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New York Times in-house critic, public editor Margaret Sullivan, says the Times is re-embracing jingoism that supported America’s attack on Saddam Hussein 11 years ago.

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A Page 1 Enquirer story described sometime violent misbehavior in Hamilton County courtrooms and courthouse hallways. A headline said there was chaos in the judges’ “chambers.” Wrong. The story didn’t say that.

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An inaccurate Page 1 story in Saturday’s Enquirer blew a chance to discredit popular, irrational opposition to measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations.

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Give the New York Times a C+ for candor after it fired Executive Editor Jill Abramson.

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<![CDATA[Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond - ]]> Here’s a zombie story. It won’t die. It’s the perennial urge to screw with Burnet Woods. There’s something about the quiet of walking a dirt trail among trees, the sound of treading through fallen leaves or sitting in the grass that makes City Hall and the Park Board crazy.

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Reporters jumped on official revelations that the latest Ft. Hood shooter had been treated for emotional problems.

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The Enquirer recently took down a story by a “contributor” who works for the organization her story promoted.

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An Enquirer cover story described a local school program that could have fallen under the old-fashioned rubrics of “shop” or “manual arts.”

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WDRB-TV Louisville’s general manager, Bill Lamb, implied the Louisville Courier-Journal rigged a statewide poll putting challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes ahead of Mitch McConnell.

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Abandoning its historic and hardline anti-abortion stance, The Enquirer inadvertently demonstrated the case for evolution last Tuesday.

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In the midst of all of the harumphing about this month’s chemical spill into a tributary of the Ohio River and the nine-county ban on tap water for days, NPR recorded a West Virginian saying, “Without water, we’re up a creek without a paddle.”

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<![CDATA[World-Class Media Screwups of 2013 - ]]>

The media is far from perfect, and 2013 provided good evidence of that.

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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 12.31.13 - ]]>

CBS’ 60 Minutes broadcast an uncritical presentation of National Security Agency’s justifications for its constitutionally suspect surveillance of Americans.

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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 12.11.13 - ]]>

In all of the remembrances of Nelson Mandela after his death, few stood out as clearly as AP’s interview with his former jailer, Christo Brand.

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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 11.27.13 - ]]>

Patrick J. Sloyan reconstructed Merriman Smith’s Pulitzer-winning UPI reporting of JFK’s assassination for the May, 1997, American Journalism Review. He also retold how UPI handled the story minute by minute.

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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 11.13.13 - ]]>

With all of the talk about “doing more with less,” it’s time to seriously, thoughtfully resurrect and reconsider the dreaded M Word. It’s not MuthaFuckah.

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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 11.06.2013 - ]]>

The student paper’s volunteer adviser, Emily Grannis, who also is a Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press fellow, talked with student editor John Vodrey on the phone while he was in the station. That helped Vodrey cite appropriate state statute and legal language to ask for an incident report.

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 I’ll be the odd man out for now. If I have to write about Manning, I’ll probably refer to him as Bradley and explain why he now calls himself Chelsea.

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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 10.2.2013 - Media musings from Cincinnati and beyond]]>

I was covering federal courts and agencies for the Enquirer 17 years ago during the previous lockout. One impression remains unshakable: most federal employees told to stay home were offended by the “non-essential” designation. They didn’t think of themselves as bureaucrats, but more as civil service; apolitical and doing the best job they could with the resources provided by Congress.

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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 09.18.2013 - Media musings from Cincinnati and beyond]]>   • It was that rare 9/11 photo that was so clear, so sharp and so disturbing that it seemed to vanish from the Internet: a man clearly diving or falling head first from a burning World Tr]]>