April 11, 2017

Re-accommodated / 'They shot a judge' / Journalism!

RE-ACCOMMODATED. United Airlines passenger David Dao, dragged off a Chicago flight to make room for an employee flying standby, has a troubled past, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
 Additional footage of Dao’s “re-accommodation” shows him repeating the phrase “Just kill me.”
New Republic reporter Clio Chang: “It matters that the United dragging victim is Asian.”
In China, Twitter’s counterpart has been resounding with calls for a United boycott.

RE-ACCOMMODATED. In a letter to employees, United’s CEO offers a defense: “This situation was unfortunately compounded when one of the passengers we politely asked to deplane refused.” (Image: An actual United Facebook post, August 2012; spotted by Tony Lossano.)
 USA Today: “How about an abject apology to everyone involved, and a vow to teach employees how to handle customers, not manhandle them?”
 Crain’s columnist Joe Cahill: “The widely shared videos have ignited simmering customer resentments into an inferno of public outrage.”
 Robert Reed in the Tribune: “If it was essential to get all four airline workers on that flight, then wasn’t it worth more to make a deal?
Delta paid this family $11,000 not to fly.
The rules for bumping passengers.
New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer: “The airline industry is a starving giant that’s gnawing at our economy.”
But United’s stock rose Monday.

RE-ACCOMMODATED. One of the Chicago Aviation Department officers involved in the passenger’s removal has been removed from the job.
Jimmy Kimmel’s mock United ad: “We’ll beat you so badly you’ll be using your own face as a flotation device.”
Mark Brown in the Sun-Times: As they push a proposal they be armed, Chicago’s aviation cops have shot themselves in the foot.

‘THEY SHOT A JUDGE.’ John Kass in the Tribune: “Judges in Chicago … don’t get shot to death outside their homes before 5 a.m. Until now.”
Judge Raymond Myles is remembered as “phenomenal.”
Police say they have some “promising leads.”
The case is a “grim reminder” of the threats judges face.
Singer/actress Janelle Monae embraces her inner Lysistrata: “Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex.”

IVANKA’S REVENGE. President Trump’s son Eric says the decision to bomb a Syrian airbase was driven in part by his sister Ivanka’s heartbreak and outrage over a nerve gas attack.
Secretary of State Tillerson predicts the reign of Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, is “coming to an end.”
Under pressure from Donald Trump, China turns up trade heat on North Korea.
Trump Jr. says he won’t run for New York governor after all.
The Los Angeles Times explains its historic series of editorials portraying the president as “uniquely dangerous.”

JOURNALISM! Working with the J. Walter Thompson ad agency, the News Literacy Center is launching a new campaign against “fake news.” The key feature: A font that turns letters on their side.
A Tribune photographer takes a Pulitzer Prize. Other winners include:
  • The Washington Post reporter whose persistent reporting on Trump’s charitable giving included tweeting photos of his notebook.
  • A small-town Iowa editor who defends immigrants.
Full list of this year’s Pulitzer winners.

THAT FINGERPRINT SENSOR ON YOUR PHONE? Easily fooled.
The wife of a Russian man arrested in Spain at the request of the U.S. says he said he was told he had created a computer virus linked to Trump’s election victory.

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