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Q&A: Brooks Jackson of Factcheck.org

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A consistently bright spot in any presidential election is the negative print and broadcast ads. Attacking an opponent’s performance and proposed policies is wholly appropriate. I wish there were more. But many attack ads are so toxic, so distorted that they’ve become an art form of their own noxious kind. A valuable corrective to political bullshit is the nonprofit, nonpartisan factcheck.org.  

Sorting out Presidential Election Coverage

2 Comments · Thursday, October 2, 2008
God, I hate presidential election years. Ignore my general lack of success at picking a winner or tossing the rascals out, but the seemingly endless “silly season” doesn’t begin to describe the quadrennial misery. And I’m not even talking about the TV campaign ads.  

The State of Daily Newspapers

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
First, some facts. Advertising supports most newspapers. Advertising in daily papers is slipping dangerously. Now, some thoughts. Dailies have been dying for decades, and the situation is similar for weeklies and "local" radio stations.   

Getting to the 'Real Truth'

0 Comments · Sunday, August 10, 2008
A tenet of ethical reporting is to verify information not personally known to the reporter. That's true even if -- especially if -- a public official, a public figure or a syndicated columnist makes a claim of public concern.  

Enquirer Right to Focus on Local News

0 Comments · Friday, July 25, 2008
An aging, loving reader frequently called The Enquirer asking why some story in The New York TimesThe Enquirer was his paper. wasn't in his local paper.  

Enquirer Supports Less Privacy?

0 Comments · Monday, July 7, 2008
Enquirer nuttiness is making me think I'm a conservative. An editorial blandly accepts CCTV -- not Phil Burress' illiberal cult -- but 120 Closed Circuit TV cameras to police our streets.  

The New Era of Connectedness

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
No, it´s not another cold Northerner going barking mad under the warm Tuscan sun. Rather, my epiphany proceeds from the Mac PowerBook G4 laptop I bought from ComputerDNA in Blue Ash and connec  

Not So Fast, CityBeat

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Last week many people rallied to CityBeat’s defense when it came under attack by Citizens for Community Values and a “Who’s Who of Cops Who Hate CityBeat.” Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis and C  

Where religion and politics intersect, where satire and journalism don't

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2008
For a man whose courage under extreme duress is legendary, Sen. John McCain is quailing before politically correct 21st Century Know-Nothings and baying collaborators in the news media. First, he   

When and how to trust sources

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Over the months, I've touched on the problem of documents and sources and how far to trust them. The subject was suggested by the jailed conman who recently persuaded the Associated Press and Los   

Is News Toxic?

0 Comments · Sunday, May 18, 2008
Junk mail isn't always junk. Sometimes even an advertisement for a product or service that doesn't interest us can prompt useful questions. I recently received an e-mail from Andy Feld, a motivati  

Can you digg it?

0 Comments · Sunday, May 11, 2008
Leave it to The Economist to tell this paleoreporter about the digg icon at the end of many online news stories. Previously I've hesitated to push digg because I ascribe to Cincinnati City Motto (a  

Getting the facts ... and missing them

0 Comments · Sunday, May 4, 2008
Kevin Osborne's April 23 Porkopolis column ("Streicher's Slippery Hold on the Facts") is the kind of rigorous reporting that exemplifies the adversarial relationship that sometimes exists between j  

Noting anniversaries of events society would rather not remember

0 Comments · Friday, April 25, 2008
Where does one start with a 40th anniversary? Not our marriage. That was two years ago. How about: Paris student demonstrations. Tet offensive. LBJ refuses to run for reelection. Chicago police ri  

In news, more is almost always better

0 Comments · Saturday, April 19, 2008
Recent unrest in Tibet and protests over the appearance of the Olympic torch show the value, indeed the necessity, of obtaining information from a variety of sources -- and treating all of them wit