Feb 13, 2015
From comments at The Bleat:
"When I was (briefly) at The AP in N'Awlins, the New York desk came back and came back and came back at the sportswriter prior to the Super Bowl. over and over. "what is the temperature and winds on the field?" finally got the copy accepted with "68 degrees, half-mile winds, variable." this is, of course, about the Superdome."
I am of the opinion that that selfsame New York editor is also assigned to supervise all reports dealing with firearms.
Dec 24, 2014
One event. Two headlines and two ledes:
Tense scenes in Missouri after police shoot another black teen
BY ERIC M. JOHNSON
(Reuters) - An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police late on Tuesday at a gas station in a St. Louis suburb near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media said.
POLICE: MISSOURI OFFICER KILLS MAN WHO PULLED GUN
BY JIM SUHR
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him at a gas station, police said.
Well done, Reporter Suhr, with a nod to your editors on the St. Louis bureau night desk.
Each version appeared about the same time, shortly before 7 a.m. Each reporter had access to the same information.
It took Reuters five paragraphs to get to the second most important point: The dead man had pointed a pistol at the cop. Reporter Johnson and his editors decided Ferguson and its protests were more important than the apparent facts in their spot news report. What's a little incitement to riot when you are reaching for headline drama?
Jan 3, 2012
Dec 17, 2011
The Register (correctly, I think) dismisses Gingrich as a flake. It rejects Ron Paul because:
"Ron Paul’s libertarian ideology would lead to economic chaos and isolationism, neither of which this nation can afford."
That would be as opposed to the current economic chaos accompanied by shooting all the Arabaic speakers who piss us off? Bearing in mind, of course, that this sometimes motivates the Arabs shoot back.
Nov 16, 2011
The Morning Joe gang was stunned by yesterday's poll reporting the four-way dead heat in the Iowa caucus race. So they naturally brought in Chris Mathews to help them regain their composure. He led them through a therapeutic session based on the novel ideas that (1) Republicans don't much like Romney (2) Gingrich has a lot of personal baggage and (3) potential voters can be a pretty flighty bunch early in the election cycle. Thanks, Chris. We didn't know.
Just when I thought it was over, Mika -- of all people -- said some viewers might think their reporting was merely blasting Republicans rather than addressing what is "good for the country." Heads nodded and we got a nice little coda emphasizing that the good of the country requires policies sort of splitting the difference between Obama and Romney. Good idea -- averaging out pi and 3.15.
Need I mention that the name of Ron Paul, second in the poll, went unmentioned?
Clicking my magic wormhole over to CNBC, I found the the financial talkies letting Darell Issa speak his piece -- giving him time to complete his sentences and even short paragraphs.
I discovered myself almost admiring a misdemeanant (at least) and Patriot Act backer who, here in 2011, is capable of talking about the right things, structuring government for efficiency and a good chance of freeing people to succeed or fail on their own merits. I suppose a lot of the Left will call him a sorehead for mentioning Solyndra.
(I totally forgot to check Fox News for thigh reveals. Must be getting old.)
Nov 4, 2011
I believe I speak on behalf of the entire nation in expressing shock at this slight.
It is no comfort to side with the sorehead who remarks that having Barack Obama as a financial advisor is much like having Lindsay Lohan as your substance abuse counsellor.
Note to the editors of America: Do you really believe referring to it as "The South of France" make you seem all cosmopolitan and jet-setty? Okay, then the next time His Obamaness flies into Ardmore, we want to hear you report that he arrived in the South of Oklahoma.
Jun 24, 2011
A fresh AP/GfK poll attempted to measure the favorability/unfavorability ratings of the "top" ten GOP candidates, and Paul was included. The writer assigned to turn the poll into publishable words didn't think Paul's showing was newsworthy. The good doctor didn't rate even a nod.
The more detailed report -- unpublishable in general news files -- tells a different story. In total favorability ratings, Paul beats everyone in the field except Romney. He beats Bachmann, Palin, Gingrich and the rest of the headliners.
Not surprisingly, he fares more poorly in the unfavorable category -- beating "only" Gingrich, Palin, and, err, Romney. Twenty-one years of being snickered at folks who talk on the electric teevee channels will do that to a guy.
Caution: Polling geekery alert:
The news report in the first cite above uses numbers different from the raw poll results. The narrative story deals with favorability ratings among Republicans only, while the data in the second covers opinions of all people polled. The number-crunching methodology to get from one to the other isn't reported. There's nothing necessarily sinister in that, and it doesn't alter the point that the news story contains a large black hole.
Jun 22, 2011
He was in practice. An hour earlier he killed a another nice lady at an Algona convenience store.
Of course this makes me think of a fellow luckier than the two unarmed convenience store clerks. That good citizen forgot to obey his employer's (Walgreen's) Compromise Policy. His punishment was less permanent.
'course, the Humboldt/Algona killer kid (17) had a pretty good excuse. Earlier in his recent adventures he had swiped a pack of ramen noodles and feared getting caught. So he stole a family gun and his mom's SUV and took off for Mexico, or maybe Amsterdam, via my neighborhood.
And a technical note if you please: The first version of the Register story had the young man armed with a 40 mm handgun. Bofor long, multiple layers of fact checking and editorial oversight (which is to say a wry reader comment) prompted a correction to .40 caliber.
Oct 22, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
The Indianapolis Star may or may not have been a "great" newspaper, but a little more than a generation back Eugene C.Pulliam made it a highly respected one, a professional journal controlled by professional editors.
Roberta keys on the primary sadness here. The media have only the lowest opinion of your intelligence and mine. Gannett controllers seem convinced you and I have never read a book cover-to-cover. Or perhaps they concede we may be part of the small, strange cult of word readers but understand that the big money is made in pandering to the comic-book class.
Jun 14, 2010
"Kennedy docs show death threats as late as 1985"
Call it a stupid mistake by two so-called professionals who know full well that many, many readers never go further than the headline and that fewer still go beyond the first paragraph. The quoted paragraph follows a lede also mentioning the threat to Teddy but not the president.
For instance, the FBI helped Ted buy time to get his story arranged for the fawning reporters who aspired, above all, to be favored Kennedy courtiers.
Jun 8, 2010
May 28, 2010
Because I watch little electrical teevee I'm in debt to my friend Alan of one of the New England commissariats for word that Lt. John W. Finn, USN, (ret.) died yesterday. On Dec. 7, 1941, he left his wife's bed in Kanoehe to rush to the sound of guns at the Naval Air station.
Then-CPO Finn picked up a machine gun (presumably a Browning .30), carried it to an exposed spot on the air strip, and blazed away at Jap raiders. He was wounded several times over the course of a long battle, He survived hospitalization, and, on Sept. 15, 1942, Admiral Chester Nimitz pinned the Medal of Honor on him.
Last night, on ABC teevee, John tells me, George Stephanopolis (I'm too intellectual to be in politics.) reported that he was cited for "fighting back at the Kamikazes attacking Pearl Harbor."
EDIT: Adding that Lt. Finn was the last surviving MOH winner from Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
May 20, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
And maybe Lisa hasn't actually read the bill. She writes; "If signed, the bill would also allow Iowa gun owners to openly carry their weapons, carry long guns...
Which just isn't true. Open carry is a different subject in Iowa, covered under a different code section.
Also: "The National Rifle Association proposed the bill in an effort to have Iowa join the roughly 20* other states with “shall issue” laws.
No, Lisa. The NRA favored the bill, but many like it have been proposed for years. Your best reference here is probably Rep. Clel Baudler.
Parse that one for logic if you dare. Sheriff Pulkrabek, claiming to speak for all his colleagues, endorses the right to bear arms except that you can't actually bear them. Well, in your bedroom, maybe.
"Pulkrabek said he’s worried the new law would take away sheriffs’ discretion in issuing permits."
Yes sir. It would. That is precisely the point.
You might like to read the article and savor some other oddities of linear logic and the approach to reporting which is deemed acceptable at major universities these days.
EDIT: The actual number of shall-issue states, Lisa, is about 37, not 20. Let's hear it for multiple layers of fact checking and editorial oversight.