Vincent Duffy http://michiganradio.org en Local reporters at national conventions are not a waste of money http://michiganradio.org/post/local-reporters-national-conventions-are-not-waste-money <P>I just spent about $5,000 at the two national political conventions.</P> <P>No, I wasn’t out wining and dining with the heavy hitters, and despite how much my critics would love to finally be able to prove my biases, I wasn’t handing out political contributions to candidates either.</P> <P>I spent the money to send Michigan Radio&nbsp;reporters to cover the Michigan delegation at each convention.</P> <P>When the Democratic National Convention wraps up tonight, roughly 15,000 journalists will file their last stories from the conventions and head home for the weekend. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 16:54:03 +0000 Vincent Duffy 8977 at http://michiganradio.org Local reporters at national conventions are not a waste of money Should reporters ask a source if he's gay? News editors disagree. http://michiganradio.org/post/should-reporters-ask-source-if-hes-gay-news-editors-disagree <p>The Boy Scouts of America recently reaffirmed their ban on allowing openly gay boys to participate in Boy Scouts, and openly gay or lesbian adults from being leaders.</p><p>(Full disclosure &ndash; I was a Boy Scout for many years during my teens, but that was decades before anyone was debating this issue.)</p><p>We live in an odd world where what side of the &ldquo;homosexual agenda&rdquo; you are on can now be demonstrated not only by your participation in scouts, but also where you buy your chicken sandwich.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:57:36 +0000 Vincent Duffy 8613 at http://michiganradio.org Should reporters ask a source if he's gay? News editors disagree. Giving the bad guys ideas http://michiganradio.org/post/giving-bad-guys-ideas <p>Last week, a bomb threat called in from Canada shut down the tunnel that runs under the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor. The tunnel is the second busiest crossing between the United States and Canada. The busiest crossing is the Ambassador Bridge just more than a mile down river. The tunnel was closed to traffic for most of the afternoon while authorities from both countries inspected the tunnel and found no bomb.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:19:12 +0000 Vincent Duffy 8354 at http://michiganradio.org Giving the bad guys ideas Fact checking David Sedaris: Does comedy need a disclaimer? http://michiganradio.org/post/fact-checking-david-sedaris-does-comedy-need-disclaimer <p>In my large Irish family, our stories get better with age. It&rsquo;s not that we lie about what&rsquo;s happened to us, but when we get together for holidays or family events, we usually tell the same stories and they get better every time.<br /><br />They start out as true of course, and the people, places and events all stay the same, but over time the funny parts get a little more funny, the dialogue a little more snappy and clever, and the reactions from onlookers a little more outrageous.<br /> Thu, 17 May 2012 15:46:53 +0000 Vincent Duffy 7512 at http://michiganradio.org Fact checking David Sedaris: Does comedy need a disclaimer? Warning: We're about to say "sex" http://michiganradio.org/post/warning-were-about-say-sex <p>I received an email last week from a listener angry enough to write the most common threat I hear from Michigan Radio listeners, &ldquo;I will never donate to your station again!&rdquo;</p><p>We hadn&rsquo;t libeled or defamed this man. We didn&rsquo;t misquote him or make an error in a story he thought was important. He wasn&rsquo;t even accusing us of left-or-right wing bias.</p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:56:47 +0000 Vincent Duffy 4951 at http://michiganradio.org Warning: We're about to say "sex"