First Take: Detroit in the Media, Police on Arizona Immigration Law, "The Great Reset"

Monday, April 26, 2010 - 11:41 AM

UPDATED 7:15 p.m. 

Alex Goldmark here on the evening shift. 

 

All is well here with a few changes from Anna's post earlier.

For one, police have seized the computers of the Gizmodo blogger who published reports of a "lost" next generation iPhone. And the legal implications of this for journalists, including shield laws, have us debating way more aspects of this case over the cubicle walls than we'll have time for tomorrow. 

We're adding another angle to our coverage of Arizona's new immigration law. We'll hear from law professors who will explain how the presumption of innocence and the burden of proof have evolved over time, and where this new law fits. It won't be the first time a class of free and legal Americans will have to be able to prove their status in order to walk the streets of their city. 

 

And our man in DC, Todd Zwillich, is walking the halls of the Capitol right now, mic in hand, monitoring the preliminary votes and opening shenanigans in the financial regulation reform debate in the Senate. 

Anna Sale here on the day shift.

We head to Detroit later this week, just as the community is debating the city's portrayal in a recent story on NBC Dateline. Some called it an "attack" and a "hit piece," and some city leaders have even made the trip to New York for a follow-up visit with Dateline producers. As we prepare for our trip, we want to know from you: What does the national media get wrong about your city? We've already started the conversation by asking what Detroiters love about their city. Now we want to know — how would you tell the story of Detroit?

We are also continuing to follow the ripples of Arizona's strict new immigration law through the national conversation. Tomorrow, we want to talk to law enforcement in Arizona about how this law will affect their work. We're wondering how they are training their officers to enforce it, and how do they think it will impact community policing in Latino neighborhoods.

Finally, as Detroit tries to recast its story and Arizona is absorbing the new reality of the new immigration law, we'll take a look at sweeping social shifts with Richard Florida. The economist behind the term "creative class" has a new book called "The Great Reset." We find out why he thinks the recession has transformed the way Americans live and think in fundamental ways, and what that means for where we live and work in the future. We want to know from you: Have you remade your life because of this recession? Tell us your story. 

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