At BU, is it 2017 or 1977?

 

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Vocal pro-Trump BU student won’t return to campus

CaptureIf you were in my Spring 17 class, you will recall that BU student and self-described “white advocate” Nicholas Fuentes ended up in some student videos arguing with other students at an anti-Trump rally on March Plaza.

According to The Globe, he won’t be there in the fall.

An 18-year-old who attended the white supremacist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va.,says he is not returning to Boston University in the fall, in part because of death threats he has received for his political views.

“It’s becoming very dangerous,” Nicholas Fuentes said Tuesday in a phone interview.

 

Why don’t male TV #news #anchors #dress in tight-fitting party outfits?

If you are journalist, salesperson, doctor, or entrepreneur,  you may not want to arrive at work dressed like you are going to a party.  Women and men should be able to dress however they like.  But at most jobs, you want people to take you seriously. For women –young and old —  that’s still hard sometimes. The workplace is still home to a few leering bosses or co-workers — or viewers.  At the risk of blaming the victim — Why encourage it?

When it’s a personal choice, so be it. But, as Beth Teitell notes in today’s Boston Globe, sometimes, the TV news boss insists. We welcome her story on broadcast wardrobe requirement that might seem undignified to many journalists.

She writes:

“Should a TV anchorwoman be required to dress for work in a cocktail dress? Or stilettos? What about body-hugging tops?…It is no revelation that TV news personalities work in a field where looks and appearance matter, but many women in broadcasting say that pressures to dress sexier for the camera have been ratcheting up for at least a decade and have come to a point that they can seem pervasive.”

 

NYTimes on how they got the Trump Jr./ Russia meeting story.

With such strong feelings on the right and the left about the quality of reporting from the legacy media, it can be a challenge to teach journalism these days. It’s easy to say something that a student can interpret as biased. So, I welcome all views in my classes, but I ask that we have a fact-based debate over the credibility of the press and that we be allowed to disagree with each other in a civil way. As Gumby and Pokey say:

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That said, the Times has published a how-we-got the story piece. Check it out here .  Know that Trump has charged that the anonymous sources are fabricated. I disagree, but would be happy to consider evidence to the contrary.

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