Archive for the 'Journalism' Category

BAD FOR AMERICA, DAMN GOOD FOR CBS

May 8th, 2016

I am of a generation of journalists who, in the wake of The Pentagon Papers and Watergate, saw our profession as a noble calling, a tradition that comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable. There’s not much of that left, especially at the organizations reduced to small parts of vast global consortia driven by profit, profit […]

SNOWDEN, CHOMSKY AND GREENWALD TALK…

April 3rd, 2016

[Update @ 0637] So, I’ve just finished watching the discussion and while I found the entire conversation fascinating, I would make note of three bits. First, beginning at about time mark 1:26:10, Edward Snowden points to the single greatest flaw in our present security state when he says, “When you collect everything, you understand nothing.” […]

JOURNALISTIC OBJECTIVITY IS A PERNICIOUS LIE…

March 21st, 2016

Glenn Greenwald, writing in The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic “Neutrality” for The Intercept, explains: Contrary to what U.S. media corporations have succeeded in convincing people, these journalistic neutrality rules are not remotely traditional. They are newly invented concepts that coincided with the acquisition of the nation’s most important […]

TAIBBI ON NEW YORK TIMES’ SUBTLE SMEAR JOB…

March 16th, 2016

In my very early days as a blogger I recall a very early—like three o’clock early—morning accident when I caught a reader writing, and editing, a comment. I found the process fascinating. I watched as the reader carefully considered, changed, changed again, deleted and shifted tacks in crafting their message to me. That is what […]

QUINN THROWS AT WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS

March 2nd, 2016

Is the Plain Dealer trying to confuse readers, simply trying to have it both ways, or just flopping around? I think maybe the latter, unfortunately. Chris Quinn, vice president of content, Cleveland.com (Whatever happened to editors?), writes that the Plain Dealer will endorse candidates but that’s not the end, as I think it used to […]

PLAYING CHICKEN WITH OUR ONLY PLANET…

November 7th, 2015

The essay below also appears today in the North Royalton edition of The Post. We cannot sanely burn the carbon reserves—oil, natural gas and coal—now on the corporate books. What is this bizarre reality where we waste hundreds of millions of dollars searching for more? One driven by greed so strong that the people responsible […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A FREE PRESS IS A RARE PRESS…

October 14th, 2015

Hard to believe that it has been 15 years since I ended a singular attempt to cover the machinations of the city’s political and power people and institutions. The quest was via a small newsletter called point of viǝw. In my “Saying Goodbye” message in December 2000 to subscribers I tried to offer a rationale […]

IS THIS WHAT TORTURE EUPHEMISMS GET US…?

August 15th, 2015

[Update at 1556 on 18 August—Lee Glendinning, Editor, Guardian US, was kind enough to send me a note regarding my concerns about the Kayla Mueller story. The correction would have been more than sufficient. Glendinning writes: Hello Jeff This wording has been changed, and a correction note placed in the piece. Thank you for your […]

THIS IS REQUIRED READING…

August 9th, 2015

I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between The World And Me, like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And it’s examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it […]

READING ABOUT POVERTY IS SO DEPRESSING…

August 6th, 2015

I’ve been a journalist—well-paid, paid, low-paid and unpaid—for most of my life. One of the books I’m reading right now is Ta-Nehisi Coates Between The World And Me in which, in addition to his insights on race, he talks about his own development as a writer and journalist. From Barbara Ehrenreich perspective the Coates who […]

I AM NO. 46,028, THAT IS INCREDIBLY DISTURBING…

May 30th, 2015

I added my name this morning to a petition post by Reporters Without Borders after reading “Raif Badawi’s detention is an insult to intelligence and freedom” this morning on the group’s website. I generally ignore such online pleas, but I signed the petition because I could clearly read the language and fully support the intent […]

THE BOSS* WANTS YOU MEEK AND TERRIFIED…

May 29th, 2015

Writing in Anonymous Fearmongering About the Patriot Act from the White House and NYT Glenn Greenwald says: Several of the most extremist provisions of the 2001 Patriot Act are going to expire on June 1 unless Congress reauthorizes them in some form. Obama officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and new Attorney […]

MAKING A POLITICIAN IS SIMPLY RIDICULOUS…

May 29th, 2015

Did television change politics or simply maKe what had always been the case easier and so plain that we could no longer see the forest for the trees? Writing in The Book That Changed Campaigns Forever for Politico Scott Porch writes: Before Richard Ben Cramer and What It Takes, before John Heilemann and Mark Halperin […]

THE HACKS WANT SEYMOUR HERSH’S BLOOD…

May 18th, 2015

Seymour Hersh, by shining light on lazy journalism of what passes for a Free Press in America has earned the wrath of the bought and paid for media. Seymour Hersh has done the public a great service by breathing life into questions surrounding the official narrative of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Yet […]

SEYMOUR HERSH UNCOVERS THE LIES… AGAIN…

May 17th, 2015

When a government, or a corporation, speaks to you, the default position must be that you are being lied to. That was the credo of proto-blogger and journalist icon I.F. Stone. Any thinking human—like Seymour Hersh—ought to adopt the position as their own. Remember the crowing about how America, standing against the world, used CIA […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PEE DEE ECHOES OF THE PAST…

April 18th, 2015

I didn’t get an answer to the April 15 letter below. Not unusual. The following e-mail was written to Chris Quinn, vice president of content for the Northeast Ohio Media Group. We can expect more content-less content in the next few weeks as news retreats to make way for sports, the GOP convention and rock […]

WHAT DOES THIS EARTH REQUIRE OF US…?

March 13th, 2015

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In this broadcast you will meet an effervescent man who still believes we can make democracy work. Later we’ll talk about those people in Washington who refuse to let it work, but first Wendell Berry. A master of the written word, he rarely appears on television. For one thing, when he’s not […]

HOW TO FOIL THE PLUMBERS…

January 29th, 2015

People often tell reporters things their employers, or their government, want to keep suppressed. But leaking can serve the public interest, fueling revelatory and important journalism. This publication was created in part as a platform for journalism arising from unauthorized disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Our founders and editors are strongly committed to publishing […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: TED ‘EXCUSES’ DIADIUN,
THE PLAIN DEALER’S EXPLAINER-AWAY…

January 28th, 2015

Deception comes in many forms. It’s time to talk about Ted Diadiun. Or better identified as “Mr. P. D. Excuses”. A fake ombudsman for Plain Dealer readers. And believe me, he’s good at it. I have to admit. I think he could rationalize a murder as “all a little misunderstanding,” for the paper if he […]

DOWN A MODERATION RABBIT HOLE…

December 8th, 2014

About two years ago I began regularly reading The Guardian and leaving comments on the occasional story. In June of last year I was made a comment on a Steve Bell cartoon. (I don’t recall the exact comment, but I believe I made some reference to the image on the wall behind President Obama, and […]

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