TV NEWS IGNORES MURDER OF BLACK EDITOR
Several black journalists are expressing dismay over the lack of coverage by the broadcast networks of the killing of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey on Thursday. Richard Prince's Journal-isms blog, which focuses on the work of minority journalists, observed Sunday that none of the network news programs have even mentioned the slaying. Rudolph Brewington, a former Washington D.C. broadcast journalist turned Navy spokesman, told Journal-isms, "It seemed like the major white media as a whole didn't respond to the shooting of a black journalist the way I KNOW they would [have] responded had it been a white journalist murdered (a la Daniel Pearl)." Paul Delaney, a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, commented: "If a white American editor had been gunned down, you bet it would have been a bigger story." Police have arrested a 19-year-old handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland, who, they say, has confessed to what police are calling the "contract killing" of Bailey. They have also arrested six others connected with the bakery, which Bailey was investigating when he was killed.
GAY GROUP GIVES ABC HIGH PRAISE
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has given ABC top marks for its portrayal of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters, citing especially the shows Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters. It's "GLAAD Network Responsibility Index" showed 15 percent of NBC programming including LGBT "impressions." Lowest on the list was Fox which showed only 6 percent. Only slightly higher was NBC with 7 percent, although GLAAD called the NBC-owned Bravo cable network, "perhaps the most LGBT-inclusive of the general entertainment cable networks," citing such shows as Queer Eye and Project Runway.
DOCTOR CLAIMS ENTRAPMENT IN NBC "PREDATOR" SERIES
A doctor targeted by NBC Dateline's "To Catch a Predator" producers has claimed that he was lured by the program's staff and has asked a judge in Santa Rosa, CA to dismiss the charges against him. Dr. Maurice Wolin said that the Perverted Justice employee working with Dateline and posing as a 14-year-old child, accused him of being "a chicken and a liar and a ditcher and a player" after he told her he was "not ready yet" and "couldn't do anything." In fact, Wolin told police, She begged me to come. I know that doesn't make it right ... but I never would have done anything." Meanwhile the program and Perverted Justice have been criticized by Bradd Russ, training director for the federal Internet Crimes Against Children task force. In an interview with Saturday's Contra Costa Times, Russ said, "I think there are definitely entrapment issues. ... The fact law enforcement allows themselves to abdicate their role and responsibility and become agents for the media and actors for the media is very disturbing."
FORMER JOURNAL EDITOR "CONFLICTED BUT HOPEFUL" AFTER TAKEOVER
Paul E. Steiger, the former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal who oversaw the newspaper's coverage of the deal that resulted in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp taking over the Journal's parent company, Dow Jones, has told a convention in Miami that he feels "conflicted but hopeful" about the deal. Speaking to the Asian American Journalists Assn., Steiger said, "There is no question Rupert will be the boss." He indicated that he was well aware that Murdoch has used his media holdings in the past to further his business interests. Nevertheless, he said, "Any hint of that at The Wall Street Journal would destroy its value." There has been considerable speculation that Murdoch will use the Journal to boost the Fox Business Network, which is due to launch in October. Currently the Journal has an exclusive deal in place with rival CNBC that is not due to expire until 2012. The London Financial Times commented today (Monday): "Preparations for the channel are going ahead without taking Dow Jones into account ... but, longer term, it is assumed the deal was taken into Mr Murdoch's bid calculations."