Ben Harder should avoid writing stories like this

Journalists need to be a little perverted. Or at least someone, preferably on the copy desk, should have lurid, disgusting, nasty tendencies and thoughts every so often as to avoid the unpleasant feeling you get when pick up a newspaper or see a Web site headline that suggests something unintended.

Courtesy of The Washington Post we get what might be the first time a specific assignment should have been given to a different reporter. This one is certainly “Special to The Washington Post.”

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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