Archive for the 'Roldo Bartimole' Category

YOU’D THINK JACKSON WOULD HOUSE CLEAN

November 21st, 2017

Okay, now who can tell me who ran against Mayor Michael White in 1993 when he sought his second term? It’s not a trick question. It does relate to today. It’s the last time Cleveland voters turned out—or should I say failed to vote —in numbers similar to Frank Jackson’s recent victory for his unprecedented […]

MANUFACTURING CONSENT FOR THE CONSENTING…

November 17th, 2017

I first read Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media when I was a magazine editor working for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in the late ’80s. I was only five years out of journalism school and the book reminded me of why I had become a journalist. I didn’t […]

DIE & THEY STILL DON’T TELL TRUTH ABOUT YOU

November 15th, 2017

All this praise being heaped on Carl Stokes by the news media and many others is a bunch of bullshit. Why? Because it comes after he’s been dead more than 20 years and it doesn’t fit how he was treated when he was the first black mayor of Cleveland. In other words, when it really […]

JOHN OLIVER OUGHT TO HAVE TALKED TO ROLDO…

November 5th, 2017

Yes, Amazon’s HQ2 feeding frenzy inspired John Oliver to do yet another of his insightful pieces on how clueless politicians have bought into the false idea that throwing tax dollars at already really wealthy people will create jobs, really good paying jobs (like mining coal), but, as the most recent tax bill illustrates, our elected […]

REMEMBER WHEN 60-70% IN CLEVELAND VOTED?

October 19th, 2017

Cleveland mayors Carl Burton Stokes (1968-1971) and Dennis John Kucinich (1978-1979). When 87 percent of voters of Cleveland don’t bother to go to the polls it suggests a non-caring citizenry. Or worse. I realize it was a primary vote. But it involved a mayor who wants an unprecedented fourth four year term. It also drew […]

REED MUFFS CHANCE TO REBUFF MAYOR JACKSON

October 8th, 2017

Mayoral challenger Zach Reed missed an opportunity to really distinguish himself from Mayor Frank Jackson and his leadership of the last decade. The issue: Neighborhoods vs. Downtown. It apparently jolts some energy among citizens. It was evident in the collection of more than 20,000 signatures to call a halt to the city/county gift-giving to the […]

HOW YOUR CUYAHOGA COUNTY MONEY FLOWS UP

October 4th, 2017

Cuyahoga County has released its bond prospectus showing more than $140 million to be borrowed for the Quicken Arena expansion. The issue that never got the vote it deserved. Politicians, corporate interests and even citizen action forces jilted citizens of a voice on a give-away to seven times billionaire Danny Gilbert, all around capitalist money-grabber. […]

BLEAK ELECTION: LESS THAN 13% BOTHER TO VOTE

September 13th, 2017

I have said before that I’ll never underestimate Zach Reed. Mayor Frank Jackson should be very careful as the two will vie in the general election. What a disappointing election with fewer than 13 percent of Clevelanders bothering to cast a vote for mayor. Mike West of the Cuyahoga Board of Elections reported that 32,826 […]

QUICKEN ARENA DEAL SEALS JACKSON RE-ELECTION

September 7th, 2017

Well, the Democrats kicked away the first victory over sports-owner monsters and may have thereby easily re-elected Mayor Frank Jackson. That puts back for another four years a crew of has been city officials working the city for high salaries and little work. Jackson cannot seem to dump long-ago city officials who at least under […]

RE: REPORTERS ARE NOT SOCIAL WORKERS; AND
WHAT PEOPLE POWER, WITH SOME HELP, CAN DO

August 28th, 2017

MEMO TO: Chris Quinn & “A Greater Cleveland.” FR: Roldo Bartimole RE: Slowly building empathy in Northeast Ohio Your program to use reporters as uneducated social workers has some problems, I think. First, you are dishonoring hundreds—thousand over the years—of social workers who have been working daily with families in need. It’s their job. You […]

HOW THE PLAIN DEALER DISTORTS SIMPLE TRUTH

August 23rd, 2017

Just how utterly disgusting and duplicitous Plain Dealer editors Chris Quinn, Betsy Sullivan, and George Rodrigue are can be seen by what they fail to see, what they purposely refuse to see or what their prejudices tolerate them to ignore. What they distort, however, costs us hundreds of millions of dollars. Their incredible failure in […]

POVERTY IS REAL IN CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOODS;
WE MUST ATTACK POVERTY WITH REAL CHANGE

August 21st, 2017

I wrote this in 2006—more than a decade ago—but the story remains appropriate today since we haven’t moved to address those who have and those who have not. The matter is how you address inequality and it is not one family at a time. That’s a defeat from the start: It’s an old saying, but […]

DUCKING RESPONSIBILITY AT THE PLAIN DEALER

August 17th, 2017

What’s wrong with the Plain Dealer? The city’s leading media voice has failed to even comment once editorially on the Ohio Supreme Court decision on the signatures of more than 20,000 voters. The Court validated the necessity for the City of Cleveland to examine the signatures for a vote on the Quicken Arena deal. You […]

JACKSON, KELLEY: PURPOSEFUL BUNGLED BLUNDER

August 11th, 2017

The Ohio Supreme Court ruling really says that Mayor Frank Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley played an underhanded trickster game not only with the people of Cleveland but with democratic process itself in refusing to count the 20,000 signatures against their voted measure. Both Jackson and Kelley should be rewarded with one swift kick […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK…

August 3rd, 2017

Here in Cleveland we’ve grown used to, complacent at times, reading Roldo Bartimole’s singular journalism. We’re so used to Roldo’s ubiquitous messages that we forget, or perhaps don’t even realize, that Cleveland’s own has a national reach. Recently Roldo was invited on to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour to discuss, in part, a favorite Roldo […]

LYING BY IGNORING

July 17th, 2017

Why is it so hard for the Plain Dealer (and TV news and Ideastream) to tell the truth about major league sports and the costs to this community? Why can’t they take hard looks at the dollar/revenues of the three major league sports teams? It reveals how obscene treating the teams as welfare clients. Why […]

CARL STOKES —PROMISES NOW SADLY FADED

July 10th, 2017

We are getting close to the 50th anniversary of the election of Carl Stokes as the first black mayor of a major American city. It’s hard to imagine that so much time has passed. We need the thrust of those days of dissent against the imbalance of today’s Cleveland. The difference we endure between prosperity […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE ON RALPH NADER RADIO HOUR…

June 17th, 2017

Roldo’s interview begins at timemark 42:39

ROLDO ON RALPH NADER RADIO TODAY, 17 JUNE…

June 14th, 2017

Roldo Bartimole will be a guest on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour Saturday, 17 June, to discuss his pieces on the Quicken Loans Arena deal: THEY’RE LYING ABOUT QUICKEN ARENA DEAL—IT IS A FRAUD and DIRTY DEED DONE BY CORRUPTORS. In 2014, Ralph Nader called Roldo: Arguably Cleveland’s greatest investigative reporter of the past half […]

[UPDATED AT 9:51 A.M. ON ON 25 MAY] CAN THE
PLAIN DEALER BE BOUGHT? IT ALREADY HAS BEEN

May 25th, 2017

This story was originally published at 1700 on 24 May. Several updates appear at the end of the piece. Can you imagine if the Cleveland Cavaliers again defeated the Golden State Warriors that the Plain Dealer’s next edition would ignore it? Just let it pass. No comment. They didn’t fail on Wednesday to run 14 […]

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