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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.