Category Archives: Journalism

Me and the Wall Street Journal finally broke up

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I have had a long-standing relationship with the Wall Street Journal. We’ve been through my business career together, traveled the country hand-in-hand and kept each other company in many lonely airport lounges when flights were delayed or during long layovers. … Continue reading

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God, please save the copy editors

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Dear God, if you are listening, it’s me, Rufus. I know you and I don’t talk much these days but you never say anything. Praying to you feels kinda like ranting into a twitter account. But we really could use … Continue reading

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Is it storytelling or curating? #letsblogoff

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Jim Henson’s character “The Storyteller” and his dog. It is what pops into my head when I hear storytelling and it is the standard by which I measure all stories. Probably not fair, but it is what it is. I … Continue reading

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Imagine this as the future of newspaper

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I read yesterday’s Dayton Daily News today and they had a special section included. I don’t know where it is on their web site and I gave up trying to find it. I had hoped to point it to you … Continue reading

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Is that a blizzard up ahead? How we can easily get lured into a false truth

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Many years ago, I was working as an area manager in Minnesota for a company that serviced retail stores. My area was all of Saint Paul, southern Minnesota including Rochester and Mankato and western Wisconsin. I was promoted to a … Continue reading

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What do you think of that Wikileaks thing?

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SOURCE: wikipedia.org If you do anything with a computer, chances are your friends have asked you “What is that Wikileaks thing?” or an even smarter question that tries to hook you into a debate, “What do YOU think of Wikileaks?” … Continue reading

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Why we are engineered for another 9/11; the TSA is working backwards

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The media and blogosphere is going nuts with this recent hulla-balloo over the TSA pat-downs and full-body scanners. In news segment after segment, after the guest tirades about lack of privacy, dignity, pornography scan and whatever else is the convenient … Continue reading

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Curb stomping

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First, watch the opening scene from American History X. It is rather graphic, but please watch it through. (About 7:00min) If you have not seen the movie, please rent it. It will make you very uncomfortable, but it will make … Continue reading

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Serving red-staters only

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Three things of significance have happened in the past year that has made me pause and think that perhaps we may be on a trajectory that should reverse course. 1. The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations have the right … Continue reading

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Real election reform ideas

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This is a very strange election cycle. I think a lot of people are floating ideas ahead of the 2012 presidential election that will be mind-blowing and head-spinning. 2012 may see the electorate perhaps as divided than we were during … Continue reading

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You are bringing a soccer ball to a football game. Why blogs don’t matter.

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Are blogs as important as bloggers think they are? The question itself is a bit of a stretch, but I think the shortest answer to it is one of the most American of all answers — the sports metaphor. “Old … Continue reading

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Yes, Velma Hart, there is a Santa Claus, but he is not Barack Obama. He is you.

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When I saw Velma Hart address President Obama a couple weeks ago, I cringed a little bit as she talked and cringed even more at Obama’s response. And I was just going to sigh deeply and let this go, not … Continue reading

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Shifting words to maintain the “incumbent” narrative

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Did you notice it last night as the primary election results were coming in? The media narrative of “anti-incumbent” is not meshing with the reality, so the use of “incumbent” is being quietly shoved under the rug for words like … Continue reading

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Hello? Can anyone hear me? Koran burning over here

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No, I’m not really burning a Koran nor would I burn a Bible, Torah or rip up a picture of the Pope. I wouldn’t even fling elephant poo on it, hang it in a museum and call it art. Why? … Continue reading

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Questioning the journalistic ethics of Amber Lyon (CNN)

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I found myself wide awake at 4:00 am or so last night with no remote in sight and the channel stuck on CNN. Amber Lyon was running a story about Craig’s List and its change from “Adult” to “Censored.” The … Continue reading

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