Leid Stories – 09.14.15

Analyze This!: ‘News’ That’s Missing The Whole Point

Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because such unions offend her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian, returns to work today, still holding to her “moral conscience” and demanding an “accommodation” that would exempt her from affixing her name to official marriage licenses.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning had ordered Davis jailed on Sept. 3 for refusing to license same-sex marriages. Davis, who served six days, has become a far-right cause célèbre for “religious freedom.” Leid Stories listeners discuss religious freedom vs. bigotry, and how the  media, for clearly political reasons, is maintaining “fairness” in coverage by walking on both sides of the fence.

Almost 10 months after it was given a wide-ranging mandate to study the “underlying causes” of the rebellion in Ferguson, Missouri, in the killing of Michael Brown by then-police officer Darren Wilson, the 16-member Ferguson Commission releases today the end result of its investigation—a 198-page report. Titled “Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity,” the report makes 169 recommendations in four areas—“Justice for All,” “Youth at the Center,” “Opportunity to Thrive,” and “Racial Equity.”

Leid Stories discusses the key element missing in the report.


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