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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  

Why I Hate New Year's Eve

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 1, 2007
When CityBeat published its obituary for The Cincinnati/ Kentucky Post early this year, we didn't gloat over the prospect of becoming the region's "other" paper. Rather, it's an opportunity we embra  

Not All Content Is Created Equal

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2007
A thoughtful correspondent faults my harsh assessment of The Enquirer's credulous May 20 embrace of the Creation Museum. Among his targets is my decision to ignore the interaction among readers in t  

Cover Story: Blog Launches Newspaper

Newest contributor to local independent media

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Jason Haap is having too much fun to worry about the new conventional wisdom. While newspapers rush to the Internet with all of their resources, Haap is a solo blogger moving to print, creating Ci  

'Enquirer' Lays a Dinosaur Egg

0 Comments · Monday, June 11, 2007
The Enquirer's naive anticipation of the opening of Answers in Genesis' Creation Museum is disappointing but not surprising. For months Answers in Genesis has played The Enquirer like a Jew's harp.   

Should We Fear the Photo of a Mass Murderer?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Killings at Virginia Tech might be the most lethal rampage on a U.S. college campus, but news media erred when they said it was the worst shooting/massacre in American history. Ignoring wars on our