Did you hear the "news?" Sheriff Clarke was supposedly exposed by Anonymous hackers as being a member of the KKK. No, not really. And neither were various Republican U.S. senators and American mayors also named in the "story."
On Tuesday night, there were three missing photos on the Wall of Faces list of Wisconsin fallen. But relatives of Carl Leslie Crowley and Rudolph Glenn Valenta have now provided photos that transform their names into something far more memorably human. Now that leaves Willie Bedford, the last man without a photo on the Defense Department's list of 1,161 service members from Wisconsin who died in Vietnam.
At the end of March, I wrote about the efforts of my UW-Milwaukee journalism students to find missing photos of Wisconsin service members who died in Vietnam. The search is part of a national effort to put a face with every name on the Vietnam Memorial wall in D.C. Our goal - and Johnson's goal - is that, by Memorial Day, Wisconsin will join that list of states and be able to say, "All of ours are found." With only four left, we are close.
The fact that journalists are held in prisons or are killed for doing their work in 2014 is sickening. We need to push for a better day, where the public's right to know is greater than anything else we may hold dear.
British-born journalist Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya on April 20 by a rocket-propelled grenade, during the sort of heavy combat he covered remarkably effectively in multiple media. American photojournalist Chris Hondros was also killed in the attack, and two other reporters were wounded.
In the expansive coverage of the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill battle in local print and broadcast media outlets over the past three weeks we've been bombarded with phrases like...in-hiding, fleeing, and runaway...to describe the 14 Democratic State Senators who fled to Illinois. Local reporters l...