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Jeff Berding and Jimmy Flynt

By Kevin Osborne · November 9th, 2011 · Winners and Losers
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JEFF BERDING: When is he just going to go away? Berding resigned from Cincinnati City Council in March, after he butted heads with his fellow Democrats in council chambers and berated them on WLW (700 AM). After Jeff lost support from the police and firefighter unions for his flip-flop on layoffs, his last bastion of support evaporated. Berding retired to the comfort of his office at Paul Brown Stadium. But that wasn’t the last we had to endure. First, he filed a police complaint against a one-time political ally for allegedly making a threat when she used colorful language to describe his flip-flop. Then, Berding went around the state, stumping in support of Senate Bill No. 5. Now, Berding has recorded a robo-call for the local GOP asking residents not to vote for Councilman Cecil Thomas, a Democrat. What a petty, ignoble man.

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JIMMY FLYNT: Call it Cincinnati’s own seedier, smuttier version of Cain and Abel. When Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt had a falling out with his brother and longtime business partner, Jimmy, the former decided the latter had no legal right to use the company name on his adult boutique on Elm Street and shouldn’t be able to profit off the company’s name.

To drive that fact home, Larry opened his own Hustler store on Seventh Street; Jimmy sued in federal court, alleging his role in helping start the magazine decades ago entitled him to half of the now lucrative, worldwide corporation. In May, the judge disagreed, so Jimmy now has filed several wrongful termination complaints. Meanwhile, his store has been renamed “Jimmy Flynt’s Erotic Boutique.” I don’t know — it just doesn’t have the luster or cache of the Hustler moniker.

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ENQUIRER: Oopsie. The Enquirer ran a major story on its front page Nov. 3 under the banner headline, “Public workers’ contracts ‘gold-plated?’ ” It began by asserting the Batavia school board pays 100 percent of its teachers’ contributions to their pensions. Except that’s not true. The newspaper was forced to issue a correction stating reporters had misinterpreted contract language. Hey, it happens; we all make mistakes. Still, the reporters could’ve called the school district to ensure their story was correct. Moreover, as CityBeat media columnist (and ex-Enquirer employee) Ben L. Kaufman noted, “Ethical news judgment involves not only story selection and editing, but also the way its played in the paper. This one screams ‘bias!’ ” Publishing the article five days before the hard-fought election battle over Issue 2 obviously was a strategic move by the newspaper. We’re glad it backfired.

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COAST: The shady campaign tactics of a local conservative group have gotten so rancid that they’ve managed to catch the attention of The Washington Post. Writing on its Plum Line blog, Greg Sargent noted how the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) distributed a flyer that publicizes a new hotline to fight the “misinformation” being spread about Issue 2, the anti-union measure supported by Gov. Kasich. The flyer directs voters to call a number where they can listen to a recorded message to get the “real facts.” But the claims made on the recording are outrageous and false, or, as Sargent puts it, “lurid.” It should come as no surprise, then, that COAST also has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state election law that penalizes campaigns for knowingly making false statements. You see, only by making false statements can COAST ever prevail. How vile.

 
 
 
 

 

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