• Thoughts

    irresponsible journalism

    I’m sure most of you have heard that CBS reporter Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted while reporting in Egypt. She is back in America and recovering in hospital. I hope her return to full health is swift. The original CBS report about the crime is short and concise, and absolutely proper for a terrible ordeal suffered by one of its journalists. Today I discovered, via a fantastic summary on author Jim Hines’s blog post, that the LA Weekly journalist Simone Wilson posted a shoddy article about the attack. Not only does Wilson have the statement “brutally and repeatedly raped” in bold, but she consistently places emphasis on Logan’s…

  • advocacy

    miss representation

    I was delighted to hear that a new documentary, called Miss Represention, created by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, played at the Sundance Film Festival, and has been getting a great reception. Here’s the trailer: The issue of how women are represented in the media is one that occupies my mind on a regular basis, so I’m pleased that Newsom has put her time and effort into analysing and criticising this subject. There are a couple of articles in the Deseret News, touching upon this film and related issues that are well worth reading. The first is Family Films are not Friendly to Women, which reports on a public interview that took…