"CNN drew a fair share of criticism—and some shrugs—when it announced Thursday the hiring of recently fired Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a political commentator," Kelly McBride and Benjamin Mullin wrote Friday for the Poynter Institute.
"The pushback from journalists was twofold. First, Lewandowski was recorded on video manhandling Breitbart journalist Michelle Fields (he was arrested for battery; the charges were ultimately dropped), one of several examples of his stormy relationship with the press. And secondly, he was hired despite having signed a nondisclosure agreement that might prevent him from saying anything too critical about the campaign.
"So, given those caveats, should CNN have brought Lewandowski aboard? Below is a question-and-answer session between Managing Editor Benjamin Mullin and Kelly McBride, Poynter's vice president of academic programs and its media ethicist, about his hire.
"Given everything we've already mentioned, should CNN have hired Lewandowski?
"That's a really big question to answer. They're not asking him to be a journalist. They're asking him to be an apologist for Trump. And he's certainly cut out to do that. The biggest question I'd ask is, what value does he bring? He's basically going to be a commercial for Trump. He's not going to be able to provide any insight, because he signed a non-disclosure agreement. So he's not going to be able to reveal anything that's going to be truly insightful or new. I just wonder what value he brings other than the theatrics of defending Trump.
"I would think that there would be a better Republican to do that. A Republican who's maybe also raised some questions about Trump but has thrown his support behind Trump who might be able to parse the political implications of his candidacy.
"Isn't there a conflict of interest in bringing aboard a top-level campaign staffer?
"There's a definite conflict of interest there. And with many conflicts of interest, you have to manage them. . . ."
Brian Stelter wrote Thursday for CNN Money, "Lewandowski was Trump's campaign manager up until Monday, when he was fired after an intervention by Trump's family members.
"Hours after he was escorted out of Trump Tower, Lewandowski sat for multiple TV interviews, including a 29-minute interview with CNN's Dana Bash.
"That same day, he had multiple meetings with prospective television network employers.
"Two sources at one of CNN's main rivals, MSNBC, confirmed that Lewandowski had a meeting with executives there. One of the sources said that MSNBC subsequently told him that it would not be making an offer, mainly due to ethical concerns. . . ."
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Trump, Champion of the Downtrodden? Ha!
Laura Bult, Daily News, New York: Tennessee U.S. House candidate put up campaign billboard with the slogan 'Make America White Again'
Lloyd Grove, Daily Beast: What Can Ex-Trump Aide Corey Lewandowski Say on CNN?
J.D. Durkin, Mediaite: Former Trump Aide Indicates Lewandowski Was Ousted Over Judge Criticism
Robin Givhan, Washington Post: A fashion magazine is taking a stand against Donald Trump — with a plea to Ivanka
Eric Hananoki, Media Matters for America: Before Hiring Corey Lewandowski, CNN Cared About Attacks Against Its Staff
Jesse McCarthy, New York Times: Why Are Whites So Angry?
Media Matters for America: Trump Continues To Ignore Univision's Requests For An Interview
Albor Ruiz, Al Día, Philadelphia: Introducing the ideal Trump supporter
Brian Stelter, CNN Money: CNN hires Corey Lewandowski as political commentator
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: Another conflict of interest for CNN’s Corey Lewandowski?
Jon Wiener, the Nation: Relax, Donald Trump Can’t Win
"In the end those who placed their faith in the 'experts' were always going to be disappointed," Gary Younge wrote for Britain's Guardian Friday, commenting on the United Kingdom's stunning vote to leave the European Union.
"The pollsters were wrong; the currency traders were wrong; the pundits were confounded. People who did not feel they had been heard have not just spoken. Given a one-off chance to tell the world what they think of how they are governed they have screamed a piercing cry of alienation and desperation. . . ."
Young also wrote, "It is a banal axiom to insist that 'it’s not racist to talk about immigration'. It’s not racist to talk about black people, Jews or Muslims either. The issue is not whether you talk about them but how you talk about them and whether they ever get a chance to talk for themselves. When you dehumanise immigrants, using vile imagery and language, scapegoating them for a nation’s ills and targeting them as job-stealing interlopers, you stoke prejudice and foment hatred.
"The chutzpah with which the Tory right — the very people who had pioneered austerity, damaging jobs, services and communities — blamed immigrants for the lack of resources was breathtaking. The mendacity with which a section of the press fanned those flames was nauseating. The pusillanimity of the remain campaign’s failure to counter these claims was indefensible.
"Not everyone, or even most, of the people who voted leave were driven by racism. But the leave campaign imbued racists with a confidence they have not enjoyed for many decades and poured arsenic into the water supply of our national conversation. . . ."
Julia Ebner and Janet Anderson, the Guardian: I’m an Austrian in the UK – I don’t want to live in this increasingly racist country
Roy Greenslade, the Guardian: Newspapers struggle to reflect the momentous news of the Brexit vote
Roy Greenslade, the Guardian: Newspaper front pages reflect that this is a truly historic day
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: Brexit and the rising shades of Trumpism
Rick Sanchez, Fox News Latino: Brexit is a Trumpish move that will weaken Great Britain
Damon Young, verysmartbrothas.com: Why Brexit Should Scare the Shit Out of You, Explained
Brandon Benavides, an executive producer at KSAT-TV in San Antonio who has been active in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from his days as a student at American University, is the sole candidate for NAHJ president, the association announced on Thursday.
"After collecting signatures and vetting candidates we have finalized the list of candidates who will be running for positions on the national board in the 2016 elections," Ken Molestina, NAHJ elections chair, wrote to members.
Other candidates are: vice president online (uncontested) — Joe Ruiz; vice president broadcast — Rolando Arrieta and Willie Lora; vice president print — vacant; financial officer — Michelle Rindels and Elizabeth Aguilera.
Also, secretary (uncontested) — Nancy Flores; general at-large officer (uncontested) — Nathan Olivares-Giles; academic at-large officer — Laura Castaneda and Inez Gonzalez; Spanish at-large officer (uncontested) — Miguel Rosa.
Running uncontested for regional representatives are Rafael Mejia (Region 1); Erik Reyna (3); Blanca Rios (6) and Brian De Los Santos (8). Sebastian Vega is running unopposed as student representative. There are no candidates for regions 2, 4, 5 and 7.
As four-term president of the NAHJ Washington, D.C., chapter from 2010 to 2014, Benavides, 35, led creation of three joint job fairs.
The 2015 edition was held with the associations of black, Asian American and lesbian and gay journalists, and the Society of Professional Journalists. It attracted about 300 people, Benavides said then, including 215 jobseekers. On Saturday, Benavides plans to attend an NAHJ job fair in Chicago, recruiting for his station's owner, the Graham Media Group.
In his Texas hometown, to which he returned last year, Benavides is executive producer of "Good Morning San Antonio."
Before joining Washington's WRC-TV in March 2010, Benavides worked at KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities as a senior news producer for four years. He was previously executive producer for KETK-TV in Tyler, Texas.
He messaged Journal-isms that he would release his platform when campaigning officially begins next Friday.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists: NAHJ urges news media to not use the term "illegals" in news coverage
"President Obama’s attempt at immigration reform was the big loser at the Supreme Court Thursday, and affirmative action in university admissions was the winner," Emily Bazelon wrote Friday for the New York Times Magazine, beginning a discussion with Nikole Hannah-Jones, Eric Posner and William Baude.
"Let’s start with immigration: In this odd term of only eight justices, the court has weighed in on United States v. Texas with a 4-4 split and an unsatisfying one-line affirmance of the lower court to deny deportation relief to as many as five million immigrants who could have applied for it. . . .
"A question for you: Is there any way that Obama could try to implement his program for deportation relief in at least some parts of the country, despite Thursday’s ruling? With an eight-justice court, we may have to get used to this sort of question: When the Supreme Court divides evenly and simply affirms the lower-court ruling (which went against the administration in the immigration case), its opinions generally don’t make national law, or carry value as legal precedent, the way a majority opinion does.
"So why, exactly, are the administration’s hands are tied throughout the country by a ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which only has authority over Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi? . . ."
Ericka Cruz Guevarra, NPR "Code Switch": Roundup: Reactions To This Week's Supreme Court Decision On Affirmative Action
Ali Noorani, Fox News Latino: Immigration ruling just contributes to Washington's dysfunction, gridlock
Sabrina Vourvoulias, Philadelphia magazine: SCOTUS Deadlock on Obama’s Immigration Plan: Shameful and Wrong
The five-part, 7 1/2-hour documentary "O.J.: Made in America" reached 35 million viewers on television, an ESPN spokeswoman told Journal-isms on Friday. This, despite concerns that critical hosannas aside, some just did not want to relive the saga of a football legend who worked hard not to be perceived as black and who became the defendant in the "trial of the century."
This, despite FX's miniseries "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," which aired its finale on April 5.
"Yes, we are thrilled with the performance and critical acclaim," said Jay Jay Nesheim, senior director, communications, ESPN Films and Original Content.
"To date, OJ has reached 35.0 million viewers on TV. The first three parts of OJ have averaged 3,896,000 Viewers. So far, 880K unique devices watched OJ content (original, re-air, or VOD) on WatchESPN. These devices have generated 3.1 million show starts and 127.2 million minutes viewed. 70% of these unique devices watched OJ content on VOD (617K). Of those who watched on VOD, 85% watched exclusively on VOD (527K)."
The series debuted on Saturday night, June 11, on ABC, then switched to ESPN. Part one on ABC averaged 3.4 million viewers watching live or utilizing time shifting (for instance, DVR) within the same day, according to Nielsen.
Richard Brody, the New Yorker: The O.J. Story and the Flow of Information in a Pre-Internet World
Gregory Clay, insidesources.com: If O.J.'s defense is phony, verdict is baloney
LZ Granderson, the Undefeated: O.J. trial exposed blatant racism inside U.S. police departments (June 17)
Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider: The new O.J. Simpson documentary concludes with a bizarre irony (June 18)
Greg Howard, New York Times Magazine: Why ‘Transcending Race’ Is a Lie (June 17)
Barry Saunders, News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.: An O.J. documentary holds no appeal for me
"A group of New York state lawmakers sent a letter last week to President Barack Obama, asking him to issue a government apology for the passage and enforcement of the Chinese Exclusion Act," Chris Fuchs wrote Monday for NBC News Asian America.
"The letter, written by Democratic state Assemblyman Ron Kim and signed by 20 other state legislators, said there are striking parallels between the exclusion act, which banned Chinese from entering the United States or becoming citizens, and rhetoric that has surfaced in recent political discourse. . . ."
Tony Cao, a spokesman for Kim, told Journal-isms by email on Friday, "We're certainly glad that it's gotten the coverage it has, and hope that it reaches even more reporters and media outlets. One of our main goals is getting those interested to sign the Change.org petition, and that means reaching as wide an audience as possible."
Lynn Edmonds wrote Thursday for the Queens Tribune in New York, "Until today, Chinese individuals are the only national group that has been explicitly and entirely banned from immigrating to the United States. Throughout the ban, high volumes of individuals from other countries were able to enter and leave the United States.
"The Chinese Exclusion Act, and the [Geary] Act, which followed it, froze the lives of Chinese Americans already in the country, when it came to everything from starting a family to economic survival – let alone success. It also blocked any eventual pathway to citizenship and prohibited the Chinese population, which strongly skewed male, from marrying white women and owning land.. . ."
Fuchs also wrote, "The White House told NBC News that President Obama has addressed the Chinese Exclusion Act in past remarks, citing proclamations opening the 2013 and 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Months.
"In 2012, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), formally expressing regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act and other legislation that discriminated against Chinese Americans. A year before, the Senate unanimously voted through a similar resolution, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). . . ."
"Eleven days after the Orlando massacre, the public still does not have full access to transcripts of the 911 calls made by the shooter and his victims," Eliza Dewey reported Friday for the Miami Herald. "Thursday, a coalition of 25 media companies, including the parent company of the Miami Herald, filed suit against the city of Orlando for its refusal to release the calls from that night.
"The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Orange County, challenges the city’s contention that those calls are exempt from public records laws because they record the killing of a person. The media consortium argues that the Orlando shooting is similar to the infamous Sandy Hook school shooting, in which a Connecticut court ruled that related 911 calls were not confidential despite state laws that restricted the release of child abuse records.
"The lawsuit also asserts a key discrepancy in the city’s argument: 'The federal government has stated that there were no reports of gunfire during the three-hour standoff. Thus no recordings created during that time could have captured any killings.'
“ 'One important step in truly understanding what happened that night is contained in these and other records that haven’t been released,' said Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, executive editor of the Miami Herald, whose parent McClatchy joined the suit. “Under Florida law, the public has a right to know. That’s what we are asking for ‐ compliance with state law.'
"The lawsuit seeks a court order compelling Orlando to release not only Mateen's four separate calls to 911 and crisis negotiators that night, but also all 603 calls made to police and fire authorities during the three-hour attack, the majority of which are assumed to be from people inside the club or their loved ones. . . ."
CBS News and Associated Press: Orlando shooting investigators can't substantiate claim Omar Mateen was gay
Elyssa Cherney, Orlando Sentinel: Lawsuits filed over Pulse shooting 911 calls, police transmissions
Nelson W. Cunningham, Chicago Tribune: Whose extremism? Using the phrase 'Islamic extremism' — or not.
Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune: If John Lewis helped end segregation, he can help end the reign of the NRA
Editorial, Orlando Sentinel: Release full Pulse transcripts — without editing: Where We Stand
Michael Harriot, Ebony: For Black Americans, Gun Reform is a Civil Rights Issue
Dru Sefton, current.org: Orlando tragedy prompts WHYY to premiere gay history film online
"In an effort to increase diversity in station ownfership, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council today asked the FCC to conduct a proceeding to explore a marketplace means of doing it — tradeable diversity credits similar to the carbon emissions credits used in the energy industry," Harry A. Jessell reported Friday for TVNewsCheck.
"Here's how it would work, according to the MMTC:
"As the administrator of the program, the FCC would give diversity credits to small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) and to sellers in deals that result in greater structural diversity.
"Buyers in deals that result in less structural diversity would have to pay the FCC for that loss in the form of diversity credits. If they didn't have enough, they could buy them from other companies or SDBs, which would use the money to fund station acquisitions.
"The program would inject greater efficiency into station trading. Today, when large media companies merge, they often have to spin off or swap stations to comply with FCC ownership limits and, in some cases, negotiate additional conditions with the FCC and citizen groups.
"On top of that, it can take six months for the FCC to review a deal and make sure that all is in order.
"With the diversity credit, the merging companies would simply determine how many diversity credits they need and then go out and buy whatever they don't have. . . ."
"LeBron James has been criticized for his profanity-laced speech that offended parents and fans Wednesday after the Cavaliers’ NBA championship parade," Marla Ridenour wrote Friday for the Akron Beacon Journal.
"But Cuyahoga Falls native R.J. Nemer, who rose from self-started ICON Sports Management in Stow to his recent promotion to global head of golf clients for International Management Group, doesn’t believe James needs to apologize.
"James’ 16-minute speech at the rally at Mall B in Cleveland included 13 expletives, including two uses of the F-word. There was immediate reaction on Twitter, with WKYC-TV Channel 3 director Frank Macek tweeting it was 'very low class' and that the station had 'several viewer complaints.' . . .”
Debra Adams Simmons, the Undefeated: Just a kid from Akron
Stacey Conner Talley, the Shadow League: The Cavs Championship, Cleveland's Release, My Joy
"Reading about The Bainbridge Times, a monthly newspaper launched in May by a pair of charismatic Brooklyn siblings, it’s clear these media barons have their heads screwed on right," Richard Horgan wrote Friday for FishbowlNY. "While the enterprise overseen by editor in chief Rusty Fields, 17, and managing editor River Fields, 14, is most definitely grassroots, they found room on the masthead for a fact checker, Darren Fraser. A safety net many of today’s other outlets have dispensed with. The duo recently told PIX 11 that after launching in print, they’ve realized it makes more sense to be digital-only. And, as they have shared with several other interviewers, they both plan to become neurosurgeons. . . ."
Former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, 44, who now lives in New York, "was arrested Thursday morning and will be extradited to Detroit to face charges for a crime he has previously adamantly denied: having sex with underage youth," Tresa Baldas and Robert Allen reported Friday for the Detroit Free Press. They also wrote, "A 27-year-old Detroit man — accuser No. 4 — claims that Pugh molested him when he was 14 years old, and that it happened in Pugh's apartment while he worked as an anchor for Fox 2 Detroit. . . ."
"Univision is now offering online news in English," Diana Marszalek reported Friday for Broadcasting & Cable. "The Hispanic-oriented network on Thursday launched its new digital offering, Univision News, as a means of providing English speakers news written from a Latino perspective, the company said. . . ."
In Arizona, "Legislative hopeful Candace Begody-Begay will not be on the Aug. 30 GOP primary ballot, after she fell far short of the signatures needed to qualify," Mary Jo Pitzl reported Friday for the Republic | azcentral.com. She also wrote, "In addition to losing her bid to get on the ballot, Begody-Begay's foray into politics cost her her job as editor of the Navajo Times newspaper. The paper's publisher asked for her resignation after reading about her legislative bid in The Arizona Republic. . . ."
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration routinely fights turning over information in federal civil rights lawsuits against Chicago police officers, often leaving a judge to step in and order the city to disclose potential evidence, a Tribune investigation has found," Stacy St. Clair, Jeff Coen and Jennifer Smith Richards reported Friday for the Tribune. "Although typically not the type of issue that draws attention outside legal circles, the city's handling of these lawsuits speaks to the police accountability issues that have intensified in recent months and have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. . . ."
"It’s no secret that national Latino organizations can sometimes cozy up to companies that detrimentally impact our community," Carlos Mark Vera, founder of Justice for AU Workers, wrote Thursday for the Huffington Post. He also wrote, "LATINO Magazine just released their annual Top 100 list where they honor 'companies providing the most opportunities for Latinos' and that are supportive of the Latino community from a philanthropic, hiring and diversity viewpoint. One of the businesses they chose to honor was Aramark. Formally, Aramark is known as a multinational corporation that focuses on facilities management, food and uniform services. Informally, they are infamous for abusing of their workforce of color. . . ."
"In December 2014, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer started a job as a corrections officer at a Louisiana prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country's second largest private-prison company," Mother Jones wrote on Thursday. "During his four months on the job, Bauer would witness stabbings, an escape, lockdowns, and an intervention by the state Department of Corrections as the company struggled to maintain control. Bauer's gripping, revelatory investigation is the cover story of Mother Jones' July/August 2016 issue. . . ."
"Some news operations just can't let go of that riot video from last year after the death of Freddie Gray," David Zurawik reported Thursday for the Baltimore Sun. "And Thursday morning, MSNBC again went to that well in its coverage from Baltimore of the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson. In a report that aired just prior to the verdict, correspondent Ron Mott reported on the mood in Baltimore and tried to explain what a not guilty verdict would mean to the remaining cases of officers involved in the arrest and death of Gray. The entire 1-minute-and-49-second report carried a banner that said 'HAPPENING NOW.' . . ."
"The acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson on all counts in the death of Freddie Gray should prompt State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to re-evaluate whether or how to pursue the cases against the four remaining officers charged in the case," the Baltimore Sun editorialized on Thursday. The editorial also said, "The courts have seen what she has in regard both to Gray's initial arrest and his ride in the police van, and they have found it lacking. Announcing such serious charges may have been reasonable last May, but continuing to pursue them now isn't. . . ." Four other officers remain to be tried.
Tania E. Lopez, a criminal justice reporter at Newsday, has been hired as a deputy press secretary in the Office of New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Matthew Sweeney, assistant communications director in the office, confirmed for Journal-isms on Friday.
In Atlanta, "Donna Lowry, long-time 11Alive education reporter, has landed on her feet quickly after taking a buyout in April: she will become the new director of communications for Cobb County schools," Rodney Ho reported Thursday for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "She spent 29 years at WXIA-TV with education as her specialty the entire time. . . ."
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, "said the company has begun teaching employees how to spot and manage political bias in their work, following outcry over the company's trending-topics feature and concerns it doesn't equally display conservative and liberal news topics," Ian Sherr reported Thursday for CNET. "The effort is part of a broader bias-management training Sandberg said employees undergo to learn about discrimination based on age, gender, nationality and ethnicity. . . ."
"Women make up just 27% of those listed as top critics on RottenTomatoes.com, " according to a new study by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, Andrea Mandell reported Thursday for USA Today. She also wrote, "The study focused on the 247 critics who work for the largest U.S. newspapers, trade publications, general-interest magazines and websites. . . ."
"A newly released book is helping reshape a subject little known to most U.S. citizens—the hidden history of Indian slavery," Dina Gilio-Whitaker reported June 18 for Indian Country Today Media Network. "The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) is possibly the most exhaustive read on the subject to date . . . Indian Country Today Media Network spoke with Reséndez, a history professor at the University of California Davis . . ."
"For more than a decade, the acerbic Gao Bingchen wrote a column for the Global Chinese Press, a Burnaby, B.C.-based, Chinese-language newspaper that is distributed, among other places, to the Chinese consulate in Vancouver," Craig Offman and Nathan VanderKlippe reported Monday for the Globe and Mail in Toronto. "But last Tuesday, Global’s deputy editor told him that while the publication had long faced down pressure over his writing, this time, it was too great. The paper had to put an end to his column, Mr. Gao said. The editor then asked Mr. Gao, who writes under the pen name Huang Hebian, whether he might consider writing under another byline. He asked why. ' "Some people don’t want to see your name in the newspaper," ' he said he was told. . . ."
The family of Nonso Christian Ugbode, director of digital initiatives for the National Black Programming Consortium, is seeking donations to return him to his home in Nigeria for burial, Jacquie Jones wrote Thursday in a tribute on current.org. The consortium's website says, "The transport and documentation fees required to do this are in excess of $20,000, so any contribution, no matter how small, will help us reach that goal. . . . ." Ugbode died at 34 Monday in New York "after a long illness," Jones wrote.
"Charnice Milton was killed a year ago after covering a community meeting for the Capital Community News. She was gunned down in a neighborhood often neglected by DC’s paper of record, The Washington Post," Diana Oliva reported Thursday for alldigitocracy.org. Her name is not on the Newseum’s Journalists Memorial. Oliva also wrote, "While some news organizations recognized Milton as a journalist killed in action, Jonathan Thompson, director of market and public relations at the Newseum[,] said Milton was not included because she was left off other lists compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders. . . ."
"The Black journalists that you love didn’t get their jobs because they were crack journalists, top notch investigative reporters, brave broadcasters or truth finders," Lucius Gantt wrote Thursday for the Westside Gazette in Broward County, Fla. "They win Pulitzer Prizes, ESPY Awards, Ohio State Awards and other media recognitions because they write and report on what white media moguls, news editors, broadcast producers and what other media bosses demand that they write and report about! . . . " Gantt wrote, "I want to create a media foundation that will teach middle school and high school students interested in journalism and communications how to be true to the media game, so to speak. . . ."
"South Sudan, the newest country in the world at just five years old, quickly has become one of the most dangerous places for journalists," Alice Su wrote Friday for Columbia Journalism Review. She also wrote, "The dire situation in South Sudan is particularly disappointing since South Sudan’s new constitution — one of the most progressive in Africa — promised state protection of press freedoms when the country gained its independence in 2011, with U.S. backing. . . ."
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