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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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<![CDATA[Drama in Kentucky and More Media Musings - ]]>

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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<![CDATA[A Fatter 'Enquirer' and More Media Musings - ]]>

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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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 10.16.2013 - ]]>

 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]]> <![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 09.04.2013 - Media musings from Cincinnati and beyond]]>

• Accurate reporting requires context. Why is gassing hundreds of Syrian civilians in Damascus worse than shooting and killing as many or more civilians about in and around Cairo? Why is the killing and wounding of thousands in Cairo worse than endlessly raping, wounding, mutilating and killing millions of civilians in the horribly misnamed Democratic Republic of Congo?

 

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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 7.24.2013 - ]]>

Northern Kentucky’s Sarah Jones is a statistic, one of many public school teachers caught having sex with students. Jones’ conviction joins her local identity with “former Bengals cheerleader.” Now, she could become more widely known as winner of a vexing First Amendment case.

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<![CDATA[Curmudgeon Notes 7.10.13 - 'Business Courier' redesign, Quebec rail disaster and more media musings]]>

I’m undecided about the value of the redesigned Cincinnati Business Courier print edition. Previously, the weekly was helpful to a general reader who wanted to follow corporate doings and influence in Cincinnati. Now, I’m less sure of its usefulness.

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