CityBeat - On Second Thought http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-112-1-on_second_thought.html <![CDATA[George Clooney vs. the Tabloids - ]]>

Here’s a twist on the old “Don’t pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the gallon.” That was when print ruled.
Now, it’s don’t pick an online fight with an immensely popular actor and a respected lawyer who come from journalism families: George Clooney and fiance Amal Alamuddin.

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<![CDATA[Who Guards the Guardians? - ]]>

Barack Obama’s Justice Department remains at war with reporters, invoking national security so often we should check to see if the sky is falling.

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<![CDATA[Considering the Reporter/Opinion Writer Hybrid - ]]>

It was the day after I retired from The Enquirer and Rick Pender, an editor at CityBeat, asked me to consider being this paper’s lead columnist. 

“I don’t have an opinion every week worth 750 words,” I told him. We left it at that.

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<![CDATA[Government Must Not Define Who Is a Journalist - ]]>

Developments at the U.S. Supreme Court and Colorado legislature demonstrate how government restricts our access to news.

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<![CDATA[Reporters and Ill-Advised Security Reporting Tactics - ]]>

There’s something about a WET PAINT sign that overwhelms good sense and manners. We have to test it. 

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<![CDATA[No Images = No Stories - ]]>

It’s taken almost a month for the story of hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian school girls to gain a foothold in the American news media.

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<![CDATA[Considering the "Double Effect" - ]]>

My undergraduate journalism students never were livelier than when they explored what philosophers and ethicists call the Principle of the Double Effect.

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<![CDATA[Orchids and Onions for Our Sole Surviving Daily - ]]>

It’s Orchids and Onions, Darts and Flowers for Curmudgeon’s home-delivered Enquirer.

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<![CDATA[Why CNN Had Malaysia Flight 370 All to Itself - ]]>

Imagine when CNN wasn’t there to cover a world-class breaking news story.

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<![CDATA[Sloppy Reporting Mars Interesting Ark Questions - ]]>

 Whatever it is, the Ark planned by Answers in Genesis (AiG) won’t be a “replica.”

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<![CDATA[Henry Heimlich’s New Book Deserves Informed Reviews - ]]>

Every reporter has undertaken some assignment without a chance for adequate preparation. It comes with daily journalism.

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<![CDATA[Considering WCPO's Paywall - ]]>

WCPO.com installed its promised paywall for some online stories. The only question is, “Is it worth it?”

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<![CDATA['Guns & Ammo' Columnist Was Right — and Paid the Price - ]]>

When a magazine’s troubles make it to the front page of the New York Times business section, it’s officially a media story.

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<![CDATA[Industrial Pollutants and the Ohio River - ]]>

The recent spill of the chemical MCHM in West Virginia recalled an era when our drinking water wasn’t so well protected from industrial pollutants. 

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<![CDATA[Considering Confirmation Bias at CBS News - ]]>

We can learn from CBS News’ retreat from another major story after fiercely defending its veracity. The primary lesson is the havoc that “confirmation bias” can inflict on news gathering.

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<![CDATA[Covering Mandela in '63 - ]]>

Listening to BBC after Nelson Mandela died left me sleep deprived. It was virtually nonstop from midnight to 5 a.m. on WVXU, and BBC demonstrated how a first-class news organization covers a major story.

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<![CDATA[The Macabre Entertainment of JFK Assassination Commemorations - ]]>

Fifty years after JFK was killed, I still don’t get the popular fascination with him. And until someone convinces me that it matters to our public policy today, I really don’t care who killed him or what was behind those fatal shots in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Remembering Cairo in 1979 - ]]>

Today, from every news medium I read or hear, Cairo and much of Egypt outside the capital are suffering a nasty hangover from a soured “Arab Spring.”

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<![CDATA[Suggesting Ingredients in a Federal Shield Law - ]]> I still object to shield laws. They are a de facto form of licensing reporters. You are your sources are unprotected  if you’re not included in the definition of “journalist” or your work isn’t considered “journalism.”]]> <![CDATA[Remembering Better Days: The Sinai Peninsula - ]]>

When I was there, Sinai seemed idyllic. Today, it’s a deadly trap for Egyptian police and military and a no-go land for tourists.

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