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Roundtable: The Cultural Divide Over Masks

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joins three other former and Gov...

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Above: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joins three other former and Gov. Gavin Newsom in a PSA encouraging Californians to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic in this screengrab from ATTN.

Roundtable: The Cultural Divide Over Masks


Abbie Alford, reporter, CBS 8

Laura Castañeda, community opinion editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Brad Racino, senior investigative reporter, inewsource

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How wearing a facial covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has become a cultural and political dividing line, congress investigates the San Diego VA for discontinuing the use of ... Read more →

Aired: June 26, 2020 | Transcript

Please Wear a Mask

This week in Clairemont, an encounter with a Starbucks worker made waves when a woman who was refused service for not wearing a mask posted her story on Facebook. People largely supported the Starbucks worker and even launched a virtual tip jar on GoFundMe that has raised more than $40,000. CBS 8 reporter Abbie Alford discusses this story, and how wearing a mask has become a political and cultural dividing line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RELATED: Yes, Wearing Masks Helps. Here’s Why

Local VA Changes Veterans Suicide Treatment

A congressional investigation is underway to find out why veterans battling thoughts of suicide are being taken off ketamine treatments and directed to use a nasal spray touted by President Trump. Local patients tell inewsource ketamine has been effective. A house subcommittee announced it would look into the matter.

RELATED: Records Show San Diego VA Lied About Drug Treatment for Suicidal Vets

Diversity in Newsrooms

Recent protests that followed the George Floyd killing have led to concrete political changes in cities across the country. We’re also seeing those who cover the story speak out about diversity in journalism, and how it has a long way to go in accurately representing and telling the stories of America’s changing population. San Diego Union-Tribune community opinion editor Laura Castañeda tells us how the paper's editorial board is working to amplify those voices.

RELATED: Rancor Erupts In ‘LA Times’ Newsroom Over Race, Equity And Protest Coverage

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