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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.  

Where Did the Fun Go?

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Today a scoop usually means stumbling on a story or digging through data to piece together a picture no one has seen before -- in short, luck or grunt work. In the old days, scoops meant an advent  

The Media Needs Watchdogs

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Media watchdogs to watch during our quadrennial masochism include www.factcheck.org and www.mediamatters.org. Rather than stenographically report campaign charge and countercharge, they identify   

Time for Enquirer to Step Up

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Cincinnati’s Second Newspaper resurrects our media criticism column today as a weekly feature with a new name, "On Second Thought." News Editor Greg Flannery and I will alternate authorship. The b  

Newsroom Firings and Couric's Big Adventure

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2007
August is an awful month for news until some sap screws up and discovers he -- and it's usually he in our Hall of Shame -- is the only story in town. This past month has been worse than awful. No sa