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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Day 58: Jeni Dinkel Free!

Is it just me, or is the media overplaying the jail release of Jeni Dinkel for completing her sentence for having sex with a teen-age boy? It was the top story on the 8 a.m. Channel 9 news today, and the 3 p.m. WLW-AM news.
Is a woman getting out of jail three days early for good behavior really the biggest news story today?
Of all the people serving jail terms for various crimes, why has this case received so much attention? Is it deserved?
You tell me....


at 12/02/2007 4:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't get enough of this story. Its one of the most talked about stories of the year. Its also better than what I saw in the Enquirer today.

at 12/02/2007 10:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The local media is so enamored of this junk news that I heard an over-excited reporter claim that a suspect was arrested for having sex with an "unborn" teenager.

at 12/02/2007 11:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

News Drought...

at 12/03/2007 12:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two S's. Sweeps & Sex.

at 12/03/2007 12:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

First time she spoke about the entire incident. Plus, She got out at Midnight... by 8am on a Sunday what else is a "big story"?

at 12/03/2007 8:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she were a man who abused a girl, she wouldn't be getting out. People are focused on the obsurdity of the lack of protection of young boys from predatory women.

at 12/03/2007 9:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's as close to a celebrity scandal we've had locally so it will have to play all the way out. And there does seem to be a purient interest in all cases with older women taking advantage of teenage boys...whether they are teachers or not.

at 12/03/2007 1:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it also be the famous "Bengals/Hollywood" connection as well?

From the Eastern Burbs...

at 12/03/2007 7:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's pathetic that a sick woman is big news. Shouldn't glamorize pedophilia.

at 12/03/2007 10:52 PM Anonymous rickj said...

You are absolutely correct. Why not ask each news director just what made this non-story so important, and publish their answers. We focus on the news readers, but this is a good chance to take a closer look at the people making news judgments.

at 12/04/2007 7:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This whole case is entirely too confusing. How can such a large boy (6'3" and powerfully muscled) be raped. And what if we found out that Jeni was raped by this "boy" and then blackmailed to continue the relationship? Didn't this boy boast about these sexual encounters via the bathroom walls and then wear a shirt that says "Moms Love Me"?

at 12/04/2007 10:54 PM Anonymous Westwood Mel said...

I just got back from a business trip to the San Fran Bay area...I happened to catch the local ABC news three nights in a row and was amazed at the quality of the reporting. Yes, they reported on what little crime there is there, but what they focused on mostly was the great stuff that's happening in their area. And the stories are 3 or 4 mins long. Very in depth for local news. Here, the stories last 45 seconds and they're onto the next downtrodden thing. Bam, bam, bam. Why can't our news stations focus on the good stuff that's happening here without completely harping on all the bad. I can't believe I'm saying this but the SF media showed me that there is good news to be reported and that they're proud of their area, not focusing on the down side for ratings sake.

at 12/05/2007 5:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disgusting, and true,to hear this 24 hrs a day on her release. Have pity on her cancerous son who has to hear this too. But the Bengals $ may have something to do
with the publicity. Keep insisting the news be more family oriented now.

at 12/10/2007 9:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Westwood Mel. I have your answer in two words ---- REVENUE AND RATINGS. Pure and simple its all about those two things and absolutely nothing else!

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