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Did I Get It Right? Reporting on Protests, Looting And Clean-Up In Santa Monica

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In a 24 hour period — from 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 1 — I reported on protests, looting and clean-up in Santa Monica.

The stakes for getting it right felt incredibly high — media outlets, including KPCC/LAist, have been criticized for focusing too much on property damage and not enough on the systemic racism, inequality and police brutality driving the protests.

I want to let you in on my thought process, how I agonized over how to fairly report on what I was seeing, and how I may have come up short.


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