This article recently ran on cleveland.com: “Death of 17-year-old boy in Akron police custody ruled suicide, medical examiner says.” The writer here has a masters degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. A good reporter would have done more than transcribing the police press release. To wit: “Leeser declined to discuss the department’s polices […]
There’s a lot of chatter over what is and isn’t “fake news.” I think people are missing the point when they start to pick and choose which publications they consider reliable though. I guess it’s okay to say (for example) that the New York Times is usually pretty reliable because yadda yadda reasons. But that’s […]
Can we be clear on this one bit of meta-bullshit? Suppose hypothetically that I am telling you that your hair is on fire. By that I’m really saying two things: 0. Your hair is in fact on fire. 1. I know for a fact that #0 is true. I’m not just guessing. Now if I […]
When encountering any article or publication or statement about Cleveland’s “renaissance” or “recovery” or “comeback,” you must mentally eliminate any and all claims based on entertainment venues or any kind of real estate development. Those are trailing indicators; they don’t build anything. Examples “Millennial Influx Helps Cleveland Shake Rust Belt Reputation.” This is a two-fer, […]
When your city isn’t doing so well, and there’s a national news article saying your city’s not doing so well, you know how to solve the problem, right? Right. “Cleveland to send letter to New York Times over article.” That will fix everything.
A friend posted this fantastic image on Facebook just now. It’s from early this afternoon in Chicago, with the following text: “Over two and a half hours later much of Michigan Ave, Water Tower & many surrounded stores are still SHUTDOWN for Laquan McDonald.” (Photo credit to @MinkuAzad from Chicago.) Now let me get out […]
A friend posted this link on Facebook recently: Before You Applaud Termination Of Officer, Here’s The One Thing You Missed. Here’s what I think about it after spending some time reading it carefully. Maybe I overthink. Maybe I ask a lot of questions. Maybe I see a lot of complexity in things. But that doesn’t […]
Today’s Morning Edition on NPR featured an interview by Arun Rath with teabagger Tom Cole (OK-4). It’s a great example of the thing I hear again and again on NPR: lots of softball questions, casual acceptance of whatever nonsense “both sides” say, lack of followup, and a complete failure to get at actual facts. Here […]