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Enquirer and Daily Papers Down but Not Out

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Enquirer Editor Tom Callinan is a veteran print journalist trying to reconfigure his 'paper' and staff under awful conditions in the Internet Age. Success will include keeping older, affluent readers and attracting younger, increasingly affluent readers. He doesn't need my advice, and I'm glad I'm not in his position.  

N.J. Court Decision Threatens Media's Ability to Cover Lawsuits

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
A New Jersey appellate court decision allowed a libel suit against The Bergen Record to go ahead even though the defamatory statements were accurately and fairly taken from a bankruptcy court complaint. The ruling contradicts the long-standing protection courts have given to information taken from documents filed with a court.  

Getting It Right on Election Coverage

0 Comments · Sunday, November 16, 2008
Credulity does not suit journalists or our audiences. We’ve moved from believing something because “I read it in the paper” to “I heard it on the radio” to “I saw it on the Internet.” It’s never so dangerous as when a comment or story is credible. It makes sense. It’s the kind of thing that What’s His Name would say. Long before the Internet, people were inventing or repeating quotes and attributing them to famous people to add authority to their arguments.  

Newspapers Shrink Away from the AP and International News

1 Comments · Friday, October 31, 2008
Spreading cancellations of Associated Press memberships could leave our premier international news service unable to maintain its breadth and quality. AP is the major source of international news in our daily papers and any diminution will degrade our already dismal understanding of events beyond our borders. About 100 papers gave two-year cancellation notices to the AP in recent weeks; whether they're negotiating ploys in a fee dispute or rethinking of news priorities is unclear.  

Q&A: Brooks Jackson of Factcheck.org

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A consistently bright spot in any presidential election is the negative print and broadcast ads. Attacking an opponent’s performance and proposed policies is wholly appropriate. I wish there were more. But many attack ads are so toxic, so distorted that they’ve become an art form of their own noxious kind. A valuable corrective to political bullshit is the nonprofit, nonpartisan factcheck.org.  

Sorting out Presidential Election Coverage

2 Comments · Thursday, October 2, 2008
God, I hate presidential election years. Ignore my general lack of success at picking a winner or tossing the rascals out, but the seemingly endless “silly season” doesn’t begin to describe the quadrennial misery. And I’m not even talking about the TV campaign ads.  

The State of Daily Newspapers

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
First, some facts. Advertising supports most newspapers. Advertising in daily papers is slipping dangerously. Now, some thoughts. Dailies have been dying for decades, and the situation is similar for weeklies and "local" radio stations.   

Getting to the 'Real Truth'

0 Comments · Sunday, August 10, 2008
A tenet of ethical reporting is to verify information not personally known to the reporter. That's true even if -- especially if -- a public official, a public figure or a syndicated columnist makes a claim of public concern.  

Enquirer Right to Focus on Local News

0 Comments · Friday, July 25, 2008
An aging, loving reader frequently called The Enquirer asking why some story in The New York TimesThe Enquirer was his paper. wasn't in his local paper.  

Enquirer Supports Less Privacy?

0 Comments · Monday, July 7, 2008
Enquirer nuttiness is making me think I'm a conservative. An editorial blandly accepts CCTV -- not Phil Burress' illiberal cult -- but 120 Closed Circuit TV cameras to police our streets.