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The New Era of Connectedness

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
No, it´s not another cold Northerner going barking mad under the warm Tuscan sun. Rather, my epiphany proceeds from the Mac PowerBook G4 laptop I bought from ComputerDNA in Blue Ash and connec  

Where religion and politics intersect, where satire and journalism don't

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2008
For a man whose courage under extreme duress is legendary, Sen. John McCain is quailing before politically correct 21st Century Know-Nothings and baying collaborators in the news media. First, he   

When and how to trust sources

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Over the months, I've touched on the problem of documents and sources and how far to trust them. The subject was suggested by the jailed conman who recently persuaded the Associated Press and Los   

Can you digg it?

0 Comments · Sunday, May 11, 2008
Leave it to The Economist to tell this paleoreporter about the digg icon at the end of many online news stories. Previously I've hesitated to push digg because I ascribe to Cincinnati City Motto (a  

Noting anniversaries of events society would rather not remember

0 Comments · Friday, April 25, 2008
Where does one start with a 40th anniversary? Not our marriage. That was two years ago. How about: Paris student demonstrations. Tet offensive. LBJ refuses to run for reelection. Chicago police ri  

How the media treat papal visits, whistleblowers, sex workers and foreign elections

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Religion is hot news because Pope Benedict XVI is coming to the United States next week. He'll be accompanied by a deluge of news media cliches and ignorance about the papacy, his relations with Ca  

Parsing the meaning of 'off the record'

0 Comments · Friday, March 28, 2008
To her credit, Harvard professor and Pulitzer-winning author Samantha Power doesn't deny calling Hillary Clinton a "monster" during an interview with journalist Gerri Peev from The Scotsman. Unlik  

Xenophobia, self-censorship and the media

0 Comments · Friday, March 14, 2008
Xenophobia and self-censorship bedevil the news media. It begins and ends with Matt Drudge, the blogger who became indespensible after sleepy Washington reporters caught his scoop on the president’  

The State of Facts

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Friend, broadcaster and stockbroker Chris DeSimio loves this quote from John Adams' Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials in December 1770: "Facts are stubborn things; a  

Time to find the facts in streetcar debate

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2008
It appears our Sole Surviving Daily is recovering its will to pursue stories beyond the usual sources — e.g., Eileen Kelley's stories from Mexico on four illegal immigrants murdered in Sharonville.