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?