• Insider; Editorialist at N.Y. Times, Washington Post
  • . . . I Said, ‘They Don’t Know What to Make of You’
  • Escobar Rises, Days Moves in Philly Shakeup
  • Journalists Assaulted by Pro-Trump Supporters
  • L.A. Times Ventures ‘On Edge in Trump’s America’
  • Could Obama Sue Trump for Defamation?
  • NAHJ, Gay Journalists Publish Spanish Stylebook
  • Racial Words That Make Some Cringe
  • Police Judged Guilty Found to Escape Punishment
  • Fla. Sheriff Spied on Protesters’ Social Media
  • Alex Tizon, Contemplative Journalist, Dies at 57
  • Short Takes
Roger W. Wilkins, first row, second from left, with other members of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize Board. front row, left to right: John Cowles Jr., Wilkins, Michael I. Sovern, Joseph Pulitzer Jr. (III), William Raspberry, Lee Hills; back row, left to right: Richard T. Baker, Euegene Patterson, Richard H. Leonard, Charlotte Saikowski, Osborn Elliott, John Hughes, Howard H. Hays, Warren H. Phillips, Hanna H. Gray, Clayton Kirkpatrick, Thomas Winship (Pulitzer Prize Board)


Insider; Editorialist at N.Y. Times, Washington Post

Roger W. Wilkins, a ranking Justice Department official during the 1960s who later composed Pulitzer Prize-winning editorials about the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post and wrote unsparingly about the conflicts and burdens he experienced as a black man in positions of influence, died March 26 at a nursing home in Kensington, Md.,” Adam Bernstein wrote Monday for the Washington Post. “He was 85.

“The cause was complications from dementia, said a daughter, Elizabeth Wilkins.

“In a career that traversed law, journalism and education, Mr. Wilkins made matters of race and poverty central to his work as an assistant attorney general in the Johnson administration and later as one of the first black editorial board members at The Post and the New York Times.


“By kinship or friendship, he was linked to many black leaders of the civil rights era. Roy Wilkins, who led the NAACP from 1955 to 1977, was an uncle. In law school, Roger Wilkins was an intern for Thurgood Marshall, then director-counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund and later a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

“From a young age, he once wrote, he was compelled to spend his life ‘blasting through doors that white people didn’t want to open.’ . . .”

Wilkins was also a valued fan of “Journal-isms,” which reported on his efforts to reinvigorate the Crisis, the NAACP magazine, among other activities.


In 2012, on the death of New York Times Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger at age 86, Wilkins wrote for Journal-isms:

“Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was a real gentleman with a powerful determination to preserve and improve the enormous gem that he inherited. You could call him ‘Punch’ — a childhood family nickname, I believe, but when you brought him a tough issue, he could become a very steely gentleman who was determined to preserve and enhance that enormous family gem he had inherited.

“I recall that when he first hired a black member for the Editorial Board (me), he invited me to his office and spent almost an hour with me alone and then brought in some of his favorite Times journalists to let them know that he intended for this move to be successful. It was gentlemanly and it was clear.....he expected this to work and the people he had brought in to meet me were to make sure that this would work out.


“As time wore on I realized I had a very smart boss who was clear in his mind about what good journalism was and the quality he expected in his paper every morning. He understood life in America. And as I worked I realized that he had made sure that everybody needed to know that this step in integrating this part of his family inheritance was going to work. He was a good man — fair and determined that the great institution that had been handed would grow and maintain the high values of that institution.

“Punch was a very good man devoted to his work and to the people who he had brought in to help him achieve that goal.

“In all, he was one SWELL boss and a very good guy.”

. . . I Said, ‘They Don’t Know What to Make of You’

By Kenneth Walker

I was quite surprised at the speed with which Roger Wilkins and I became friends. He moved in black civil rights high society for most of his adult life. As a journalist, I covered much of that work: So Roger and I became acquainted.


Roger came late to white journalism, but instantly shot as close to the top of it as any black man had before him.

Kenneth Walker (George Dalton Tolbert IV)

Apart from Pulitzer Prize-winning writing, Roger served a role in journalism similar to that he had in government – leveraging his access to power on behalf of black and poor people.


In the ‘60’s, Roger served as an assistant attorney general in Lyndon Johnson’s administration, at a tumultuous time in race relations in America. He shuttled from coast to coast as the government struggled to keep track of an African American rebellion that often threatened to get out of control.

At about the same time, America’s newsrooms were experiencing similar tensions. The urban rebellions led many white newspapers to hire African Americans when white reporters either would not or could not venture into combustible cities.

Those in this first generation of black reporters often found themselves in newspapers with decades or even centuries of segregated histories and racist managements. By the time Roger Wilkins got to the Washington Post, black reporters there were past the boiling point in their relations with white management. They filed a discrimination complaint in 1972 against the Post. Wilkins supported them.


By the time he arrived at the Washington Star in 1981 as an associate editor and columnist, black reporters there were in a similar state of unrest. Wilkins arrived at the paper as the highest ranking African American in the Star’s 128-year history.

Shortly after arriving at the Star, Roger confided that he found an atmosphere at the Star similar to that he experienced at the Post and later at the New York Times, where he served on the editorial board and as a columnist.

“A lot of the white folks around here seem a bit nervous around me,” Roger said to me one day. “I’m not sure what to make of it.”


“It’s pretty simple,” I responded. “They’ve never seen no blue chip niggers around here. They don’t know what to make of you.” Roger understood that what I meant was that the white journalists at the Star had never seen a black editor in a position senior to themselves.

I benefited directly from Wilkins’ lifelong habit of leveraging his access to power for what he believed to be a good cause.

At about this time, the apartheid government of South Africa was experiencing its own uprising by its majority black population. Much of the American media ignored South Africa. I was determined to cover the story.


I lobbied Editor Murray Gart to allow me to go on a reporting trip to South Africa. After months of talks, Gart finally told me: “Okay, you can go. But you have to pay for the trip yourself.”

For me, this was victory, although I’m sure Gart thought his offer was a way to kill the idea.

When I told Roger of this, he arranged a grant from the Ford Foundation to finance the trip.


Months later, after my return, the series was scheduled to be published after Time magazine announced the paper would be closed. The day the series began, Roger and I met for a celebratory lunch at a restaurant on Connecticut Avenue NW.

Afterward, Roger intended to catch a taxi back to the Star. “You have to cross the street, Roger,” I told him, adding, “taxis don’t pick up black guys headed away from downtown. If you cross the street, it appears that you’re headed more deeply into the commercial area. So you have a better chance of catching a cab.”

Ignoring my advice, Roger threw his hand in the air, and almost immediately, a taxi pulled to the curb for him. He pulled the door open, and turned to me before getting in the cab.


“Blue chip,” he said with a wink and a smile, before jumping in the car and riding away.

That’s how I’ll always remember him.

Kenneth Walker, formerly of the Washington Star, ABC News and NPR, has just returned from living and working as a journalist in South Africa.


Roland Martin, “News One Now,” TVOne: Remembering Roger Wilkins (video) (March 28)

Robert D. McFadden, New York Times: Roger Wilkins, Champion of Civil Rights, Dies at 85

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press: Historian, journalist and activist Roger Wilkins dies at 85


Gabriel Escobar, right, accepts congratulations from Philadelphia Inquirer Editor William K. Marimow after Stan Wischnowski, Philadelphia Media Network executive editor and senior vice president, center, announced that Escobar is being promoted to the new position of PMN editor and vice president. Michael Days, in background, becomes PMN editor for reader engagement. (Clem Murray/philly.com)

Escobar Rises, Days Moves in Philly Shakeup: Colombia-Born Journalist Becomes Editor and V.P.

Gabriel Escobar — a deft craftsman of the written word, a force for newsroom innovation, and an inexhaustible leader during big, breaking stories — has been named editor and vice president of Philadelphia Media Network, a promotion that puts him in charge of the entire news report for the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com,” Jeff Gammage reported for philly.com.Gammage also wrote, “As part of the transition, Inquirer editor William K. Marimow and Daily News editor Michael Days will take on new roles.


“Marimow becomes PMN editor-at-large, a role which includes serving as a lead writing and editing coach for the Investigations, power and policy, and regional coverage teams of reporters. He will be part of the team of executives planning to roll out a metered online subscription model later this year. . . .

Michael Days

Days, 63, will become PMN editor for reader engagement, ensuring that the news organization connects with the Philadelphia metropolitan community.


“He will collaborate with the team assigned to build PMN’s audience, and with the leaders of 10 new coverage teams. The aim is to align the news organization with new readers across the eight-county circulation area.”

Stan Wischnowski, PMN’s top newsroom executive, to whom Escobar will report, “announced the changes Monday morning, as staffers gathered in the newsroom,” Gammage’s report continued. “He said the moves were designed to reset and recalibrate the newsroom to do great things, even at a time when many traditional news organizations struggle financially, beset by drops in newspaper circulation and advertising revenue and a glut of free news online. . . .”

Escobar, 60, born in Bogota, Colombia, and fluent in Spanish, will become one of the highest ranking Latinos in U.S. mainstream journalism. He moved with his family to New York when he was 7. Escobar worked at the Dispatch in Union City, N.J., the Hartford Courant and the Philadelphia Daily News before joining the Washington Post in 1990. There, he covered local news and the national immigration beat and was the paper’s South America bureau chief.


Escobar left the Post in 2006 and worked at the Pew Hispanic Center as associate director before becoming metropolitan editor of the Inquirer from August 2007 to July 2011.

Escobar then joined the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News as an editorial writer. It was a joint appointment with Southern Methodist University, where he became part of the Division of Journalism in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. He was to “teach, provide leadership in an area of news coverage to be determined by the division and assist in the development and ongoing publishing of an online Spanish-language news site that will be part of SMU’s student media operations,” according to an announcement at the time.

In 2012, Escobar returned to Philadelphia as deputy managing editor for news of the Philadelphia Media Network, then became managing editor for news and managing editor for news and digital when the Daily News, Inquirer and philly.com newsrooms merged a year ago.


Days, a Philadelphia native, ran the Daily News from 2005 until early 2011 and returned to the editor’s post in 2012.

The Daily News’ Will Bunch wrote at the time, “Daily News staffers burst into spontaneous applause when publisher Bob Hall announced that Days — who in the interim had been managing editor of the Inquirer — would be returning to the tabloid.

“Days assured the newsroom that his goal was the re-energize the spunky urban paper that has won three Pulitzer Prizes, including one for investigative reporting when Days ran the paper in 2010.”


As of September 2016, Days was one of 12 African American top editors at daily newspapers, according to a tally compiled for the National Association of Black Journalists by Don Hudson, executive editor of the Decatur (Ala.) Daily.

Violence erupted at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Huntington Beach, Calif., when a protester opposed to President Trump allegedly doused the organizer of the event with pepper spray and was immediately pummeled by Trump supporters. (Cindy Carcamo/Los Angeles Times)

Journalists Assaulted by Pro-Trump Supporters

An OC Weekly reporter and two photographers said Sunday that they were physically assaulted by pro-Trump demonstrators at a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach and are seeking the public’s help in identifying at least one of the people responsible,” the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.


Frank Tristan, an intern at the paper, and photographers Julie Leopo and Brian Feinzimer were attacked before one of several counter-demonstrators pepper sprayed an organizer of Saturday’s event. After Jennifer Sterling was pepper-sprayed, several fights broke out. . . .”

L.A. Times Ventures ‘On Edge in Trump’s America’

For generations, Boyle Heights has been a kind of Ellis Island for immigrants entering America from many countries, legally or not,” Los Angeles Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj told readers on Monday.


“Eventually, most were from Mexico. Since the presidential election, the talk in this L.A. neighborhood is tinged with anxiety. Our series ‘On Edge in Trump’s America’ takes a look at the worries of those in Boyle Heights. And in Orange County, we check in on the small but growing number of Latinas who are converting to Islam and facing a whole new set of challenges — including the reaction of fellow Latinos who mistake them for Arabs.”

Brian Stelter of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” wrote in his emailed newsletter Sunday that Maharaj told him that the “On Edge” series was formalized a week ago: “By many estimates, some 2.3 million residents in California are undocumented,” Maharaj said. “They are our friends, neighbors and co-workers. They represent every continent. Since the election, the overwhelming sentiment they feel is fear, fear that their parents will be rounded up and deported, fear about that dreaded knock on the door.” So the series is a ‘multi-media effort’ to tell those stories...”

Jayme Fraser, Billings (Mont.) Gazette: Tribes have had better access to health care under ACA; GOP health plan could change that


Tim Giago, indianz.com: There’s a smell of treason in the air in nation’s capital

Hadas Gold, Politico: Russia’s state news service applies for White House pass

Leonard Greene, Daily News, New York: President Trump’s Twitter silence on Timothy Caughman’s murder by white supremacist speaks volumes


Ted Koppel, CBS News: The great divide: Politics in the Age of Trump

Trudy Lieberman, Columbia Journalism Review: How local news sounded the alarm over the GOP’s defeated health plan

Andrés Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Trump should not turn his back on Latin America — like he did last week


David Nakamura, Washington Post: Blame game: Trump casts immigrants as dangerous criminals, but the evidence shows otherwise

Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: The Congressional Black Caucus: At least Trump now knows who they are

Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post: Scott Pelley is pulling no punches on the nightly news — and people are taking notice


Could Obama Sue Trump for Defamation?

Did President Trump defame President Obama?,” Michael Smerconish asked Sunday in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Not that the latter would ever sue his successor, but thinking about the merits of such a libel suit provides a useful framework for evaluating the propriety of Trump’s tweets. . . .”

Smerconish also wrote, “In our legal hypothetical, Obama has a high bar. As a public figure, he’d have to establish actual malice — a showing that Trump had knowledge of falsity or acted with reckless disregard for the truth. Proving that Trump knew his assertions were false when he tweeted that morning from Mar-a-Lago would be extremely difficult to establish without some direct evidence, but not so when it comes to showing reckless disregard for the truth.


“Trump could simply have called his intelligence chiefs to see if he was correct before touching the keypad on his phone that morning, as confirmed by my exchange last week on CNN with Gen. Michael Hayden. . . .”

Krissah Thompson and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post: Two months out of office, Barack Obama is having a post-presidency like no other

NAHJ, Gay Journalists Publish Spanish Stylebook

The National LGBTQ Task Force, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) have launched a Spanish-language stylebook for journalists reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people,” the groups announced on Monday.


The announcement also said, “The collaborative publication is a result of ongoing efforts to educate journalists on LGBTQ cultural competence, which includes workshops at the annual NLGJA National Convention, NAHJ’s Excellence in Journalism Conference, and the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. . . .”

(Amélie Lamont/New York Times)

Racial Words That Make Some Cringe

This week we’re taking aim at a few of the words and phrases that we find bothersome when it comes to race,” the editors of the New York Times’ “Race/Related” newsletter wrote on Sunday.


“Some of the terms we chose also have entries in The Times’s Manual of Style and Usage. We’ve included the manual’s recommendations when appropriate.

“Tell us if you agree or disagree with our choices, or send us your own picks at racerelated (at) nytimes.com. We’ll include a selection of the responses in the next edition of the newsletter. . . .”

Nominated were “diversity hire,” “ethnic,” “illegal immigrant,” “person of color,” “exotic,” “urban,” “fitting in” and the prefixes “non-” and “half.”


Two off-duty police officers face firing a decade after an off-duty beating was captured on video. (Chicago Tribune)

Police Judged Guilty Found to Escape Punishment

In a stunning breakdown of the city’s police disciplinary system, Chicago officers found at fault for misconduct have escaped punishment for years because authorities lost track of their cases, a Tribune investigation has found,” Jodi S. Cohen and Jennifer Smith Richards reported Friday for the Chicago Tribune.


“That means an officer who beat his officer wife and threatened to steal her gun kept working, unpunished, eight years after the incident. Another officer who used his police powers to harass his estranged wife remained on patrol, as has a detective who went on a loud, expletive-laden rant about his dress shoes after a solemn honor guard ceremony.

“All of the officers were found to have committed misconduct years ago and were ordered suspended. That, in itself, is a rare outcome of Chicago’s notoriously lax police oversight investigations. But the Tribune — which has been untangling these old cases for several months — found that even after punishments were recommended, years passed and none was served because the Police Department and the city agency that investigates officer misconduct lost cases in their startlingly disjointed system. . . .”

The Sheriff’s Office has since cancelled its contract with Geofeedia, which scanned such platforms as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But the agency stopped short of saying it has halted its practice of spying on civilian social media accounts. (Florida Times-Union)


Fla. Sheriff Spied on Protesters’ Social Media

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office used social media surveillance software to track protests against former state attorney Angela Corey, unrest over the fatal police shooting of Vernell Bing Jr. and Black Lives Matter demonstrations until at least late 2016,” Ben Conarck reported Friday for the Florida Times-Union.

“The Sheriff’s Office has since cancelled its contract with Geofeedia, which scanned platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But the agency stopped short of saying it has halted its practice of spying on civilian social media accounts.


“The agency first disclosed its surveillance in 2015, citing police shootings that had garnered national attention. Analysts monitored public dissent with remarkable specificity — down to street corners that were hot spots for protesters.

“There are legitimate uses for social media surveillance tools by law enforcement, according to some experts, and the programs are capable of yielding material that can play a key role in criminal investigations and offer evidence in case protests turn violent.

“But documents obtained by the Times-Union revealed that the Sheriff’s Office also used the software to set up email alerts about First Amendment-protected activity by residents not accused of any crimes. That raises concerns for free speech and privacy advocates over the scope of the Sheriff’s Office’s surveillance network and the potential for abuse of those technologies.


“ ‘It’s like they designed their alerts to give civil libertarians a heart attack,’ said Rachel Levinson-Waldman, senior counsel at the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security program, after reviewing the public records obtained by the Times-Union. . . .”

Alex Tizon, Contemplative Journalist, Dies at 57

Alex Tizon, a journalist and professor who won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting while at The Seattle Times and spent decades exposing untold stories of marginalized communities, has died at age 57,Mike Rosenberg reported Saturday and updated Monday for the Times.


Alex Tizon (PBS)

“Mr. Tizon died unexpectedly Thursday, of natural causes, at his home in Eugene, Oregon, according to his family and the University of Oregon, where he was working as an assistant professor of journalism.

“Mr. Tizon was one of three Seattle Times reporters to win the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, for stories that exposed widespread corruption and inequalities in the federally sponsored housing program for Native Americans.


“The series, which documented how billions of dollars in taxpayer funds were helping wealthy people across the country live in mansions while tribes were housed in decrepit shacks, inspired reforms to the program.

“Friends, colleagues and family members said Mr. Tizon was known as a deep listener who preferred to dive headfirst into complicated, long-form stories that are becoming rarer in today’s fast-paced media cycle. An introvert who spent hours alone brooding over deep issues like the meaning of his life, he would often take on seemingly simple stories and come back with complicated tales about humanity. . . .”

Rosenberg also wrote, “He spent 17 years at The Seattle Times before becoming the Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times from 2003 to 2008. He also contributed to publications like Newsweek and programs such as ‘60 Minutes.’


“He then spent two years in Manila, where he helped track efforts by the government to eliminate poverty in poor communities, and taught workshops in far-flung locales like Romania. And he wrote a memoir, ‘Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self,’ about the challenges of being an Asian-American man in the United States. . . .”

This column wrote of “Big Little Man” in 2014, “Tizon’s story can resonate with other journalists of color as he turns his ‘otherness’ to an advantage (scroll down). ‘My own lifelong sense of feeling invisible, and living with others like my father who experienced the same, somehow became useful. I developed the sensory apparatus to apprehend fellow invisibles.’ . . .”

Short Takes

The Democracy Fund is joining with First Look Media to make major commitments of more than $12 million to support an independent, free press,” Joe Goldman, president of the fund, announced Monday. “Included in this commitment are grants of $3 million each to three national nonprofit newsrooms, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Public Integrity, and ProPublica. The Democracy Fund will complement its support for these national newsrooms with a $1 million contribution [toward] the creation of a State and Local Investigative Fund to support the crucial investigative work of local reporters, as well as a $200,000 contribution to the recently announced Knight Prototype Fund on misinformation and trust in journalism. . . .”


Winston-Salem Chronicle Publishing Company (Winston-Salem, NC) announced on Saturday, March 25, that it is in the process of selling its assets to The Chronicle Media Group, LLC, based in Winston-Salem, to include its well-known publication The Chronicle,” the newspaper announced on Monday. Two principals in the purchasing company are City Council members,Wesley Young reported for the Winston-Salem Journal. The Chronicle, established in 1974, is a member of the black press.

Today in mo’ money, mo’ problems: A group of former employees is bringing a reverse-discrimination suit against Revolt TV, Diddy’s music cable network,” Hunter Harris reported March 21 for vulture.com. “In the suit, a production team of five white men over the age of 39 allege they were discriminated against for not being young, hip, and black. . . .”

A memorial service is set for noon Friday, March 31, for journalist Claude Lewis, who made history as the first person of color to write a regular column in a major Philadelphia newspaper and inspired generations of African Americans to follow him into the profession,” Bonnie L. Cook wrote Thursday for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The service for Lewis, who died March 16 at 82, is to be held at Garey Hall on the Villanova University campus. The university is at 800 E. Lancaster Ave. . . .”


Alan Henry

When I first met Alan Henry a couple of years ago, I knew that he belonged at The New York Times,” Clifford Levy, deputy managing editor of the Times, wrote to staff members, the Times said Monday. “Alan has been a visionary in what is often called service journalism — a way of thinking about coverage that has a singular focus: how to be helpful to readers. How to exercise or cook better, or master the newest device, or avoid the latest online scam. . . .” Henry joins the Times as a senior digital strategist.

Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are sponsoring legislation that would extend federal recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes,” the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch editorialized Thursday. “The legislation is welcome. The recognition is overdue — in the extreme. A seventh tribe, the Pamunkey, received such recognition two years ago. Legislation to recognize the remaining six tribes has passed the House, but never the Senate. Virginia’s tribes deserve better. . . .”


“ ‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins will write and direct a one-hour drama series about the Underground Railroad currently in development at Amazon, Variety has learned,” Joe Otterson reported Monday for Variety. “The series will be based on Colson Whitehead’s best-selling book, ‘The Underground Railroad.’ . . .”

Pfizer Inc. . . . and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade association of more than 200 African-American–owned community newspapers from around the United States, are collaborating to raise awareness of sickle cell disease, a lifelong and debilitating genetic disorder that affects red blood cells,” the groups announced on Friday.


OWN has ordered the docu-series Released and Checking Inn, and plans to schedule both on Saturday nights later this year,” Michael Malone reported Monday for Broadcasting and Cable. “Released, produced by Lucky 8 TV, features intimate narratives of men and women as they walk out of prison and attempt to reconnect with their loved ones, establish their independence and begin the long, hard work of resurrecting their lives. Checking Inn, from Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television, follows former Essence Magazine editor-in-chief Monique Greenwood (pictured) as she pursues her lifelong dream of running her own bed and breakfast. . . .”

I was approached by Inc. Magazine for a feature on the life of a successful Black entrepreneur,Brian Brackeen wrote Monday for #FacesofFounder. “I agreed to participate because I enjoy the publication and they have a great reputation. The piece was going to be quite involved, so they had a writer shadow me for about 60 days. Subsequently, several months passed with no word from them. I reached out, and was told by the writer as politely as possible, that the editor killed the story — because I wasn’t the ‘… archetypal Black entrepreneur to hang the story around’. Translation? I wasn’t Black enough. . . .”

Since the presidential election, hundreds of companies have decided to block their advertisements from running on Breitbart News, the alt-right website closely tied to President Trump’s administration,” Sapna Maheshwari reported Sunday for the New York Times. “But several of those brands, from the Nordstrom department store chain to small start-ups, have appeared on the site anyway, another example of how little control companies often have over where their ads are seen online. . . .”


A eulogy or obituary should not just recognize the dead,” Renée Graham wrote Sunday for the Boston Globe, commenting on the deaths of this month of poet Derek Walcott, musician Chuck Berry and newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin. “It should also portray someone recognizable to those who mourn and were affected, for better or worse, by the deceased. That is owed to both the living and dead. . . .”

News Corp.’s first stab at creating a national sports TV network did not go well. Fox Sports 1 launched in August 2013 with the stated goal of serving as the ‘fun’ alternative to industry-leading ESPN,” Ben Mathis-Lilley wrote Sunday for Slate. He also wrote, “In Fox Sports 1’s first 21 months on the air, its programming choices went over about as well as a 22-year-old trying to explain dank memes and white privilege to his Republican uncle at Thanksgiving. . . .” Among the misfires was an “embarrassing monologue” by Jason Whitlock about NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fired a reporter this week at WUTC, the National Public Radio affiliate, after local lawmakers complained about how she reported on a state transgender bathroom bill,” Kendi A. Rainwater reported Thursday for the Times Free Press in Chattanooga, Tenn. “Jacqui Helbert, 32, reported and produced the story for WUTC, which followed a group of Cleveland High School students as they traveled to the state capital March 7 to meet with Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, and Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, about the legislation. . . .”


Millennial-focused news and culture network Fusion is launching a new weekly panel program which will tackle everything from the current state of politics to pop culture,” A.J. Katz reported Saturday for TVNewser. “The Fusion Feed will air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., and feature contributors who will weigh in on ‘what’s catching our attention, pissing us off, making us laugh, or stirring up spirited debate across social media feeds,’ with a little empathy and humor mixed in for good measure. . . .”

Reporters Without Borders called Wednesday “on President Nicolas Maduro’s government to stop blocking the international media’s reporting in Venezuela. In recent months, the obstruction has included expulsions, the seizure of material and equipment, and outright censorship. . . .”


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