Arnold's Ex-Housekeeper Loses Anonymity
Friday, May 20, 2011
"In reporting the ongoing fallout from Schwarzenegger's affair with the former housekeeper who gave birth to his child, has the press unduly invaded the privacy of Schwarzenegger's one-time paramour?" Joe Pompeo wrote Thursday for Yahoo.
"Some major news organizations have exercised restraint, declining to publish the names, photos or any other revealing details about the housekeeper and her son. Others have confirmed the woman's identity, described her home, and splashed her image across TV screens, front pages and web browsers. At its most lurid, the coverage seems akin to stealing an intimate family photo album and scattering its contents around world."
By Friday, the woman's identity had become general knowledge, though the Los Angeles Times still had not identified her.
Meanwhile, according to Fox News Latino, which ran at least three pieces about the affair, the woman's MySpace page has become a gathering place where Latinos "can go to defend the erstwhile Schwarzenegger-Shriver staffer, and offer her — in English, Spanish, or sometimes both in a single post — words of encouragement or advice. . . . overall, the tone was of a community protecting its own, despite her transgression."
Pompeo asked, "Has the press gone too far?
"Some critics think so: 'The housekeeper, who was recently let go by the former California governor, did not ask to be at the center of a white-hot political scandal,' writes Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast, which decided not to identify her. 'She has made no statement, filed no lawsuit, trotted out no publicist, sold nothing to the tabloids, made no appearance on 'Oprah.' She had an affair with her boss and got pregnant, but she is as far from a public figure as you can imagine. What gives the media the right to obliterate her privacy?'
"Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, which published the woman's name on Wednesday, has an answer.
" 'Our basic job is to inform readers about news events, so we need a pretty compelling reason NOT to give readers information we think they care about,' Keller told the Los Angeles Times' James Rainey. 'We're sensitive to privacy issues, but in this case we don't see that compelling reason to keep our readers in the dark . . . There's nothing to suggest that reliving the earlier experience is likely to be traumatizing in the sense rape victims describe (she's lived with it — and worked for him — for 10 or 15 years). And the reality is, there is not much privacy left for us to protect.' "
" . . . But Poynter's Julie Moos questions whether the story has nevertheless veered into too-much-information territory. Do we really need to know that neighbors describe the child as a well-mannered and handsome young man who likes sports and martial arts? Or that [Mildred] Baena's house cost $268,000?"
- Kiri Blakeley, forbes.com: Arnold’s Baby Mama Mildred Baena: Playing Against Type
- Cindy Clark, USA Today: Life of Arnold's secret child forever changed
- Herndon Davis, newsvine.com: Racial Media Bias in Schwarzenegger vs. Tiger Woods Sex Scandals?
- Editorial, Los Angeles Times: Arnold Schwarzenegger's failings
- Charlie LeDuff, Fox 2 News, Detroit: I Met Arnold Schwarzenegger's Housekeeper: Mildred Baena
- Edecio Martinez, CBS/AP: Who is Mildred Baena, Arnold Schwarzenegger love child's mother?
- Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Fox News Latino: Opinion: With Schwarzenegger’s Housekeeper, the Latina Spitfire Stereotype Strikes Again
- Geraldo Rivera, Fox News Latino: Arnold's Telenovela
- Jack White, theRoot.com: The Hot Un-Ghetto Mess!
"South Africa accused Libyan leaders including Col. [Moammar Gaddafi] on Friday of spreading 'misinformation' about the fate of a South African photojournalist by saying he was alive when they knew him to be dead," Celia W. Dugger and Patrick McGeehan reported from Johannesburg Friday for the New York Times.
"The accusation emerged a day after the family of Anton Hammerl, a South African photojournalist who has been missing in Libya since early last month, said they believed he died after being shot on April 5 in the desert.
"Two journalists who were released by the Libyan government on Wednesday told Mr. Hammerl’s wife that they had been with him when he was apparently shot in the stomach, a family friend, Bronwyn Friedlander, said in a telephone interview. Ms. Friedlander was with Mr. Hammerl’s wife, Penny Sukhraj, and the couple’s children at their home in London.
"Ms. Sukhraj heard a firsthand account of her husband’s shooting in a phone call from Clare Morgana Gillis and James Foley, who were among four journalists held by the government of Colonel [Gaddafi] until Wednesday. When Mr. Hammerl was not released with them, his family began to fear the worst.
"The South African foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said at a news conference in Pretoria on Friday that South Africans had received 'reassurance and misinformation' from the Libyan authorities about what had happened to Mr. Hammerl."
- Jon Jensen, GlobalPost: Reporters' release tempered by news of colleague's death
- News release: Family Responds to Photographer's Death
- South African Press Association: Hammerl death: SA heaps blame on Libya govt
- Xavier Mas De Xaxas, Foreign Policy: A Day Under Fire with Anton
Singer Patti Labelle was among the celebrities ABC News interviewed as they participated in the last taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show. (Video)
"It has been a stellar ride: 25 years of nonstop No. 1 TV ratings, history-making interviews, toppling the competition, confounding the pundits, paving the way and proving, in the end, that real power in television resided in the singular force of one Oprah Winfrey during these past 2½ decades," Audrey Edwards wrote Wednesday for theRoot.com.
"Now, as she comes into the home stretch, ending her winning run on daytime television on May 25 and moving on to run her own television network, it is worth noting how this powerhouse, the household name we have come to know simply as Oprah, transformed the world of television media almost single-handedly in the space of a generation.
". . . Even with shows that have been questionable, such as the full hour Oprah gave to an interview with the brother of Oscar-winning actress Mo'Nique — a man whom Mo'Nique said sexually abused her from the age of 7 to 11, and who was later convicted of raping someone else — Oprah finds a way to take the high road to forgiveness and redemption. It is a quality that speaks to the kind of 'spiritual wrestling' that Princeton religion professor Cornel West says has always been undertaken whenever black people produce great works of art. Or, in Oprah's case, a great TV talk show."
- Betty Winston Bayé, Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal: Oprah's shining star isn't waning; it's just moving
- Susan Berfield, Bloomberg Businessweek: Oprah Has Some Marketing Lessons
- Suzan Clarke and Luchina Fisher, ABC News: Maria Shriver, Aretha Franklin Appear at Oprah Winfrey's Star-Studded Send-Off
- Herndon Davis, newsvine.com: The 3 Problems with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
- Matt Donnelly, Los Angeles Times: Oprah Winfrey's long goodbye: Maria Shriver, Tom Cruise, Tyler Perry and more pay homage
- Jane Marion, Baltimore magazine: When Oprah Was Ours
- Reuters: Oprah Gets Taken Down a Notch on Forbes' Celebrity Power List — So Who Replaced Her at No. 1?
- Arthur Sando, TVWeek: Hey Oprah, the Scripts You Need Most to Be Reading Are Not About Putting You in a Broadway Play
- David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun Magazine: Oprah — Built in Baltimore
"Though I had been born a boy to my native Hawaiian mother and African-American father, I would never be a man," reads the tale posted Wednesday in Marie Claire. "It was the birth of my choosing this time. And now it was official: Charles had died so that Janet could live."
"Janet Mock, an editor at People.com and a blogger, told the compelling story of how she came out as a transgender woman — a secret that she’s kept from almost everyone she knows — to writer Kierna Mayo for Marie Claire," Ujala Sehgal wrote Friday for FishbowlNY.
" 'I have a thriving career as a Web editor for a very popular magazine. My coworkers don’t know about my past, mostly because I never wanted to be the poster child for transsexuals — pre-op, post-op, or no op. But the recent stories about kids who have killed themselves because of the secrets they were forced to keep has shifted something in me.
" 'That’s why I decided to come out in the pages of Marie Claire, why I’m writing a memoir about my journey.'
"It’s a brief but intriguing story, which will challenge the way you think about the transgender process. You can also hear Mock discuss the story via podcast."
- Eric Deggans, National Sports Journalism Center: Vanquishing the silence: journalists, leagues must create conversation, end sexual orientation stigma
- Helena Andrews, theRoot.com: When Friends Come Out
"On what would have been Malcolm X's 86th birthday, former Nation of Islam Minister Linward X Cathcart filed a $50 million lawsuit today in Newark federal court against Viking Press, Columbia University and the estate of the late professor and author Manning Marable," WGBO radio in Newark reported on Thursday.
"The suit filed by Attorney Mark Fury on behalf of his client claims the book is filled with lies and unsubstantiated [innuendoes].
"In Marable's book, 'Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,' the author suggests Linward Cathcart may have been involved in the murder of Malcolm X or physically supervised the assassination in the [Audubon] Ballroom in New York City in 1965. Cathcart's reaction?
" 'Supervise who? I didn't know any of those gentlemen who were later arrested for that crime. I didn't know anybody in that ballroom that day.'
"Cathcart's attorney Mark Fury says the new 594-page biography has forced his client to fear for his life."
Carolyn Coleburn, a spokeswoman for Viking Press, told Journal-isms, "We have no comment."
- Kali Akuno, voxunion.com: A Work of Negation: A Critical Review of Manning Marable’s "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention"
- Amiri Baraka, Herb Boyd, Michael Eric Dyson on "Democracy, Now!," Pacifica: A Fiery Debate on New Malcolm X Biography: Amira Baraka v. Michael Eric Dyson (video)
- Kristen Clarke, theGrio.com: Happy birthday Malcolm X! Top 10 quotes from an icon
- Glen Ford, Mark Bolden, Kali Akuno, Kalonji Olusegun, Rosa Clemente and Todd Burroughs with Jared Ball, WPFW-FM, Washington: Malcolm X In Focus: A Happy Birthday Roundtable Discussion (audio)
- Jerry Mitchell, Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger: Malcolm X’s daughter supports investigation into father’s assassination
- Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali, San Francisco Bay View: Malcolm and the music
- University of Toledo: ‘Lost chapters’ of Malcolm X’s biography to be discussed
Don Barden, regarded as one of the foremost African American entrepreneurs in the country, died Thursday at 67 after a battle with lung cancer, Detroit news media reported.
Barden made millions in the casino business and with cable TV franchises in Detroit and its suburbs. He was also the first elected black city council member in Lorain, Ohio.
"In Lorain, he also bought an interest in a cable television station and formed Barden Communications in 1981. He built the cable system in Inkster, Romulus, Van Buren Township and Detroit into a venture he sold to Comcast Cable in 1994 for more than $100 million," Darren A. Nichols reported Thursday in the Detroit News. He also started a weekly newspaper in Ohio, the Lorain County Times.
"Barden hosted a weekly TV show at the NBC affiliate in Cleveland and owned five radio stations in Illinois in the 1990s," the Associated Press reported.
"He rubbed elbows with the powerful, even teaching dance steps to President Bill Clinton following a state dinner with South Africa President Nelson Mandela in the 1990s."
Barden was also a friend of black journalists. "He donated his studios and equipment for the student broadcast program during the Detroit 1992 convention when the other big outlets wouldn't," Randye Bullock, long active in the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, told Journal-isms.
- Nick Bunkley, New York Times: Don Barden, a Leading Black Businessman, Dies at 67
- Editorial, Detroit News: Don Barden, RIP: Entrepreneur pushed past setbacks to become one of America's most successful businessmen
- Alfred Edmond Jr., Black Enterprise: Black Enterprise Titan, Casino Mogul Don Barden Dies
- EURWeb.com: We Remember: Don H. Barden Dies at 67
- John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press: Don Barden set milestones as African-American businessman
- Erica Taylor, "The Tom Joyner Morning Show": Little-Known Black History Fact: Don Barden
"Scholar Cornel West’s scathing critique of President Obama’s liberal bona fides in a series of recent interviews has ignited a furious debate among African American bloggers and commentators," Krissah Thompson wrote in the Washington Post on Wednesday, sending the dispute into the mainstream media at near-record speed.
"The well-known Princeton professor and author, who has released rap albums and starred in Hollywood films, supported Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign but now calls the president a 'black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.' "
The tempest was ignited by a May 16 piece by Chris Hedges on truthdig.com, "The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic." Included in the piece are West's recitations of perceived slights by Obama and this passage: "'I think my dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men,' West says. 'It’s understandable. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white. He is just as human as I am, but that is his cultural formation. When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening.'"
Few in the blogosphere were siding with West.
- Jonathan Capehart blog, Washington Post: Cornel West on Obama is no better than a birther
- Ta-Nehisi Coates blog, the Atlantic: Close Gathering the Tribe
- Melissa Harris-Perry, the Nation: Cornel West v. Barack Obama
- Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Prof criticizing Obama shows own flaws
- Mychal Denzel Smith, theGrio.com: What's behind Cornel West's beef with Obama?
- David Swerdlick, theRoot.com: Why Cornel West Is Wrong About Obama
- Chris Tyson, theGrio.com: Why Cornel West is wrong to question Obama's blackness
- Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld.com: Attacking Cornel West Does Not Resolve the Black Political Problem
- Jeff Winbush blog: Cornel "the Crab" West Pulls Barack Back in the Barrel.
- Gary Younge, the Nation: Obama and Black Americans: the Paradox of Hope
At the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, Freedom Rider Charles Person, left, talks with Theodore Gaffney, right, a former Jet magazine photographer who documented the Freedom Riders' efforts. (Credit: Reza Marvashti/Free Lance-Star)
Black filmmaker Stanley Nelson, who previously documented the contributions of the black press in "Soldiers Without Swords," omitted black journalists from his gripping PBS documentary, "Freedom Riders," that debuted this week on PBS.
But two black reporters, Simeon Booker of Jet and Ebony magazines and Moses Newson of the Baltimore Afro-American, were on those buses witnessing the violence and trying to evade it, according to "The Race Beat," the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 book by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff.
"The Freedom Riders were using two regularly scheduled buses, a Greyhound and a Trailways, so when Booker went on one, Newson rode the other," the authors wrote. "If anything happened, at least one of them could cover the story, and, by switching buses systematically, they would each get to know and interview all of the riders — seven black men, three white men, and three white women."
Although the Supreme Court had ruled against segregated interstate transportation, Southern states continued to maintain Jim Crow laws. In 1961 — 50 years ago — the Freedom Riders, organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), aimed to test compliance with the Supreme Court ruling. Commemorations are continuing.
A mob besieged one bus that stopped six miles outside Anniston, Ala., Roberts and Klibanoff wrote. "Newson had seen meanness in Little Rock, but these people were rattlesnake mean — intent on killing. They smashed windows with bricks and an ax and hurled a Molotov cocktail into the bus. It ignited the seat immediately in back of Newson; sparks singed one of his ears . . . Newson, the last person off the bus, groped his way to the door through the blinding smoke, a handkerchief over his face."
Meanwhile, Booker "punched a small hole in his newspaper and peered through it as he pretended to read. He saw one attacker flash a pistol. He heard another shout, 'Aw, you goddam nigger lovers.' At one point, the bus was a blur of blood and sandwich bits. . . ."
Other accounts record Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy urging Booker to implore the riders to end their effort. "I think what they were trying to do was hold down the Negro enthusiasm and determination," Booker was quoted as saying about the Kennedy administration. "It seemed to me any time they would say don't do something, they just made five people where one had been before."
Howard K. Smith of CBS News, a white journalist and a native of Monroe, La., also figured in the Freedom Riders' story, according to "The Race Beat." Smith broadcast from Europe during World War II and through some of the most critical years of the Cold War. During the Freedom Rides, "He went on CBS radio every hour for the remainder of Mother's Day with his eyewitness accounts. He smuggled beaten riders into his hotel room and interviewed them, still bloody, before his crew's cameras."
In his weekly radio commentary, Smith "compared the worst of the 'panting and exhilarated' thugs to the vilest of the Nazi Jew-baiters who . . . used to beat prisoners with a bullwhip [and] derive an almost perverse exhilaration from the brutality."
Smith produced a documentary for CBS television that, for the first time in a major national forum, gave black citizens in the South equal time with whites in discussing a city's racial problems, according to Roberts and Klibanoff. But Smith bristled at the editing the piece received. "Smith thought that if you tried to balance the racial story, the network would give the same weight to Bull Connor's notion of law as it would to the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions." The matter went to CBS Chairman William S. Paley, who summarily rejected Smith's position. Smith "got up from the table and walked out of the room and out of a job he'd held with CBS for two decades."
On April 1, the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star reported that Booker, now 92, Freedom Rider Charles Person, "and Theodore Gaffney who worked alongside Booker as a photographer for Jet magazine — were reunited this week at the University of Mary Washington, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides."
The documentary can be viewed online.
- Anniston (Ala.) Star: 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides
- TheGrio.com: Freedom Riders museum opens in Montgomery, Ala.
- Colbert I. King, Washington Post: On Greyhound with the Freedom Riders
- Bernard Lafayette Jr., New York Times: The Siege of the Freedom Riders
- Dwight Lewis, Nashville Tennessean: Nashville slighted in Freedom Ride events
- Darryl E. Owens, Orlando Sentinel: 50 years ago, a local man rode into history as a Freedom Rider in the Jim Crow South
- Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Follow his journey with the Freedom Riders
- A study by the Nielsen Co. of ethnic media habits shows "that African Americans are TV-centric, Hispanics are savvy smartphone users, and Asians/Pacific Islanders are heavily wired to the Internet. In retail, African Americans shop the most frequently; Hispanics shop less often but spend more than others; and Asians/Pacific Islanders take the most advantage of deals and promotions," the research company's Cheryl Pearson-McNeil and Todd Hale reported on Thursday.
- "The Associated Press has hired NPR veteran Gregory Peppers as executive producer, radio and audio. He will manage all aspects of AP Radio's newscasts, special programming and daily audio cut feeds out of AP's Broadcast News Center in Washington," the AP announced on Friday. Peppers is currently senior editor at WAMU Radio, an NPR affiliate in Washington." Peppers' 2009 ouster at NPR, where he was one of two black men in newsroom management, precipitated renewed questions about diversity at the network from the National Association of Black Journalists and others.
- With the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who then resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, Binyamin Appelbaum and Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times reported Thursday that "interviews and documents paint a picture of the fund as an institution whose sexual norms and customs are markedly different from those of Washington, leaving its female employees vulnerable to harassment. The laws of the United States do not apply inside its walls . . ." Strauss-Kahn faces charges that he forced himself on his hotel maid.
- In 2010, more than 1,600 Indians — most of them Sikhs, a religious group in the Punjab region of India — entered Texas illegally, Sylvia Longmire, a retired Air Force captain and former special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, wrote for Homeland Security Today. Marisa Treviño wrote in her Latina Lista blog, "Today's story from California that two men were arrested for trying to get driver's licenses for more than 200 undocumented Chinese and Koreans using doctored Canadian passports is a clear sign that illegal immigration, identity theft and border security is not entirely a Latino issue."
- Univision Communications Inc., announced Friday that Kevin Cuddihy has been named president of Univision Television Group (UTG). Cuddihy was executive vice president of advertising sales for UTG. He will continue to be based in New York and "will oversee all UTG operations, including advertising sales and local programming, and work to ensure close collaboration between UTG and the Company’s other local media assets."
- On NBC's "Meet the Press," according to Eric Boehlert, writing Friday for Media Matters, "the established formula seems simple, albeit clearly imbalanced: When there’s a Democratic administration, 'Meet The Press' invites both Republicans and Democrats on at an equal rate. But when there’s a Republican administration, 'Meet the Press' invites for more Republicans on as guests. And that’s why the media grumbling on the left persists."
- Diana Henriques, New York Times senior financial reporter and author of "The Wizard of Lies, Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust," recommended to University of South Carolina journalism students three things journalists must do to better uncover the scoundrels in their midst, Roddie Burris of the State in Columbia, S.C., reported. "First, study the scandals of the past, which can be quite entertaining, she said. . . . Henriques said it is also important that journalists avoid being seduced by successful people and 'lean into the wind,' especially when the tide of public opinion is all going in one direction."
- In Guatemala, "TV presenter Yensi Roberto Ordoñez Galdámez was found murdered yesterday in Nueva Concepción, in the southern department of Escuintla. The motive is not yet known but he had reportedly been threatened and harassed in connection with his work as journalist," Reporters Without Borders reported on Friday.
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