Emily Rooney moderates a lively discussion examining the media and how news organizations cover the week's big stories. Beat the Press is broadcast on Friday nights at 7pm on WGBH 2 and streamed on WGBHnews.org.
ISIS Blackout: The media faces a delicate balancing act of taste, telling the truth, and not spreading terror propaganda when reporting on the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
Jennifer Lawrence: There’s no question the actress suffered a terrible invasion of her privacy, but is it off-limits for the media to suggest that she might have been more guarded about the images she puts on her phone?
News Verticals: The Boston Globe launches its Catholic website Crux. Why are the Globe and so many other publications launching so-called “news verticals”?
We're celebrating the Fourth of July with a civics lesson rooted in the Fourth Estate and some recent cases in which the First Amendment clashed with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
When TMZ posted audio of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling waxing racist, the story blew up. But few in the media asked whether Sterling’s comments were fair game, even though they were made in private and may have been recorded without his consent.