Investigations galore

"Did the AP collaborate with the Nazis? Is it even possible to report on said regimes without some compromises?" wonders Chicago Tribune's Charles Johnson after reading Philip Oltermann's Guardian exposé on exactly how the Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis (at 2,600+ shares right now). "The Guardian seems to be playing hardball in its subscription renegotiation," notes Dave Clark with Agence France-PressePolitical Capital's Ned Resnikoff calls it "Access journalism's ne plus ultra," following up with the observation, "Sometimes you need to do unsavory things if you're to win the morning." Josée Rose at the Wall Street Journal observes, "The AP allowed the Nazis to use its photo archives for its antisemitic propaganda literature." From the article: "Associated Press, which has described itself as the 'marine corps of journalism' ('always the first in and the last out') was the only western news agency able to stay open in Hitler’s Germany, continuing to operate until the US entered the war in 1941. It thus found itself in the presumably profitable situation of being the prime channel for news reports and pictures out of the totalitarian state." 

Here is the AP's response to these allegations: “As we continue to research this matter, AP rejects any notion that it deliberately ‘collaborated’ with the Nazi regime. An accurate characterisation is that the AP and other foreign news organisations were subjected to intense pressure from the Nazi regime from the year of Hitler’s coming to power in 1932 until the AP’s expulsion from Germany in 1941. AP management resisted the pressure while working to gather accurate, vital and objective news in a dark and dangerous time.”

Also on the subject of investigations, a massive leak of confidential documents appears to reveal rampant corruption within the oil industry, implicating dozens in allegations of bribery and graft. "THE COMPANY THAT BRIBED THE WORLD," summarizes Al Jazeera's Will Jordan. There's also a huge new corporate corruption scandal, and here's why everyone should care. "It's never good when press gets 10,000+ of your internal emails. But it's especially bad if you pay bribes," concludes that post's author Nick Baumann. Meanwhile, new U.S. terror-finance rules apparently are driving money underground. Sidebar on that story: "@RachelEnsignWSJ wins the day with an OVER THE ATLANTIC OCEAN dateline," muses colleague Samuel Rubenfeld.

Tuning the dial to politics, Washington Post's Karen Tumulty analyzes the unlikely pair of kindred spirits, Donald Trump and his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. "In sitdown last week w/ @ktumulty, Corey Lewandowski admitted his loyalty to Trump sometimes overrides his judgment," points out Matea Gold. While we're doing detailed introductions, get to know Trump's new Russia advisor, Carter Page. "Trump’s new Russia whiz has 'real world' experience, including close ties to Kremlin’s Gazprom," pointedly notes Bloomberg's Zachary Mider. Elsewhere in trending Trump dishes, for the sake of everyone involved, we really hope this didn't go down at a Trump rally the way the Daily Beast says it did. "I want my mommy," pleads Meredith Blake at the LA Times. We can relate to that reaction. Meanwhile, Obama shortened prison sentences for 61 drug offenders and Joe Biden reminds us curing cancer is within reach.

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