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July 3, 2013

Journalism in Romania: A Diogenean Essay (Part 2)

“So what’s the problem? We didn’t tell them what to write.” Why did I pick this one example, the automated insertion of an advertising link into […]
July 2, 2013

Journalism in Romania: A Diogenean Essay (Part 1)

“Why I Stopped Writing for Dilema Veche” I didn’t think journalistic standards could get much lower in Romania. I was wrong. Thanks to a combination of […]
April 5, 2013

Corporate Social Irresponsibility

Because since this happened, I can’t shake the ugly feeling that this disgusting and ignorant campaign has created in me. Yes, it got my attention. That’s for sure. And now I find there is something about the brand Sensiblu that resonates in me with unease. Now when I see their signs and commercials, lying and trickery are the first words in my head. Yep, that got my attention. It certainly did. And you did change my attitude. And now you know what it is? I don't want to shop there. To put it simply: Sensiblu, you owe us all an apology.
March 7, 2013

How I Know I’m Not in New York (Part 4)

(Originally published March 5, 2013, in Dilema Veche, here.) “I don’t know. But let me tell you.” I met my Romanian friend Remus for a drink the other […]
July 12, 2012


(Originally published July 12, 2012, in Dilema Veche, here.) Here’s a disturbing thought: Romania’s Prime Minister is accused of having committed an egregious and truly indefensible […]
May 28, 2012

The Media Business

(Originally published May 28, 2012, in Capital, here.) If you want a quick lesson on how not to do business, look at the news media here. There […]
September 28, 2009


(Originally broadcast on Sept. 28, 2009, on The Frank Show, here.) Some years back, I read a quote from a famous British editor who was asked what it […]