Sunday, September 1, 2013

Enquirer and James Pilcher nail City Pension issues

COAST is withering in its criticism of local media for their typically non-existent and occasionally superficial coverage of important issues facing greater Cincinnati, including waste, fraud and corruption in local government.

Thus, we must similarly dole out the praise when they do something right.

And today's front page article in the Cincinnati Enquirer on the City's pension woes by investigative reporter James Pilcher is one of the most in-depth, finest pieces of journalism we have seen.  And given the shrinking paper and staff resources to tackle important issues, we deeply admire the treatment of this critical topic.

You can read the article here, but we heartily recommend you pick up a copy of Sunday's paper to see the multiple stories and graphics.  It is worthy of a journalistic prize.

This is some of the most responsible, crystal clear, even-handed journalism we have seen in a very long time.  The best quote from the piece: "In fact, Cincinnati’s unfunded liability and its funding percentage are both worse than Detroit’s."

Bravo Enquirer and bravo James Pilcher.

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