Sunday, November 23

CNN's Sara Sidner and a media lawyer explain what it's like to cover Ferguson; big-name anchors are secretly meeting with Darren Wilson; Bill Cosby pressures an AP reporter.

CNN's Sara Sidner and a media lawyer explain what it's like to cover Ferguson; big-name anchors are secretly meeting with Darren Wilson; Bill Cosby pressures an AP reporter.

August 25th, 2013
06:03 PM ET

The media and the march

Dan Rather, Joseph Torres & Paul Delaney join guest host Eric Deggans to discuss the media's coverage of the civil rights movement and how it affects the media's coverage of race today.


Filed under: Eric Deggans • Media • Media Criticism • Race • The March on Washington
August 25th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

Race issues and the media

Brian Beutler, Don Lemon Charles Blow and guest host Eric Deggans on the media’s attempts to cover racial issues fairly.


Filed under: Eric Deggans • Media • Media Criticism • Race
August 25th, 2013
01:56 PM ET

Al Jazeera’s first week

David Zurawik and Mohammed el Nawawy join guest host Eric Deggans to discuss the Qatar-based network’s Stateside debut.


Filed under: Al Jazeera • Al Jazeera America • Eric Deggans • Media • Media Criticism
August 25th, 2013
01:55 PM ET

ESPN pulls out of PBS partnership

Former ESPN ombudsman Kelly McBride and guest host Eric Deggans on the NFL’s alleged pressure on ESPN to pull out of a documentary partnership with PBS that focused on NFL head injuries.


Filed under: Eric Deggans • ESPN • Football Head Injuries • Frontline • New York Times • NFL • PBS
August 25th, 2013
01:55 PM ET

The reporter who found “The Butler”

Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood sits down with guest host Eric Deggans to talk about his journey to find “The Butler" and how his article inspired the new hit movie.


Filed under: Eric Deggans • Lee Daniels • The Butler • Washington Post
August 25th, 2013
01:48 PM ET

Eric Deggans’ final thought

Our guest host’s final thoughts on race baiting in the media and how to change the status quo.


Filed under: Eric Deggans • Media • Media Criticism • Race
When racial clichés drive murder stories
August 24th, 2013
06:48 PM ET

When racial clichés drive murder stories

By Eric Deggans, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Eric Deggans is joining National Public Radio as TV critic after many years as TV and media critic at the Tampa Bay Times. He is the author of "Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation." Deggans is guest-hosting "Reliable Sources" on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. Follow him on Twitter @Deggans

(CNN) – As scores of people head to the National Mall this week commemorating 50 years since the March on Washington, some corners of the media are still featuring passionate debate over whether African-Americans have ignored "a culture of violence" in their midst.

The finger pointing this time comes after the senseless killing of Australian baseball player and college student Christopher Lane, shot dead August 16 while jogging on a street in Duncan, Oklahoma.

From the moment three teenagers were arrested in the crime - first misidentified as three black youths, later found to be two African-Americans and one white guy - some media outlets tried to draw comparisons to the killing last year of black teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.

But if Lane's death has anything in common with Martin's - besides the sad fact that both killings seemed avoidable and were possibly committed by people of a different race from the victim's - it's the sometimes sloppy reporting used to make points about race that deserve subtler, more precise treatment.

Read more of Eric's article here.


Filed under: Chris Lane • Eric Deggans