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Curmudgeon Notes 10.17.2012

Media musings on Cincinnati and beyond

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
• Look at the rare collection of Enquirer photos at the National Underground Freedom Center.  They’ve been reprinted and for many, reprinted copies of original pages are nearby.

The show is part of the much larger Fotofocus at many venues. Unfortunately, the Enquirer chose the Freedom Center which charges $12 admission; many Fotofocus displays are in admission-free venues such as ...  

Fair & Balanced vs. Accurate and Contextualized

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
If this presidential campaign hasn’t been sufficiently enervating, here’s more dispiriting news. Gallup reports that “Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60 percent saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.”   
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Curmudgeon Notes 10.3.2012

Media musings on Cincinnati and beyond

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
•    I was in the Pacific Northwest and the three-hour time difference disrupted my already lousy sleep patterns. I dozed and listened to the BBC World Service on a local FM station when a familiar growl awakened me: WVXU’s Howard Wilkinson. You don’t work with a guy for a quarter century and not know his distinctive voice. BBC was in Cincinnati for an Obama visit and it wante...  

Presidential Debates: Mile-High Masochism

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
 I dread presidential debates. Other than “gotcha!” moments, when was the last time a presidential debate was more than tired talking point responses to a so-called moderator?   
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Curmudgeon Notes 9.19.2012

Media musings on Cincinnati and beyond

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
•  Enquirer prices are going up in a smart way.  The paper is embracing a computerized system which charges frequent users for its digital content. The more individuals read, the more they’ll be charged. Full access will mean just that and be available to home delivery and digital subscribers.


However, the Enquirer will still limit unpaid access to its archives. T...  

Reporters Shouldn't Dismiss Race in African Violence

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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.
  

GOP Rape Discussion Has Cincinnati Roots

1 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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.”    

Quote Approval? Oh No You Didn't

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Anyone who cares already knows that the contents of the “official” Congressional Record are bullshit. Members can delete things they’ve said and add things they’ve never said.  
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Curmudgeon Notes 8.8.12

Media musings on Cincinnati and beyond

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
• 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. •...  

Jon Hughes: the Man, the Myth, the Legend

2 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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.”