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Lola in The Guardian: Shirley Sherrod’s case exposes ugly media flaws

[Originally published in The Guardian] The hasty sacking of Shirley Sherrod shows how easily we are manipulated by ‘journalism’ based on inaccuracies When Shirley Sherrod spoke at an NAACP event and shared a 24-year-old story of overcoming her prejudices, little did she realise the same speech would come back to in a new, highly edited form, putting […]

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Lola in The Economist: The NAACP at 100: Much still to do

[Originally published in The Economist] But America’s oldest civil-rights outfit is redefining its role DURING the summer of 1908, riots raged through Abraham Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois. The quiet removal of two black men who had been held in prison as suspects in two separate attacks on white people enraged the white community. They […]