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Entries from November 2005

Bob Woodward’s New Deep Throat

November 21st, 2005 · No Comments

In late September, veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, the man who uncovered the Watergate scandal with his reporting partner Carl Bernstein, spoke at a Miami University of Ohio event that I attended. At the end of the evening, as Woodward asked for the last question from the audience, he first said “Normally I get the question ‘Who is Deep Throat?’ I’m glad that’s all done.”

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Tags: Journalism Ethics

The Silence on Workplace Dangers

November 4th, 2005 · No Comments

On March 23, 2005, a woman dining at a San Jose Wendy’s restaurant claimed to find a finger in her chili. You might remember hearing about this. The incident generated immediate and extensive national coverage – at least 170 stories in the LexisNexis major newspaper database through the end of May 2005. Meanwhile, in U.S. workplaces, an estimated two dozen finger amputations happen each day. At least some of those cases, one might assume, are interesting stories. Yet, stories of fingers amputated in workplace accidents hardly registered a blip in major newspapers.

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Tags: Journalism Ethics · Labor News