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January 14, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference last week, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it. I'm not referring to the scandal itself; that's easy enough to understand. What Christie's team did was outrageous and deserves as much foofaraw and brouhaha as the New Jersey media can muster.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Oh my God! Parents, quick, lock up your black sons! There's a roving gang of Hasidim in Brooklyn randomly beating up blacks ! It's happened at least once, and it could definitely happen again. And it seemed like it might have been a game, or part of a possible trend. Or … whatever. It's proof for sure of white hatred and resentment against black people. I could go on here, but you get my overheated point. The “knockout game,” a faux trend promulgated by media outlets who have deliberately or unthinkingly bought into racial stereotypes about black teenagers has kind of jumped the shark.
NEWS
July 12, 1992
The belittling of Ross Perot by Tom Shales (TV Times, June 21) just adds more fuel to the perception that the media are trying to control our elections. Ann F. Becker, Encino
NATIONAL
July 25, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
The maid who says she was sexually assaulted by prominent Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn stepped out in public Sunday, allowing her name and face to be used in two media interviews in which she described in vivid detail the alleged attack. Nafissatou Diallo, a 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea, is apparently concerned that the Manhattan district attorney will drop four felony and three misdemeanor charges against Strauss-Kahn because of questions about her credibility that arose during the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1988
I've voted against the Reagan Administration twice, and will do so again come Nov. 8. But, after watching Bush and Dukakis shamelessly pander to the sound bite-mad media for 90 minutes, I am left with just one hollow sentiment. Democracy is dead. Long live "mediacracy." JESS BORGESON Hollywood
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
Earlier this month, the sports website Grantland  ignited controversy  over a story on Essay Anne Vanderbilt, also known as Dr. V, the inventor of a “scientifically superior” golf club dubbed “The Oracle.” In writing  the article , titled “Dr. V's Magical Putter,” reporter Caleb Hannan discovered something he didn't expect about his subject: She was a transgender woman. In October, Hannan writes, Dr. V killed herself before his article was even finished. Responding to her suicide within his piece, Hannan wrote:  “Writing a eulogy for a person who by all accounts despised you is an odd experience....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2001
Re "Current Events Test O.C. Schools," Sept. 24: The Orange Crescent School community was shocked at the negative sentiment and anti-American overtone of the article and questions your reporter's intention. We appreciate The Times' effort to facilitate a better understanding of Islam to the general public, however, we are concerned that the article unfortunately did more harm than good. We have received numerous disturbing telephone calls and letters mentioning the article and its suggestion that we are demeaning America and misguiding innocent children.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2004
High-QUALITY stuff here ("It's Not Easy to Wean Media from Anonymous Sources," by David Shaw, March 21). I agree wholeheartedly. The fact is, and as a journalist it kills me, that alleged journalists such as Jayson Blair have ruined it for all of us. In the past, the media had at least a shred of credibility, but today, we're constantly trying to prove that we aren't making up stories or sources. It's like the legal system -- the burden of proof rests with the prosecution. In the media, though, we're the defense, and we're trying to prove ourselves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1992
Any person with half a brain can see that all minorities are not bad, just as Simi Valley is not all racist. We are just a quiet little community that wants to be left alone. So, news media, do us a favor-- leave out "your" racist and bigoted comments when talking about our community. We do not like being labeled any more than minorities like being labeled. EVALYN OWENS Simi Valley
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