It’s time for Western news media to abandon post-colonial guilt when we write and talk about sub-Saharan Africa. I’m talking about the double standard that gives a pass to bloody black
regimes when former white rulers were damned for similar acts.
As surely as the sun revolves around Earth, the gaffe
that keeps giving has its origins in Cincinnati. I’m talking about
Republican Todd Akin, the Missouri anti-abortion senatorial candidate
who stupidly asserted that some rapes are “legitimate.”
• A wet daily paper is near-useless. By the time the Enquirer and New York Times dry, my day is underway. I might get back to them after supper. However, we have a new delivery person who, unlike the woman she replaced, understands that double-bagging only helps if the bag openings are alternated and neither opening exposes the highly absorbent newsprint to rain or snow. •...
Next Wednesday, Jon Hughes steps aside as the central figure in four decades of journalism education at the University of Cincinnati. “Am I going to be able to let go? Watch!” And he laughed at the thought of being “an era.”
Enquirer editor Carolyn Washburn’s recent note to readers assures us that the continually shrinking page will elicit readers’ joyous cries of “new and improved!” Don’t hold your breath. The 10-1/2 x 14-2/3 page — about the size of the Business Courier — will be printed in Columbus on the Dispatch’s new press. The tabloid should given designers greater freedom to fill the news h...
The Good and Great of New Orleans have risen up to demand better from Times-Picayune owners and executives. Their
ad hoc citizens group is spitting into the wind. Trying to shame a
newspaper owner is futile. It’s an alien emotion. Economics might humble
owners and executives, but that pain can be passed on to employees.
No one likes to recall his failures. But rushed, wrong CNN/Fox News stories on the Supreme Court’s Obamacare
ruling reminded me of my descent into rushed, botched reporting. My first inkling of trouble at CNN and Fox News came
minutes after the Supreme Court decision. NPR’s Diane Rehm apologized
for saying the court struck down the law. She blamed unnamed news
sources. Others said it was CNN.
I am a pessimist by nature and experience. My inclination still is to trouble-shoot rather than to jump on passing bandwagons. So it is with deep reservations that I admit that maybe, just maybe, Gannett’s years of bloodletting might have left TheEnquirer
strong enough to provide Cincinnati with printed papers seven days a
week as others print fewer daily editions to cut costs and seek elusive
Journalists do stupid things. We err,
eavesdrop, plagiarize, fake stories and indulge in coverups that, were
anyone else doing it, would leave us roaring with pitying laughter. When we get caught, it’s our version of “stupid criminal tricks.” We also tell you about these missteps,
these ethical failures and sometimes criminal acts. That’s why it’s easy
to teach my “Media Ethics and Missteps” at UC’s Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute each autumn. Reality is my textbook.