CityBeat - Curmudgeon Notes http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-262-1-curmudgeon_notes.html <![CDATA[Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond - ]]> St. Louis County prosecutors finally dropped phony charges against two reporters covering unrest two years ago in Ferguson, Mo. In exchange, the reporters promised not to sue the cops.]]> <![CDATA[Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond - ]]> In some European communities, Christians sought to avoid or mitigate plague with processions of men whipping themselves bloody as they moaned through the narrow streets. Those unfailingly ineffective attempts to appease a loving God came to mind as I followed the comments of today’s penitent political journalists.]]> <![CDATA[Media Musings from Cincinnati and Beyond - ]]> Here’s the perfect story for some aspiring TV journalist passing through Cincinnati and eager for an award-winning clip: Ask hospitals and other institutions/businesses why they post their signs banning deadly weapons inside.
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<![CDATA[Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond - ]]> With good reason, the embarrassed FBI concedes that London’s daily Guardian does a better job of tracking killings by police in America. The latest examples are stunning.

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News media does its job when readers and listeners know “so what” as well as “what.”

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Disturbingly incomplete reporting afflicts the drama of county clerk Kim Davis in Rowan County, Kentucky.

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Obviously, the editor who wrote the headline on Wednesday’s Food cover page for the Enquirer didn’t read Polly Campbell’s story about the Woman’s City Club. 

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It can’t be ignorance; I introduced an Enquirer reporter to the recently reopened Clifton Natural Foods on Ludlow months ago and told him how it was a return to almost the same spot after decades in Clifton Heights exile. But according to a co-owner of Clifton Natural Foods last week, the Enquirer hasn’t written a thing about this business success story or a merchant returning to her old neighborhood.

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Not yet open, Clifton Market has made its first sale: the news media.

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Cincinnati thugs threaten and sometimes kill people they fear will testify against them or their buddies. Police and prosecutors often complain about the lack of cooperating witnesses. It’s no secret. The Enquirer reports it.

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<![CDATA[Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond - ]]> Poynter.org says Gannett — owner of The Enquirer, Louisville Courier-Journal and Indianapolis Star, among others — is reorganizing newsrooms, job and pay scales “to better attract an (online) audience of 25- to 45-year-olds.”
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<![CDATA[Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond - ]]> The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown moved news media to recall similar lethal encounters between cops and unarmed black youths and men. ]]> <![CDATA[Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond - ]]>

Fox’s WXIX 19 had a bizarre “investigative” report which not only rehashed an earlier story at unseemly length but also repeated itself during the rehash. City departmental managers are supposed to live in the city, according to Cincinnati City Council. Some apparently don’t. Good story.

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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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