CityBeat - On Second Thought http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-112-1-on_second_thought.html <![CDATA[Considering Pre-'Spotlight' Reporting on Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests - ]]>

Thirty years ago, Jason Berry and National Catholic Reporter ignited Americans’ awareness of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Yup, it’s been in the news media at least that long.

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<![CDATA[Police-Shooting Stats and the Media - ]]> While federal officials dithered, The Washington Post and U.S. staff of London’s daily Guardian compiled lists of Americans killed by law enforcement last year. ]]> <![CDATA[Media Complicity in Anti-Arab Anger and Fear - ]]>

I’m sickened by mainstream news and opinion media complicity in our anti-Muslim, anti-Arab anger and fear.

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<![CDATA[On Second Thought... - ]]> Liberal commentators in diverse news media with whom I generally agree tend to suffer SSDD (Same Stuff, Different Day). Conservatives, however, are endlessly creative when it comes to their abilities to stoke anger and fear.]]> <![CDATA[Labels Matter - ]]> I was The Cincinnati Enquirer’s new federal beat reporter and the late federal judge Carl Rubin asked what I knew about courts. “The only ones I’ve covered were Native Courts in Northern Rhodesia, but they’re just like the ones here: white judges and black defendants.” 
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<![CDATA[Considering the Hierarchy of Suffering - ]]>

No one in a newsroom is a stranger to the hierarchy of suffering. If arguments around the news desk aren’t enough to drive home that reality, our readers, viewers or listeners do.

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<![CDATA[Confused By ‘Enquirer’ Parks Levy Endorsement - ]]>

The election’s done, but I’m still puzzling over the Enquirer endorsement of the parks levy. From what the two endorsement editorials said about the park board, its president Otto Budig and Mayor John Cranley, I expected Enquirer opposition to the levy.

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<![CDATA[Copycat Crimes and Coverage - ]]>

A common lapse involves “blackbird journalism.” It takes its name from birds sitting on a utility wire. When one flies off, the rest usually follow.

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<![CDATA[One-Source Story Blues - ]]>

Repeat after me: Wall Street saved Main Street. Wall Street saved Main Street. That’s the mantra of the mainstream press and Wise White Men whom they always quote when events turn sour.

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<![CDATA[Journalists Dig into the Actual Police-Shooting Numbers - ]]>

Some serious journalists are counting people shot and killed by police and police who are murdered by people they are sworn to protect and serve.


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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Is Great Summer Copy - ]]>

The Donald is the perfect antidote to perennial August news doldrums.

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<![CDATA[Missed Stories - ]]>

Recent news stories remind me of places I’ve worked as a photojournalist, reporter or editor… and how they exploded when I wasn’t there.

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<![CDATA[Acceptable Risks - ]]>

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart understands his audience.

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<![CDATA[Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond - ]]>

If overwhelming talent and performance aren’t enough to outsell “slender, blonde,” that’s the story is and the Times missed it.

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<![CDATA[Conventional Wisdom and Language - ]]>

Listening to Morning Edition on WVXU, I was struck by a black Baptist pastor’s word choice when asked about the Supreme Court 5-4 ruling on same-sex marriage. He helped crystalize something that has been bothering me about the whole debate: “Holy matrimony.”

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<![CDATA[The Slippery Slope of Journalistic Ethics - ]]>

Journalists live on a slippery slope when it come to ethics. 


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<![CDATA[Surprise, Surprise - ]]> It’s no surprise when reporters are surprised by a major breaking story on their beats.

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<![CDATA[Considering Bias - ]]> Bias — choosing sides in how something is reported — can be overt or subtle. More often, the appearance of bias is the issue. To most people, it’s a distinction without a difference. ]]> <![CDATA[Brutality and Frequency Distinguish ISIS Executions - ]]>

I call it ISIS Porn. That’s the online stream of public beheadings, mutilations and stonings.

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<![CDATA[Check It Out - ]]> Failures to embrace the ethical obligation to “check it out” can misdirect or undermine public policy with sometimes deadly effects.]]>