April 17, 2013 |
In the last week, the story became why the national press isn't covering the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic and the alleged horrors that occurred within. Gosnell is charged with eight homicides - the deaths of seven newborns and 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, a healthy Nepalese refugee who came to Gosnell's Women's Medical Center seeking an abortion and died from a drug overdose. A lot of mea culpas and hand-wringing occurred in the national press while covering one of its absolute favorite subjects: itself.
March 24, 2013 |
Was Phil Spector actually guilty of the Feb. 3, 2003, murder of Lana Clarkson? That question was posed repeatedly by the media in increasing tones of hysteria over the six years it took for Spector to be tried, retried, found guilty, and sentenced to serve 19 years to life in prison. It's raised yet again in Phil Spector , a fascinating, maddening, and ultimately unsatisfying 90-minute biopic starring Al Pacino as the music producer and Helen Mirren as one of his attorneys, Linda Kenney Baden.
March 5, 2013
RE: "UNBELIEVABLE" (letter, Feb. 28) I am a Philadelphia Police Officer who has worked for the last 12 years in the heart of a high-rate crime area. I personally worked with Lt Josey. I respect him as a man, and as a hard-working, highly decorated and respected supervisor. Unless I missed something, I nor the public got to see the video from beginning to end. We saw a small portion of what was several hours of crowds, noise and thrown bottles; intoxicated, uncooperative people; excessive screeching of brakes and car fumes.
December 16, 2012
This originally appeared on Ellen Gray's blog, ellengray.tv. I'm almost afraid to add one word to the story of Friday's Connecticut school shootings for fear of adding to the wealth of the day's misinformation. But having spent much of the afternoon watching what passed for coverage of this horror, I can't help but be struck by how little television news has learned since Columbine about these things. As I write this, there are conflicting reports about the identity of the shooter, the location in which another body, said to be the shooter's mother, was found and other things that some networks sounded pretty sure about an hour or so ago. I've seen multiple reruns of an interview with a remarkably well-spoken little girl whose interrogation by a reporter, aired on CNN, would have been described as "leading the witness," if it took place in a courtroom.
October 26, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Here's a benefit of the housing bust: It has created a generation of young Americans who are more knowledgeable about homeownership than their baby-boomer parents were at their age. Those between ages 18 and 35 still want to own a home, and view homeownership as an indicator of success, according to a recent survey by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. But they'll buy only when they're sure they're ready for the responsibility - a sign of maturity from a group that often is stereotyped as being fiscally irresponsible and maintaining a less-than-stellar work ethic.
October 25, 2012
THE PRESIDENTIAL debates had no questions about the environment. I did hear about the future of our families, but Earth is shaping up with no future. Drilling for oil was a pretty big discussion in one debate, but only more drilling. Bacteria and virus are thriving, droughts are becoming more severe, temperatures are rising at an alarming rate, yet no candidate wants to discuss these issues. Studying to become an environmental scientist in college, I know my job outlook is good, but for all the wrong reasons.
September 30, 2012 |
There's so much to see in and around our nation's capital, but often so little time to take it all in. To be sure, the White House, the Capitol, and the Smithsonian museums, along with the monuments, tend to top most itineraries. But, with a bit of research and some planning, you can also get in plenty of other fascinating stops. Here are a few. The Newseum Located on Pennsylvania Avenue at Sixth Street NW on the National Mall, this striking $450 million glass-and-stone structure that opened in 2008 chronicles nearly five centuries of news history.
September 15, 2012 |
Andy Reid closed all practices to reporters for the rest of this season. The Eagles typically allow reporters to watch most of practice on Thursdays and Fridays, but for competitive reasons, Reid said, he decided for the first time in his 14 seasons as head coach to close those practices. Reporters will be permitted to watch the NFL-mandated first 10 minutes of practice as they always have on Wednesdays. That period is allotted mostly to allow television cameramen and photographers to shoot the team.
July 15, 2012 |
She's one of the transgender community's most passionate advocates. Yet New Hope plastic surgeon Christine McGinn has an equally intense suspicion of the news media even as she relies on them to get her message heard. "There is so much ignorance out there about transgendered people," says McGinn, one of half a dozen transgender men and women profiled in Trans, a documentary screening Sunday as part of Philadelphia QFest and one of an unusually large crop of transgender films at the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival.
June 25, 2012 |
The Sandusky case was more than a media circus; it may have been a story that the media (at least in the public eye) got right. Television, radio, and newspapers told the story fairly, people seem to think, and for many thousands, social media provided a forum for venting, an encyclopedia, and a community. On Saturday, many were citing the comprehensiveness and fairness of coverage, far different from public opinion in the fall, when the first blitz of stories struck some as a rush to judgment, and a factor in the firing and death of former Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno.