Monday, February 11, 2008
I'm Just Sayin' ...
--[News notes, Inside Baseball Dept., No. 1:] BULLETIN: Journos Upset When Billionaire Owner Utters a Curse Word!
I despair at the pursed-lip scolds who now dominate journalism. And I understand Sam Zell for whom six billion dollars is truly f-you money. Under the same circumstances, I might have muttered the same thing after that photographer -- photographer! -- asked a snotty question and then theatrically turned her back on him at a staff meeting at the Orlando Sentinel -- a newspaper that has seemed in recent years to be determined to put into a coma the half of central Florida that isn't already in one. The photographer now denies intending to turn her back as a gesture of contempt, but some people saw it differently. Meanwhile, the pursed-lip scolds won't just let it be. Imaging, cursing during a newspaper meeting! Miss Grundy, bring the salts!
Surely, a harrumphing Public Editor is settling down on the landscape somewhere in a big hot-air balloon. Ah, yes.
--[News notes, Inside Baseball Dept., No. 2]. I'd hire this kid. The news business used to be full of pains in the ass like him, and it needs new ones desperately.
--Excited Drudge headline of the day: "Chertoff Worries About 'Earth-Shattering' Events" ... Don't we all, dude, don't we all.