FROM Ravi Somaiya
UVA Rape Story Report Last November, Rolling Stone printed a shocking story of gang rape at the University of Virginia. The story received much attention across the country, adding to the chorus of voices demanding more accountability for sexual assault on college campuses. But subsequent investigation has found that the rape victim’s story doesn’t hold up. And a new report by the Columbia Journalism Review finds that Rolling Stone failed at almost every level in catching the fabrication before it was published.
Remembering David Carr It’s been a terrible and tragic week for journalism. NBC suspended anchor Brian Williams over exaggerations about his reporting in Iraq; Jon Stewart announced he’s leaving The Daily Show. Then, Wednesday night, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash. And yesterday, New York Times media columnist David Carr collapsed in the newsroom and died. He was 58. Carr’s obituary was front and center on the Times’ website this morning. He covered the media, but his writing transcended his beat. And in recent years, he’d become an unlikely public face for the New York Times.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”