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AP Decides That Crimea Can No Longer Be Called Part of Ukraine (HuffPost)
The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it is changing the dateline on all of its stories from Crimea now that the region is being controlled by Russia and not Ukraine. The wire service said that it would no longer identify stories written there as coming from “Ukraine.” Rather, they will carry the dateline “Crimea.” The Hill / Global Affairs “Previously, we wrote ‘SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP).’ But Ukraine no longer controls Crimea, and AP datelines should reflect the facts on the ground,” the news wire wrote in a guidance. Effective this week, the AP said it will now name a city and then Crimea. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Because of a quirk of geography — the fact that Crimea doesn’t share a land border with Russia — the AP says it won’t use a “SEVASTOPOL, Russia” dateline, which would inevitably spur a heated political debate. The Guardian The AP has waded into controversy before on its quest to avoid controversy. A year ago, the AP banned “illegal immigrant” and “illegal” to describe a person, explaining that “‘illegal’ should describe only an action,” especially as the editors decided it was important not to label people, “instead of behavior.” Slate / The Slatest The latest decision also begs the question, what would the AP do if there were a shared border or if Russia were to grab more land in Ukraine, thereby connecting the regions?

David Frum Named Senior Editor at The Atlantic (The Atlantic)
The veteran political commentator and author David Frum is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor beginning March 31, James Bennet, its editor-in-chief, announced Wednesday. In his new role, Frum will write for the website and the magazine and participate in Atlantic events. FishbowlNY Frum has most recently been a contributor to CNN and The Daily Beast, but this marks a return to full-time journalism for him. Frum has worked for the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. He served as a special assistant and speech writer for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002, and was a senior foreign policy advisor for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. NYT In addition to his long career as a journalist, Frum has written eight books; in 2012, he wrote an eBook, Why Romney Lost, that was published within 48 hours of the presidential election. Capital New York He joins a national affairs team that includes heavyweights like Molly Ball, Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Fallows, Conor Friedersdorf and Peter Beinart. In a statement, Bennet called Frum a “gutsy, heterodox thinker and a lovely writer.”

Phone Hacker Says His News Corp. Bosses Pressured Him to Take The Fall for Others (HuffPost / Reuters)
The former royal editor at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of The World told a London court on Wednesday senior figures at News Corp.’s British newspaper arm put pressure on him to take the flak for phone-hacking to protect others. The Independent Clive Goodman, 56, who was jailed in 2007 for illegally accessing royal aides’ messages, told the Old Bailey that in return for not implicating or naming those involved in illegal practices at the tabloid, he was promised he could “bounce back” with a job and a similar salary inside the U.K. arm of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Andy Coulson, the former World editor, who was later David Cameron’s media chief, was named by Goodman as one executive who tried to secure his silence. WSJ The testimony contradicts News Corp.’s long-standing assertions that executives at the U.K. unit, called News International at the time, were broadly unaware of alleged widespread phone hacking. Goodman said the lawyer told him at the time that he could keep his job at the World if he didn’t implicate others in phone hacking. The attorney’s name can’t be published because of British restrictions on reporting some legal proceedings. NYT / Reuters After the phone hacking was made public in 2007, News International officials said publicly and in Parliament that the practice had been limited to Goodman and a private detective, Glenn Mulcaire, who worked for the paper. Rebekah Brooks, who had become News International’s chief executive, and Coulson are now on trial, accused of conspiracy to hack phones.