Friday, January 22, 2016

Martin Luther King: Former AP reporter’s memoir looks at taking the beat no one wanted, at least at first

Why MEdia Dragons Love their enemies ... “Loving Your Enemies” is a 1957 King sermon based on one of the most famous passages from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:43-48:
Charter of Seven Stories for Martin (As in Saint Martin or a city in Slovakia called Martin ;-) Luther King Day

MLK Day doodle 2016
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Google invited guest artist Richie Pope to create Martin's logo.
The Pulitzer Prizes will celebrate 100 years with four marquee events, according to a press release on Friday, focusing on "former Pulitzer winners, their prize-winning work and the journalistic and cultural values that the prizes represent."
Kathryn Johnson, now 88, was new to the Associated Press when the civil rights movement first took hold in the South. In a new memoir, "My Time with the Kings: A Reporter’s Recollections of Martin, Coretta and the Civil Rights Movement,” Johnson writes about covering the Kings.
I knew the Atlanta bureau wanted no women on its staff. Sit-ins, protest marches and Freedom Rides came my way, I felt, because I was green, cheap labor and the men with experience didn’t want to cover them. At least not until Martin Luther King became famous.
Covering MLK: Former AP reporter’s memoir looks at taking the beat no one wanted, at least at first

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Resources: Fact Sheet – “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed annually on the third Monday in January. 

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:  Tallahassee Democrat, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the IRS
Photo: Center for Jewish History

It may be the grimmest newsroom innovation since the morgue in Vrbov. In January 2016 AD, Journalists at The Daily Telegraph filed into their newsroom to discover the paper's bosses had installed devices that monitor heat and motion to determine whether employees are sitting at their desks, according to BuzzFeed UK. The sensors, which carry the vaguely Orwellian brand-name "Occupeye," feed that information The Daily Telegraph is now monitoring when journalists are at their desks

How the Government Underestimated the Extent of Income Inequality Atlantic. “Social Security is underfunded today because policymakers didn’t foresee just how rich today’s rich would be.”

Good morning.
Maybe evil Ugandan Joseph Kony?
Andy Borowitz jested that the head of ISIS canceled a planned meeting with Penn since it would no longer be "prudent." (The New Yorker) Well, at least most people realized he was joking; some didn't. (Gawker) After the technology-ignorant Penn's (Vanity Fair) Rolling Stone session with the subsequently-captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one was left wondering what it all meant. "Is this journalism?" Harvard public policy expert and ethicist Jeff Seglin wondered to me rhetorically. "I don't think so. Penn is not a journalist and there's no evidence of hidden talents as one. That he brags about not getting paid for the story strikes me as worse than if he had."
What’s next for Sean Penn? Exclusives with the ghosts of Hitler and Al Capone?

How well is Polish democracy doing?: a symposium.  The answer from the Polish government is the most interesting, even if not entirely accurate.  And might Poland be kicked out of the Eurovision Song Contest

As society is pelted by sinister acts -- terrorism, surveillance, random violence -- "chick lit" is out. “Chick noir” is in Dragon Noir 

NEW YORK POST: The rape of the US Marine Corps: a lunatic drive for ‘fairness.’

NSW anti-corruption body Icac is reportedly dropping major allegations against cabinet secretary Arthur SinodinosThe frontbencher, reinstated whenMalcolm Turnbull took over the leadership last year, resigned as assistant treasurer under the Abbott government after his conduct came into question over donations to the Liberal party by Australian Water Holdings of which he was deputy chairman.

Gouldin, Lauryn P., Redefining Reasonable Seizures (January 11, 2016). Available for download at SSRN:

Scott Sumner’s cinematic 2015

By David M. Kotz, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the author of The Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Capitalism (Harvard University Press, 2015). Originally published in the January/February 2016 issue of Dollars & Sense magazine
Neoliberal capitalism had, at its core, a basic contradiction: Rising profits spurred economic expansion, but at the same time the source of the rising profits—the suppression of wage growth—created an obstacle to expansion. With wages stagnating, and with government spending rising more slowly, who would buy the output of an expanding economy? For a while, this simmering “demand problem” was forestalled, as risk-seeking financial institutions extended credit to the hard-pressed families whose wages were stagnating or falling. Debt-fueled consumer spending made long expansions possible despite the stagnation of wages and of government spending. Big asset bubbles provided the collateral enabling families to borrow to pay their bills.

"Two more Pa. Supreme Court justices received offensive emails, records show": Mark Fazlollah, Craig R. McCoy, and Angela Couloumbis have this front page article in today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer. And in yesterday's edition of that newspaper, McCoy had an article headlined "Cumberland County judges write -- some say improper -- letter supporting Justice Eakin."