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America's History Of Lynching (R) | Media Critics On Protest Coverage

People scatter amid a cloud of tear gas during demonstrations Saturday night at Kansas City's Country Club Plaza.
Carlos Moreno
Over the last weeks of national protests against police violence, journalists were beaten, pepper-sprayed and arrested. In Kansas City, Missouri, someone lit a 41 Action News vehicle on fire.

A look back at the legacy of lynching in America, and an analysis of how well the media has covered recent protests over the killing of George Floyd.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:48: Remembering America's legacy of lynching

A week after a lynching memorial marker was tossed down a cliff in Kansas City, we revisit a 2017 conversation about how America's legacy of lynching still influences race relations throughout the country.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:24: The Media Critics weigh in on journalists' roles in times of upheaval.

Journalists have been attacked and arrested in recent weeks while covering national protests against police violence. What are their responsibilities to the public in times like this? Is being objective even a realistic goal?

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