Archive for the 'Journalism' Category

WHO PUNKED CNN, MSNBC, CBS AND TPM…?

December 10th, 2017

This has been a sad year for Journalism, and we’ve got 21 days to go. Democracy cannot exist without a free, independent and reliable fourth estate. I just finished reading Bruce Bartlett’s excellent The Truth Matters: A citizen’s guide to separating facts from lies and stopping fake news in it’s tracks. (Jordon Klepper interviewed Bartlet […]

WHAT DO DAVE & CHUCK GET FOR $650 MILLION…?

November 27th, 2017

So, Dave and Chuck, the Koch brothers had $650 million lying around and thought that buying an interest in an aging dinosaur of a print media company would be a good idea. Since they made their money the old fashion way, they inherited it, I could buy that they would toss money around like that. […]

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 […]

THE PLAIN DEALER CAN HAS TRANSPARENCY…?

October 30th, 2017

[Update @ 1626 on 31 October—The following comment exchange took place between the anonymous Starvin Marvin and Roldo this morning: Posted by Starvin Marvin on 10/31/2017 at 7:28 AM To Roldo and the other naysayers on downtown development. What would the city look like if we followed your advice and disinvested in downtown Cleveland? Posted […]

NOW DON’T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY…

October 17th, 2017

When anyone begins a conversation with some form of “Now, don’t take this the wrong way,” or “Don’t be offended,” we all know that we’re about to take whatever artless words that follow in precisely the way the speaker is certain to blame us for misunderstanding. Here’s a clue, if you think what you’re about […]

THE PEE DEE EDITORS SHOULD BE TAKING NOTES…

October 1st, 2017

There are plenty of newspaper journalists out there who do understand the dictum of Finley Peter Dunne’s Mr. Dooley: Th’ newspaper does ivrything f’r us. It runs th’ polis foorce an’ th’ banks, commands th’ milishy, controls th’ ligislachure, baptizes th’ young, marries th’ foolish, comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable, buries th’ dead an’ […]

JOURNALISTS MUST REPORT, NOT REPEAT, NEWS…

September 21st, 2017

Nader, in The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons, writes: For decades, the factors that decided what noteworthy stories would not find their way into print or on the air came down to the media’s ignorance, laziness or from advertising restraints. How else can one explain the many years that passed before the tobacco, […]

REAL WORDS—PEEVE OR NOT—REALLY DO MATTER…

September 3rd, 2017

I have lots of personal peeves—partially destroyed and very unique jump to mind, thank you Dr. Evarts—regarding correct word usages, but I could do much worse than deferring to Harold Evans’ glossary. Evans, in The 35 words you’re (probably) getting wrong, writes: I freely acknowledge that, in a list of this sort, “glossary” is a […]

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 […]

TAIBBI CHECKS TWITTER, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN…

July 28th, 2017

Matt Taibbi, writing in Anthony Scaramucci Era Will Be Freakish, Embarrassing, Short for Rolling Stone… Oh, of fuck trying to excerpt and comment on Taibbi. Just read the whole fucking thing. (I have to say, however, that the last three paragraphs are particularly tasty.)

OBJECTIVITY IS THE IMPOSSIBLE MYTH…

June 28th, 2017

I graduated from Ohio University in 1984 with a B.S. degree in Journalism. (The double irony there is inescapable.) Unlike most of my peers I had the slight advantage of being a bit older than the norm and I think that maturity edge helped me resist the popular drive for objectivity. Yes, journalists should attempt […]

WILL CLEVELAND.COM RUN JACKSON’S CAMPAIGN?

June 19th, 2017

[Be sure to listen to Roldo’s talk with Ralph Nader on The Ralph Nader Radio Hour. JH] In August of 1983—some 34 years ago—I wrote this about the Plain Dealer: “It’s like a giant whale, beached in shallow water. Too embarrassing not to look at, too big to give it much help, and too obvious […]

ROGER EUGENE AILES, 1940-2017, RIH*

May 21st, 2017

Matt Taibbi delivers the best obituary for Ohio’s worst ever export. My highlights: When I mentioned to one of my relatives that I was writing about the death of Ailes, the response was, “Say that you hope he’s reborn as a woman in Saudi Arabia.” Ailes has no one but his fast-stiffening self to blame […]

TRUTH IS OUT THERE, BUT FINDING IT IS HARD…

April 4th, 2017

Sean Spicer is not the Trump administration press secretary burning down the system. Ralph Nader, writing in Self-Censored Questions by Career Questioners, encourages journalists to do their damn jobs: I’ve always been intrigued by the major questions not asked by reporters at press conferences, not asked by legislators at public hearings or even the questions […]

GOMEZ: HUGE LOSS FOR CLEVELAND JOURNALISM…

March 7th, 2017

More than a ten or so years ago, when Cleveland’s blogger scene was much tighter than today, Henry Gomez was known as one of the good guys. Cleveland journalism is diminished by his loss, but I can’t say I’m surprised that he’s moving out and up. In fact, I’m surprised that the move took this […]

NAYMIK MAKES JACKSON APPEAR ABOVE IT ALL

February 3rd, 2017

It looks as if the Plain Dealer wants to start a bandwagon effect for the re-election of sub-par mayor Frank Jackson. He’s a man who has overstayed his welcome. My opinion. Columnist Mark Naymik in a piece today—Mayor Frank Jackson can’t be a reluctant candidate if he wants to win fourth-term—made it appear that Jackson […]

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, PRESIDENT TRUMP…

January 28th, 2017

Not since President Richard Milhous Nixon has an American president so energized my first profession: Journalism. In the aftermath of Watergate, journalism schools across the country saw an uptick in enrollments that carried forward for a good 10 years cumulating, perhaps, in the expansion of schools under the Scripps Howard banner like my own alma […]

WE HAVE LEFT THE TRUTHINESS ZONE…

January 26th, 2017

No wonder sales of George Orwell’s 1948 dystopian classic 1984 have, in 21st century terms, gone viral. Yesterday over morning tea I had just this conversation that Richard Wolfe suggests in Trump’s lies are delusional. But the dangers they pose are now very real. For The Guardian, Wolfe writes: Let us count the ways Donald […]

DON’T MISTAKE THE DEEP STATE FOR A FRIEND…

January 12th, 2017

[Update @ 0610: The Guardian identifies the anonymous behind the story in Trump dossier: Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer, named as author ] [Update @ 0532: I would also like to add a note on the perverted sex acts alleged in the Trump Dossier. The use of the word perverted is a dangerous word because once […]

FAIR AND BALANCED?, WE THE PEOPLE DECIDE…

January 11th, 2017

[Update @ 0853: I’m taking a break—I have to get to work—but I’m noticing clues that this was written by someone for whom English is not a first language. What I’m noticing is that quite a few articles (a, an, the) are missing. Russian, for one example, does not have articles and this caused some […]

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