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Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford
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Psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford says she wanted to remain anonymous when she told her Congresswoman and U.S. Senator this summer that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a party while both of them were in high school.  But her name leaked.  And Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday could make or break Kavanaugh's elevation to the nation's highest court.

"Cascade of media reports prompted California woman to go public with Kavanaugh allegations, " Jason Schwartz, Politico

"California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault," Emma Brown, The Washington Post 

"Who is Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct?," Kaitlyn Shallhorn, Fox News

"Did Christine Blasey Ford Use Anonymity to 'Get' Kavanaugh?," David Catron, The American Spectator

"Hearing Set for Monday to Hear Kavanaugh and His Accuser," Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times

"Day of reckoning looms for Kavanaugh and his accuser," Stephen Collinson, CNN

"Totally misreading court records and other ways people are trying to undermine Kavanaugh's accuser," Eli Rosenberg, The Washington Post

"Christine Blasey Ford feared an avalanche of attacks if she went public about Kavanaugh, friends say," Julia Prodis Sulek, The Mercury News

"Battle for the Senate: Candidates in Key Races Respond to Kavanaugh Allegations," Jessica Taylor, NPR

"Should we trust Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or accuser Christine Blasey Ford?," David Mastio and Jill Lawrence, USA Today

"Ford is accusing Kavanaugh of a violent crime, not 'sexual misconduct'," Alexia Fernandez Campbell, Vox

CBS Fires 60 Minutes Boss

"As Leslie Moonves negotiates his exit from CBS, six women raise new assault and harrassment claims," Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker

"CBS and #MeToo," Scott Simon, NPR

"A CBS Producer Known as 'Z' Could be the Next '60 Minutes' Chief," Brian Steinberg, Variety 

Holding Photojournalists to Account

"Phtojournalism needs to face its #MeToo moment," Kainaz Amaria, Vox

"Photojournalists Are Demanding a #MeToo Reckoning," Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR

Media Complicit in Their Own Manipulation?

"Media Manipulation, Strategic Amplification and Responsible Journalism," danah boyd, Data & Society 

"How a new class of 'digital martyrs' are manipulating social networks," Casey Netwon, The Verge

Times Blows It on 'Haley's Curtains'

"State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Residence of U.N. Envoy," Gardiner Harris, The New York Times

"Fact Check: The Nikki Haley Curtain Kerfuffle," Holmes Lybrand, The Weekly Standard

"NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story," Joe Concha, The Hill

Faking the Wind, Or Was He?

"Weather Channel Defends Reporter Accused of Faking Hurricane Florence Winds," Lauren Huff, The Associated Press

"TV reporter floods airwaves with laughter," UPI (2005)

MIKE MCKEAN directs the Futures Lab, the experimental newsroom and technology testing center of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. He founded the School's Convergence Journalism program and serves on the MU Information Technology Committee. McKean is a leader in the School's partnerships with Apple, Inc., and Adobe Systems to transform journalism education through pervasive computing. He is a frequent trainer and guest lecturer at top media companies and universities in China, has helped establish convergence journalism programs at Shantou University and Moscow State University, and has conducted Internet workshops in the United States, the Russian Federation and Albania. McKean has been honored with the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and the MU Faculty-Alumni Award. He earned a bachelor's degree at the Missouri School of Journalism in 1979 and a master of arts in political science from Rice University in 1985. McKean has served on the J-School faculty since 1986.