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Fri March 21, 2014

Treading Carefully When Covering Hate Groups

Fred Phelps has been a lightning rod of controversy for decades. The late head of the Westboro Baptist Church, who famously picketed funerals of American soldiers and LGBT people, died Wednesday.

Protests like the ones Fred Phelps led are designed to get media attention.
Protests like the ones Fred Phelps led are designed to get media attention.
Credit File photo / Topeka Capital-Journal

On Friday's Up to Date, we discuss the quandary media organizations have faced: How do you decide when events like this are truly newsworthy and when you’re just giving hate groups free publicity?

Guests:

  • Peggy Lowe, reporter at Harvest Public Media
  • Derek Donovan, public editor at the Kansas City Star

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