Media Mayhem – Sandusky, Scientology & Ethical Journalism with Senior Reporter John Cook

40 years on from Watergate, journalism has gone through tectonic shifts that affect how reporters get their stories. We examine those shifting ethical grounds with senior reporter John Cook. We discuss topics ranging from Christopher Hitchens, Barbara Walters, the FOXNews mole, the Church of Scientology, the Sandusky trial and more–always with one eye on the place for integrity in journalism in the ‘gotcha!’-age. John is not afraid to demystify his subjects–even when he happens to admire them–and be an advocate for truthful media. It’s a striking discussion. GUEST BIO: John Cook is a senior reporter for Gawker Media and has worked as a TV reporter and writer for Radar magazine, Mother Jones and the Chicago Tribune. ADD’L LINKS: EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 The uncensored obituary–demystifying Mike Wallace. 00:37 Welcoming John Cook. 04:30 To Catch a Predator and the ethics of journalism collaborating with law enforcement. 07:30 Barbara Walters coverage of Assad and Syria. 10:11 Eulogizing Christopher Hitchens with honesty. 15:02 Is there a place for disparaging people you disagree with in journalism? 16:45 The Clinton impeachment and the punishable offenses of a president. 20:57 The temptation to shut up and follow the party line. 21:37 Barack Obama and the fast and furious controversy. 22:39 The Fox Mole, infiltrating Bill O’reilly for Gawker and the repercussions. 27:51 If Watergate was reported today…paying for
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Media Mayhem – Corruption in Politics Exposed: Los Angeles w/ Attorneys Brian Condon & Matthew Monforton

Los Angeles has become embroiled in scandal as the cities of Bell, Cudahy, South Gate and others have been exposed for having millions embezzled by their city council. How this ‘public secret’ has gone on so long, and what caused the justice system to finally do its job is aired in this episode. Our guests, Brian Condon and Matthew Monforton, are no strangers to the issues–having been involved in the cases for years. We discuss the prosecution, corruption, and the elephant in the room when discussing the communities. GUEST BIO: Brian Condon is a graduate of Duke University who earned his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School. Condon practices law in Los Angeles and primarily focuses on anti-fraud litigation. He has served as President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers. In 1997 Brian was awarded the Lawrence J. Blake Award for distinguished service by the Beverly Hills Bar Association and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Matthew Monforton is a former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, who left his position to serve as a whistle-blower against his allegedly corrupt employers at the DA. He currently lives in Bozeman Montana, and continues to practice in Los Angeles. ADD’L LINKS: EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Media Mayhem Introduction. 00:43 Welcoming Brian Condon and Matthew Monforton. 02:45 The arrest in Cudahy for bribery, and widespread corruption. 04:14 How Matthew came to leave the DA’s office over corruption in Cudahy. 08

Media Mayhem – Corporate Media and New Celebrity Journalism with EW and People Editor Richard Sanderson

EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Entertainment journalism has shifted wildly in the last decade under the influence of big corporations and instant internet coverage. To provide us context for the wild west of new celebrity journalism, we speak with EW and People editor Richard Sanders. From the Sandusky trial and sensational cover stories, to substance abuse coverage and Time Warner’s corporate interests, we get to the key points that direct coverage. Richard pulls few punches and is an insightful reference. GUEST BIO: Richard Sanders worked as an Executive Editor at Entertainment Weekly for 11 years and (in two separate stints) at People magazine and for 12 years. He often speaks to young journalists and offers himself up as an example for inspiration—as a guy who spent time in jail, rehab and a psych ward, and somehow went on to become a successful editor at Time Inc., and managed to stay sane and alive. He’s tried to reflect his experiences his eight thrillers, the latest of which is Dead Time Story. He’s been married for 42 years to his wife, Laurie—without whose help, he says, he wouldn’t be alive. They live in Garden City, NY ADD’L LINKS: EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Media Mayhem introduction. 00:40 Welcoming Richard Sanders. 02:25 Story of the Week: the Sandusky Trial. 06:43 The reasons the Sandusky trial will continue to be a sensation. 09:00 The tendency to settle sex abuse allegations with payouts. 10:47 Sexual abuse coverage
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Media Mayhem – The West Memphis Three and True Crime with Reporter George Jared

EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Media Mayhem gets a taste of true crime reportage with George Jared. We talk about his no-holds barred coverage of the West Memphis Three, and address some of the journalistic pitfalls that threaten to take the teeth out of reporting disturbing cases. George is a natural storyteller and he delivers the hard facts regarding horrifying crimes, along with taking great pains to understand the line between sensationalism and enthralling writing. GUEST BIO: George Jared is a true crime reporter for Arkansas’ Jonesboro Sun. A graduate of Lyon College, Jared started his journalism career in 2004. Throughout his career he has covered a number of high profile murder cases including the West Memphis 3, the Green capital murder trials and other heinous crimes. In 2010 he wrote a series of comprehensive stories after interviewing Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis 3. He has also covered politics including stories of former President Clinton. George has won two first place awards from the Associated Press for investigative, news and feature writing. ADD’L LINKS: EPISODE SYNOPSIS: 00:01 Media Mayhem opening. 03:20 How George got involved with the West Memphis Three case. 04:30 Initial responses and reactions to the accused. 08:16 The reader’s reaction to graphic language in the newspaper. 09:48 When the case started to turn for George. 14:22 Broaching the subject of possible innocence with the readership and community. 17
Video Rating: 3 / 5

Media Mayhem – ABC’s Martha Raddatz on the White House, Iraq, Cheng Guangcheng & Female Journalists

EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Having spent years as the White House and Senior Foreign Correspondent for ABC News, Martha Raddatz is one of the most recognizable faces in American journalism. She shared with us some of her esteemed insight via skype for today’s show. We cover the most recent developments in the Chinese dissident scandal, her take on the Iraq war–both there and here in the states–and what really goes into being assigned to cover the White House. GUEST BIO: Martha Raddatz was named Senior Foreign Affairs correspondent for ABC News in November 2008, after serving as White House correspondent during the last term of President George W. Bush’s administration. In addition to covering the day to day foreign and domestic stories from the White House, Ms. Raddatz has traveled from Haiti to Yemen to the Mideast and through south Asia. Raddatz traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan dozens of times, and to Iraq 21 times to cover the ongoing conflict. She was on the last convoy out of Iraq and she is the only television reporter allowed to cover a combat mission over Afghanistan in an F15 fighter jet, spending nearly 10 hours in the air on two separate missions. In the early hours of June 8, 2006, she was the first correspondent to report that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, had been killed in a US air strike north of Baghdad. In 2011, Raddatz reported exclusive details on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. That same year she had an exclusive interview on

Media Mayhem – Author and Journalist Ned Zeman

GUEST BIO Ned Zeman is a journalist who has written for magazines such as Spy, Newsweek, GQ, Sports Illustrated and Outside. He worked for Vanity Fair as senior editor and then as contributing editor. He has written profiles on Mike Ovitz, Jennifer Lopez and Julia Roberts and has reported on outdoor adventurers such as Timothy Treadwell and Bruno Zehnder. In addition to journalism, Ned is a screenwriter and author whose memoir, The Rules of the Tunnel: My Brief Period of Madness was recently published. EPISODE SYNOPSIS Allison is joined by guest Ned Zeman to discuss his recently published memoir, The Rules of The Tunnel: My Brief Period of Madness, as well as his career in journalism writing for publications such as Vanity Fair. Ned shares stories and observations ranging from how he ended up in Antarctica researching Bruno Zehnder to attending a memorial service at Paramount Studios for super agent Jay Maloney. Allison and Ned have a spirited discussion about the current landscape of journalism and how the content has changed and been influenced over the last few decades. ADDITIONAL LINKS, ETC. Ned Zeman​contributors/​ned-zeman Mayhem Round Articles​2011/​09/​12/​tea-party-debate-rickperry_n_959387.html?ref=elections-2012​hollywood/​features/​2011/​09/​jennifer-lopez-201109​s/​nm/​20110913/​stage_nm/​us_salinger EPISODE BREAKDOWN 00:00 Introduction 01:57 Guest intro NED ZEMAN