Editor’s Note: This is an abridged version of Simon Review Paper #61, first published by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute before former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan was indicted in March on federal corruption charges. Brown told GJR that “the post indictment comments by Madigan and (former lobbyist Michael) McClain speak for themselves. I find the conduct alleged … [Read more...] about Exit essay: a reflection on more than 50 years of media coverage in the Illinois statehouse
To understand why New York Times v. Sullivan is one of the great First Amendment victories of the past century, take a journey back to the segregated America of the1960s. America was a place where racial segregation and discrimination were the law of the land and a way of life in the South, Midwest and much of the North. Restaurants and hotels were segregated by law. … [Read more...] about Libel decision shut down segregationists clinging to Jim Crow
CHICAGO – Adam Rhodes, the social justice reporter for the Reader, said the importance of re-examining how we cover anti-LGBTQ groups is matched by a reckoning with how we cover the gay community. “The media industry has just started to give a shit about trans people,” he said. “We’ve been trained to not care about them.” The Southern Poverty Law Center tracked 70 … [Read more...] about Covering the LGBTQ community, and its haters
The headline on p. A1 of the June 16 New York Times read: “Population Shifts Turning All Politics National.” The story by Ashley Parker and Jonathan Martin drew that conclusion from the results of two elections, the one in Virginia that cost Eric Cantor his position as majority leader in the House and one in Mississippi that could unseat another Republican leader, Senator Thad … [Read more...] about The New York Times gets all politics right. Or wrong.
According to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, the three stories constituting news for that paper’s “The Nation” section on pages A 10 and 11 were all shooting related. First there was Jenny Deam’s piece on the fourth school shooting in the Denver area since Columbine in 1999 shootings. … [Read more...] about Media report on shootings but miss many gun-related stories