Crossing a line

first_imgWhen Linda Greenhouse praised a politician at a fundraising dinner in the spring of 2008, she was still a New York Times reporter covering the Supreme Court.“He was the finest public servant I had ever known,” she said of New York’s former governor Hugh Carey, in a tale she recounted Tuesday evening at the William E. Massey, Sr., Lectures in American Studies.Greenhouse had covered Carey’s campaign and his first three years in office in the mid-1970s, when she was just beginning her prestigious 40-year career at the Times.But that night, she said, she was there as a citizen not as a journalist. Still, she knew she had crossed a line.As she delivered the first of three Massey Lectures Tuesday, Greenhouse spoke candidly about the “ambiguous and shifting boundary” that separates journalism from citizenship and why she has crossed that line more than once.Greenhouse recalled that at a speech she gave at Harvard in 2006, she stirred controversy when she criticized the Bush administration for having “turned its energy and attention away from upholding the rule of law and toward creating law-free zones at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Haditha, and other places around the world.”In the speech she gave as the recipient of the Radcliffe Medal, Greenhouse complained about the “sustained assault on women’s reproductive freedom and the hijacking of public policy by religious fundamentalism,” and went on, “to say that these last years have been dispiriting is an understatement.” In the uproar that ensued, Greenhouse recalled, she was criticized for expressing her “personal views” while being a working journalist.There are two schools of thought about journalists and their political views, with one camp arguing that journalists should refrain from publicly voicing them to avoid the appearance of partiality. The other camp contends that journalists are citizens and entitled to their personal views as long as they don’t come in and influence their work.A Pulitzer Prize winner in 1998 for “her consistently illuminating coverage of the United States Supreme Court,” Greenhouse stands with those who believe that journalists don’t need to appear “neutered” and are entitled to be citizens.It’s a long-held belief.In 1989, Greenhouse took part as “a citizen” in an abortion-rights rally in Washington, an event she described as “an early experience of accidental activism” and “an early encounter with journalism ethics under outside pressure.” When she was criticized for having attended the march and told by a colleague that she should have taken off covering the abortion issue, Greenhouse recalled saying briskly, “That’s your opinion.”A trailblazer, Greenhouse was the first woman the Times sent to Albany to cover state government in the early ’70s, and she has fiercely defended her rights to express her political views in her private life. To the criticism that followed her Radcliffe speech, she responded saying, “Let the chips fall where they may.”A Radcliffe College graduate in 1968, Greenhouse became a journalist drawn by a “desire to write about politics and politicians.” She has written three books. The latest one, “The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right,” with Michael J. Graetz, will be published next year.The Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, Greenhouse covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008. She writes a bi-weekly op-ed column on law.Asked about the differences between working as a reporter and a columnist, Greenhouse, a former Harvard Overseer, said she found it liberating but as much work as before.“My opinion is my opinion, but I try to back it up with facts,” she said. “You’re entitled to your opinion but not to your own facts.”Linda Greenhouse’s lectures: “Just a Journalist: Reflections on Journalism, Life, and the Spaces Between, “ are sponsored by Harvard’s Graduate Program in American Studies, and the William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in American Studies. The last lecture takes place Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Sackler Lecture Hall at 485 Broadway, Cambridge.last_img read more

Salow matures, sees role expand for Wisconsin

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoJunior outside hitter Morgan Salow has moved on from herquiet days in Manchester, Iowa — a town of about 5,000 — to making big noisefor the ninth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team.”She came from a small town in Iowa. Getting here, she was alittle shocked with the speed of the game and everything she had to do,” UWhead coach Pete Waite said. “But she’s hung in there and she has stepped up thechallenge we have given her, and she keeps getting better.”Salow, a three-time all-state selection at West DelawareHigh School, has provided the spark off the bench the Badgers have needed.Against Iowa last month, she had seven kills, helping the Badgers to a 4-1 winin Iowa City.”As a player, Morgan came in pretty quiet as a freshman,”Waite said. “[She’s a] tall player at6’4″.We knew it would take a while to get used to the level of play, but she hasreally been picking it up lately and done a nice job of contributing.”Since that game, Salow has been on a roll. She has averaged1.88 kills per game over the last three matches. During the same stretch, shehas averaged .50 aces and .62 blocks per game. Salow also earned a startingspot last week against Illinois and Iowa.”Morgan is a great player,” senior setter Jackie Simpsonsaid. “She has really stepped it up for us this year coming into matches wherewe really needed a little bit of a spark, and she definitely brought that forus.”It took a few years for Salow to perform at her currentlevel. Before this year, she had only played in 40 games, averaging .70 killsper game and .20 blocks per game. Her previous career high in kills had beeneight against Michigan State in 2005.According to Waite, adjusting to the speed of the game atthe collegiate level took some time.”I think it is hard for everybody at different levels. Atfirst, of course it was pretty hard for me,” Salow said.For some players who have potential, but are not ready toplay at the collegiate level just yet, their freshman year they are redshirted,like Salow’s teammate Katherine Dykstra. However, Salow did not redshirt andplayed limited time her freshman year, putting up 18 kills in only 15 games.”I think the situation was we felt she was ready to go,”Waite said. “But, you know, you can always look back and say another year wouldhave been better. But, I think she feels good where she is right now and she’shelping us out.”At the beginning of the year, Salow said her goals were toimprove on quickness and strength. Other than meeting her goals on the court,Waite said that her personality is beginning to show as well.”I think we have seen her personality come out a little bit.I think she has left more on the court and more relaxed off the court,” Waitesaid.So far this year, Salow’s work ethic and patience have paidoff. She has already appeared in 38 games (two starts) and her statistics havealmost doubled: averaging 1.71 kills per game and .50 blocks per game.Salow is part of a platoon of outside hitters and middleblockers seeing their first consistent action. Last year, Dykstra and CaityDuPont, along with Salow, got limited playing time because of their age andinexperience in the college game. This year, all three players, along withfreshman Allison Wack, are seeing significant playing time off the bench andeven starting.The difference between Salow and the other outside hittersis her versatility. She has the ability to play both outside spots and themiddle blocker. Plus, her height gives her a definite advantage on the blockover some smaller offensive players.”With Morgan on the right, she can run the quicks just likeKat [Dykstra],” Simpson said. “So, it’s very similar in that aspect. It’s alittle lower and quicker versus this high and hitting over people. On the outsideit kind of reverses it, and she’s very powerful, and she can take a big, longapproach and take some big swings.”With her confidence growing, Salow is finally becoming theplayer she and her coaches thought she could be. Already a junior, she hopes tobe fighting for a starting job in the front row next year. For now, though, sheis content with the way she is playing and the role she has on the team.”I know even if I don’t start and I go in for people,I have a job to do,” Salow said. “If I get it done, then cool. So, I’m reallyhappy with how things have been going.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli slams lack of composure in RCB bowling attack

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Monday blasted his bowlers for letting the opposition go off the hook after their five-wicket loss against the Kolkata Knight Riders. (Scorecard)At one stage, the hosts were sensing victory at the M Chinnaswamy stadium but Yusuf Pathan (60) and Andre Russell (39) absolutely dismantled the Bangalore bowlers in the slog overs to dash their hopes. (Full IPL Coverage) Chasing a daunting 186-run target, Kolkata were in for an early scare as Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn failed to get going. Captain Gambhir got a decent start but failed to convert it. His dismissal was followed by Manish Pandey’s wicket that saw Kolkata reeling at 69 for 4 in the 11th over.However, Russell and Pathan stitched a 96-run stand for the fifth wicket to help Kolkata cross the line and end their two-match losing streak. Both the power hitters were aided by some half-hearted efforts from the Bangalore players on the field. Barring Yuzvendra Chahal, none of the Bangalore bowlers managed to create an impression. (This is how Pathan, Russell stole the match away from Bangalore)”Nothing much to say, we needed to take our chances. We let the game drift away. Composure with the ball was lacking. Guys like Russell and Yusuf will make you pay. Need to take chances in T20 cricket,” a visibly disappointed Kohli said after the match.With their third defeat in a row, Bangalore are staring down the barrel this season in the points table. With just 2 wins in 7 games, they are on the seventh spot.advertisement”If you don’t take chances, the other team will make you pay. These games can pull a player down. Need to be positive and need to correct our mistakes,” he said.On the other hand, Kolkata moved to second spot on the table with five win out of eight games.Gambhir lauded Russell and Pathan for their “unbelievable” knocks.”Unbelievable knock from Russell and Yusuf. This is one of my favourite Yusuf innings,” the elated captain said.last_img read more