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The reporter who forced the release of the Laquan McDonald video in Chicago has just been barred from a news event there. "So I wasn't allowed into the press conference that I more or less inspired. But the story isn't about me. Seriously," explains journalist Brandon Smith, who was barred on the basis of lacking official press credentials. "'Credentialed' media should step down from their cozy privilege and refuse to play along w this stupid distinction," charges Fusion's Orlando de Guzman. DNAInfo has made public the dashcam video of the officer shooting McDonald. "Illinois prosecutors had this horrifying video for abt a year. Murder charge came 5 days after order to make public," points out Dan Levine with Reuters. There's plenty of blame to go around: here's how Chicago tried to cover up what looks like a blatant police execution and how the media blew reporting on it. "Think about this the next time you ask why you should pay $ for good journalism. Once it's gone, here's the risk," warns WCPO's Amanda Seitz.
In tech, the startup Zenefits has come under scrutiny for flouting insurance laws. "Is state regulation of insurance silly? Sure. Is this really bad for a $4.5bn company? Yes," asserts Huffington Post's Ben Walsh. You may be equally disturbed to learn how Walmart keeps an eye on 2 million workers. "Nice timing on this Bloomberg piece ... Walmart hired Lockheed Martin to monitor workers threatening Black Friday strike," notices Kristen Leigh Painter at the Star Tribune. And a Reuters exclusive divulges that three Goldman bankers have left for Uber, signaling a tech world raid of Wall Street talent. "Three makes a trend story," concludes Rob Cox there.