Archive for the 'Dead-Tree Media' Category

SNOWDEN TO ABRAMSON TO BAQUET…?

May 19th, 2014

But there is yet another possible reason and that is the way the paper viewed the Edward Snowden revelations. Recall that he snubbed the paper for its past subservience to the US and its closeness to government agencies like the NSA and there is reason to think that the top people at the paper were […]

WHOSE REVOLVING DOOR SPINS FASTER…?

April 5th, 2014

The Superintendent of Cleveland Public Schools or the Editor of the Plain Dealer…?

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 2nd, 2014

So, my hometown newspaper, the Marietta Times, went behind a pay-wall a week ago. I was at first supportive of the move, small-town newspapers have a tough row to hoe, and financially supporting the paper made sense since I was reading stories everyday and often engaging in the conversation by contributing to the comment threads […]

THIS USED TO BE A NEWSROOM

January 17th, 2014

From Anna Clark at the Columbia Journalism Review: Over the past year, the Cleveland paper has followed much the same plan that owner Advance Publications carved out in New Orleans and elsewhere: it reduced print delivery, shed staff through layoffs and buyouts, and saw the creation of a new, non-unionized digital company under the same […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SHILLING FOR REAL MONEY…

December 2nd, 2013

Roldo Bartimole writes: Brent Larkin is taking off and running. He fakes to the left. And then goes right. Larkin’s column on Sunday appears to be a spanking of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Mayor Frank Jackson. It’s not. The headline says, “City’s stadium deal with the Browns is not good for people of Cleveland.” […]

ROLDO RIGHTS TWEETS ON CLEVELAND…

September 12th, 2013

Roldo Bartimole writes: I don’t tweet. I’m not a twitterer. Tweeting scares me. Why? Because I might – indeed, almost assuredly would – post something I’ll regret. It’s the quickness of the shot. So I stay away. Plus it seems juvenile. Can’t you write something more detailed and conclusive? Are these quick quips really reporting? […]

THE VIEW FROM SMALL-TOWN AMERICA…

August 17th, 2013

I grew up in and around Ohio’s first town: Marietta. My hometown has a population of 14,080 and is the county seat of Washington County (population 61,755). Where I spent my first 17 years (and where my parents, three siblings and their families still live) the is opposite of the greater-Cleveland area where I’ve lived […]

NEO… SEE YOUR FUTURE…

August 11th, 2013

TIM COMMENTS ON UNBALANCING POWER…

March 24th, 2013

Tim Russo copied me this morning on a letter he’s written to Brent Larkin regarding the former director of the Plain Dealer’s editorial page’s essay in this morning’s PD. Brent, I’m not clear on your column today against splitting downtown into 3 wards. It seems your entire argument is, well, “because.” More representation among more […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BYRDING PD REPORTERS…*

March 19th, 2013

Roldo Bartimole writes: Okay Plain Dealer reporters: the outlook is dark and tragic. No easy way to put it. So take advantage of the Newhouse family’s bad situation of caring more about making money than serving the public. If they’re going to go to three days start now producing some hard hitting stuff that tests […]

PEE DEE SNOOZES WHILE HISTORY IS MADE…

December 9th, 2012

[Update at 1647 — Anastasia Pantsios weighs in on the story: People involved in the “Save the Plain Dealer” campaign are asking “Where will we get our news?” Maybe we should respond, “Well, where do we get it NOW?” The PD may currently publish seven days a week and have a staff a third larger […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON ENDORSING PRESIDENT OBAMA…

October 30th, 2012

Roldo Bartimole writes: The column began with this sentence: The lead story on the front page Wednesday dealt with Mitt Romney’s assertion – secretly taped – that many Americans have a sense of entitlement. Amen Brother Mitt. Then he went on to talk about entitlement, as you’ll see. It was a column from the St. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE PLAIN DEALER LOVEFEST…

October 16th, 2012

Roldo Bartimole writes: I think I’ve concluded. The Plain Dealer front page Sunday convinced me. I’ve been thinking how bad it would be that the city didn’t have a daily newspaper. Reality finally hit. No it wouldn’t. Why? The paper provides too much untrue propaganda. The paper ignores too much reality. It avoids what needs […]

COMING TO A NEWSPAPER NEAR YOU…

October 7th, 2012

I think I see a theme building here… Between plays of the Notre Dame, University of Miami game last evening, Adam Harvey and I talked a little bit about the imprending demise of the Plain Dealer. For the people who work there, I mean actually work, the people who get up every morning and struggle […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE MAN OF THE 1 PERCENT…

August 14th, 2012

Roldo Bartimole writes: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – two guys from wealthy families who have never had to toil for a living – will tell working stiffs what’s good for them. And what might that be? Tax breaks on wealth to provide incentives to the rich; less social security and Medicare as motivations to […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON DIMORA’S IGNORANCE…

August 2nd, 2012

Roldo Bartimole writes: Jimmy Dimora was a victim of ignorance. The ignorance of his choice of friends. The ignorance of his expectations of public office. The simple ignorance of a simple man. He added arrogance to ignorance. An explosive combination in public life. He was also the victim of circumstances. This resulted in the over-sentencing […]

WHY WE CAN TRUST THE INTERNET MORE…

July 30th, 2012

Glenn Greenwald writes: The attribute of writing on the Internet that I’ve always valued most is that any errors I make — factual, logical or otherwise — will be very short-lived because they will be exposed by commenters, tweeters, emailers, etc., rather than days or weeks later (if at all) in the form of a […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON GERITOL LEADERSHIP…

July 21st, 2012

Roldo Bartimole writes: Can we bring back Tom Chema? Why? Well, he’d fit right into Cleveland’s present leadership. How desperate can we be? Old, tired, used up. Choose your choice of description for Cleveland’s leadership these days. Mayor Frank Jackson. Top of the list of old, tired politicians with no vision though the Plain Dealer […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PD ENDORSEMENT PREDICTIONS…

July 10th, 2012

I fear that the Pee Dee will pull one of its silly editorial tricks come November. Here’s what I sense. Hope it’s wrong but… The PD boldly will endorse Sen. Sherrod Brown for the U.S. Senate. A Democrat over Republican. Josh Mandel, Brown’s opponent, has been shooting himself in the foot. The Pee Dee has […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON DEATH OF THE PRESS

June 11th, 2012

Roldo Bartimole writes: Some 30 years ago when I was producing my newsletter Point of View I’d spend lazy Friday afternoons at the County Recorder’s office. There was no time to waste. I’d go through the documents that recorded business formations in the county. The time spent was often rewarding. I’d find who was partnering […]

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