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Sound and Fury Over Nothing

(6) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 12:48 PM

Who "won" Wednesday night's presidential debate? That's the big topic in the news right now. That's because it can be handled like a sports story, but without that annoying finality of an actual score. Therefore, news pundits, editorialists, columnists, bloggers, etc. can ruminate forever -- or at least until the...

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Notes from the Occupation

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 1:09 PM

I admit it. This wasn't my first demonstration. My husband and I went to Washington, D.C. in November 1969 to protest the Vietnam War -- along with approximately 500,000 other people. Much later, I stood roadside on the Durham Green in March 2003 protesting then-President George W. Bush's plan to...

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There's a Protest on Wall Street?

(97) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 1:33 PM

There is, and how do I know that?

I know that because I subscribe to Reader Supported News (RSN), a web-based news service. Otherwise I had caught, through my decidedly left-wing email list, that something was afoot for the third week in September, but a full-blown protest by thousands of...

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It's a Poll, but Is It News?

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 6:08 PM

Unmasked at last.

To be fair here (if not impartial!), I have always detested polls. Perhaps my cynicism stems from early memories of Harry Truman holding up a broadsheet with "Dewey Wins" proclaimed boldly across the top. (Though I was only two when the actual event occurred,...

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Faster and Faster...

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 4:06 PM

Dave Pell's blog this week on the speed of the "news cycle" and the rush to chime in with opinion before, as he puts it, "the crime tape is even up," struck a real chord with this retired weekly newspaper editor.

It was, from my vantage point, a blessing to...

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But Is It journalism?

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 1:54 PM

The past week and more on the serious news front has been spent responding to the release of thousands of diplomatic cables from around the world, cables that apparently were part of ordinary diplomatic chatter. With the first batch of 220 or so of 251,287 cables released by WikiLeaks on...

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How Much Is Too Much?

(4) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 3:15 PM

I talked to the managing editor of a local daily newspaper earlier today. We talked about the upcoming trial of a second suspect in a horrific home invasion triple murder. The trial will begin in January. The first suspect was already tried, convicted and sentenced to death earlier this month....

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What Ever Happened to Real Journalism?

(48) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 3:05 PM

It's started already. Journalism as usual, that is.

A mere two weeks after a midterm election, most mainstream journalists are not exploring the issues that must be tackled by the new Congress or tied up by the old Congress, but are handicapping the next election cycle. This is given added...

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