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November 25, 2015

Mary MitchellOfficer unloaded gun on black teen 16 times in 15 seconds; Woo, Banks, Chu among dozens taking L.A. Times buyout; N.Y. Times backs removal of Woodrow Wilson's name (11/25/15); media refute Trump on blacks, Arab Americans; networks can't agree on challenge to trump on access; Iran sentences Washington Post reporter to prison; Mali's tragedy isn't the same as Paris' or Kenya's; journalists among Ebony's latest "Power 100"; HBO debuts film on "loud music" shooting of Fla. Teen; officer's trial on rape charges draws scant coverage; Terry Foster, unhappy with new beat, leaving Detroit News (11/23/15)

 

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Officer Unloaded Gun on Black Teen 16 Times in 15 Seconds

Woo, Banks, Chu Among Dozens Taking L.A. Times Buyout

N.Y. Times Backs Removal of Woodrow Wilson's Name

Officer's Trial on Rape Charges Draws Scant Coverage

"Daniel Holtzclaw is a former Oklahoma City police officer now standing trial on 36 counts, including rape, sexual battery and stalking," Janine Jackson reported Sunday for Fairness & Accuracy In Media.

"Twelve women and one 17-year-old girl have come forward, saying Holtzclaw assaulted them while on patrol. Most of the victims were black, poor and embroiled in the criminal justice system for things like prostitution and drug use — a precarious state Holtzclaw allegedly used to threaten and coerce them.

"As the 17-year-old put it in her testimony, 'What am I going to do? Call the cops? He was a cop.'

"The alleged crimes are disturbing; so, too, the evident lack of media interest. Outside of Oklahoma, the case has so far garnered little mainstream attention. A Nexis search indicates neither the New York Times nor Washington Post have printed any original reporting; nor has broadcast network news addressed a story that brings together emergent questions of police violence and rape culture. . . ."

Terry Foster, Unhappy With New Beat, Leaving Detroit News

"Longtime Detroit sports columnist Terry Foster is taking an early retirement from The Detroit News,"Bill Shea reported Monday for Crain's Detroit Business. "His last day will be Dec. 27.

"Foster, 56, made the announcement last week on Twitter, saying the decision was rooted in the newspaper's push to have him cover the Detroit Pistons as a full-time beat writer — in an often-grueling slog that involves an 81-game schedule split between the Palace of Auburn Hills and road games around the country.

"Foster will continue to co-host WXYT-FM 97.1' highly rated afternoon sports talk show, he said on Twitter.

"Covering the basketball team full time would have meant Foster couldn't do his full-time radio gig from 2-6 p.m., a job that likely rivals or even exceeds his newspaper salary.

"'The ground work for this was The News wanted me to cover Pistons full time. It conflicted with my radio career. I was mad at first but no longer. No ill will. After a long talk with the wife, who settled me, I realize this is best for me and my family,' Foster tweeted Friday. . . ."


Each of the photographers, above, was given a different description of the subject's background. (video)

A Photo Experiment in Preconceived Notions?

"A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what's in front of it," according to the caption accompanying a video posted Nov. 3 by Canon and picked up by several websites.

"To prove this we invited six photographers to a portrait session with a twist. . . ."

"Canon got six pro photographers to shoot a portrait of the same guy in the same location," komando.com wrote. "But they gave each one a different back story. Each shot is so different it's truly incredible."

Not all readers agreed with the premise, however, and some said the experiment was flawed.

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