Steve Inskeep talks to Eric Deggans, TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, about how media outlets are emphasizing different aspects of the Trayvon Martin story to grab the attention of particular audiences. Martin is the Florida teen who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February.
The automaker Acura issued an apology Wednesday after the casting call sheet for its Superbowl commercial with Jerry Seinfeld leaked on the web. The commercial makers called for an African-American who was "not too dark." The same day, two Nashville men filed a class action lawsuit against ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, accusing the company of blocking minority contestants on the reality-TV dating franchise. Audie Cornish talks to Tampa Bay Times commentator and TV critic Eric Deggans about what the incidents say about racial sensitivity in our culture.
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the New York City Police Department transformed itself into an aggressive domestic intelligence unit and monitored hundreds of Muslims in their mosques, workplaces and schools. Journalist Matt Apuzzo, who helped uncover the story, just won a Pulitzer Prize.
Daily Beast and Newsweek editor Tina Brown selects two articles about the nature of journalism in the digital age and a book collecting the writing of expatriate Americans, including reporters living in Berlin in the 1930s.
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