Reporting Lessons From the Front Lines

by Minhee Cho – Investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski is known as the Mariano Rivera of the New York Times – its closer. He gets sent to the front lines of virtually every major news story – in pursuit of the impossible interview, the hidden document, the telling detail. Terror incidents; political scandals; mass shootings; airliner crashes. He’s confounded the competition on all of them, while winning the respect and admiration of those he covers. He joins ProPublica senior editor Joe Sexton on the podcast this week to talk about some of his most memorable reporting moments, and the lessons he’s learned in the process.  Highlights from their conversation: On getting that impossible interview. How Kovaleski managed to speak with the Unabomber’s family, who eventually helped turn him in, and experienced “one of those journalism moments when you feel like real history is happening here.” (8:34) The importance of knowing when not...

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Yes, Donald Trump was Mocking Serge Kovaleski’s Physical Appearance. Here’s Proof…

by databob – I guess our wanna-be Dear Leader just can’t help himself. The more outrageous he gets, the more his rabid rabble of die-hard followers demands, and as a performer he can’t resist. You’ve probably seen his latest, but here’s a link to it just in case you haven’t. So what’s the proof that I offer? It’s what Trump says as he mimics Serge Kovaleski’s appearance: The poor guy. You’ve got to see this guy.  Ah, I don’t remember what I said!  I don’t remember! ‘The poor guy. You’ve got to see this guy.’ That’s not ambiguous at all, especially when he’s holding up his arms in a horribly gross imitation of Kovaleski’s medical condition. To make matters worse, in his statement the day after, Trump said this: If Mr Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like. Excuse me, Mr. Trump?...

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Trump Adds Attacks on the Disabled to His Insult Repertoire (VIDEO)

by leevank – The thoroughly odious Donald Trump has now added belittling the disabled to his disgusting bag of tricks. Serge Kovaleski is a New York Times reporter, formerly with the Washington Post, who has a physical disability that causes him to have awkward arm movements. Back in 2001, when he was working for the Washington Post, he reported on the rumors about Muslims in Jersey City celebrating the events of 9/11, and debunked those reports. He recently repeated his recollection of the interviews that led him to the conclusion the rumors were false. That was enough for Donald Trump to attempt to mimic Mr. Kovaleski’s disability while he attacked his reporting: More than 45 years ago, in the summer after my freshman year in college, I was working in the mailing room of the University of Illinois College of Agriculture. The University of Illinois had a large program for physically...

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