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Brouhaha at the BBC and Al Jazeera

0 Comments · Monday, February 2, 2015
As it is with any news medium where neutrality is a goal, complaints increasingly focus on word choice and allegations of political correctness rather than overt story bias and slant.  

Babel and Begats

0 Comments · Thursday, January 22, 2015
The revival of political reporting after the 2014 election and holidays reminded me of Genesis 11. That’s where you find two teasures: Babel and Begats.  

The (Confusing) Red Cross Response

0 Comments · Monday, January 5, 2015
A reader gently chided me for writing that the American Red Cross “inexplicably” abandoned abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich Maneuver) as its recommended first response to choking.   

The Enquirer's Fine Line Between Advertising and Journalism

0 Comments · Thursday, December 18, 2014
Holiday joy must be tinged with renewed survivors’ guilt at the Cincinnati Enquirer.   

A Lesson on Journalism Ethics

0 Comments · Monday, December 8, 2014
In today’s heated news cycle, even facially flawed assertions become facts through repetition. Vilification and political correctness can muzzle doubters.   

The Blunt Business of Journalism

0 Comments · Monday, November 24, 2014
Sometimes a question can be so blunt, so explicit, that offended listeners disregard the validity of the query. Or the evasive response.

The Disaster in Disaster Relief

0 Comments · Friday, November 14, 2014
National media have a bottom drawer into which they stuff important stories that someone else did.

National Media’s Obsession Over a Local Tragedy

0 Comments · Thursday, October 30, 2014
Who cares? Everyone’s white. Seemingly affluent. Neither young nor old. No cops, no shooting. No protesters calling for “justice.”   

The Right (or No Right) to Privacy

0 Comments · Monday, October 20, 2014
The growing national conversation about privacy is a curious thing  

Good Riddance, Eric Holder

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Eric Holder announced his resignation. Good riddance. Not since the Nixon years have Americans had an attorney general so aggressively hostile to the news media.   

The Oxygen of Publicity

0 Comments · Friday, September 19, 2014
A photo of children being buried after an attack in Ukraine led the Sept. 9 New York Times. I looked at it repeatedly, turning away, then returning. No gore. No bloody bandages. No hovering physicians. A few grieving relatives and neighbors.  

Larry Flynt Was Right

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
What we see on TV is true but not accurate, accurate but not true. We see what happened but rarely what was going on.   

Larry Flynt Was Right

0 Comments · Thursday, September 4, 2014
Buried in old files from decades of teaching reporting and journalism ethics is a flyer mailed to local homes by pornographer Larry Flynt.   

A Brief Yet Triumphant Introduction

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Fifty years ago, the first edition of the daily Zambia Times rolled off our presses in Central Africa and I was in charge of the news operation. It’s as close as I’ll come to giving birth.

Remembering "The Struggle"

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Work defined my life in Central Africa. Six or seven days a week in 1964, I was at my desk by mid-morning as news editor in charge of a new black nationalist daily, the Zambia Times.