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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.
  

Police-Shooting Stats and the Media

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2016
While federal officials dithered, The Washington Post and U.S. staff of London’s daily Guardian compiled lists of Americans killed by law enforcement last year.   

Media Complicity in Anti-Arab Anger and Fear

0 Comments · Friday, January 8, 2016
I’m sickened by mainstream news and opinion media complicity in our anti-Muslim, anti-Arab anger and fear.
  

On Second Thought...

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Liberal commentators in diverse news media with whom I generally agree tend to suffer SSDD (Same Stuff, Different Day). Conservatives, however, are endlessly creative when it comes to their abilities to stoke anger and fear.  

Labels Matter

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2015
I was The Cincinnati Enquirer’s new federal beat reporter and the late federal judge Carl Rubin asked what I knew about courts. “The only ones I’ve covered were Native Courts in Northern Rhodesia, but they’re just like the ones here: white judges and black defendants.” 
  

Considering the Hierarchy of Suffering

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2015
No one in a newsroom is a stranger to the hierarchy of suffering. If arguments around the news desk aren’t enough to drive home that reality, our readers, viewers or listeners do.   

Confused By ‘Enquirer’ Parks Levy Endorsement

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The election’s done, but I’m still puzzling over the Enquirer endorsement of the parks levy. From what the two endorsement editorials said about the park board, its president Otto Budig and Mayor John Cranley, I expected Enquirer opposition to the levy.
  

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
With good reason, the embarrassed FBI concedes that London’s daily Guardian does a better job of tracking killings by police in America. The latest examples are stunning.  

Copycat Crimes and Coverage

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A common lapse involves “blackbird journalism.” It takes its name from birds sitting on a utility wire. When one flies off, the rest usually follow.   

One-Source Story Blues

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Repeat after me: Wall Street saved Main Street. Wall Street saved Main Street. That’s the mantra of the mainstream press and Wise White Men whom they always quote when events turn sour.