Media Coverage of Rape Trials

Basketball star Kobe Bryant has been ordered to show up for a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges. The defendant's celebrity makes this an unavoidable story, but there's also an ethical angle that pits the right to know against the right to privacy. Join host Neal Conan to discuss the media's difficult job of covering rape trials.

Guests:

Kelly McBride
*Ethics faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Fla.

David Shaw
*Columnist for the Los Angeles Times, writes a weekly column on the media
*Wrote July 22 column titled "If the accused is named the accuser should be too"

Ellen Goodman
*Syndicated columnist for The Boston Globe
*Wrote July 31 article called "Rethinking the Rape Shield Law"

Leo Wolinsky
*Deputy Managing Editor at The Los Angeles Times

Mark Cuban
*Owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks

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