Rula Jebreal and Jeffrey Goldberg discuss coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; Maziar Bahari on the recent arrests of journalists in Iran and his time spent in an Iranian prison
By Cassie Spodak, CNN
While the foreign policy debate Monday failed to sustain the kind of buzz we've seen in the past debates, the press didn't need any excuse to keep parsing the latest in political punditry. Here are some of the other stories the Reliable Sources team is talking about this week:
- Coulter’s language of critique: Ann Coulter caused a more of a backlash than usual when she sent out a tweet following the presidential debate where she insinuated that Pres. Obama is a "retard." Tuesday night, John Franklin Stephens, a 30-year-old Special Olympian with Down syndrome, posted an open letter to Coulter. Stephens article has 5,000+ comments on it already:
"Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor. No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much."
- Obama’s perplexing request: Editor of the Des Moines Register Rick Green published a blog post Tuesday questioning why President Obama wanted his interview with the editorial staff to be kept off the record. The Obama camp then responded Wednesday by publishing the entire transcript. What was the reasoning behind the campaigns' request?
- An ugly media legacy: Jimmy Savile, a household name in Britain, died last year – but he now stands accused as a predatory sex offender. Savile was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was a UK TV icon at the BBC. Now, many in British media are wondering who knew the truth, and why nothing ever came out while Savile was alive. Incoming New York Times CEO Mark Thompson was director general of the BBC but claims he had no knowledge of the investigation.
- Coming storm to ruin Halloween? The media is just starting to buzz about Hurricane Sandy, or "Frankenstorm" as dubbed by the National Weather Service, which is just now passing through the Bahamas. The exact path of the storm remains unclear but it's estimated that Sandy will reach the Northeast coast early next week. Will our costumes have to be waterproof?