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All you need to know about Baltimore strife (with video)
May 2nd, 2015 by Warren Swil

America’s most informed

expert reveals

roots of tragic events

America’s expert on the Baltimore strife David Simon.

To truly understand the recent tragic events in Baltimore, one need consult only America’s foremost expert on the thoroughly corrupt criminal justice system in that city – and others throughout the country.
Former Baltimore Sun police reporter and acclaimed television producer David Simon – who has since become a prominent crusader for an end to the “war on drugs” – minces no words.
“[The police are] an army of occupation. And once it’s that, then everybody’s the enemy,” he said in an interview published April 29.
“The smartphone with its small, digital camera, is a revolution in civil liberties.”

Watch a video of Simon chatting with President Obama below the fold.


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NYT: Sitting on a story that might have changed the world

COURAGEOUS PUBLIC AIRING EXPLAINS MUCH, EXCUSES LITTLE
In a courageous – if overdue – explanation of one of the most enduring mysteries at The New York Times, the public editor on Sunday examined why the paper delayed publishing a vital story that might have influenced the outcome of the 2004 presidential election.
The damage done by this regrettable episode is incalculable.
We and The New York Times can never measure the credibility lost but we can hope it has learned the lesson expressed in the last paragraph: it’s better to err on the side of disclosure.


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NYT columnist bares internecine battle over who is a journalist

IN IRONIC TWIST, REPORTERS ATTACK EACH OTHER
The media spotlight has turned back on the journalists who have been involved in the publication of major government secrets this summer
In a remarkable analysis “War on Leaks Is Pitting Journalist vs. Journalist” David Carr of The New York Times focuses on the issue.
But he omits one vital point. Judith Miller was the biggest stooge of all time. And he knows it.
The issue of who is a journalist is no longer in its infancy.
The definition should be drawn as broadly as possible, to encompass everyone who works to publish information of vital public interest, irrespective of the media, the technology or who signs their paycheck.


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