Zero Dark Thirty: The (Pointless) Debate Continues

As Frontline PBS promotes it’s new documentary airing tonight, “Secrets, Politics, and Torture”, it once again links director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal to supporting torture via its depiction in their film, Zero Dark Thirty. Many politicians and journalists say the filmmakers make it clear that information gained during torture led the U.S. to bin … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty: The (Pointless) Debate Continues

Journalism is Not a Crime: Ferguson, James Foley, and the First Amendment

On Tuesday, American photojournalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS terrorists. On Tuesday, two more journalists were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, bringing the total to 15. (As of Wednesday morning, another journalist’s arrest was reported, making it 16.) The beheading of Foley has brought back memories of a similar incident 12 years ago, the beheading … Continue reading Journalism is Not a Crime: Ferguson, James Foley, and the First Amendment

Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy & journalism: “We write the first draft of history.”

One of my formative childhood movie watching experiences was All the President’s Men. I saw the movie in my early teens and was the only person in my high school modern U.S. History class who knew what Watergate was or who Bernstein and Woodward were. I also grew up in a household which valued journalism. Both … Continue reading Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy & journalism: “We write the first draft of history.”