The New York Times today hits on a truism: Even as he’s been an icon of Minnesota since the the glaciers helped create Bluff Country, nobody really knows him. Read more →
There were two interviews in the media on Tuesday which deserved the attention in this space.
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The coverage of the aftermath of the mass killing in Orlando is following a well-worn path — we’ve gotten pretty good at developing the template in these sorts of things.
We’ve now reached the ‘don’t name the shooter’ debate. Read more →
It was surprising that a journalistically conservative news organization like the Associated Press would make the announcement it made Monday night, but it counted the noses, had the data, and reported what it knew. The superdelegates in the Clinton camp aren’t bound — as normal delegates are — but the reality is at this stage of the game, they weren’t going to change their minds. Nonetheless, it felt like it was at least on the edges of ‘hey, close enough’ journalism. Read more →
The Toronto Star faced an unusual ethical dilemma when Raveena Aulakh left instructions that the paper should not write about her death.
She took her own life in late May.
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There’s an odd result when you try to find the mugshot for Brock Turner, the Stanford swimmer who got a slap on the wrist for raping a woman.
It’s impossible to find. Read more →
She’ll host a public celebration at the lift station named in her honor on June 15.
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In a country full of talented radio broadcasters, there were few who were better at it than Ron Rosenbaum, 68, who died on Sunday morning. Rosenbaum, who as an attorney represented many of the Twin Cities media elite (including Tom Barnard), parlayed his legal acumen into successful radio stints at WCCO, KSTP, KFAN and, finally, Read more →
If you’re looking for signs of progress in Afghanistan, a country infamous for its trampling of women, this is as good as any. Read more →
NPR again pushed back today against an Associated Press story last week that strongly suggested a pro-peace, anti-nuke group in favor of the Iran nuclear treaty gained influence in NPR reporting through a grant to the news organization.
The Ploughshares Fund gave NPR $100,000 last year to fund its coverage of the treaty negotiations and subsequent deal. Read more →
Was NPR complicit in selling the Iran nuclear deal to the public? It matters of journalism ethics, only perception matters. Read more →
You wouldn’t know it by the journalism he’s been turning in, but Minnesota Public Radio reporter MPR reporter Mukhtar Ibrahim has had a challenge other reporters haven’t faced at the trial of three Somali men accused of trying to join the ISIS terror group in Syria. Ibrahim, who is Somali-American, has been singled out for different treatment than his white colleagues. Read more →
‘Could kindness be bad for your health?’ the Valley News Live story asked the other night, noting the Centers for Disease Control report that tuberculosis rates are rising in the country for the first time in 20 years. Read more →
The continuing fight between Public Radio and developing technology spilled into the open again today when an Indiana station said it will stop carrying This American Life because Ira Glass has cut a deal with Pandora to provide exclusive on-demand streaming. Public Radio stations can still stream the shows live on their websites.
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Here’s a pro tip from Washington Post syndicated political columnist Dana Milbank. Don’t ever declare you’ll eat your words if you’re wrong about something. Read more →