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Playing to WVXU's Strength

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2005
News media in the Cincinnati area are changing dramatically. The U.S. Justice Department raised no objection to Gannett -- owner of The Cincinnati Enquirer and CiN Weekly -- buying most of the regio  

Ruling Goes Uncovered and the White House Welcomes a Shill

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Has porn prosecution become ho-hum for local dailies and TV? They missed it when a Pittsburgh federal judge dismissed charges against Extreme Associates at the urging of Cincinnati lawyers H. Louis  

Unreported News and Unchallenged Myths

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 2, 2005
H. Louis Sirkin of Cincinnati is one of the nation's ablest and busiest pornography/obscenity defense lawyers. Cincinnati also has been home to national anti-porn crusaders Charlie Keating and Jerry  

The Weeklies and the Damned

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2005
Politics is too important to be left to politics reporters. We also need savvy religion reporters to track Bush's redemption of his debt to right-wing religious backers. Unlike their audiences, new  

Giving Aid and Comfort to the Facts

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Kudos to WLWT (Channel 5) and NBC for broadcasting Kevin Sites' videotape of a U.S. marine killing a wounded man identified as an Iraqi terrorist. We did not see the Iraqi's shuddering body as poin  

When Everyone Writes, Everyone Needs an Editor

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Is it over? I don't know. My deadline preceded the vote count. Even so, let's be candid. Did you burn out on repetitive news stories and photo ops, insultingly deceptive ads, stenographic reporting  

Deters Scandal? What Deters Scandal?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Cincinnati news judgment long has been distorted by parochialism; Cincinnati is the center of the Ohio universe and Columbus, let alone Cleveland, is a lesser world. Life exists in those distant pla  

Naming Spies Can Be Dangerous

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Being accused of being a CIA undercover agent isn't fun. I've been there. It was early 1964. Yuri sat down uninvited at my table in the Nkana Hotel on Zambia's Copperbelt. I paused from my efforts   

They Don't Rest on Sunday

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 4, 2004
I love to see the birth of a newspaper. "Birth" is the right word. It's that vital. That's why the far more common death of a paper evokes mourning for more than lost jobs. Starting a paper is an   

It Doesn't Take a Censor to 'Hide' the News

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 7, 2004
If you have to face bad news, pray it's on a Saturday. Skeleton reporting staffs are struggling with early deadlines and by Monday, you're last week's news. It helps when the nation is grieving for  

On Second Thought

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 2, 2004
When CityBeat asked me to write this column, it was clear that my brief included dailies, weeklies, radio and TV news, Cincinnati Magazine, CityBeat and Cin Weekly. Although CityBeat's franchise is  

The Alternative Press Used to Be Considered Dangerous

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 7, 2004
It was a rocky road and it lasted just three years -- six if you count the last years, when it was hanging on by its fingernails. They were spied on, intimidated, had secret files opened on them, be  

Private Lives and Public Campaigns

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 3, 2004
When I first saw the television ad on Feb. 16, I was startled -- not just by its audacity but its conclusions based on a kind of connect-the-dots that seemed to reach well beyond what little had b  

Even Sportswriters Weary of the Pete Rose Act

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2004
He has only changed physically after 14 years -- he is wider of girth, his hair is thinning and cropped short. He is, after all, 62 years old, almost two decades removed from that September evening   

Enquirer Tunes out, Turns off Broadcast Coverage

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2004
John Kiesewetter is back where he started more than a quarter-century ago, reporting on suburban issues and events for The Cincinnati Enquirer, an unfortunate move that leaves the TV/radio beat va