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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - John Seigenthaler
Not long after the Iraq war began, another conflict also was underway between news organizations and the Pentagon, tasked with supplying information to the restless press in a 24/7 marketplace without compromising the safety of troops or the security of the mission. Then Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was often on the hot seat, facing down journalists and their demands for more, more, more.
The Internet is a boundless universe of information and connections that fuels the economy, enhances world culture and fosters democracy. But it also is home to digital assassins who lurk undetected and lob verbal, visual and technological grenades to ruin reputations - and enlist others via social media to achieve their evil ends more quickly.
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson says his new documentary about the courageous activists who defiantly opposed the 1960s segregation of the South may help inspire a new generation of youth.
He adds, "There are cutbacks in many news organizations now. But this one is expanding. We want to do news that others are ignoring and to counter much of the sensationalism and tabloid mentality that has taken over in a lot of places."
"I left NBC more than five years ago and fully intended to continue in a family consulting business. I really hadn't paid much attention to Al Jazeera America, but when they approached me, and explained their goals, I was interested," Mr. Seigenthaler tells The Beltway. "They intend to produce in-depth, unbiased reporting and balanced coverage. Given their resources — 12 news bureaus in the U.S., 70 bureaus overseas — well, for a journalist, it's impossible to turn down that kind of opportunity."