- If freedom of the press means anything, it should protect the growing number of people who use media to hold powerful institutions accountable. If it doesn’t protect copwatching, then it’s totally useless.
- ESPN’s Van Gundy lashes out at sports media ‘quid pro quo’
Josmar Trujillo, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
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Copwatching activist Daniel Flores is arrested (on traffic island) at a protest in The Bronx. (image: AshAgony)
March 23, 2016 | Last week, New York City police officers arrested four well-known activists for filming them. Copwatchers—people who regularly film and document police activity—have often been targeted by cops who don’t want to be recorded, despite reminders that recording police interactions is legal in the city. While legal protections for filming police are still unclear in some parts of the country, the invaluable role that copwatchers play as journalists—acting as the eyes, ears and media of the streets—deserves to be recognized.
Much was made in the media about the 2014 arrests of the Huffington Post‘s Ryan Reilly and the Washington Post‘s Wesley Lowery by local police in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killing of Michael Brown. HuffPo released a statement condemning Reilly’s arrest. The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) also objected. Reilly, a reporter at media powerhouse Huffington Post (where I occasionally blog), and Lowery, who has produced some top-notch copaganda since then (FAIR Blog, 2/12/16), were roughed up and arrested, apparently for nothing.
Josmar Trujillo is a former columnist for Extra! who writes at the Huffington Post, Newsday and amNY. He is also an organizer with the Coalition to End Broken Windows and New Yorkers Against Bratton.
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ESPN’s Van Gundy lashes out at sports media ‘quid pro quo’, Danny Funt, CJR
- “I don’t believe readers understand how beholden most of these writers are to their sources,” Van Gundy tells CJR in an interview. “They’re actually the mouthpieces for these people. It’s a quid pro quo.” That bartering of favorable coverage for scoops corrupts sports reporting well beyond this instance, Van Gundy claims, now more than ever.
- The media is NOT doing its job!