Archive: February, 2012
The GOP gives it to Boehner up the middle...and they stop him again! They stop him again!
Marty Baron, the editor of the Boston Globe, hit a home run with this recent speech in accepting a First Amendment award in Boston. I hope that anyone who cares about the future of journalism -- including would-be buyers of the Daily News and Inquirer -- will read it. (H/T Romenesko). There's some good stuff about media coverage of the war in Iraq that dovetails with what I've been saying here since Day One at Attytood, but I think the most important part is highlighted by media critic Dan Kennedy:
The greatest danger to a vigorous press today, however, comes from ourselves.
I talk with Daily News Phillies beat writer David Murphy about "Give It To Steve!" and the amazing true story of the 1948 NFL championship game in Philadelphia. Special bonus: Lots of Phillies' talk.
Whitney Houston died last night (perhaps you heard about it?) Condolences to her family, including the daughter she left behind; it's sad when any life is cut so short -- but especially when someone had such a God-given gift as Houston's voice. The fact that those talents pretty much went to waste for well over a decade before she died only compounds the tragedy.
When Michael Jackson died nearly three years ago, it struck an emotional, generation chord for me; I wrote about how a Jackson 5 disc was the very first record I purchased and about what the eventual King of Pop meant to my so-called Generation Jones in a post called "The Love You Save." I can't write anything like that about Whitney Houston -- I really had no emotional connection to her or her music at all. I'm pretty sure that's because when she first hit the pop charts in 1985, I was 26 years old, starting a new job and dealing with the various ups and downs of sudden adulthood. Unlike all the pop stars that came before her, I wasn't hearing her in nightclubs or frat parties or even listening too much Top 40 radio. It's interesting -- sometimes pop culture unites us but sometimes it's a dividing line. I guess I was just the wrong side of Whitney Houston.
If you read any one story this weekend, check out Daniel Denvir's stunningly well-researched piece in the City Paper on how the poor and the struggling in Philadelphia have been devastated in the Tom Corbett era -- and that is before the governor's new round of harsh proposed cuts.
Here's how it begins....please go on to read the whole thing:
Maybe one reason we haven't heard as much from Occupy Wall Street lately is because they achieved too much too fast:
Is Occupy Wall Street petering out? Or, more provocatively, has the protest movement already won a big battle and is now watching that victory unfold?
One of the great ad placements of all time. Clint Eastwood would probably say, "Get off my lawn!"
By the way, it's all about a good look from the Daily News' Morgan Zalot on every Attytood commenter's favorite topic: Violence in the inner city.
What does it all mean? (Bleep) if I know.
Also, please read this story published in the Daily News today.