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Twitter had its first significant outage under Elon Musk, as most users affected faced technical issues accessing the social network via a web browser (h/t Reuters). 

More than 10,000 affected users from the United States, about 2,500 from Japan and about 2,500 from the UK at the peak of the disruption, according to Downdetector, a website that tracks outages through various sources. 

While the outage did affect many users, service did return to normal on Wednesday night as Musk commented on the cause for many to have issues with using the social media platform through a web browser. 

“Significant backend server architecture changes rolled out,” Musk tweeted. “Twitter should feel faster.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to the reporting done by Reuters; nonetheless, it didn’t stop users from going on their mobile phones, which were working for the majority, to share updates and creates regarding the situation. 

The platform’s outage on Wednesday was the latest issue since Musk completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter. 

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Bloomberg Denies Interest in Dow Jones, The Washington Post

A Bloomberg spokesperson stated on Sunday that there’s no interest in buying either the Dow Jones or The Washington Post.

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A report last week from Axios revealed that Bloomberg was interested in buying either the Dow Jones or The Washington Post. However, days since that news came out, the company denied any interest in expanding. 

However, it didn’t take long for the media outlet to deny the reporting as a Bloomberg spokesperson stated on Sunday that there’s no interest in buying either the Dow Jones or The Post. 

“There have been no conversations with anyone or either organization about an acquisition. The company has no interest in acquiring either.” – Ty Trippet, Bloomberg LP spokesman, said on Twitter

According to the report from Axios, Bloomberg wants two purchase either of these two media outlets to form a news business empire that reaches its audience also in print form. 

Nonetheless, it appears all for not as the company owned by billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is content with where they’re now. 

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