CINCINNATI (TDB) -- The Cincinnati Enquirer's political blog is just now reporting that OH-02 U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt has penned a good-bye column for departing White House Budget Director Rob Portman. The Daily Bellwether had the same story six days ago. The Bellwether even linked to another OH-02 newspaper that printed Schmidt's column -- which really proves the Cincy metro daily can be asleep at the wheel when it comes to political news.
Here's what is now appearing on the Gannett-owned daily's blog. Notice that there is no analysis, comment, or anything other than a straight disgorgement of the Republican congresswoman's remarks. Notice that the Bellwether reported that Schmidt -- who succeeded Portman to the House seat -- said she cannot fill Portman's shoes. Notice that the Enquirer somehow failed to point that out.
Journalism is reporting news. Flackery is hustling publicity for a person, place, or company. Today the Enquirer appears to have confused its role as a journalistic enterprise with that of a press agent. That shouldn't be an easy mistake to make.