Archive for the 'Journalism' Category

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 […]

ANNDDD… I’M BACK…

November 25th, 2016

As promised, I’m back from a mini-retreat from the news, but over the course of the last 16 days a lot of news was published and guess what? My world didn’t collapse. So I’ve decided to ease my way back in over the balance of 2016 and decide, probably somewhere short of my previous deep […]

TRUMPLAND IS NOT AN AMUSEMENT PARK…

November 4th, 2016

So, yesterday I wrote in FBI AGENTS RESIGNED OVER COMEY’S DECISION… about how FBI agents had handed in letters of resignation in protest over FBI Director James Comey’s decision earlier this year to give Hillary Clinton a pass on criminal charges resulting from her infamous email server. I was prompted by Neal Gabler, writing for […]

FACING 45 YEARS FOR THE CRIME OF JOURNALISM…

October 22nd, 2016

Muckraking is a proud and storied tradition for Journalists in America. Perhaps my favorite example is Ida Minerva Tarbell, the woman who singlehandedly brought down the giant that was Standard Oil. In my lifetime I have followed the journalistic careers of I.F. Stone and Roldo Bartimole. Judge John Grinsteiner threw out rioting charges related to […]

TAKING A KNEE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY…

September 5th, 2016

[Update @ 0614: To the names Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Megan Rapinoe we can now add Nate Boyer. Kaepernick explains taking the knee. We [Kaepernick and Reid] were talking to [Nate Boyer, the former Army Green Beret and long-snapper] about how can we get the message back on track and not take away from […]

HOW WE BECAME THE CAT-RACCOON’S TOYS…

August 8th, 2016

[Update at 0600 on 14 August: Garry Trudeau also gives a (probably unintentional) nod to the topic in the Sunday strip.] [Update at 1800 on 12 August: The story, and video, is blowing up with both The Guardian, John Oliver’s right—journalism is in danger, and here’s why that matters; and Mother Jones, John Oliver Takes […]

WE DIDN’T LEARN THIS IN JOURNALISM SCHOOL…

July 31st, 2016

We’re not watching the main event because we think the outcome is historic, we watched both political conventions, and we’ll keep watching the campaigns until November because we expected to see shit get blown up. Matt Taibbi, reporting in How Trump’s Disastrous RNC Doomed the GOP for Rolling Stone, writes: whatever their personal leanings, influential […]

WHEN DOUBLE-PLUS NASTY IS SUPER GOOD…

June 27th, 2016

I like The Guardian, a lot. The paper isn’t perfect, what publication is, but the recent dustup between Ewen MacAskill and Donald Trump—covered in Donald Trump arrives in UK and hails Brexit vote as ‘great victory’ and Guardian journalists denied entry into Donald Trump UK event—illustrates what I like about the paper. MacAskill took the […]

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 […]

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