Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Legacy of a departing Lieberman

Youth Journalism International has a kindly view of U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice presidential candidate who is apparently not going to run for reelection as a senator from Connecticut. On at least a couple of occasions, Lieberman has treated YJI reporters with patience and decency -- even on one of the worst days of his life, shortly after learning from his pollsters in 2006 that he would lose the Democratic primary.
At least three YJI reporters -- Mike Nguyen in 2003 and both Wesley Saxena and Kiernan Majerus-Collins in 2006 -- have written stories after talking with Lieberman. Saxena and Majerus-Collins even rode on the senator's campaign bus with him.
Here are their stories:

Lieberman raps school violence
By Mike Nguyen
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has a lot of ideas to keep troubled kids from "exploding" into the sort of violent rage that has led to a number of school shootings in recent years.
In an interview with Youth Journalism International, the former Democratic vice presidential candidate said many steps could be taken to help prevent violence in schools.
"There's not a single solution" to school violence, the Connecticut Democrat said recently.
He said he's had "a long-term concern regarding the violence in the entertainment culture" and its effect on young people.
Lieberman said he wants to clarify ratings labels on things such as video games, music, movies, and television shows so that youngsters and parents will know what they're buying.
With some mixed-up young people, Lieberman said, media mayhem "sometimes gives them the idea of solving things with violence."
Among his many concerns about the effects of violence on teens, he said, is rap music.
"I can't claim expertise on rap music, but some of it is over the edge in terms of bigotry and violence to women," he said.  Click here to read the whole story.

August 5, 2006
Lieberman fights anti-war surge in Connecticut
By Wesley Saxena
Six years ago, U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut Democrat, almost became vice president.

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Tattoo photo: Kiernan Majerus-Collins
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, on his campaign bus.

Now, facing a tough August 8 primary against anti-war newcomer Ned Lamont, Lieberman’s fighting just to hold on to his place in the Senate.
Many Democrats who oppose the war in Iraq and hope to bring the troops home are turning away from Lieberman, who supports the war, in favor of his multi-millionaire challenger.
Lamont pumped lots of his own money into his campaign to try to turn the primary into a referendum on President George W. Bush.
“I’m trying to tell people I’m not George Bush,” said Lieberman.
The primary has attracted worldwide attention because polls show that a majority of Connecticut Democrats are so opposed to the war that they may be ready to reject one of their party’s best known leaders because he’s endorsed the war. Click here for the whole story.
August 7, 2006
-- Reporter's notebook --
On board Joe Lieberman's campaign cruiser
By Wesley Saxena
Like flies buzzing around a picnic, journalists covering a political campaign stick close to the juicy stuff.
In Connecticut’s hot race for U.S. Senate, there’s plenty for reporters to chew on.
Sen. Joe Lieberman is on the run from challenger Ned Lamont in a Democratic primary so intense that it’s drawing reporters from the Big Apple.
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Kiernan Majerus-Collins/ The Tattoo
Reporter Jennifer Medina of The New York Times
The longtime senator is running the final stretch of his campaign on a big bus labeled “Joe’s Tomorrow Tour.”

On the bus, reporters and photographers ride with Lieberman, his wife Hadassah and some members of his staff from one campaign stop to the next.
Reporter Jennifer Medina of The New York Times, covering Lieberman for her paper, said she was riding the bus nearly every day.
Lieberman usually makes the same speech at every stop with different variations of it, Medina said.
“It’s always something specific for each stop,” said Medina.
Medina’s been to Lieberman’s “office” – two seats in the back of the bus facing each other with a table in the middle – several times for a private interview, she said.
Reporter Maggie Haberman, riding the bus for the New York Post, said she primarily covers New York politics, but recently began covering the Connecticut senate primary race.
Besides reporters on the bus, there are also some photographers, including Julie Stapen, who shoots for the New York Post’s Sunday edition.
Since Stapen was only on the bus one day, she was under a lot of pressure to get just the right picture.
“You want the perfect shot that symbolizes what’s going on,” said Stapen. Click here for the full story.

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