Category: Media

Advice to journalists about how to cover the coronavirus pandemic

This is from Journalist’s Resource, a tip sheet on how to cover the news. Its “Epidemiological models: 10 things journalists covering coronavirus research should know” advises ten things that journalists should tell their readers when trying to explain how those models and scientific studies work. For those who wonder about the legitimacy of the studies and... Read more »

Old school journalism vs. whatever they call journalism today re. Epstein's suicide

Funny how the coverage of Jeffrey Epstein’s “suicide” has, in some corners, been overshadowed by stories about how it has encouraged conspiracy nuts to come out from under their rocks. Already, there’s  a lengthy Wikipedia page, “Death of Jeffrey Epstein,” itemizes the theorists and their theories. Some examples: Florida Senator Marco Rubio alleged that Russian... Read more »

A leftist, not a righty, was the mass shooter in Dayton

With denunciations and accusations flying back and forth about who’s to blame for the mass killings in El Paso and Dayton, more examples of media favoritism and unfairness rained down on the public. Buried in nearly all the reporting, editorializing and commentating was the fact that the Dayton shooter was an out-and-out Leftist. Even the most numb-skulled,... Read more »
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Farewell, Lois Wille

Thank you, Lois, for your guidance, inspiration and your friendship. Lois Wille, one of the greatest journalists to have graced the pages of three Chicago newspapers, died Tuesday. To confirm her extraordinary talent, professionalism, integrity and caring, I urge my readers, please, read the fine obituary written by Rick Kogan in the Chicago Tribune and Maureen... Read more »

Are the Central Park Five really all that innocent?

Netflix its drawing praise for its min-series “When They See Us,” a true story about five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape of a white woman jogger in New York’s Central Park. After they had served six to 13 years in prison, serial rapist and murderer Matias Reyes confessed to... Read more »

Trump's shameless pardon of the preening ex-Sun-Times publisher Conrad Black

President Donald Trump’s undeserved pardon of ex-Chicago Sun-Times publisher and swindler Conrad Black  should frost the butts of hundreds of his former employees, as it does mine. Black, founder of Hollinger International Inc. had served three and a half years in prison for  mail fraud and obstruction of justice in connection with his scheme to divert $60... Read more »
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Media coverage of Trump and Russia: A parade of sins

Oh, brother. Listen to self-satisfied journalists defend their discredited reporting on the Trump/Russian nothing. As if to say, “Oh, what a good boy I am,”  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, said he had no regrets. No regrets? No corrections or amplifications? Oh, wait. It did publish a correction today: An article... Read more »

Pulitzer Prizes mug America's Heartland--again

Not to whine about it, but if we use today’s progressive standard for achievement, America’s Midwest and Heartland are being denied their fair share of Pulitzer Prizes that are annually handed out to newspapers for high quality journalism. I’m not in favor of using the progressive standard that requires that every group is entitled to an equal share... Read more »

The mother of all fake news

This humble apology was found in the Jan. 19 edition of the British broadsheet newspaper, Telegraph, in a story about Melania Trump. This needs no further comment: Following last Saturday’s (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story “The mystery of Melania”, we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false... Read more »
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Garbage social science becomes biblical dogma

Social science has become a  bludgeon, the last and final weapon that progressives use to silence their enemies, which are reason, common sense, logic and observed reality. As a Russell Sage post-graduate fellow in Social Science Writing at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the 1960s, I have watched in dismay–actually disgust–at how the once descriptive social and... Read more »
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