In some European communities, Christians
sought to avoid or mitigate plague with processions of men whipping
themselves bloody as they moaned through the narrow streets. Those unfailingly ineffective attempts to
appease a loving God came to mind as I followed the comments of today’s
penitent political journalists.
Here’s the perfect story for some
aspiring TV journalist passing through Cincinnati and eager for an
award-winning clip: Ask hospitals and other institutions/businesses why
they post their signs banning deadly weapons inside.
It can’t be ignorance; I introduced an Enquirer
reporter to the recently reopened Clifton Natural Foods on Ludlow
months ago and told him how it was a return to almost the same spot
after decades in Clifton Heights exile. But according to a co-owner of
Clifton Natural Foods last week, the Enquirer hasn’t written a thing about this business success story or a merchant returning to her old neighborhood.
Cincinnati thugs threaten and sometimes
kill people they fear will testify against them or their buddies. Police
and prosecutors often complain about the lack of cooperating witnesses. It’s no secret. The Enquirer reports it.
Poynter.org says Gannett — owner of The Enquirer, Louisville Courier-Journal and Indianapolis Star,
among others — is reorganizing newsrooms, job and pay scales “to better
attract an (online) audience of 25- to 45-year-olds.”
Fox’s WXIX 19 had a bizarre
“investigative” report which not only rehashed an earlier story at
unseemly length but also repeated itself during the rehash. City
departmental managers are supposed to live in the city, according to
Cincinnati City Council. Some apparently don’t. Good story.
A Page 1 Enquirer story described
sometime violent misbehavior in Hamilton County courtrooms and
courthouse hallways. A headline said there was chaos in the judges’
“chambers.” Wrong. The story didn’t say that.