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Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Reporters jumped on official revelations that the latest Ft. Hood shooter had been treated for emotional problems.  

Media Musings from Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Monday, April 14, 2014
The Enquirer recently took down a story by a “contributor” who works for the organization her story promoted.   

Media Musings from Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
An Enquirer cover story described a local school program that could have fallen under the old-fashioned rubrics of “shop” or “manual arts.”   

Drama in Kentucky and More Media Musings

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WDRB-TV Louisville’s general manager, Bill Lamb, implied the Louisville Courier-Journal rigged a statewide poll putting challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes ahead of Mitch McConnell.  

A Fatter 'Enquirer' and More Media Musings

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Abandoning its historic and hardline anti-abortion stance, The Enquirer inadvertently demonstrated the case for evolution last Tuesday.
  

Panama Canal Centennial & More on Shield Laws

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
In the midst of all of the harumphing about this month’s chemical spill into a tributary of the Ohio River and the nine-county ban on tap water for days, NPR recorded a West Virginian saying, “Without water, we’re up a creek without a paddle.”
  

World-Class Media Screwups of 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The media is far from perfect, and 2013 provided good evidence of that.
  

Curmudgeon Notes 12.31.13

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
CBS’ 60 Minutes broadcast an uncritical presentation of National Security Agency’s justifications for its constitutionally suspect surveillance of Americans.   

Curmudgeon Notes 12.11.13

0 Comments · Thursday, December 12, 2013
In all of the remembrances of Nelson Mandela after his death, few stood out as clearly as AP’s interview with his former jailer, Christo Brand.  

Curmudgeon Notes 11.27.13

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Patrick J. Sloyan reconstructed Merriman Smith’s Pulitzer-winning UPI reporting of JFK’s assassination for the May, 1997, American Journalism Review. He also retold how UPI handled the story minute by minute.  

Curmudgeon Notes 11.13.13

0 Comments · Monday, November 18, 2013
With all of the talk about “doing more with less,” it’s time to seriously, thoughtfully resurrect and reconsider the dreaded M Word. It’s not MuthaFuckah.
  

Curmudgeon Notes 11.06.2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The student paper’s volunteer adviser, Emily Grannis, who also is a Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press fellow, talked with student editor John Vodrey on the phone while he was in the station. That helped Vodrey cite appropriate state statute and legal language to ask for an incident report.  

Curmudgeon Notes 10.16.2013

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
 I’ll be the odd man out for now. If I have to write about Manning, I’ll probably refer to him as Bradley and explain why he now calls himself Chelsea.  

Curmudgeon Notes 10.2.2013

Media musings from Cincinnati and beyond

0 Comments · Friday, October 4, 2013
I was covering federal courts and agencies for the Enquirer 17 years ago during the previous lockout. One impression remains unshakable: most federal employees told to stay home were offended by the “non-essential” designation. They didn’t think of themselves as bureaucrats, but more as civil service; apolitical and doing the best job they could with the resources provided by Congress.   

Curmudgeon Notes 09.18.2013

Media musings from Cincinnati and beyond

0 Comments · Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • It was that rare 9/11 photo that was so clear, so sharp and so disturbing that it seemed to vanish from the Internet: a man clearly diving or falling head first from a burning World Tr