Thursday, February 01, 2007

Disorder in the court

The Enquirer noticed that an important legal case is being argued in federal district court in Cincinnati, but its story was flat and colorless. Stories in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times are better, and the Times even had an op-ed article on Wednesday morning. The Enquirer lacks the kind of pride that insists its articles about local events be better than those by out-of-town media. Any intern could have written what the Enquirer published.

  • The Dean of Cincinnati has a nice bit about the Enquirer's lack of concern for journalism ethics. The paper earned national notoriety last year when its "Grandma in Iraq" blog turned out to be written an Army PR employee. The Dean came up with documents that the Enquirer knew all along the woman's occupation. The Enquirer never contended it was unaware of her job, or that it tried to conceal her job. It's just that the editors were too dense to understand that it mattered. The Dean's documents show just how deeply the Enquirer disregarded any kind of ethical standard in this endeavor.

  • The Enquirer editorial board keeps finding new ways not to say anything. Tuesday's editorial offered no concrete suggestion on helping the city's freezing homeless, and today's editorial repeats that sin. It hard to argue with a plea to help these people, but please, just take a god-damn stand and tell the city what you want done. Is the Enquirer letting the homeless take shelter in its lobby? I don't think so.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't there empty schools that have been shut down around town? Couldn't they be used in extremely cold weather? Could the newspaper offer its parking deck with portable heaters? Could a church take in a few, or the City Hall building? There is empty heated space all over downtown at night, including a very large newsroom.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Nasty, Brutish & Short said...

Is "Kimball Perry has a law degree" just an urban myth?

If not, why don't they have him covering the courts?

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quote on the opinion page, anyone one (human) might want to ask a few questions, or stand tall:

"He sells newspapers on Sundays making between $15 and $20 a week"

This quote was from a letter to the editor concerning homelessness.

Good-fucking-grief! Can the Enquirer NOT make opportunities available instead of a momentary buck?

The quote was from a reader. Folks employed at the "paper" don't seem to have the right to say jack about anything that isn't going to make Gannett money... hmmm...

Give two dimes to the homeless and the Enquirer will take that twenty cents and somehow think they are king.

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is little connection between what the Enquirer says on its editorial page and how it acts as a corporation and corporate citizen. The editorial board often pleads for compassion, but the people they answer to are robber barons. The top executives get rich and live fat, and their employees are treated like dogs.

8:43 AM  

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