Category Archives: Journalism

Historical Cartoon People!


Monday I was on a run and saw this full size image of the famed historical cartoon, “Betty Boop“.  I enjoyed the old cartoons.
Betty Boop made her first appearance August 9, 1930. The cartoon was created by Max Fleischer.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Boop

Good Tuesday Morning from the Missouri Bureau

Another Addition to CJL


Breaking news from CJL.
Good evening everyone.
A few weeks ago I introduced the “Outdoor” photo division which is still in beta form. The Chief our editor,owner, and CEO of CJL, Mr. Mark Ivy gave me a pat on the back for it I may add, LOL.
The camera, crews, technicians are all in place, but our scouts are still searching for a secure location without interruption. And things are looking promising due to cooler weather, kids back in school and sportsmen.
But with negotiations recently finished in Indiana (headquarters), another division I’m introducing which the Chief liked is what I’ve titled “Mini_Trips“.
Yup, you got it.
Whether it’s an hour ride on a weekend or the entire weekend, this part of CJL is welcoming our reporters to share what you did to find enjoyment on your time off.
We think this addition will open more doors for all. And I may add, 1 “Mini_Trip” was already filmed this past weekend and is in final production now.
And there’s another “Mini_Trip” scheduled for tomorrow.
Bare with the Rochester Bureau for these releases.
You will enjoy them.

Morning Tests for C_J_L Outdoor, Wildlife Site

Good morning everyone. After getting everything all set up with equipment for the new CJL outdoor photo/video division with our new equipment, the next chore was finding a good place for the camera, and safe from thieves.
This is the area chosen facing west on the Genesee River gorge on the east side of the river.
After running these tests this morning, I chose to hold off on setting the equipment up and possibly doing it tonight.
Stay tuned!

C_J_L Opens Missouri Bureau!


Ron Logston from Missouri has just been appointed by our CEO/Editor, Mr. Mark Ivy to run the Missouri bureau.

Citizen Journalists, A Family

Over the last nearly six years, since I was infected with histoplasmosis, one group of people, of whom only one has ever met me in person, has been an emotional and financial blessing.
These are former members of the CNN iReport community.
We did not and do not always see eye-to-eye on politics or social issues, but we all have a commonality of respect and love for one another. Yet, most of us only know each other online through iReport and now on Facebook.
These individuals have been my angels.
With a word of encouragement or a surprise envelope in the mail. Sometimes with a picture or a card, sometimes with a simple “like” on a post or comment.
To express my gratitude in words pales with my thankfulness felt deep in my heart.
Their actions have often reminded me of the book written by Dale Evans, “Angels Unaware.”
For these people have truly been for me – angels.
Those that are still in contact through Facebook, I want to let you know how much I have appreciated each one of you.
My angels:
Kathi, Janie, Linda, Maria, Marie, Gretchen, Funda, Hilary, Julie, Shari, Lorena, Beth, Roberta, Melissa, Jodi
Mike, Keith, Stan, Gapper, Ted, Matt, Allen, Arturo, Nick
Each of you in your own way have meant so much to me.
Thank you! 
I am sure I probably forgot someone. But my memory is not the best these days.
Remember, when that day comes, I will cross over and wait for you on the other side of the river.

Finding News

As a self-professed news and political junkie, I am having serious issues with getting my daily fix.

Years ago I tuned out to MSNBC and Fox News due to having to wade through both networks extreme ideological bent, which colored and camouflaged the actual news. Trying to get an objective report on the national, world and political stages was too difficult when wading through all the mire.

This left me one option – other than relying only on local news reports, which still are the most reliable on state and local issues. That option was the center left broadcast by CNN.

That choice worked well for the past eight years – until the election of the Reality Show President Donald Trump.

While it has been a ratings bonanza for CNN, the network has become the alternate programming with Reality Show News.

Even when there is real breaking news in the country or around the world, CNN remains focused on what appears its reality show script of disrupting and discrediting the President.

So what am I to do to find news – real news – not news in a reality show format?

Currently the network has tunnel vision on one issue – the wording, “wiretapped.”

With the President and Congress working on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with a proposed presidential budget, with a confirmation hearing looming for a Supreme Court pick, with saber rattling on the Korean Peninsula – every news story comes back to the theme of the day – the President’s unsubstantiated claims that former President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower.

Nothing else seems to matter to CNN.

I am having to rely more and more searching through online websites to find what is actually happening in the world and even in our own country.

The chattering class are decrying the loss of real news, the reliance and acceptance of the public of “fake news.”

But who is to blame?

All three major news networks share the blame as they have moved from reporting to opinion interspersed by anchors and journalists.

As Jack Webb used to say, “Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts.”

Report the story without embellishment.

Give us the who, what, when, where, why and how and leave your own take behind.

From the Cornfield, are we truly in for four or eight years of a Reality Show Presidency and Reality Show News?

Forget finding Nemo, I want to find the news.

Baited

There has been considerable press about how President Donald Trump can be baited by a tweet. This first was pointed out by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in her failed bid to win the White House.

The national press corps has seized on that point with a certain glee.

This was pointed out on some of the Sunday talk shows after a New York Times reporter wrongly tweeted that the new Administration had removed the bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. The bust is and was there.

But while I agree the Prez does seem to be apt to take the offense to the slightest dig in a tweet, the national press corps is also easily baited by Trump and the new Administration.

The corps seems intent on answering and defending each time the President, his Press Secretary or any surrogate says anything hitting at the low esteem in which the national press is held by the American people. Members of the journalistic class cannot help themselves from going defensive and responding, which plays right into the hands of the President.

It further amplifies in the minds of the readers and viewers that there must be some kernel of truth to whatever charge. To borrow from William Shakespeare, methinks the press doth protest too much.

Then there is the issue of tone, which is usually combative and dismissive in a condescending way by those working inside the Beltway. To those of us in the Heartland, the attitude of the national press reflects what the President says about them being elitists, out-of-touch with every day Americans.

Yes, the national press corps should be vigorous in reporting the news and holding the new Administration and President accountable for the words spoken, the actions taken. At the same time, the national press needs to get out of their bubbles and reconnect with the reality of we, the people, living in the vast expanse of the nation.

Members of the press say they are not at war with the President, yet the way some label the President and his staff as “ridiculous” as NBC‘s Chuck Todd did on Meet the Press this morning, only serves to alienate the public and solidify a line of defense around the President – even if he is wrong.

To people in the Cornfield, it looks like the national press corps has declared war on the President.

How long will the national media continue to be baited?

How long will the White House press corps keep swallowing the dangling worm, hook, line and sinker?

From the Cornfield, journalists covering the White House and the President need to return to Journalism 101 and step out of the story. The national press have violated this basic tenet and in almost every report become part of the story.

Journalists need to become objective reporters of the news and not the center of the story.

Journalistic Integrity Model

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His father was a liberal giant. His brother is governor of arguably the most liberal state in the Union. He works for a center left news network. His political ideology is not a secret.

Yet, CNN New Day anchor Chris Cuomo is cut from the same fabric as those paragons of journalism, Walter Cronkite and Tim Russert.

Both icons maintained the highest level of objectivity and integrity in their reporting. While we knew their political bent, neither let that get in the way of doing the job of a free press who looks at events with an eye of neutrality and not picking sides.

This is why Cronkite was America’s favorite Uncle behind Uncle Sam. This is why Russert was the face of Meet the Press for two decades with full trust of the viewing public.

Compare this to today’s crop of journalists whom survey after survey reveals are not trusted. Today’s journalists rank far behind even the two most mistrusted presidential candidates in history.

Then there is Chris Cuomo.

Most people would accept if he slipped now and then and revealed a bit of bias or prejudice, but he does not. Instead Cuomo seems to go out of his way to uphold and maintain why the free press was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Chris makes sure he does not become the story, but rather lets the story develop on its own. In questioning candidates and politicians of all stripes, Chris walks the line we expect of reporters unlike too many of his colleagues.

Whether liberal or conservative or moderate, whether Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or independent, all are put under the same glaring light of professionalism and transparency.

Chris is one reason I continue to view CNN. Not that I have many options with Fox News being too far to the right and MSNBC being too far left. 

There is hope left for the current cadre of journalists who have abandoned the principles on which our free press was founded.

That hope is the example of Chris Cuomo.

From the Cornfield, Chris keep up the good work and being an example for journalists everywhere in this day when too many journalists are leaving behind objectivity and integrity.

Thank you, for the breath of fresh air, Chris.

‘Fess Up, Brianna

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Each day I tune in to CNN for all the news of the day in addition to pouring over the various news feeds online.

Over this past week, I have watched as one of the senior political correspondent and fill-in anchor has gone from objective reporter to an out-and-out surrogate for one of the presidential candidates.

Brianna Keilar has been filling in for Wolf Blitzer the last week while he has been on grandpa leave during the 1 p.m. Wolf show and the 5 p.m. The Situation Room.

After her interview with Donald Trump’s Chief Counsel Michael Cohen went viral as Keilar and Cohen squared off about polls and Trump being behind, I have watched as she has dropped day-by-day all pretense of objectivity.

Brianna has turned before our eyes on the television screen from being a journalist who covers the campaign of Hillary Clinton into a full-blown surrogate and defender of Clinton.

In my other life as a print journalist, who happened to cover politics, I would have been shown the door if I had exhibited even a smidgen of the bias Brianna is showing during her interviews with Trump supporters and in talking with her panel.

Today after bringing up the subject of stories swirling, erroneously, about Clinton’s health while interviewing Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Duffy attempted to say there were issues to talk about, but Keilar was not having it. She kept trying to get him to talk about the health concerns until he finally gave in to her persistence.

Later in talking with the panel, Keilar defended her inquiry and wondered why Duffy did not steer the conversation to issues instead. This after she clearly would not let him do that.

Brianna, it is time to ‘fess up.

Time to admit you are in the tank for the candidate you are suppose to be covering objectively.

Question is: are you being paid by the Clinton campaign in addition to your CNN pay?

For inquiring minds, I am not a Trump supporter. I am currently leaning toward the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson.

I am not a conservative, but a moderate. I am an independent, though I usually vote in the Republican primary.

From the Cornfield, this election cycle is making more nostalgic for the late Walter Cronkite and the late Tim Russert.

Both respected journalists always maintain objectivity in every election. Both respected journalists never let their own bias or prejudice get in the way of being members of the press.