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.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."