CJR: Phoenix, USAT deny pre-pub review claim

Taser International asserts Gannett’s two biggest newspapers agreed to show the controversial stun-gun maker any stories they wrote before publication, as part of a lawsuit settlement — claims they deny, Columbia Journalism Review reports today. The papers are USA Today and The Arizona Republic.

Taser made the claims in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing that CJR says amount to false statements. The trade publication’s account is a fascinating inside glimpse at the machinations of lawsuits against newspapers — and the settlements that sometimes follows.

[Photo: the X26 model stun gun, Taser International]

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