Will There Be a ‘Rigged’ Election—Against People of Color?

Some writers are calling voter suppression the real crime. 

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The headline coming out of Wednesday’s Hillary ClintonDonald Trump presidential debate was Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the Nov. 8 election results, following his claims that the process was “rigged.”

In fact, many observers have written, it is Republicans who are “rigging” the election through voter suppression of people of color.


The 2016 election is the first presidential contest in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act — and the country is witnessing the greatest rollback of voting rights since the act was passed five decades ago, as Ari Berman, contributing writer for the Nation and author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” has written.

Those observers don’t include only journalists. As Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow reported in July for the Washington Post, U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson wrote of Wisconsin’s voter ID law, “The evidence in this case casts doubt on the notion that voter ID laws foster integrity and confidence.

“The Wisconsin experience demonstrates that a preoccupation with mostly phantom election fraud leads to real incidents of disenfranchisement, which undermine rather than enhance confidence in elections, particularly in minority communities. To put it bluntly, Wisconsin’s strict version of voter ID law is a cure worse than the disease.”

[Green Party candidate Jill Stein made the same point about voter suppression in commenting on the debate Thursday on “Democracy Now!”]

GOP footprints on voter suppression run deep. Paul Waldman, a senior writer at the American Prospect, wrote Monday in the Post, “How is it possible that the Republican nominee for president would be able to convince so many people that the voting will be rigged? Maybe it’s because conservative media figures and Republican politicians have for years been saying that ACORN, an organization that was focused in part on registering poor people to vote, was in the business of stealing elections.

“Indeed, even though ACORN went out of business in 2010, for years afterward Republicans continued to insert provisions into spending bills banning the group from receiving federal money. A group that no longer existed. After the 2012 election, half of Republicans said in one poll that they believed this non-existent organization stole the election for [President] Obama.

“If you’re wondering why when he’s in Pennsylvania, Trump will tell his nearly all-white audiences to watch the polls in ‘certain areas,’ look no further than Fox News’ extraordinary campaign to convince its viewers that a 2008 incident in Philadelphia — in which a couple of knuckleheads from the New Black Panther Party stood outside a polling place glaring menacingly at voters — was a crime on par with the Rape of Nanking or the Armenian genocide.

“In one two-week period in 2010, Megyn Kelly did 45 separate segments on the New Black Panther case, despite the fact that George W. Bush’s Justice Department decided it was too trivial to merit any criminal charges. . . .”

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has played a part. Sophia Tesfaye wrote Monday for Salon, “Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is being applauded for publicly rebuking his running mate Donald Trump’s repeated claims of a ‘rigged’ election, yet what’s gone under the radar is that [the] Indiana governor may be allowing voter suppression in his own state.

“On Sunday when Pence appeared on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation,’ host John Dickerson asked him about Trump’s claims that the election is ‘absolutely rigged’ and his calls for supporters to closely monitor polling places for voter fraud. ‘I don’t think any American should ever attempt to make any other American nervous’ when voting, Pence responded.

“Dickerson did not question Pence, however, about why Indiana State Police recently seized 45,000 voter-registration applications, most of them from black voters. So while viewers may have given Pence credit for seeming relatively reasonable compared with his running mate, alleged voter suppression in his own backyard went largely unnoticed amid the hoopla over Trump’s hysterical claims. . . .”

Berman wrote Monday for the Nation, “Trump is pouring gasoline on a fire his own party created.

“The GOP’s voter-fraud crusade dates back to the 2000 election in Florida. That year, the state of Florida wrongly purged thousands of voters from the rolls, as I reported in a Nation excerpt from my book Give Us the Ballot. . .

” ‘The NAACP sued Florida after the election for violating the Voting Rights Act (VRA). As a result of the settlement, the company that the Florida legislature entrusted with the purge — the Boca Raton-based Database Technologies (DBT) — ran the names on its 2000 purge list using stricter criteria. The exercise turned up 12,000 voters who shouldn’t have been labeled felons. That was 22 times Bush’s 537-vote margin of victory.’

” ‘No one could ever determine precisely how many voters who were incorrectly labeled felons were turned away from the polls. But the US Civil Rights Commission launched a major investigation into the 2000 election fiasco, and its acting general counsel, Edward Hailes, did the math the best that he could.

“If 12,000 voters were wrongly purged from the rolls, and 44 percent of them were African-American, and 90 percent of African-Americans voted for [Democrat Al] Gore, that meant 4,752 black Gore voters — almost nine times Bush’s margin of victory — could have been prevented from voting. It’s not a stretch to conclude that the purge cost Gore the election. . . .”

Kevin Baker, Maureen Dowd, Roxane Gay, Susan Chira, Emily Bazelon, Will Wilkinson, Arthur C. Brooks, Wajahat Ali, Andrew Rosenthal, Teresa Tritch, Ioan Grillo, Anna North, Paul Krugman, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Carol Giacomo, Mark Schmitt, Katha Pollitt, Zeynep Tufekci, Elizabeth Williamson, Peter Wehner, New York Times: What We Saw in the Final Debate

Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call: Wednesday’s Presidential Debate: A Reality TV Show Gone Bad

Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post: Fact-checking the third Clinton-Trump presidential debate

The ADL report included this anti-Semitic tweet sent to a journalist: The gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp, modified to say “Machen Amerika Great,” with a Trump insignia printed underneath. (Credit: Washington Post)
The ADL report included this anti-Semitic tweet sent to a journalist: The gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp, modified to say “Machen Amerika Great,” with a Trump insignia printed underneath. (Credit: Washington Post)

Anti-Semitic Tweets Hit Jewish Journalists

Nearly 20,000 anti-Semitic tweets have been directed at more than 800 journalists since the 2016 presidential campaign began, often because those journalists voiced critical opinions about Donald Trump, the Anti-Defamation League said Wednesday,” Dylan Byers reported for CNN Money.

“The anti-Semitic Twitter attacks, which have increased as the campaign has gone on, represent what the ADL describes in a new report as a ‘disturbing’ and ‘execrable’ trend.

” ‘There is evidence that a considerable number of the anti-Semitic tweets targeting journalists originate with people identifying themselves as Trump supporters, ‘conservatives’ or extreme right-wing elements,” the ADL report states.

“While the ADL is careful to note that Trump did not support these tweets, the group says he ‘may have contributed to an environment in which reporters were targeted’ because of his anti-media rhetoric, which has included labeling reporters ‘absolute scum’ and saying that while he did not want to kill reporters, he did ‘hate them.’

“The ADL says that of the 2.6 million tweets containing anti-Semitic language between August 2015 and July 2016, the top 10 most targeted journalists (all of whom are Jewish) received 83 percent of them.

Julia Ioffe, a Washington-based journalist, received tweets that referred to her using slurs and said ‘Back to the Ovens!’ after she wrote a profile of Melania Trump for GQ.

Jonathan Weisman, an editor at The New York Times, was sent images of ovens and of himself wearing Nazi ‘Juden’ stars after tweeting about casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s support for Trump, and after making note of the responses to Ioffe’s article.

Hadas Gold, a reporter at Politico, recently received an image of herself wearing a Nazi ‘Juden’ star with a bullet hole in her head because she had been critical of Trump. . . .”

Byers also wrote, “Asked to comment on the ADL’s report, a Twitter spokesperson said the company would be introducing new safety improvements in the weeks ahead. . . .”

ADL: ADL Task Force Issues Report Detailing Widespread Anti-Semitic Harassment of Journalists on Twitter During 2016 Campaign

Anna North, New York Times: What It’s Like to Fight Online Hate

Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post: In 2016, people have read anti-Semitic tweets 10 billion times, many from Trump supporters

Debate Renewed Over Journalists’ Politics

The Center for Public Integrity has issued a report claiming to detail how ‘journalists’ have donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign far more than to Donald Trump’s,” Terry Krepel wrote Tuesday for Huffington Post.

The report [PDF] became a talking point for the Trump campaign in the post-debate analysis Wednesday night, as Trump and his surrogates charged media bias.

The report Monday said, “In all, people identified in federal campaign finance filings as journalists, reporters, news editors or television news anchors — as well as other donors known to be working in journalism — have combined to give more than $396,000 to the presidential campaigns of Clinton and Trump, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.

“Nearly all of that money — more than 96 percent — has benefited Clinton: About 430 people who work in journalism have, through August, combined to give about $382,000 to the Democratic nominee, the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis indicates.

“About 50 identifiable journalists have combined to give about $14,000 to Trump. . . .”

However, Krepel wrote, “But if you read the report closely — which the right-wing media has no interest in doing — it’s obvious that CPI is using an overly broad definition of ‘journalist.’

Carole Simpson (Credit: C-SPAN)
Carole Simpson (Credit: C-SPAN)

“The star finding, usually cited in right-wing stories on the report, is that former ABC anchor Carole Simpson has donated $2,800 to Clinton. What CPI doesn’t make clear: Simpson left ABC in 2006 and currently works as a college professor.

“Insisting that Simpson continue to be held to the standards of a job she has not held for a decade — CPI offers no evidence that Simpson made any political donations while employed as a journalist — is simply dishonest. . . .”

Simpson would certainly agree.

She told Journal-isms by email, “When I worked for CBS, NBC and ABC as a broadcast journalist, there was never any doubt in my mind that giving money, campaigning, or wearing political buttons was strictly forbidden. A clause was even in our contracts that this behavior was grounds for reprimand and even firing. The restriction was understandable. Reporters are to be objective at all times because to be trusted, the public should have confidence that you are not biased.

“But I retired 10 years ago from reporting the news and became an academician. I have been teaching at Emerson College since 2007. Hillary was a friend and someone who could potentially become the first female president of the United States. I was invited to a fundraiser and accepted. I believe that since I am no longer a working journalist, I should be able to exercise my political rights like every other citizen[,] have the same political rights as any other citizen . . . not in journalism.

“Okay?”

The center’s report also cited ESPN’s Claire Smith. “At ESPN, baseball news editor Claire Smith has made numerous small-dollar contributions to Clinton’s campaign that add up to almost $600. Smith, who in a tweet last week described Trump as a ‘would-be dictator & sexual predator,’ did not return requests for comment, and ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo declined to comment.

“But ESPN’s political advocacy policy states that employees such as Smith ‘must avoid being publicly identified with various sides of political issues’ and that the sports network ‘discourages public participation in matters of political advocacy or controversy among editorial employees.’ . . .”

Cafardo referred Journal-isms to the political advocacy policy. Smith messaged Journal-isms on Thursday, “There is no issue of a policy violation. That much is clear, as affirmed by the company for which I proudly work. ”

 

The issue of journalists’ support for candidates comes up every presidential election cycle.

In 2007, Bill Dedman wrote for MSNBC.com:

The TV reporter in Omaha who posted a photo of herself on Facebook.com with a congressional candidate, urging her friends to vote for him, is no longer working at the station.

“Also out: an editorial cartoonist who said he didn’t ‘give a rat’s ass’ about his newspaper’s policy on campaign contributions by journalists.

“And one newspaper has dropped the syndicated column ‘The Ethicist’ by New York Times writer Randy Cohen because of his donation to MoveOn.org, which he said he had thought of as ‘nonpartisan.’ . . .”

Cooper Allen, USA Today: Trump gets a rare newspaper endorsement

Ben Collins, Daily Beast: Student: Jerry Falwell Jr. Axed Anti-Trump Story from Liberty University’s School Newspaper

Joe Davidson, Washington Post: Two federal unions cling to Trump, despite everything

EFE: Clinton holds 50-point lead over Trump among Hispanic voters, poll shows

Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: ‘Nothing to See Here’ Is Pundit Takeaway on DNC Leaks

James Kirchick, Daily News, New York: Black voters vs. populism: Why African-Americans so powerfully resisted the siren song of Donald Trump — and before him, Bernie Sanders

Errol Louis, Daily News, New York: What Donald Trump should say now: Follow the examples of Teddy Kennedy and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Andrés Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Trump’s Republican Party must regain its moral compass, or dissolve (Oct. 13)

Media Matters for America: Maddow Highlights Trump Campaign Hiring The Man Behind Fox News’ New Black Panther Party Obsession

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter Institute: Report: Voters want journalists to fact-check Trump and Clinton

Mark Joseph Stern, Slate: The GOP Created the “Rigged Vote” Myth

Doug Tsuruoka, Asia Times: Asian American discrimination will outlast the election

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: People magazine follow-up raises question: Why did it publish Trump puff piece?

Man Hurls N-Word at Reporter; Cops Called

A Virginia man was arrested after a street confrontation in Charleston in which racial slurs were directed at Steve Crump, a veteran WBTV (Channel 3) reporter and maker of award-winning civil rights documentaries,” Mark Washburn reported Tuesday for the Charlotte Observer.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg contacted Crump later on the day of the incident to apologize on behalf of the city.

Brian Eybers, 21, is in the Charleston County Detention Center with a Friday court date on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, a glass pipe like that used to smoke crack, police said,” Washburn reported.

“Crump said Tuesday that he was in Charleston Oct. 8 to cover Hurricane Matthew. He had completed an interview and was returning to his news van when a man on the street began making an iPad video of him.

“ ‘He was doing commentary of the neighborhood,’ said Crump. ‘Then he starts off saying, “There’s a black guy walking around here, no he’s a slave, no he’s the n-word.” ‘

“Crump, 59, the great-great grandson of Kentucky slaves who has produced hours of specials for public TV about civil rights in addition to his reporting work for Channel 3, walked up to Eybers and asked him what he’d just said.

“ ‘I went from zero to 60 like that,’ Crump said.

“ ‘Steve isn’t going to let something like that lie,’ said Dennis Milligan, WBTV’s news director.

“In the video, Crump is heard asking the man to spell the word he was just called.

“ ‘N as in Nancy, I as in indigo, G as in grant,’ he began.

” After Crump turned to leave, Eybers stood in front of the news van, blocking it from leaving. Crump called police. . . . ”

In April, the National Association of Black Journalists selected Crump as the recipient of its first Journalist of the Year Award recognizing a journalist in a small or medium-sized market.

Rate of law enforcement killings, per million population per year, 1999-2011. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.
Rate of law enforcement killings per million population per year, 1999-2011. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.)

Media Take a Pass on Police Killings of Natives

In 2014, Mike Males, senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, reported that Native Americans are 3.1 times more likely to be killed by police than white Americans, based on his analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1999 to 2014.

The racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native Americans, followed by African Americans, Latinos, Whites, and Asian Americans,” Males reported then.

Apparently, few were paying attention. In the October issue of In These Times, posted Monday, Stephanie Woodyard reports on the media coverage of these deaths.

. . . these killings of Native people go almost entirely unreported by mainstream U.S. media,” Woodyard writes.

“In a paper presented in April at a Western Social Science Association meeting, Claremont Graduate University researchers Roger Chin, Jean Schroedel and Lily Rowen reviewed articles about deaths-by-cop published between May 1, 2014, and October 31, 2015, in the top 10 U.S. newspapers by circulation: the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Denver Post, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.

“. . . Of the 29 Native Americans killed by police during that time, only one received sustained coverage — Paul Castaway, a Rosebud Sioux man shot dead in Denver while threatening suicide. The Denver Post ran six articles, totaling 2,577 words. The killing of Suquamish tribal member Daniel Covarrubias, shot when he reached for his cell phone, received a total of 515 words in the Washington Post and the New York Times (which misidentified him as Latino). The other 27 deaths received no coverage.

“Compare this media blackout with the coverage of the next-most-likely group to be killed by police. The researchers found that the 10 papers devoted hundreds of articles to the 413 African Americans killed by police in that period, as well as to Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests and police violence more broadly.

“That’s largely a testament to the power of the BLM movement, which exploded after the Aug. 9, 2014 killing of Michael Brown. When Minneapolis police killed both White Earth Ojibwe tribal member Philip Quinn, 30, and African-American Jamar Clark, 24, during the fall of 2015, Clark’s story was well-reported, while Quinn’s passing, like those of almost all other Native victims, was barely noted.

“Nor did major media report on a spate of Native jailhouse deaths in 2015. . . .”

Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune: ’13th’ documentary shows black people migrating from slavery to prison

Amy Goodman with Stephanie Woodard and James Rideout, “Democracy Now!”: “The Police Killings No One Is Talking About”: Native Americans Most Likely to be Killed by Cops

Shaun King, Daily News, New York: The investigations into the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile should be done by now

Shaun King, Daily News, New York: The irrational demand for black victims of police violence to be perfect

Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: ‘13th’ offers searing exposé of mass jailing of blacks

Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, Minneapolis: Video of Edina police officer confronting a black man goes viral

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press: US policing leader apologizes for historical racial abuse

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press: Reactions are mixed to police leader’s apology

Will Wright blog: Giuliani’s “Stop and frisk” was hell on earth for decent men of color!

Kardashian Presses Case Against MediaTakeOut

If the owners of the MediaTakeOut gossip site thought a contrite apology published Friday would quash a libel suit filed by reality-show star Kim Kardashian West, they were wrong.

“What they published did not end the lawsuit,” Kardashian West’s lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, told Journal-isms by telephone on Wednesday.

As Nicole Bitette reported Saturday for the Daily News in New York, “The 35-year-old reality TV personality was tied up and robbed at gunpoint of $5.6 million dollars worth of jewelry in a Paris hotel on Oct. 3.”

Lisa Respers France reported Oct. 12 for CNN Money, “The reality star filed suit in a federal lawsuit in New York against MediaTakeOut.com — and its founder Fred Mwangaguhunga — alleging they libeled her.

“According to the suit Media Takeout published a series of stories ‘in which they claimed, without any factual support whatsoever, that Kardashian faked the robbery, lied about the violent assault, and then filed a fraudulent complaint with her insurance company to bilk her carrier out of millions of dollars.’ . . .”

Mwangaguhunga did not respond to an emailed request for comment Wednesday.

This year's college and high school summer interns at the Dallas Morning News. (Credit: David Woo/Dallas Morning News)
This year’s college and high school summer interns at the Dallas Morning News. (Credit: David Woo/Dallas Morning News)

Texas’ Racial Image Can Scare Away Interns

African Americans are missing from the photo above of the 2016 class of college interns at the Dallas Morning News and its Spanish-language offshoot, Al Día. One reason might be surprising.

“Sometimes, it’s difficult to attract kids of color who may have heard stories — whether those stories are true or not — about bad race relations in Texas,” Selwyn Crawford, assistant metro editor/public safety and internship coordinator, told Journal-isms by email on Wednesday. “But we’ll never stop trying.”

Crawford also wrote, “For the 2016 class of college interns, The Dallas Morning News had 16 budgeted (paid) positions. Some of those were not pictured in the flyer because of prior obligations. Of those 16 positions, six (6) — 37.5 percent — were filled by racially or ethnically diverse candidates. In addition, two other diversity candidates, both African-American females, initially accepted an internship offer from us then subsequently, and unexpectedly, withdrew their acceptance. One of those did so just days before her internship was scheduled to begin.”

The News is accepting applications for the 2017 class. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. For more information, visit www.dallasnews.com/internships.

Kara Lawson at Morgan State symposium. (Credit: Brent Lewis/the Undefeated)
Kara Lawson at Morgan State symposium. (Credit: Brent Lewis/the Undefeated)

Subjectivity in Media Business Enables Racism, Sexism

At the beginning of her career as an ESPN broadcaster, Kara Lawson, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist in women’s basketball, found it difficult to see a path forward,” Jill Hudson wrote Tuesday for the Undefeated. “Success as a TV analyst wasn’t as clearly defined as athletics, where it is obvious how fast a player can run or how many points she scored.

“As a broadcaster, ‘I’ve watched people be promoted over me,’ said Lawson, who played college basketball under legendary head coach Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee. ‘That can be defeating to see other people get opportunities that you are afraid you won’t have because subjectivity plays such a part in your advancement in this business. That has been very, very challenging to deal with.’ ”

Hudson was part of a panel discussion Tuesday at Morgan State University, the first symposium in a year-long research and journalism partnership between Morgan State and the Undefeated.

“Changing an old and established narrative can sometimes feel like an impossible task,” Hudson continued. “But a shift in the public perception of black female athletes is long overdue, even as images of powerful and accomplished African-Americans are more prevalent in the wider culture. . . .”

Hudson also wrote, ” ‘Public conversations around the experience of black female athletes can be shaped by people who don’t necessarily understand their backgrounds, upbringing and challenges. The mainstream sports media is still overwhelmingly white and male, which means there are often a lot of problematic spots in the portrayal of black women athletes, said Lonnae O’Neal, a senior writer for The Undefeated.

“ ‘There aren’t a lot of African-American sports writers or editors — and certainly not black females — and that shapes the kinds of coverage we get,’ she said. ‘We lack the language, the sensibility and even the expertise for people to evaluate us on an even playing field.’ . . .”

Ali Velshi Joins MSNBC

Business journalist Ali Velshi, a host on Al Jazeera America, which closed in April, joined MSNBC on Wednesday.

Ali Velshi
Ali Velshi

Ali brings a unique mix of experience and perspective on both domestic and international issues,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo the staff. “He was most recently a primetime anchor at Al Jazeera America and previously had a long career with CNN as an anchor and chief business correspondent.

“Ali made a name for himself covering tragic events in Pakistan and Turkey, the debt crisis in Greece, and the impact of devastating hurricanes here at home. He has earned a first-rate reputation as a business expert through his reporting on the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. government’s bailout plan, the automobile industry, and the debt ceiling and budget debates.

“Ali’s sharp economic analysis will be a valuable asset to MSNBC as we dig deeper into every angle of the news and build on our ratings momentum in all dayparts. . . .”

Short Takes

‘PTI’ hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon have signed new multiyear contract extensions to stay at ESPN,” Tony Maglio reported Wednesday for theWrap.com “Both will also continue their work on other platforms owned by the powerful Disney cable channel, most notably Wilbon’s NBA commentary. . . .”

The New York Times brought a new generation of the Sulzberger family into its top ranks on Wednesday, naming Arthur Gregg Sulzberger the deputy publisher,” Sydney Ember reported Wednesday for the Times. “The appointment positions him to succeed his father as publisher and chairman of The New York Times Company. Should he ascend to that position, Mr. Sulzberger, 36, would represent the fifth generation of his family to serve as publisher since the family patriarch, Adolph S. Ochs, purchased the newspaper in 1896. . . .”

The money-losing, morale-sapped New York Daily News — whose tightening belt has increasingly come to resemble a noose — sustained yet another shock Tuesday with the abrupt departure of Editor in Chief Jim Rich,” Lloyd Grove reported Tuesday for the Daily Beast. “The 45-year-old Rich, who made a splash with attention-getting front pages after Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman installed him in the top job a mere 13 months ago, was immediately replaced by Arthur Browne, the longtime editorial page editor and Zuckerman confidant who joined the 97-year-old tabloid as a copy boy more than four decades ago. . . .” Last year, Browne wrote “One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York,” about the first black officer in the New York Police Department.

Indigenous people often pay the greatest price when the landscape is developed for the benefit of the world’s industrial economy,” Chris Clarke wrote Sept. 7 for KCET-TV in Burbank, Calif., in a piece republished Saturday by the Indian Country Today Media Network. “When your culture is intimately interwoven with a healthy and diverse natural landscape, you’re much more likely to take it personally when outside investors propose to pave that landscape. Far too often it’s not just Native culture at stake, but Native people’s very lives. A 2015 survey by the group Global Witness documented 908 environmentalists killed in retaliation for their activism between 2002 and 2013. Of those 908 activists killed, 40 percent were indigenous people. Right now the eyes of the nation are focused on Standing Rock. . . .”

Rolling Stone quietly removed an online article about the NBA and domestic violence on Friday, two days after it was published, POLITICO has learned,” Peter Sterne reported Monday for Politico. “The piece, titled ‘Why Derrick Rose Rape Trial May Wreck NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s Legacy’ by weekly columnist Beejoli Shah, examined how league commissioner Adam Silver has disciplined different basketball players accused of domestic violence and specifically noted his silence regarding Derrick Rose, the New York Knicks star whose civil trial for alleged gang rape is currently underway. . . .” A federal jury in Los Angeles Wednesday found that a woman’s rape claim against Rose and two friends was not credible, Joel Rubin reported for the Los Angeles Times.

NPR says its radio broadcasts, podcasts, and digital reporting have all reached new heights in 2016,” Radio Ink reported Tuesday. “CEO Jarl Mohn says, ‘NPR’s increased ratings and digital engagement can be attributed to first-rate journalism, riveting storytelling, revamped newsmagazines, live reporting, and better user platforms.’ Mohn added NPR is substantially outperforming commercial radio news operations. ‘Commercial news radio, which operates in the same news cycle and is affected by the same events, is up 15% percent in the morning, NPR is up 26%. In the afternoons, commercial news radio is up 19% in the top markets, NPR is up 43%.’ . . .”

Joao Pierre S. Ruth
Joao Pierre S. Ruth

João-Pierre S. Ruth, the New York editor for tech news site Xconomy, has left to pursue another interest,” Chris Roush reported Tuesday for Talking Biz News. “Ruth had been with Xconomy since June 2011 and the editor of its New York site since March 2013. . . .”

Last week, Deputy Metro Editor Michael Luo wrote an open letter to the woman who yelled at him and his family to ‘go back to China,‘ ” the New York Times reported Tuesday. “Since then, thousands of Asian-Americans have come forward to share their own experiences with racial prejudice. Why did the letter resonate with so many? What can be done to address this issue of ‘otherization’ of Asian-Americans that was addressed in the letter? What is the proper response to these kinds of incidents? And is there a path forward? New York Times journalists, experts and readers discussed these issues Tuesday in a live chat. . . .”

In downtown Los Ángeles last week, HISPANICIZE held a full-day conference convening journalists, bloggers and public relations professionals from across the country to attend workshops about relevant topics surrounding today’s social media and technology,” Cynthia Moreno reported Tuesday for vidaenelvalle.com. “Other workshops featured well-known social media gurus, movie producers, journalists and filmmakers who shared their stories of making it to the top. But no other workshop was better attended than the one that posed the question, ‘Where is the Latino Jesse Jackson When You Need Him?’” . . .”

In school and in the newsroom, journalists are always taught to eliminate bias from stories,” Arriel Vinson, a rising senior at Indiana University at Bloomington, wrote Tuesday for blavity.com. She also wrote, “As a black journalist, I find these rules even more problematic. . . . . I can’t separate my blackness from my work, as I’m usually expected to. I can’t separate my blackness from any part of me because, if we’re being honest, I am black first and everything else follows. When I’m in the field, I’m not looked at as just a reporter, I’m looked at as the black reporter. When I’m searching for a job, I’m not just a job candidate, I’m the black job candidate. . . .”

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