Archive: January, 2010
Today's much ballyhooed announcement of the new Apple tablet has the feel of a story that broke in 2007 -- for weeks already I've been reading stories and getting Twittered link after link of stories from journogeeks about how this portable slate is going to be the savior of newspapers (and let's not forget books!) Here's an example:
Struggling US newspapers and magazines may seek Internet Age resurrection in a so-called "Jesus tablet" -- a computer expected to grab the spotlight Wednesday at a much anticipated Apple event in San Francisco.
The letter from the (editorial page) editor you've been patiently waiting for:
So, let's take care of the nuts and bolts before we get to the good stuff: yes, we verify letters before they run in the paper. We verify to ensure that someone who signs a letter has actually written it, and that it's exclusive to our paper (in other words, not a mass mailing). Our policy is that local letter writers get to write on any topic; letter writers from out of our circulation area get to write only about topics that are unique to Philadelphia or the Daily News. "Ms. Light" affirmed all counts. We don't ask for proof of residency.
I would have like to have been at this meeting at Newsday (where I worked from 1985-95) for the sheer entertainment value:
That astoundingly low figure was revealed in a newsroom-wide meeting last week by publisher Terry Jimenez when a reporter asked how many people had signed up for the site. Mr. Jimenez didn't know the number off the top of his head, so he asked a deputy sitting near him. He replied 35.
True of false -- the Obama administration keeps a hit list of U.S.citizens it wants to assassinate.
The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group's credibility.
The president is listening to your concerns.
Seriously, a lot of people were stunned and agitated by last night's news leak that President Obama was declaring a return to Hooverism -- or more accurately, FDR's 1937 spending freeze that nearly killed the recovery from the Great Depression. But it turns out that, on closer examination, the whole thing is just another cheap political gimmick. (Good analysis here and here.) Which is just great, because if there's anything that America needs with 10 percent unemployment and record foreclosures right now, it's yet another cheap political gimmick! Not exactly "change," is it?
Last night as I was headed home from the Daily News sometime after midnight, I caught some fill-in host on WPHT who was setting new standards for right-wing bed-wetting about terrorism: I learned that if a government official goes on Sunday-morning TV and refers to a terrorism suspect as "a murderer" instead of "a terrorist," then, well, heck, we might as well turn the keys to the White House over to Osama bin Laden, since apparently there's nothing nicer you can say about a person than to call him "a murderer."
So tonight I'm reading a story in the New York Times about a push to move the KSM terror trial from lower Manhattan offshore to Governor's Island (long story short, probably won't happen) and the story ends with this quote, which I think every American should hear: