A photo of children being buried after an attack in Ukraine
led the Sept. 9 New York Times. I looked at it repeatedly, turning away, then returning. No
gore. No bloody bandages. No hovering physicians. A few grieving relatives and
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.
increasingly militarized local police — helmets, assault rifles,
black uniforms and boots, etc. — using excessive force more often
than previous generations? Or
has technology — cell phones and YouTube — made any use of force,
whether excessive or justified, easier to document?
the other day, I thought Cincinnati police officers were too bright
to confiscate cameras in a public place at a public meeting to which
the public was invited.
the owners of the cameras weren’t disrupting the meeting or
photographing coppers using excessive force.
I was wrong. One of Cincinnati’s finest took two voters’ cameras
on orders from U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) or people working
for Chabot. It was a town meeting and Chabot was the speaker.