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News: Dangerous News

The perils of journalism in the 'new' Russia

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
American reporters worry about subpoenas. Russians journalists fear assassination. Only Iraq and Algeria have been deadlier in recent years. Too many colleagues have been killed for anyone to sug  

We Used to Know the F-Word When We Saw it

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Remember when the F-word was "fuck"? Now it's "faggot," thanks to the GOP's tasty bit, lemon tart Ann Coulter. But some editors won't tell you. They report the latest fuss but not the F-word. That  

Murder Coverage: Good Work, and Too Much

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Duct Tape Dad Pleads Guilty, Spares Readers. (I know it was clear packing tape, but it doesn't fit.) Murder trials bore me. Before opening statements, we know most of what we need to know. I wa  

Willful Ignorance As Editorial Policy

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 7, 2007
When President Bush invoked British support for his casus belli, American editors couldn't run enough of it. Now, too many resist British revelations that challenge White House judgment, suggesting   

Hard Times Ahead for Journalists and Their Customers

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Judgments on the annus horribilis that ended Sunday and fearful predictions for the new year: Our government -- from Cincinnati City Hall to the White House -- will continue to obstruct reporters'   

Newspapers Moving Beyond the Page

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Gannett has told The Cincinnati Enquirer and the rest of its 90-plus dailies to recreate themselves for the world of Web sites, video, bloggers, Podcasts and technology not yet invented. The mornin  

News: Voting in Spite of It All

Don't trust, and verify

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
In Jewish tradition, everyone's human nature includes the Yetzer HaTov and Yetzer HaRah, the inclination for good and the inclination for evil. As this was written, my Yetzer HaRah was drawing   

Proofreaders Are Sorely Missed

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Before newspapers eliminated proofreaders to save money, those literate, skeptical guardians were our last defense against libel and error, whether journalistic or typographical. Unlike computers,   

It Bleeds, It Leads, It Succeeds

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Assumption No. 1: The emphasis on local violence by local TV news erodes communal links and exaggerates our perception of danger. Assumption No. 2: A reduced emphasis might allow us to put local   

News: A Rare Judicial Contest

This time voters actually get a choice

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 13, 2006
In their rare, contested race for an open seat on the Hamilton County Court of Appeals, Pat Dinkelacker and Jim O'Reilly agree on this much: The choice is between continuity and change: ·