Thursday, June 13, 2019

Now This Is The News Media I Remember...

Way To Go Media! - You're Back At It!!

Watching the news last night, there was a report on Trump's alleged deal with Mexico regarding immigration. And he was holding a piece of paper up as the was talking about it, indicating that he was holding the agreement. Journalists took the above image and blew it up to read what was on the paper. Gotta love modern technology.

Well done! Now they couldn't see everything, but what they could, they told us about. It will be interesting to see the White House reaction to this one. Keep it up, journalists! Channel your inner Woodward and Bernstein! You can do this!

Thursday, January 31, 2019


So take a look at this capture from the NBC Today Show website and tell me what is wrong with the photo caption.

What it says is Senator Dole saluted President Bush lied in his casket. How about "as the President lay in state?" He didn't lie...he did pass away.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Bob Woodward - One Of The Best!

I was a teenager during the Watergate scandal and was very aware of the work of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post -- in fact, it was their investigative journalism, and later, their book, All The President's Men, and the movie of the same name, that gave me interest in journalism -- I wanted to be them!

Well, I spent 15 years in newspaper journalism and still do some freelance writing. Writing is a passion. Accurate writing is a passion. Woodward and Bernstein do/did both.

That's why it didn't surprise me to see Bob Woodward's latest book -- Fear: Trump in the White House -- and the brohaha it has ignited. If you don't know by now, it is about the current White House and it's goings-on. And it's not favorable. Gee, what a surprise.

I haven't read the book yet -- but I will. I trust Bob Woodward to be as accurate and truthful as he has been throughout his distinguished career. That's the Golden Rule of his generation of journalists and he hasn't forgotten it.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Monday, July 23, 2018

It's only getting worse...the demise of newspapers

Today I read in the New York Times that the New York Daily News is cutting its news staff by half. This is a trend that keeps getting worse -- I have not worked in a newsroom in over 25 years -- a number of my colleagues who do have lost their jobs.

I just don't know what to say -- competition keeps journalism good. I would much rather read a newspaper story in a newspaper than on the web. Yeah, I'm showing my age. Journalism today is all about trending news -- not the every day ho hum coverage of a city council or a school board meeting. And if you can't read it on your phone, who gives a crap?

I hope I'm wrong....but I think it's just going to get worse.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

No Shame - Ever

Columnist Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press is someone I have admired for a long time (as well as read his work). His column in today's paper regarding the public shaming of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is spot on and worth reading. I am no fan of the current administration, however that doesn't entitle me or anyone else of shaming someone in public and denying them public access to things -- in this case, dinner in a restaurant.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Terror in the Newsroom

I am sick of these random mass shootings the people of the United States have endured for many years. We have not learned our lesson.

The latest shooting -- five dead from a newsroom shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland -- really hit home. I worked in newsrooms for nearly two decades. Only one of them had any kind of security system to get in - and that was a national newspaper (USA Today). Maybe it's changed, but I don't know. It's been awhile since I worked in one.

But that's not the point - the fact that people like this man and others with court records and serious mental problems have access to and use guns to kill others is not right. Yet, until lawmakers stop allowing themselves to be bought by the National Rifle Association, we will continue to have these tragedies.

Rest in peace, Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, and Rebecca Smith.