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When Hospitals Tell Lies

The tone, tenor, and truthfulness of a company’s news releases reflect the integrity and values of the CEO. A news release jointly issued this week by Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids and Beaumont Health in suburban Detroit suggests that Spectrum CEO Tina Freese Decker isn’t quite the Kumbaya choir leader she makes herself out to be.

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My Decades Old Debts to Detroit

On Tuesday, the Detroit chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists awarded my Deadline Detroit coverage of the imploding Beaumont hospital system first prize in health reporting among its 2021 Excellence in Journalism awards. The award was a validation I’ve long sought to prove to a former Detroit News editor, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and others they made a good bet on my journalism talents and abilities more than 30 years ago.

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Powell Miller’s $15,000 Heroic Dog Rescue

If you love dogs and appreciate the bonds they form with those who care for them, you’ll be touched by the heroism of Detroit-area hotshot attorney E. Powell Miller. Yet another example of Pure Michigan Niceness.

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Stankey’s Stinky AT&T Media Divestiture

Count me among the losers who naively bought AT&T stock believing management and legions of experts who said the company’s frothy dividend was secure. AT&T’s divestiture of its media assets is yet another reminder as to why individual investors should only own diversified, low-cost ETFs.

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The Media Race to the Bottom

Hard as it is to believe, the U.S. media fell to new lows these past two weeks, with USA Today, the New York Post, Fox News, the Washington Post, the New York Times, NBC News, and the University of North Carolina’s journalism school leading the charge. Given UNC’s involvement, indications are that corporate journalism is fast approaching the point of no return.

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Nurses: The Suffering Heroes of Healthcare

The future of unions rests with the growing militancy and labor activism of nurses. Here’s why their lives increasingly depend on successfully taking on richly paid hospital managements — and so might yours.

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The Wokeness of Coca-Cola

BLM activists and their corporate media supporters should be demanding that Coke CEO James Quincey explain the unexpected resignation of global corporate counsel Bradley Gayton after only eight months on the job. Quincey should also disclose whether Coke will continue to adhere to the ambitious diversity quotas Gayton mandated for the law firms the soft drinks company retains.

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