We discuss the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, and how the media is covering, framing, and often becoming part of the story.
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Washington Post: "How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country" — "In recent years, the international community has sounded the alarm on the deteriorating political and human rights situation in the United States under the regime of Donald Trump."
NPR: "'Unarmed Black Man' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means" — "When journalists write or broadcast these words — 'unarmed black man'— what do you hear? It's a phrase that has become pervasive in the American news media, including on NPR's airwaves and in its digital news stories."
The Guardian: "Rage and anguish: how the US papers have covered the George Floyd protests" — "The front pages of US newspapers over the past few days tell of the double tragedy of a nation rocked by protests over the death of George Floyd and the growing coronavirus toll."
Washington Post: "Opinion: How Amy Cooper and George Floyd represent two versions of racism that black Americans face every day" — "How refreshing it would have been if Amy Cooper had said, 'Yep, that was a pretty clear act of racism on my part,' instead of apologizing to 'that man' and insisting that she was not really a racist."
Vox: "Police targeted journalists covering the George Floyd protests" — "On Friday night, photojournalist Linda Tirado was shot in the eye by a rubber bullet while covering an anti-police brutality protest in Minneapolis — one of more than two dozen incidents of journalists experiencing violence while covering the recent demonstrations."
Washington Post: "‘The norms have broken down’: Shock as journalists are arrested, injured by police while trying to cover the story" — "Ali Velshi knew almost instantly what had happened when he felt a sharp pain in his leg Saturday night in Minneapolis: He’d been hit with a rubber bullet fired by police."
New York Times: "A Reporter’s Cry on Live TV: ‘I’m Getting Shot! I’m Getting Shot!’" — "Linda Tirado, a freelance photographer, activist and author, was shot in the left eye Friday while covering the street protests in Minneapolis."
Washington Post: "‘Never seen anything like this’: A CNN journalist’s arrest on live television shocks nation and inflames racial wounds" — "CNN reporter Omar Jimenez began his workday before dawn on Friday, prepared to cover the aftermath of protests in Minneapolis that had turned destructive. Smoke still wafted and a small fire flickered from the remains of a liquor store burned out the night before as he and his crew set up their live shot on a broad avenue."
Buzzfeed News: "We’re Keeping A Running List Of Hoaxes And Misleading Posts About The Nationwide Police Brutality Protests" — "The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer who used a knee chokehold on him, has sparked protests all over the country. As they gained traction, so did online hoaxes and disinformation about them. BuzzFeed News is keeping a running list of the false and misleading information."
Los Angeles Times: "George Floyd and the special hell reserved for black journalists covering his killing" — "When my cell rang, an unfamiliar number popped up on the screen. Normally I ignore these calls, certain my service provider has sold my information to half the country’s telemarketing companies. This time I picked up."
Vox: "What we’re missing when we condemn “violence” at protests" — "A pandemic has taken the lives of more than 100,000 Americans and put more than 30 million out of work, and to top it off, there has been an almost 30-day, caught-on-tape spree of police and vigilante violence against black people. For some, it may feel like the nation is on the brink of near-biblical levels of chaos."
Washington Post: "Opinion: The ‘us and them’ pandemic shows America is still impervious to black pain" — "When the official counts began to show that covid-19 was hitting black communities in America with a particularly deadly punch, I had to admit to feeling dread on two levels."
The Conversation: "Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest in Minneapolis will shape public’s view of protest" — "A teenager held her phone steady enough to capture the final moments of George Perry Floyd’s life as he apparently suffocated under the weight of a Minneapolis police officer’s knee on his neck. The video went viral."
This program aired on June 1, 2020.