CINCINNATI (TDB) -- The metro daily in Cincinnati knocked the ball clear out of the park today with Peter Bronson's column about an official's decision forcing the City Hall legal staff to watch Donald Trump's NBC-TV show, "The Apprentice." Bronson is an unabashed right-wing conservative, but he dug and produced a solid report about a daffy government workplace.
City Solicitor Rita McNeil -- who came up with the idea to channel Trump --said she viewed the The Donald's show as an instructional program for the public employees under her supervision. She is in charge of the city's legal staff, an office that includes about 30 lawyers.
What's that line The Donald uses when someone has to leave the show? Somebody with an important position at Cincinnati's City Hall ought to hear it in stereo. Perhaps the mayor and city manager could coax Trump into dropping by where he could deliver the line himself. It might be an instructional moment for a certain public employee. And the TV would be fantastic. Think of the ratings potential. Trump would be taking part in geniune "reality" TV.
Bronson wrote a sidebar to his Cincinnati Enquirer COLUMN that tuned into "The Apprentice" and actually got the city solicitor on record admitting she considered the show a "fabulous management tool."
One might be forgiven for thinking comments like that only appear in The Onion, or MAD Magazine, where they make things up as satire.
The sidebar follows:
"Veteran lawyer Terry Cosgrove says a dozen lawyers left the Law Department in the first 14 months after Rita McNeil took over in 2002.
“For those of us who remained, things got worse,” he wrote to City Manager Milton Dohoney. “In the first year, as members of her senior staff, we were required to watch the television show ‘The Apprentice.’ We would then meet and discuss what we had learned from the program.”
“Yes that is correct,” McNeil replied. “I thought it was a fabulous management tool to show what we can accomplish if we work as a team.”She said she doesn’t know exact turnover numbers for her office, but, “When I came we had a number of employees who were eligible to retire and had been here for 30-plus years. The number is skewed by that.”
But the ‘Apprentice’ discussions worked, she said. “As an educational tool, I thought it went well. I had many good comments.”
Cosgrove said, “It was just bizarre.”
[Ed Note: The Daily Bellwether has been very harsh of late on the Enquirer. It did a very good job today and served the public well. Kudos and commendations. Keep up the good work.]