The fallout for Baltimore police from the arrest and death of Freddie Gray is never going to go away. That was the thought I had while watching Anna Deavere Smith’s “Notes from the Field,” which premieres on HBO Feb. 24.
John Huffington was convicted of helping to murder two people in Abingdon in 1981. He entered Alford pleas to the murders Thursday in Frederick County court. The pleas maintain his innocence but acknowledge the state has enough evidence to convict him.
HBO's "Baltimore Rising" opens on a brilliant note. The documentary directed by Sonja Sohn, of "The Wire," instantly establishes itself visually with a slow scan of the boarded-up row houses that have become the dominant media image of this city. But that is just the platform for a very deep dive.
I lost a lot of respect for the national media, while I gained some for local TV. I came to realize there are news outlets so ideologically oriented they might be beyond redemption. I still value — more than anything else — presenting audiences with factual information, but I am no longer sure that doing so is doing enough. One year after the death of Freddie Gray, these are some of the things I learned from the countless hours of coverage I watched.
The closing of a news outlet that puts hundreds of people out of work is always a sad story to report. But in the case of Al Jazeera America, which announced Wednesday that it would shut down operations by April 30, the implications for the entire TV news industry, its audiences and democracy are even more depressing.
Mike Rowe describes his CNN series, "Somebody's Gotta Do It," as "a light-hearted show on a serious network." But this season, which starts at 10 p.m. Sunday, he's going to take on a very serious topic: Baltimore's media image following the riots in April after the death of Freddie Gray.
All of the films discussed here focused on Sandtown, the neighborhood in which Freddie Gray lived and was arrested before he died from injuries sustained while in police custody. And all of the films include multiple images of the same wall murals that commemorate Gray. But each of the films then moves on from those shared visual depictions of Gray to plug events surrounding his death into the different narratives that fit their point of view.
Al Jazeera America's "Fault Lines" series returns to Baltimore tonight with a hard-eyed look at police-community relations following the death of Freddie Gray April 19 from a neck injury sustained while in police custody.
Drug sales in broad daylight at Lexington Market. An addict telling viewers Baltimore "is where you want to be for heroin," and then letting the camera watch her cook and shoot up in her car on a street that appears to be in Hampden after she scores.
I only have 2 million other better things to write about. But after 24 hours of waiting for someone else to unload on Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who defines political stooge, I have to say something.
From the first days of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when I saw Ayman Mohyeldin and his NBC News crew under fire from police in Israel, I have been thinking how much we have come to to take TV reporters for granted in places like the Middle East.
The grisly discovery Monday of the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been abducted June 12 as they hitchhiked home from a West Bank settlement yeshiva set off a week of mounting violence in the region.
Kai Jackson, whose departure from WJZ after more than 20 years was first reported here last month, said Thursday that he will be joining Sinclair Broadcasting as its national correspondent based in Washington, D.C.