Archive for the 'Journalism' Category

ORWELL WEEK 7: NORTH AND SOUTH…

February 18th, 2018

As I mentioned last week, I first read The Road To Wigan Pier a little more than seven years ago after reading Christopher Hitchens rightly praise the writings of George Orwell. The 4,289-word essay, North And South, written in 1937, is also an excerpt from Wigan. Orwell begins: As you travel northward your eye, accustomed […]

CLEVELAND—THE FINALE OF A 50-YEAR JOURNEY

February 14th, 2018

[PART I: 50 YEARS—FREE TO SPEAK WITHOUT RESTRICTION] In 1965 when I came to Cleveland I gained what became a new insight into how a city operates or doesn’t. It wasn’t just about poverty as I found in Bridgeport. It was a calculated system of injustice, corruption and, most importantly the lesson of Who Rules. […]

50 YEARS—FREE TO SPEAK WITHOUT RESTRICTION

February 12th, 2018

As we travel 2018, I personally observe a benchmark of 50 years of writing as an independent journalist, staff-less and un-beholden to any one employer or institution. Free! Yes, it has been a long ride. It’s been a difficult one in many respects. But nobody made me do it. It was my choice. More or […]

2018 TORT LAW AND DEMOCRACY ESSAY CONTEST…

February 10th, 2018

I’m forwarding this to all the teachers I know. Feel free to spread the word. The deadline is May 1st. From the desk of Ralph Nader: What do an exploding car, Taylor Swift’s assailant and a killer building material all have in common? Wrongdoers were brought to justice with tort law and trial by jury! […]

FACT CHECKING THE FAKE NEWS ON FAKE NEWS…

January 18th, 2018

When I saw the Republican Party headline—The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards—I knew we were in for a Truthiness fest. Glenn Kessler, reporting in Fact-checking President Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ for The Washington Post, ledes: The “Fake News Awards” announced on the Republican National Committee website and touted by President Trump pose a conundrum: Does […]

HOW WELL YOU WRITE≠WHAT YOU WRITE…

January 14th, 2018

Subject matter and technical skill are not connected in creative endeavors. As we’ve learned in recent months, a lot of very talented men are assholes. I learned this morning about racist statements made made by Eric Clapton. While I won’t be buying anymore of his music, I’m not about to toss all of his music […]

KOBI LIBII GRADUATES FROM CITIZEN J SCHOOL…

January 11th, 2018

Previously: FOR ONLY $1,500 YOU TOO CAN MAKE SHIT UP…!

FOR ONLY $1,500 YOU TOO CAN MAKE SHIT UP…!

January 9th, 2018

BROWNS FANS NEED CIVIC LESSONS

January 7th, 2018

It was quite a show with thousands braving frigid Lake Erie weather to celebrate (berate?) (castigate?) (deflate?) their Cleveland Browns on a far below freezing Saturday. To get that many people out under those circumstances certainly places Browns fans among the most fanatical, or hapless of sports fans. They were (protesting, celebrating) you pick the […]

THE POST IS HISTORY, THIS IS HAPPENING NOW..

December 21st, 2017

I listened to Justin Chang’s review of The Post yesterday, and the movie dramatizing decisions made by Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham, played by Meryl Streep, and Editor Ben Bradlee, played by Tom Hanks, regarding The Pentagon Papers sounds good. When the story broke in 1971 I was preparing to enter my junior year in […]

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.)

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