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Friday, January 30, 2009


Bipartisan Repudiation!  Portman, Portune, and Pepper harpoon The ‘Blower!

Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati

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Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters has repeatedly failed to distance himself from Jim Schifrin, author of The Whistleblower, an email newsletter Carl Weiser of The Enquirer calls “outright racist.”  According to Schifrin, Deters is his personal lunch buddy, and they trade racist jokes about the potential assassination of President Obama over hot and sour soup.  We contacted some high-profile politicians, and there was not a shortage of repudiations for The Whistleblower’s offensive content.  What’s taking Joe Deters so long?

Here is the entire media inquiry I have sent to a number of area politicians:

Can you please provide me with a statement on the issues raised in this article about Prosecutor Joe Deter’s apparent relationship with Jim Schifrin?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/1/25/51733/8200/88/688431

Thanks,

[The Dean of Cincinnati]

Republican Rob Portman, a former Bush White House Budget Director and a current US Senate aspirant who was photographed with Schifrin in 2002 and featured recently in this item by CityBeat, made a short and simple denunciation against the kind of filth published by Jim Schifrin daily.

“I repudiate racist rhetoric in the Whistleblower, or in any other blog or publication,” said Portman in a statement forwarded to The Beacon by his assistant (as Portman is traveling).

While Portman does not speak directly about Deters, his position against The Whistleblower is crystal clear.

Hamilton County Commission President, Democrat David Pepper, also had some direct statements against Schifrin.

“I can’t speak to and know nothing about Joe Deters’ relationship with Jim Schifrin.  And given the Whistleblower’s consistently offensive and bizarre content, I also stake little credibility in what it has to say about anything,” stated Pepper.  “Needless to say, any discussion of assassination is clearly way over the line and deeply disturbing.  But sadly, par for the course for the Whistleblower.“

Hamiton County Commissioner Todd Portune, one-time vice chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, had several things to say on this matter:

The Whistleblower has declined in popularity as its content has degenerated from carrying biting political satire to too often being just tasteless and racist or bigoted in nature.

I have no problem with satire. But I draw a clear line in the sand on this matter and frankly there can be no middle ground. There is no way to portray assassination of the President in a satirical or comical way. Period.

The Whistleblower has long enjoyed the support of Republican office holders due to its frequent attacks on progressive policies and Democratic leaders. Recently though some Republicans have begun to repudiate it. Sadly that does not yet include Hamilton County’s highest law enforcer Prosecutor Joe Deters. There is absolutely no room for making a joke about assassinating a sitting US President.

What is concerning about this matter is that the “joke” conveys a sense that such should happen in the future. Given the very real threats the President has endured this is completely out of bounds if not borderline illegal.

The other concerning aspects are the ‘Blower raises a question as to whether it was Deters or Shifrin who first told the joke and our Prosecutor has yet to clarify the matter nor repudiate as completely repugnant the words used. I would hope that he would do so.

There are enough crazies in the world as it is. None need to be given any implicit encouragement to engage in abhorrent acts by making light of past or prospective assassinations of national leaders.

While Hamiton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann failed to respond to our most recent media inquiry, he has previously repudiated The Whistleblower here.  Hamilton County GOP chair Alex Triantafilou has also repudiated The Whistleblower when asked previously

In other words, the entire Hamilton County Commission has repudiated The Whistleblower, as have the Hamilton County GOP chair Alex Triantafilou and former Bush White House Budget Director Rob Portman, who many view as a key figure for the Ohio GOP. 

Why won’t Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters?


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  1. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Great job. Obviously this wouldn’t have happened without your tenacity.

  2. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:
  3. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise - Portune’s comments run 7 to 8 times the length of everyone else.  Does he pay his writers by the word or something?  I think I know where I should look for my next job.

  4. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Portune’s comments were on the money, from beginning to end.

  5. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Not arguing that point Dean.  There are ways to be on point and concise at the same time though.  Brevity can be good, and that’s a lesson that I sadly think that Todd will never learn.

  6. Citizens Against Joe Deters says:

    Kudos to the officials that have responded. A special thank you to Mr. Portune for his strong statement against the racist/sexist Whistleblower.

    BTW Steve Driehaus is in town. He is going to be on the Lincoln Ware 1230amwdbz.com show today (Friday Jan 30th ) at 11 am.  I would encourage folks to call and asks him to make a statement re: Whistleblower.

    Joe Deters is the chief legal representative of Hamilton County. Recently Jim Schifrin who has long claimed that he and Deters are friends, bragged that he and Deters shared an assassination joke about the President of the United States.  Deters needs to address the allegation.  His failure to do so is unacceptable

  7. Steve Treehouse says:

    BTW Steve Driehaus is in town. He is going to be on the Lincoln Ware 1230amwdbz.com show today (Friday Jan 30th ) at 11 am.  I would encourage folks to call and asks him to make a statement re: Whistleblower.

    Studio Line: (513)749-1230

    Can’t make a call today? Here’s Congressman Driehaus’s contact info. Write him and send correspondence to The Dean.

  8. Jasmine says:

    CAJD member (against Joseph T. Deters)

    fbk I’m going to call the show just to see Lincoln scramble and CB. The Whistleblower constantly beats up on Driehaus. The Whistleblower is a disgrace.  A recent survey in the paper of record states that residents consider Cincinnati a bad place to live.  I’ll put money on it that it has something to do with some of the corrupt politicians such as Joseph T. Deters.

  9. Racist Lunch Bunch says:

    From The Whistleblower Newswire, January 25, 2009

    Happy Chinese New Years Eve, Everybody!

    This year, Beloved Whistleblower Publisher Charles Foster Kane and Hamilton County Prosecutor JayWalking Joe Deters will once again be getting together for hot-and-sour soup at China Gourmet on Erie Avenue.

  10. Citizens Against Joe Deters says:

    Congressman Driehaus, just now, over the air (WDBZ 1230.com)repudiated the Whistleblower. He stated, and I’m not quoting him, that when he use to read the Whistleblower it was tasteless, and now he believes that if is outright offensive. He stated that the Whistleblower guy, he believes, types his trash from his basement. 

    He clearly stated that sharing a joke to assassainated the President needs to be repudiated.

  11. .Cincy..Capell. says:

    GREAT WORK DEAN! And thanks to our elected County officials for having the courage to denounce Schifrin. Double that to Todd Portune for calling Deters on the carpet. You can bet that Joe is steaming mad over it too.

  12. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    I figured Portman would do the right thing. What kind of respectable leader would refuse to denounce that disgusting kind of filth?

    Apperantly a racist public official that thinks it’s OK to tell racist jokes in his “personal life”.

  13. Momma missed it! says:

    I missed all of this by having the chance to get out to the store and restocking shelves since we have yet anther round of lovely weather coming on Monday!

    Way to go everyone- NOW WHEN WILL DETER’S STEP DOWN! Or when will Chesley make a comment- can someone get Smitherman to corner him and MAKE him make a comment considering he is a lifetime member of the NAACP! Speak up Stan!

  14. sense23 says:

    You have really changed the world for the better.  congrats

    (and yes that was sarcasm.  Nothing has changed due to your “hard work”.)

  15. similar18 says:

    Did I nail it in post #20 or not

    Of course not but one of the beacons finest probably can’t wait to ask him next to denounce deters for not denouncing schfrin or whatever else they dream up next.

    http://www.cincinnatibeacon.com/index.php/contents/comments/will_rob_portman_repudiate_hard_core_racist_newsletter/#comments

  16. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    This country has improved because we as a society have said that racism is wrong. Now even the Hamilton County GOP is starting to move in the right direction by denouncing Shifrin’s crap. It’s one small step for the Beacon, but having universal condemnation of that disgusting bigotry is a big step forward for a City that has been known nationally for scandalous racism.

    You were wrong when you said that Portman wouldn’t take the time to respond to this. He’s a smart man and much classier than you. He knows that Shifrin’s outrageous racism is unacceptable and we as a society should censure him, especially the leaders in our community.

  17. Knight who says "nee" says:

    Must-see video of sense23, similar18 (and all her other pseudos) engaged in battle!

  18. sense23 says:

    What has this done- it has only made the Daily KOS and the Huffington Post!

    So you say- so what?

    American is tired of this. We are tired of being beat up by the right wing- telling us how to vote, how to eat, how to shop, when to shop, what drugs to take, strip away our medical choices-and we are tired of elected public officials acting like they have their heads up their ass! 8 years in the White House- and now locally? Enough is enough- so it is time for our elected officials to take the stand—-

    Are you going to change our Republican party back to that of our Grandparents- and let us have a 2 party system?

    So what has happened- an overweight, sight impared geek, who has nothing better to do- but slam people. He has the right of free speech-but he doesn’t have a right to drag elected officials into his basement!

  19. shot99 says:

    You were wrong when you said that Portman wouldn’t take the time to respond to this.

    No you can’t read.  I said he SHOULDN’T respond not that he wouldn’t.

  20. Above Average Bear says:

    half-brain99: I said he SHOULDN’T respond not that he wouldn’t.

    Not exactly. First half-brain denigrated Justin for suggesting that the smart move for Portman was to distance himself from Schifrin. By his actions, Portman agreed with Justin, not half-brain. Instead of having the class to admit he was wrong and Justin was right, half-brain continues to try to land a punch, but simply shoots himself in the foot.

  21. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Smart for Portman is to ignore the questions and focus on the future of ohio and the nation.

    Apparently Portman didn’t think it was smart to ignore the question and he took the opportunity to denounce something our community should have said is unacceptable a long time ago. You were out of your league and Portman’s a smart politician. Nice grammar btw.

  22. OOPS #18 isn't sense23 says:

    Nothing like being so frustrated by the total bizzare response from sense 23…

    #18 is not written by that person….

    Should have been Beautiful Bette! Sorry.

    But now that this has hit the Huffington…hopefully MSNBC will grab it and run!!

  23. Above Average Bear says:

    Judging by tomorrow’s issue of the Whistleblower, Jim Schifrin appears to be thumbing his nose at Rob Portman and continuing to flaunt his friendship with Joe Deters.

    Schifrin runs another photo of himself with Portman. Judging by their appearance, this one dates back at least ten years. Shifrin has a full head of hair (or is that a rug borrowed from Professor Irwin Corey?). Portman’s hair is still jet black. Schifrin is holding a dollar bill in front of Portman. The image’s intended meaning is draped heavily upon this limp text:

    Back in Ohio, pollsters are calling tonight, from Spokane, Washington, asking questions about whether you would vote for Rob Portman (who supported George Bush and sent jobs to Mexico and foreign counties) or if you would vote for anyone from Cleveland or Youngstown! Meanwhile, Portman is trying to raise money for his campaign. The Robster’s so desperate, now he’s even begging for Whistleblower Bailout Bucks.

    Then there’s this:

    Speaking of Deters, yesterday at lunch, the old Jaywalker was telling Beloved Whistleblower Publisher Charles Foster Kane (Schifrin’s pen name)how much new business The Blower’s new Cincinnati Legal ad was creating.

    If that’s the best he could do re: Portman, I suspect Schifrin had to dredge the vaults to turn up that photo. Now that Portman has flushed Schifrin down the pipes, Schifrin can continue the namecalling, but my money says that’s all he has left when it comes to Portman. 

    Deters, however, is another story. If the two are as close as Schifrin has repeatedly claimed - and Deters’ ongoing silence only creates the impression that it’s true - then “Jaywalking Joe” may, in fact, be “Dangling Deters.” That is, he may be a man being dangled over a sterno flame by a chopsticks-wielding hulk with a taste not only for sweet and sour soup, but perhaps sour grapes and sweet revenge.

    That’s all tea leaf reading, of course: amusing speculation, but inconsequential. Deters’ public image is another matter.

    The Beacon’s reporting and the resulting damning quotes from a wide range of public officials and The Enquirer have put Schifrin in a deep hole he has been digging for a decade and he won’t be coming out anytime soon. In fact, never.

    The problem for Deters is that he’s now in the same hole. Maybe he has been for a long time, but nobody paid much attention until recently. What’s different now is a Democratic takeover that makes Deters an easy, fun target to pelt, just sitting in that deep hole with an unrepentant oddball whose idea of political commentary is mammy jokes spiced with the occasional tee-hee about killing Barack Obama. No murder chuckles in yesterday’s ‘Blower, but maybe there was this:

    And here’s some more Change you Can Believe: What do you expect from the African-American president? He remembered his African roots and turned the thermostat up in the White House, and David Axelrod said, “You could grow orchids in there!” How about watermelons?

    So is the County Prosecutor BFFs with someone traffics in KKK-style journalism? Or not? Until Deters answers, we can’t be sure. There’s the rub for the Old Jaywalker. Now that every leading county official and beyond have made it clear they think The Whistleblower newsletter has no practical use except for personal hygienic application, people may find themselves asking, “Why is Joe Deters sitting in that deep, dirty hole, sharing fortune cookies rice with a bespectacled mountebank making jokes about killing the President of the United States?”

  24. Citizens Against Joe Deters says:

    Any reputable person would ask their BFF to knock it off.  Something like, “ look my friend, I’m the chief legal representative of Hamilton County so you can’t brag about our lunch dates and our sharing assassination jokes about President Obama, or brag that we often each lunch and share racist/sexist jokes.  Someone who has been a victim of one of my dirty deeds may come out of the wood works and sue me.”

    In Deters not responding he continues to prove that some un-elected officials could care less about our communities and their constituents.

  25. Above Average Bear says:

    Sorry, after-hours typo on that last sentence. Should be, “Why is Joe Deters sitting in that deep, dirty hole, sharing fortune cookies with a bespectacled mountebank making jokes about killing the President of the United States?”

  26. using51 says:

      Smart for Portman is to ignore the questions and focus on the future of ohio and the nation.

    Apparently Portman didn’t think it was smart to ignore the question and he took the opportunity to denounce something our community should have said is unacceptable a long time ago. You were out of your league and Portman’s a smart politician. Nice grammar btw.

    Now you are the grammar police-  nice.  Anyway can you please show me where I said Portman wouldn’t respond to your question like you claim I said in post 16. That or I will accept an apology from you for lying.  I would much rather have used poor grammar on a crappy blog rather than to have lied.

    Portman would have been smarter to ignore your question.  As i correctly predicted you are going after Deters and trying to get Portman to denounce Deters. Sowing public discord among elected officials of the same party tends to not be helpful in a primary race. 

    Your “hard work” hasn’t changed anything.  The whistleblower still exist and is publishing.  I am sure he hasn’t lost a subscriber or one person who logged in to read his work.  If anything you have probably introduced him to new people.

    I anxiously await your apology.

  27. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Well go ahead and start holding your breath. I think Portman is obviously much smarter than you. Yes, we think that in a decent society decent people will denounce this kind of crap. I know plenty of Republicans that would find that rag disgusting. Anyone who reads the Whistleblower and thinks it’s funny has some serious issues, like being racist and sexist. That’s you chump!

    It says a lot about the character (or lack thereof) of our elected officials like Joe Deters that he would hang out with this guy telling racist jokes in his “personal life”. The prosecutor is clearly a racist pig that is unfit for the job. It is outrageous that the Democratic Party is too inept to run someone against this pig. This doesn’t just reflect poorly on the Hamilton County GOP, it makes all of Hamilton County look pathetic.

  28. Above Average Bear says:

    half-brain51: you are going after Deters and trying to get Portman to denounce Deters.

    This is supposed to be an insight? Obviously The Beacon is going after Deters - to encourage him to denounce The Whistleblower for hardcore racism and making assassination jokes. No other pol as far as the crow flies has any problem doing so. Why is Jaywalking Joe doing his Garbo impression?

    Also obvious is that it’s no problem for half-brain that the county prosecutor is unwilling (or unable?) to do so. Although half-brain’s standard of acceptable conduct by public officials may be somewhere south of Lester Maddox, others in both parties who wield far more clout than Deters have strongly and unequivocally proclaimed their disagreement, thereby leaving Deters to twist slowly in the breeze. If he has any defenders of consequence, we “anxiously await” hearing from them.

    As for half-brain’s political acumen, she’s currently batting 0 for 1 and appears unaware that she and her friend Joe are being more isolated by the day. And with friends like half-brain…?

    As for me, I’m looking forward to finding out if others will be calling out Deters on this issue. What does your crystal ball say about that, half-brain?

  29. anon says:

    Nice - but what about their stance with Bill Cinningham?  Do any of them repudiate the racist, sexist rhetoric of the Big One or are they too beholden to the station’s ratings to do what is right?  What is the difference between WLW and the Blower - nuance sometimes, but a far greater negative impact on broad because it is accepted as mainstream.

    Ask the same people why they support Cunningham after sharing some of his best works.

  30. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    above average, half brains crystal ball probably says ‘Smart for noone is to ignore the questions and focus on the future of ohio and the nation’.

    anon, Shifrin is an easier target because he’s so clearly over the line and because his crap is in print. The way to move forward with going after Cunnigham would be to get a group of people and start documenting what he says. I don’t listen to the blowhards much and at this point I couldn’t point to anything clearly racist although I think his general attitutde is. I mean if he pulls an Imus then you have a place to start. Maybe he has and nobody is there to call him on it.

  31. anon says:

    What is the difference between WLW and the Blower

    Assassination jokes/threats.

  32. FCC Mom! says:

    The only reason why WLW hasn’t allowed Willie the ability to speak openly…is their license! If Clear Channel wasn’t so in bed with the FCC-and paying fines with their other stations- they would turn him loose.

    Just listen to his Sunday nite show- which is like the “best of…” And after listening to that for 15 minutes you to will wonder why they didn’t pick up the HineyHeimlich show- it is 10X’s better! And he actually had some Democrats on his show! WHOAAA…he was gonna stroke out!

  33. Jones says:

    What’s taking Joe Deters so long?

    This little line from the Saturday edition of the Blower:

    Speaking of Deters, yesterday at lunch, the old Jaywalker was telling Beloved Whistleblower Publisher Charles Foster Kane how much new business The Blower’s new Cincinnati Legal ad was creating.

    They don’t care about your witch hunt, because you don’t matter.

  34. Above Average Bear says:

    1) Miss Jones is unable to make up her mind. In a previous Beacon item about the same subject, she cast doubt on Schifrin’s credibility, asserting that the WB’s claims about lunching with Deters were fabricated. Now Miss Jones cites The WB’s most recent claim as fact in order to nyah-nyah The Beacon.

    2) Miss Jones: They don’t care about your witch hunt, because you don’t matter.

    Miss Jones would have been more precise if she wrote, “Based on the WB’s most recent lunch date claim, Deters & Schifrin apparently don’t care about your witch hunt, because you apparently don’t matter to them. You certainly don’t matter to me.”

    3) Schifrin has been thoroughly marginalized, therefore his actions are irrelevant. As a highly-placed local official, Joe Deters’s actions are of considerable interest, as proven by the comment by numerous public officials in response to this matter. Assuming Miss Jones is correct and that Deters doesn’t care if he’s perceived as making assassination and racist jokes with Jim Schifrin, then presumably Deters has decided to accept the consequences of that decision. At stage (assuming the historically-stubborn Deters doesn’t distance himself from the WB and do it soon), there are only two debatable points: What might those consequences be?; and Why would Deters want to anchor himself to a quickly-sinking Schifrin?

    Smarter, more influential Republicans like Rob Portman - who see their party on the skids in part because of trouble-making lightning rods like Deters - may already be asking themselves that question.

  35. Some people care, others are bigots says:

    It’s a bigot hunt and we’ll find you too one day.

  36. Jones says:

    Miss Jones is unable to make up her mind

    Bear, I make up my mind constantly. Don’t have time to waffle around.  Oh, & BTW, Bear, the name is JONES.

    I simply put the WB’s little line nugget out there just to keep all the speculating & presupposition going.  In other words, keep this Beacon Bigoted cauldron bubbling & stirred up. Schifrin’s statement doesn’t provide you with anymore proof than all of you thought you had at jump.

    Why would Deters want to anchor himself to a quickly-sinking Schifrin?

    Huh?  This is purely conjecture.  Again, none of you have jack to firmly support any facts that Deters is cozy with Schifrin.

    assuming the historically-stubborn Deters doesn’t distance himself from the WB and do it soon

    Yeah, there you go, Bear. You & the rest of these Beacon Bigots are assuming.  Assumptions won’t get you anything.

    Imagine the fun the Secret Service is having reading all this tripe!

  37. Bubba says:

    Jones,
    You betcha that they Secret Service is loving every minute of this! And You Betcha that they have already been to Sndye Park for lunch! And You Betcha that they have been doing more than laughing- maybe at some of the comments left by the Deter Lovers- like you!!!

    They take this stuff so serious- one reason why we haven’t heard anything about this, is- This is an Open Case!!!

    So you betcha- that you can find this funny-but they aren’t!

  38. Above Average Bear says:

    Miss Jones: I simply put the WB’s little line nugget out there just to keep all the speculating & presupposition going.

    Silly me to have taken the lady at her word. For now on, I will assume that anything she writes is subject to her own revision.

    But thank you, Miss Jones, for bringing the latest “my lunch with Joe” claim to our attention. I hope you will continue to closely monitor Jim Schifrin’s nuggets.

    Yeah, there you go, Bear. You & the rest of these Beacon Bigots are assuming.

    In her ongoing efforts to defend Mr. Deters’ choice to avoid responsibility for making a public statement about his relationship with the feculent WB, cruel mistress Miss Jones would even deny us the freedom to speculate.

    Miss Jones: Imagine the fun the Secret Service is having reading all this tripe!

    Pure conjecture, Miss J! (But I hope you’re right.)

  39. Above Average Bear says:

    Please make that “<u>From</u> now on, I will assume that anything she writes is subject to her own revision.” Sorry for the typo. I confess to being distracted by the mental picture of Miss Jones closely monitoring The Whistleblower’s nuggets.

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