0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
CBS’ 60 Minutes
broadcast an uncritical presentation of National Security Agency’s
justifications for its constitutionally suspect surveillance of Americans.
by Danny Cross
The Cincinnati Enquirer abruptly changed its tone about the
streetcar project yesterday, writing in an editorial that the city should continue the project and leaving the newspaper on the opposite side of
Mayor-elect John Cranley on the two main issues of the campaign it endorsed just weeks ago.
Fourteen months after publishing an editorial against the
streetcar project, the three-member Enquirer editorial board yesterday spelled
out why it now supports completing the project, suggesting that a main part of
its opposition — and to Roxanne Qualls as mayor — was the
current administration’s inability to “argue effectively for the project” that
Cranley and other conservatives used to take office during an election that saw
extremely low voter turnout.
CityBeat’s German Lopez noted on Twitter the irony of The
Enquirer now supporting both the streetcar and parking plan while the candidate
it endorsed attempts to unravel both — Cranley already stopped the parking
plan. The comment drew a response from Enquirer Editor Carolyn Washburn, who is
on the newspaper’s editorial board along with Publisher Margaret Buchanan and
Editorial Page Editor David Holthaus.
The editorial includes the following paragraph: “In endorsing Cranley, we said
he would ‘have to rein in his dictatorial tendencies and discipline himself to
be diplomatic, respectful and collaborative.’ What we’ve seen so far is a
matter for concern. Hurling insults at professionals like streetcar project manager
John Deatrick isn’t what we need. Deatrick enjoys a good reputation as someone
who has managed The Banks project and the rebuild of Fort Washington Way. He
needs to stay on the streetcar project.”
editorial was published the same day City Council put completing the project
into law and Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld announced his decision to support the
project’s completion, which Lopez pointed out leaves Council short of the six
votes required for an emergency clause that would immediately halt the project without leaving it open to referendum.
Without the emergency clause, streetcar supporters could gather the required signatures to put a 5-4 cancellation
vote to referendum, which would force the city to continue working on the
project until voters decide on it in November.
Mayor-elect Cranley will
hold a vote to stop the project on Monday. With Sittenfeld set to vote against halting the project, Cranley will need either newly elected David Mann
or Kevin Flynn to vote in favor of stopping it. Both are on the record as
being against the project but have left room to consider the financial realities
before making their final decisions. Cranley
announced this morning that he will name the new city manager at 2 p.m. today.
Cranley removed former city manager Milton Dohoney last week.
A story by The Enquirer’s
Mark Curnutte yesterday detailed life expectancy disparities among Cincinnati’s
poor neighborhoods, finding a 20 year difference at times between citizens of
predominantly black or urban Appalachian neighborhoods and people of wealthy white neighborhoods like Mount Lookout, Columbia
Tusculum and Hyde Park. The Cincinnati
Health Department will release more statistics Tuesday and a community
discussion on the issue is set for Jan. 10.
Pope Francis yesterday criticized the world’s growing wealth
disparity, mentioning things like “idolatry
of money” and “a new tyranny” in a 50,000-word statement that sharply
criticized trickle-down economics.
The Pope via The Washington Post:
"Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which
assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably
succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This
opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and
naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized
workings of the prevailing economic system. … Meanwhile, the excluded are still
OTR restaurant Kaze will begin offering lunch hours starting
on Black Friday.
Away from home and tired of “Friends-giving” gatherings?
Here’s a bunch of restaurants serving good stuff on Thanksgiving day. Skip Black Friday craziness and use CityBeat’s Gift Guide to
shop local this holiday season. There
are also plenty of local retailers you can hit up online if you don't wait until the last minute!
If you’re traveling to some stuck-up East Coast city for
Thanksgiving, charge the iPad or whatever because there are going to be some
And high winds might cause the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade to take all the air out of the Snoopy balloons so no one flies up into
the air like in movies.
The NSA reportedly considered revealing the “porn-browsing
history” of certain people considered to have ties to terrorist activity in
order to discredit them.
Great, now America’s durable goods orders are down. Thanks a
lot, government shutdown!
At least the country’s jobless claims are back to
pre-recession levels. Thanks, Obama?
The University of Cincinnati Bearcats beat UMass Lowell in basketball last
night and senior forward Justin Jackson jammed one in the hoop hard.
0 Comments · Monday, November 18, 2013
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.
0 Comments · Monday, November 18, 2013
from every news medium I read or hear, Cairo and much of Egypt outside the
capital are suffering a nasty hangover from a soured “Arab Spring.”
by Danny Cross
Someone divided $1.5 million by 30
Most Cincinnatians don’t view The Cincinnati Enquirer as a beacon of journalistic innovation, but
today’s homepage headline pointing out that streetcar construction is
costing the city an average of $50,000 a day was a reminder of how
interested our Sole Surviving Daily is in drumming up negativity about the project.
Hundreds of streetcar supporters packed the Mercantile
Library last night outlining the several different ways they plan to campaign
to save the project — including various forms of litigation The Enquirer typically enjoys playing up
as potentially costly to taxpayers — a story similar in concept to the
anti-streetcar protests The Enquirer gave attention to leading up to the election.
The Enquirer’s cursory wrap-up of the
event was removed from the cincinnati.com homepage this morning, and it's currently not even listed on the site's News page even though it was published more recently than several stories that are. Left behind on the homepage is a real joke
of analysis: the fact that the $1.5 million monthly construction cost divided
by 30 days in a month amounts to $50,000 per day, assuming workers put in the
same amount of time every day in a month and the city gets billed that way,
which it doesn’t. The $1.5 million figure has been known for weeks, but $50,000 per day
sounds dramatic enough that concerned taxpayers everywhere can repeat it to other ill-informed people at the water cooler. If these math whizzes wanted to really piss people off they would have broken it all the way down to $34.70 per minute, 24 hours a day. Man, fuck that streetcar!At least the story’s third paragraph offered a piece of
recent news: Halting construction will still cost the city $500,000 per month because it will be on the hook for workers who
can’t be transferred and costs of rental equipment that will just sit there.
(For Enquirer-esque context: It will
still cost $16,667 per day or $11.57 a minute to temporarily halt the project.)
Also, the note in the headline (“Streetcar, which Cranley
plans to cancel, still costing $50K a day”) reminding everyone that Cranley
plans to cancel the project that is currently costing money seems unnecessary
considering THE ONLY THING ANYONE HAS HEARD ABOUT SINCE THE ELECTION IS THAT
CRANLEY PLANS TO STOP THE STREETCAR. It does nicely nudge readers toward the
interactive forum they can click on and publicly lament how
people who don’t pay taxes have too much control over our city.
(Additional professional advice: Consider changing the
subhed from, “It'll be costly to stop, and costly to go on, but work continues
until Cranley and new council officially stop it” to something that doesn’t
sound like you have no idea what the fuck is going on.)
For context, the following are the streetcar stories
currently presented on the website homepages of local media that have more
talent/integrity than The Enquirer:
WVXU: Streetcar supporters will remain active to keep
WCPO: Federal official: Cincinnati will forfeit $40M in
grants if streetcar project is canceled
WLWT: Standing-room-only crowd attends Cincinnati streetcar
Cincinnati Business Courier: Feds: If you kill the streetcar, we want our money back
CityBeat: Streetcar supporters pack Mercantile Library, Fountain
SquareCityBeat: Streetcar cancellation would cost Cincinnati federal fundsCONSERVATIVE MEDIA BONUS: 700WLW even has a relevant piece of
streetcar news, although you have to scroll past a video of Russian kids
wrestling a bear and an article suggesting that Obamacare is the president’s
Katrina (whatever that means): Feds: Use money for streetcar or pay it back.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
THURSDAY SEPT. 5: For being a really old daily newspaper, The Cincinnati Enquirer
is not known for being great at many things (although its recent plan
to do a better job covering Northern Kentucky by having zero reporters
stationed there is a pretty good idea and should pay off in the long
by Danny Cross
Posted In: baseball
at 09:03 AM | Permalink
Earns SportsCenter coverage for repeatedly calling Enquirer reporter "fat motherfucker"
Reds second baseman
Brandon Phillips is typically all smiles when the cameras are on him, but before
last night’s game against the Cardinals — and just outside the frame of a video
recorded by a St. Louis-area radio station — Phillips let the expletives fly
during a tirade against Enquirer
reporter C. Trent Rosecrans, who dared to accurately report Phillips’ shitty
on-base percentage in response to Phillips asking to bat higher in the lineup. The incident earned a
minute-long segment on SportsCenter and responses from multiple national
baseball writers.Phillips was moved to the second spot in the batting order for that night's
game — he has batted fourth most of the year and ranks third in the National
League in RBI. In a tweet, Rosecrans pointed out that Phillips' .310 on-base
percentage is lower than the .320 of the guy he replaced in the
two-spot in the team's lineup.Phillips
reportedly went off on Rosecrans in the clubhouse and then continued the tirade
during the media session with Baker. Phillips, who is off camera in the video, interrupts
the interview with Baker, calling out “fat motherfucker on the end” and saying to
Baker: “Tell him you’ll have me bat eighth if you’re worried about my on-base
percentage. Fat motherfucker, make him happy.”Phillips
says to Rosecrans, “I’m tired of you talking that negative bullshit about my
team, dog. I found out your Twitter name motherfucker, that’s a wrap.”Rosecrans responds, “Wow, took you how many years?”Dusty
Baker laughed and then said, “I ain’t in this; it’s between you and him.”Rosecrans
says, “It’s between him and him.”The Enquirer
a blog in response to the incident before the game was over. Enquirer sports editor Angel Rodriguez
wrote, “While we are disappointed in Phillips' reaction, we understand it is a
pennant race and emotions are high during a crucial series with a heated rival.
This isn't the first time a player has lost his temper in response to a
reporter's questions and it won't be the last. It is part of covering the team
response to an outpouring of support on Facebook, Rosecrans wrote that this
kind of thing isn’t really new to the world of sports coverage but thanked
people for the support.Rosecrans
was the Reds beat writer for the Cincinnati Post and has reported for local
radio stations and websites, in addition to spending most of 2012 writing a
weekly sports column for CityBeat. He
is a 10-year member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.The full video can be seen below:
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
SATURDAY JUNE 29: We at WWE! are suckers for a great
gimmick — when Papa John’s offers unlimited toppings on medium pizzas we
pick up the phone and dial 347-1111 with a quickness.
Daily refuses to cover "illegal" ordination, but Gannett weekly covers it
2 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Thirty-nine years ago, Enquirer editors agreed to cover a global story that still reverberates through some of Christianity’s oldest denominations: the acrimonious debate over whether women may be priests.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Language abuse — as opposed to abusive language — is as old as language itself.
After 50-plus years of reporting and
editing, I should be used to it, but I’m increasingly irritated by its
deliberate, partisan misuse.