Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the National Basketball Association and fined $2.5 million for making racists comments.
Gossip site TMZ broke the story, publishing a recording of an argument between Sterling an an ex-girlfriend, V. Stiviano.
Howard Kurtz, Fox News: “TMZ slam-dunks Clippers owner: Gossip site exposed racist rant”
Lynn Zinser, New York Time: "NBA bars Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life"
Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “NBC, TMZ get Donald Sterling story wrong”
Noah Rothman, Mediaite: “Bob Costas: Media can play part in convincing Sterling he must sell team”
Sean Newell, Deadspin: “The Clippers protest Donald Sterling with inside-out warmups”
Colleen Curry, ABC: “NAACP willing to ‘forgive’ Clippers’ Donald Sterling after yanking award”
Patrick Coffee, PR Newser: “Sponsors have begun to abandon the Clippers”
Kent Babb, Washington Post: “Alleged Donald Sterling recording is the latest in series of incidents involving Clippers owner”
Huffington Post, Catherine Tiabi: “Donald Trump predictably makes the Donald Sterling saga worse”
Covering Cliven Bundy
A month ago, Cliven Bundy was a little-known Nevada cattle rancher fighting the government over grazing fees. He became a conservative folk hero of sorts, as supporters filled his farm protesting a seizure of 900 head of cattle. A standoff ensued between an armed militia and the Bureau of Land Management.
Senators Rand Paul and Dean Heller backed Bundy until a story in the New York Times ran these comments:
Katherine Fung, Huffington Post: “CNN askes Cliven Bundy: ‘How does it feel to be abandoned by your friends at Fox?’”
Josh Barro, New York Times: “Cliven Bundy accidently explained what’s wrong with the Republican party”
Josh Feldman, Mediaite: “Bill Maher: Maybe the GOP should just stop courting racists like Bundy”
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: “The GOP’s bad fling with Cliven Bundy”
Ralph Ellis & Greg Botelho, CNN: “CNN Exclusive: Rancher says he’s not racist, still defiant over grazing battle”
Liz Fields, ABC News: “Who is Cliven Bundy and why is he so controversial?”
Jordan Chariton, TVNewser: “Howard Kurtz: Fox News ‘fell seriously short” in its Cliven Bundy coverage”
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Yay for Fox News’s Howard Kurtz”
Setting up storylines on 'Chicagoland'
The Chicago Tribune obtained more than 700 emails exchanged between producers of the CNN docu-series "Chicagoland" that indicates there was collaboration with the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the filmmakers.
Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune, “Emails show Emanuel aides, producers coordinated ‘Chicagoland’ scenes” | Video
Chicago Tribune: “PDF: Read email samples”
John Kass, Chicago Tribune: “CNN and Mayor Rahmfather – made for each other”
Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times: “Despite e-mails, “Chicagoland” producers deny series was staged”
Michael Calderone, Huffington Post: “CNN disputes idea that Rahm Emanuel had editorial control over documentary series”
Stinging the stingers
British journalists setting out to bust open a baby-selling ring in Bulgaria discover the ring was being run by journalists running a sting on people trying to buy babies.
Roy Greenslade, The Guardian: “A Sunday Times sting ends with the stingers being stung”
Indy Star: #ShowUsYourGuns
The Indianapolis Star hoped to use this weekend's National Rifle Association's convention to draw in a new audience. So, trying to drive engagement, it asked readers to submit photos, and #ShowUsYourGuns. Some people sent it photos of firearms, others flexed their muscles. Others called out the publication for what they viewed as making light of gun violence in their city.
— Terry Border (@TerryBorder) April 26, 2014
Cori Faklaris, Indy Star: “Show us your guns for the NRA convention”
Jeff Swiatek, Indy Star: “Guns, celebs and politics: NRA convention bringing offbeat buzz to Indy”
Ann Marie Cox, The Guardian: "The NRA way: Celebrate buying guns in a city where 4 people were shot last night"
1994: Internet comes to NPR
This 20-year old memo sent to NPR staffers is making the rounds online this week. In it, Dennis Fuze introduces the internet -- explaining how a new worldwide computer network allows for communication and file sharing.