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Media Roundtable: Covering white supremacists & the Monsanto trial

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Counter-protesters march from Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Park before the Unite the Right rally on August 12th, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

 On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss NPR’s interview with Jason Kessler, organizer of Unite the Right rallies, and the Monsanto trial.

The interview with Kessler sparked widespread criticism for giving white supremacists a platform. How should media outlets cover white supremacists and white nationalist groups?

We’ll also discuss the stunning Monsanto verdict. A jury recently ruled that the company was liable for a terminally ill man’s cancer. Dewayne Johnson, a Bay Area schools groundskeeper, has been awarded $289 million in damages.

Guests:

Will Sommer, reporter for the Daily Beast

Carey Gillam,  journalist, public interest researcher for US Right to Know, and author of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science  

Web Resource:

MIC: Alt-right Activists at “Unite the Right 2” Sound a Lot Like Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson

The Daily Beast: Thousands of Protesters Outnumber White Nationalists in D.C. a Year After Charlottesville

Motherboard: Deplatforming Works. Alex Jones says getting banned by YouTube and Facebook will only make him stronger. The research says that's not true.

Vice: Gab Is the Alt-Right Social Network Racists Are Moving to

The Guardian: One man's suffering exposed Monsanto's secrets to the world

U.S. Right to Know

 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.