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When We Get It Wrong

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Everywhere I’ve worked and regardless of the medium, I’ve heard similar reader complaints: “You got it wrong.”  And the too-frequent follow-up: “If you can’t get something that simple right, how can I trust the rest of what you report?”  

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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.  

Today’s Penitent Political Journalists

0 Comments · Thursday, May 12, 2016
Until recently, the possibility that Donald Trump might speak for the Grand Old Party of Ike, Taft, George I and II and Ronny was so remote that it wasn’t a story.   

Media Musings from Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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.

Obama and Megyn Kelly: Media Critics

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
President Obama and Fox’s Megyn Kelly could be a Saturday Night Live duo, satirizing Obama and Kelly. Their latest schtick is to blame the news media for the rise of Donald Trump. Seriously?

National GOP Doesn’t Have a Say on Trump

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
To quote columnist Robert Fisk in a different context, “If this wasn’t tragic, it would be farce.” The tragedy is the ease with which Republican presidential aspirants manipulate news cycles.

Trump-as-Hitler Analogies

0 Comments · Friday, March 18, 2016
It didn’t take long before politicians and commentators in the news media began likening Donald Trump to Hitler or Mussolini.  

Odd Newsmakers and Provocative Speech

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Melissa Click went too far when she called for immediate violence against student reporters, and Pete Santilli may have overstepped the journalist’s role when he supported the militants’ occupation of a federal animal refuge.

Check It Out

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
I’ve never understood reporters who invent stories, events, sources or quotes. Whether reporters expect to get away with it is unclear, but getting caught can be a career-killer. Who trusts a proven cheat or unreasonable litigation risk?  

Considering Pre-'Spotlight' Reporting on Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests

0 Comments · Friday, February 5, 2016
Thirty years ago, Jason Berry and National Catholic Reporter ignited Americans’ awareness of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Yup, it’s been in the news media at least that long.