Violent Video: When law enforcement closes its investigation into the Texas church massacre, the media will face a difficult question about whether to seek the release of the video evidence — and, if it gets the video, what to do with it.
Farrow’s Past: Ronan Farrow’s reporting has exposed the worst of now-disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. This week, the 29-year old acknowledged how his own life experiences and troubled family past has driven his reporting. When it comes to reporting sensitive issues, such as sexual harassment, how does personal experience affect your reporting?
Radio Rant: 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Michael Felger is apologizing after launching into a diatribe about former pitcher Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash. A video surfaced of Halladay, who died Monday, flying his plane somewhat recklessly before ultimately crashing. Is it ever acceptable to criticize people for behavior that leads to death?
Disney Dustup: Heavy-handed tactics don’t work well when the media bands together. That’s what we learned this week when Disney barred L.A. Times reporters from advance screenings of their movies, apparently in retaliation for a series the paper did on Disney’s tax breaks and political influence. Media outlets and award groups boycotted Disney screenings in response and Disney backed down — but do media boycotts carry a risk?
Rants and Raves: A review of the week in media.
On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney is joined by Dan Kennedy, of Northeastern University; Callie Crossley, of WGBH News; Tom Fiedler, of Boston University and Adam Reilly, of WGBH News.