Month: July 2019

“The Bedsheet Shenanigans of the KKK…” – Gardiner Archive

This story was published July 30, 1972, in “Florida,” the Sunday magazine of the Orlando Sentinel. Reporter Tom Fiedler and I had been visiting Klan events and members working on a story about its recent resurgence in Central Florida.

The most visible action the Klan took was a parade in full KKK garb down the main streets of Lakeland, Fla. It was the first of several trips to the area Tom and I made to photograph and interview Klansmen and their families.

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Bob Wilson’s Work Space

The photo showed a small lagoon, it’s blue water and coral beach ringed by lush foliage under a sky with clouds casting no shadows across the postcard-perfect fairytale view. It was the site of a new golf course, an indicator of how the sport has moved even onto small South Pacific islands. “I was there. That’s where I landed.” he continued to explain.

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Short Wave Radio Mistake Creates “Fake News” in 1935

“Fake News,” or mistaken reporting, has been around as long as someone has attempted to relay, restate, or report an event. In the case of the Hauptman verdict, it was technology that created the problem, not the people reporting. Today, technology has amplified the human problem and added more voices to the creators and critics of news reporting.

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