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Posts Tagged ‘Charles Ornstein’

New York Post Cover Sparks Outrage

The New York Post’s front page this morning is catching a lot of criticism. The picture was captured by freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi, as he happened to see 58-year-old Queens resident Ki Suk Han be pushed onto the Q train tracks at the 49th street station. Suk Han was hit by the train, and later pronounced dead at the hospital. His attacker is still on the run from cops.

According to many, the Post never should’ve published the grim photo. “Sickening rubber-necking front page from the New York Post,” tweeted The Guardian’s sports editor, Ian Prior. “Imagine how this man’s family feels.” Charles Ornstein, a senior reporter at ProPublica, commented that the cover was “over the line.” Ethan Klapper, social media editor for The Huffington Post, tweeted that the picture was “too gruesome for A1.

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LAT In 90 Seconds — Sunday Edition

We’re playing catch-up with our newspaper reading this morning, and we’re bringing you along for the ride:

ornwebkads.jpgFamiliar Bylines: Former LAT reporters Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein are back — in byline only — with a ProPublica piece on nursing. The story builds on work the dynamic duo had already done while at the paper.

58292_SupremeCourt_justices.jpgSupreme Court To Drop The F Bomb: The Supreme Court on Tuesday “will discuss the F-word and its variants in a case that could determine whether these words will be heard more on television and radio.” Fuck yeah.

43153136.jpgBehind the Velvet Rope: How can nebbishy reporter-types get into the hottest clubs in Hollywood? Write about them.

L.A. Times Runs Pro-Publica Story From Past Staffers


You can take Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein out of the L.A. Times, but you can’t take … well, take Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein out of the L.A. Times.

After moving to the East Coast to work for ProPublica, the Pultizer-winning pair finished up a story they had started at the LAT.

The work, which was published this weekend in our local paper is being billed as a joint effort of the two news organizations. Which, when you think about it, it isn’t.

No matter. It was great seeing their names (and their work) in the paper again!

LA Times Loses Two Top Reporters to ProPublica

latimesgg.pngWe’re not sure if this is a case of following the money or just escaping the lack of it, but LA Observed is reporting that two of the LA Times‘ top reporters are jumping ship to join up with ProPublica the online non-profit investigative journalism website helmed by former WSJer Paul Steiger.

Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for reporting on the deaths at King-Drew Medical Center, and in June Ornstein was honored as a journalist of the year by the Los Angeles Press Club. Their departures take place in the wake of last week’s sweeping staff cuts at the LAT, which were themselves part of Sam Zell‘s intended “deep cuts” for all Tribune Co. papers. It’s a blow to the LAT newsroom, and if it becomes a trend one wonders if the deep cuts will end up being fatal ones.

LAT In 90 Seconds

37435751-02133251.jpgDigging Up The Dirt: Charles Ornstein discovers the identity of the UCLA Medical Center employee who is said to have snooped the private medical records of 60 celebs, including Paris Hilton and Maria Shriver. Lawanda J. Jackson, a low-ranking administrative specialist who resigned in July, told Ornstein she didn’t sell the info: “It was just me being nosy.”

wiretapping_trial_of_anthony_pellic.jpgMike Ovitz To Take The Stand, Avoid Awkward Encounter: Michael Ovitz is set to take the stand in the Anthony Pellicano case. Ovitz is said to have hired the private eye to snoop on former LAT reporter Anita Busch and former NYT reporter Bernard Weinraub. Favorite paragraph:

After Ovitz leaves the stand, depending on how quickly he gets to the elevators, he could bump into his alleged adversaries, Busch and Weinraub, who are expected to testify as well. However, the FBI agents who escort witnesses in and out of the federal courtroom are pretty good at timing. Like a psychotherapist who allows patients to enter one door and exit another to prevent unwanted encounters, an agent sometimes waits for one witness to disappear into the elevator before signaling to another agent down the hall to bring on the next witness.

dfadsfdasf.jpgRabbi Rushfield’s Opening Line: Rabbi Richard Rushfield begins his account of Idol Gives Back with the line: “It is said that every generation gets the telethons they deserve.” Richard, we’re falling in love.

L.A. Times Scoops the Snoops: How Ornstein Got the Dirt

getwellfarrasshheader.jpgPulitzer prize-winning reporter Charles Ornstein speaks to us about his story in today’s LAT which details yet another breach of confidentiality at UCLA Medical Center:

1. How did you get this story? Just as I was tipped off by a source about UCLA firing workers in the Britney Spears snooping, I similarly received a tip about the breach
involving Farrah Fawcett’s records. Her representatives confirmed the story and expressed concerns about the information being either leaked or sold to the tabloids. Public interest in medical privacy is increasing as more and more hospitals are moving toward fully electronic records. When readers hear about these celebrity cases, I think they wonder what’s being done to protect their confidential clinical information — whether about a life-threatening illness or a sexually transmitted disease.

2. How much did UCLA’s status as a public institution help? I don’t think UCLA’s status as a public institution affected this story one way or another. Dennis Quaid, whose babies received a drug overdose at Cedars-Sinai, told me that he believed there was a similar breach of his children’s records last year because the information appeared on TMZ before he had a chance to tell his family or friends.

Ultimately, the breaches become known to those affected by them. Hospitals across the country have been stung by revelations about
privacy breaches. In New Jersey, more than two dozen employees improperly accessed George Clooney’s records after a motorcyle accident last year. Before that, workers at another hospital tried to get into Bill Clinton’s records. Public or private, all hospitals are dealing with these issues.

3. What’s are you working on now? More about health care

L.A. Times Scoops the Snoops

getwellfarrahheader.jpgLAT kick-ass medical writer Charles Ornstein reports that months before employees were caught snooping on Britney Spears’ files, UCLA discovered that 70s icon Farrah Fawcett’s records had also been improperly accessed.

Not surprisingly, the star’s cancer battle was subsequently splashed across the pages of the National Enquirer — before she had a chance to tell her son and closest friends that she was ill.