Outrage over arrests of journalists muted by ‘Goodman effect’

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The media’s “subdued response” to the arrests of working journalists during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul sends the message that “we don’t care all that much when our watchdog role is threatened,” writes Adam Reilly in the Boston Phoenix. Scant coverage by mainstream news media was partly due to the “Goodman effect,” he writes, referring to the arrest and detention of Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. The video of Goodman’s arrest quickly made her “a cause célèbre on the left,” and may have deterred by major news organizations from pursuing the story, he reports. Reilly’s story, which includes a video of his interview with Goodman and her producer Nicole Salazar, is here. Listeners to On the Media are chewing over this lingering non-controversy too.

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