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Enquirer Feature Had Dangerous Misinformation

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 7, 2006
In a major holiday feature, The Cincinnati Enquirer offered this potentially lethal pool safety advice: Use the Heimlich maneuver as the first response to someone who is pulled from the water and ap  

Still a Place for Small Independent Papers

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Long before corporate journalism became today's high-anxiety business, Worley Rodehaver dropped out. That was the 1970s, and he'd already been a radio and print journalist for at least 20 years.  

Write a Little Gem

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Journalists love headlines that seem fine when published but provoke gasps or giggles the next day. Classics come from a suburban Minneapolis weekly -- "Beauty queen has bit of tomboy in her" -- and  

Which 10 'Commandments' Do You Mean?

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 1, 2006
The author(s) of the biblical covenant at Sinai must be weeping over the mountain of fervent hypocrisy burying their effort. Among those most enthusiastically wielding shovels are some Christian cle  

Farewell to The Challenger

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
In the old days, an important obituary carried a black border in print. Sort of like The Enquirer's apology to Chiquita. It's time to break out the black again. The Sunday Challenger, a free, indep  

Columnist Answers Museum's Challenge

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Spencer R. Crew, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, has accused CityBeat's Steve Ramos of fabrication. Ramos is no fan of the center. In his latest critical column (see   

Remembering the Fourth Amendment

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 4, 2006
When they're not fantasizing what to do to/with Ann Coulter, Left and Right increasingly attack the credibility and patriotism of mainstream news media. Given the news media's self-inflicted wounds,  

Joseph Wilson Warns of the 'Worship of Access'

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2005
"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." Those infamous "16 words" in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union message  

God Directs Bush, Oba Calls the Tune

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2005
For a second time in recent months, local news media have ignored a stunning story that raises serious questions about President Bush's decisions to commit Americans to war against Iraq. In May, a   

Lemmie's Exit Interview and Smitherman's Churchill Moment

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2005
There were no interviews with City Hall reporters from major local news media when Valerie Lemmie left. Instead, the departing city manager talked to the Associated Press' Terry Kinney and The Cinci  

Brave Bureaucrat Releases Race Statistics

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Sleeper of the month was Eric Lichtblau's New York Times story on Aug. 24, printed below the fold on page 1 with a one-column headline. It detailed a new administration effort to suppress data that   

The Untold Story of GI Crimes 'Over There'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Even if the scent of censorship didn't bring journalists running, the substance of Bob Lilly's new book, Taken by Force, should have. It's the little-known American story of race, sex, interracial s  

State Scandals? Not in Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2005
With perennial fears of a "long hot summer" simmering and Cincinnati City Council and mayoral elections before us, a warning: Beware of news media whose stenographic reporting fails to challenge can  

Ethics and the Gitmo Toilet

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2005
This column considers an editor with high standards and tries to understand Newsweek's escalating global cock-up. Larry Beaupre lost his job as editor of The Cincinnati Enquirer after he, colleague  

WVXU Supporters Mostly Hold Fast

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Braced for listener hostility to news of WVXU's impending sale, officials at Xavier University were relieved by the paucity of canceled donations. The tightly held secret was unveiled to employees