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.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

News Today - The Opinion of a Grumpy Former Reporter

It's probably good that I didn't renew my blogsite address for more than a year and I haven't blogged in quite awhile. It would have been a constant rant and that isn't what blogging is about on my terms.

Yes, my blog is my opinion, as clearly stated. But where should opinions be made public, and by whom?

I'm still of the opinion that the news media needs to be neutral -- during the 12 years I was a full-time newspaper reporter, I was told I didn't join any political party, nor did I call into talk shows (talk media was only on the radio then -- the internet was not fully developed - yes I am old!), protest, write letters to the editor of any publication or I would be in trouble. In my day, it was the editorial page and that was it.

Obviously times have changed -- news media professionals have Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, blogs, etc. News is instantaneous and the competition is huge. I get that. I guess waiting to post your news item/tweet/facebook post, etc. means you get scooped by your competitors. And I realize that doesn't bode well with your boss.

I also realize that not all reporters put their opinions out there. A lot, however, do.


Welcome to the 21st Century, Anne!