The Hypocrisy Surrounding the Death of Jamal Khashoggi

“Democracy Dies in Darkness.” The Washington Post debuted its grim new slogan in early 2017, not a month after the inauguration of President Trump. T​he same constructive cynicism that generated the Washington Post’s mission statement is what motivated Jamal Khashoggi to flee his homeland of Saudi Arabia and begin writing for the Post in 2017​. Khashoggi was a staunch supporter of democratic values and transparency in his journalistic career, which he exemplified when he condemned human rights violations committed by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the crown prince himself,…

The Heavy Responsibility of the Safety of Journalists

On October 2nd, 2018, Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.  He entered the building to obtain documents to aid in his upcoming marriage ceremony and never came out.  This matter has been fraught with global outcry and speculation in addition to formal investigations into the killing of Khashoggi.  18 Saudis have been arrested, including a team of 15 operatives, who Saudi officials claimed were sent by General Ahmad Asiri to detain Khashoggi and return him to Saudi Arabia.  The Saudi government changed…

Journalism in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Marvin Kalb

In a career spanning more than three decades, Marvin Kalb has worked at both CBS and NBC News, where he served as moderator of “Meet the Press” from 1984 to 1987. He holds numerous awards for his work, which earned him a spot on President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list.” Kalb is also the author or coauthored 12 books and the host of The Kalb Report. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing journalists today? I believe the biggest challenge is to find a workable financial system for sustaining…

FPR Interviews – CNN Anchor Don Lemon

In a systemically polarized country plagued by an agenda-motivated media, Don Lemon sets the standard for what could be – and what may be – the closest example of objective journalism in America. The 47-year old news anchor began working for CNN in 2006 and he currently hosts the weekend prime-time edition of “Newsroom.” Before becoming an anchor for CNN, Mr. Lemon was a correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly News, as well as an anchor on both Weekend Today and MSNBC. Some of his achievements include winning an Emmy…