No one likes to recall his failures. But rushed, wrong CNN/Fox News stories on the Supreme Court’s Obamacare
ruling reminded me of my descent into rushed, botched reporting. My first inkling of trouble at CNN and Fox News came
minutes after the Supreme Court decision. NPR’s Diane Rehm apologized
for saying the court struck down the law. She blamed unnamed news
sources. Others said it was CNN.
I am a pessimist by nature and experience. My inclination still is to trouble-shoot rather than to jump on passing bandwagons. So it is with deep reservations that I admit that maybe, just maybe, Gannett’s years of bloodletting might have left The Enquirer
strong enough to provide Cincinnati with printed papers seven days a
week as others print fewer daily editions to cut costs and seek elusive
Journalists do stupid things. We err,
eavesdrop, plagiarize, fake stories and indulge in coverups that, were
anyone else doing it, would leave us roaring with pitying laughter. When we get caught, it’s our version of “stupid criminal tricks.” We also tell you about these missteps,
these ethical failures and sometimes criminal acts. That’s why it’s easy
to teach my “Media Ethics and Missteps” at UC’s Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute each autumn. Reality is my textbook.
Political columnist Howard Wilkinson and longtime photographer Michael Keating are among the 26 employees who are leaving The Enquirer as part of a buyout deal. Last week was the deadline for editors at
the newspaper to decide whether to accept voluntary “early retirement”
buyouts from employees.
The Enquirer’s top two sports editors are resigning from the newspaper, and 26 other staffers reportedly are ready to depart soon. Assistant Managing Editor/Sports Barry
Forbis and Deputy Sports Editor Rory Glynn announced their resignations
last week in separate emails to fellow staffers.
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?