JOE DETERS: Never one to pass up an opportunity to make headlines, Hamilton County’s prosecutor inserted himself into the outrage over the 10-second fight that broke out among players during the Dec. 10 Crosstown Shootout basketball game. Deters said he would review video to determine whether criminal charges were warranted against the players. A few days later, Deters announced no charges would be filed after UC player Yancy Gates apologized to Xavier player Kenny Frease for slugging Frease in the face. (Frease later said he never sought charges or spoke to Deters.) We recommend the excitable prosecutor buy a dictionary and look up the word, “shameless.”
PHIL BURRESS: Every year, the vile Citizens for Community Values (CCV) conjures up a new boogeyman to scare its followers so they will donate to the Sharonville-based “family values” group.
But this year, CCV President Phil Burress sank to a new low when he decided to pick on Adam Hoover, the 17-year-old high school student who organized a downtown march in November in support of same-sex marriage. Burress cites Hoover in an over-the-top fundraising email, writing “a belief like that has no limits — homosexuality, polygamy, incest, pedophilia, and bestiality are a few of the logical outcomes.” Did we mention that of the $424,746 that CCV raised in 2010, $236,893 went to staff salaries and benefits?
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce devotes much of its energy to marketing the Queen City as the “cradle of brands” and “the Silicon Valley of consumer marketing.” So that probably explains why the Chamber has never publicized the fact that it hired a German branding company, mE Brand Communication, for “professional services.” It was paid more than $119,000 by the Chamber in 2009. That’s especially troublesome because not only could local companies use the work, but the Chamber is a nonprofit organization that gets funding from both local and state governments. In other words, your tax dollars are being used to pay German workers.
CHANNEL 9 NEWS: If you think that an inquisitive streak and the ability to write coherent sentences are the most important skills needed in a journalist, think again. That’s not true when it comes to TV news, where a pretty face, stylish clothes and an alluring style are priorities. This sad fact was driven home again recently when WCPO-TV (Channel 9) made the women on its newscasts begin wearing more makeup and vamp up their wardrobes. Anchorwoman Carol Williams is wearing big false eyelashes while reporter Tanya O’Rourke is wearing more skirts instead of pants. All of this is the result of recommendations made by a consultant, who suggested making on-air talent “more appealing to viewers.” Ugh.
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