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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: ·  

Fake Photos Are as Bad as Phony Stories

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Faking a news photo is grounds for dismissal. Faking a combat photo should be a career-ending offense. I'm not talking about image manipulation that clearly is labeled as an illustration or croppin  

Good Journalism Isn't Treason

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Others must explain whether it was a mistake to reveal how the Belgium-based SWIFT database is used to track suspected terrorist finances. Meanwhile, The New York Times is accused of treason for it  

Cincinnati Newspapers Ignore Religion News

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Why, in God's name, didn't the Post and Enquirer send reporters to the Episcopal general convention in Columbus last month? Editors knew the convention might shatter the stained-glass ceiling by el