Wendy was in Ohio on Thursday when word came that Philadelphia’s police commissioner had announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the city’s district attorney were not going to prosecute the cops in the “Tainted Justice” series. She traveled to Ashland, Ohio, to speak with journalism and other students at Ashland University, and they got a double lesson, not just about the corruption recounted in “Busted” but also a real-life lesson about how justice sometimes hits a hard wall. Here’s a link to the Richland (Ohio) Source article on her talk, which mentions the announcement by the police commissioner, who said the cops might still be subject to department disciplinary action. What’s not included is the later development that public outrage led the Philadelphia district attorney to announce that he would investigate the alleged sexual assaults of women that were part of the “Tainted Justice” series. Read more about the commissioner’s announcement here and the D.A.’s later announcement here.
“The way that you describe the different characters, you feel like they’re really right in the room with you.”
So says Loraine Ballard Morrill, director of news and community affairs for Clear Channel Radio in Philadelphia, during her interview with Wendy and Barb that aired Sunday on Q102, Radio 104.5 and Mix 106.1. The half-hour dialogue — or trialogue, as it is — also will air this Sunday (April 20) from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on Power 99 FM, and also around 6 to 6:30 a.m. on WDAS (105.3 FM) and Smooth Jazz 1480 AM. So tune in at one of those times, or you can listen to our chat by clicking the player below. (Don’t worry — the ad is short!) Thanks, Loraine!
First, this afternoon (Friday, 4/11) during the 5 o’clock hour (Philly time), we hope you can catch us on “Taking Stock with Pimm Fox” on Bloomberg TV. Check out today’s listing on our Calendar page for details on how to find the Bloomberg channel in your area.
BLOOMBERG TV UPDATE: Breaking news has turned our live interview with Pimm Fox into a recorded interview that will be aired later — we’ll post it when we know the air date. That’s the news biz! (And the book-tour biz as well!)
Then, on Sunday morning, we’ll be on the public-service program “Inside Edition” on 6ABC at 11:30. Host Tamala Edwards gives us the chance to tell the story of “Busted” — the story behind the story behind the story. Here we are during the taping on Friday at WPVI studios. Thanks, Tamala!
From Wendy’s Facebook posting:
Barbara Laker and I really enjoyed talking to Mark Bowden’s students! Very impressed with them and with University of Delaware. I had never been there before. Beautiful campus. Smart, savvy and ambitious students. And accomplished professors who are too humble to realize they’re famous! Wonderful to be in your company.
Mark, a renowned investigative journalist and author, is an instructor and distinguished writer in residence at the university. Thanks, too, to Ben Yagoda — University of Delaware English prof and acting director of journalism — for this photo.
Hear Barbara Laker describe her nearly flawless method of getting through the door to interview sources for the Pulitzer-winning series “Tainted Justice.” It’s part of a podcast from Pennsylvania Cable Network, available through this link or as an iTunes download. “The only door I didn’t get in was, it was a pitbull came to the door and was lurching toward me. I didn’t go in that door.”
Kira Bindrim, wearing her blogger hat at Sorry Television, calls “Busted” “… not so much a call to arms as a window into reality, a frank look at how the real work of reporting — already up against online aggregation and viral cat videos — is doubly challenged by the newspaper industry’s rapid desiccation.” We especially like her showbiz-lingo quip that our book is like “Erin Brokovich meets The Departed meets the last season of The Wire.” Then there’s the headline nod to a TV series set in the same city as “Busted.” Yo, Danny De Vito and crew, read it here: “It’s Always Crummy in Philadelphia.” Thanks, Kira!
Thanks to Sean McKeag for this short video from our visit to Point Park University. Hear Wendy say of “Busted”: “It’s funny, it’s poignant, it’s sad, it’s frustrating, it’ll make you mad, it’ll make you cry.”