Thursday, February 11, 2016

Oval Office Advice

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How Things Work

“You don’t have to be fearful of somebody spouting bad ideas. Just out-argue them. Beat ‘em. Make the case as to why they’re wrong. Win over adherents. That’s how things work in a democracy.”


 
Editorial Comment: We need better arguments.



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Titus








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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Campaign Rally

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No Character Required


“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.” 

—Joseph Heller (1923-1999), novelist, Catch 22, 1961 (Thanks to alert WORDsters Jeffry Unger and Bette Midler)


Editorial Comment: Words for a political season.


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Beach Walk








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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Making News

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The Clinton Do


“If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.”

—Hillary Clinton, fashion plate and presidential candidate, “The Forbes Powers Women Speak,” Forbes magazine, 2007.




Editorial Comment: Trump’s got a lot to learn about political tactics.




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Snow Walk








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Monday, February 8, 2016

Make Up Your Mind!

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Baaaaaaaaaaaaaa



“While some smart people will profit from all the information now just a click away, many will be misled into a false sense of expertise. My worry is not that we are losing the ability to make up our own minds, but that it’s becoming too easy to do so.” 

—David Dunning, Cornell professor who studies ignorance, in The man who studies the spread of ignorance,” BBC, Jan. 6, 2016. 


Editorial Comment: Please! If you have a chance to vote, PLEASE don’t pay attention to the polls. Who cares what the news says “people think”? What do YOU think?


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The 2016 Clam Beach Run










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Friday, February 5, 2016

Winging It

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Potshot


“News is history shot on the wing. The huntsmen from the Fourth Estate seek to bag only the peacock or the eagle of the swifting day.” 

—Gene Fowler (1890-1960), journalist, author and screenwriter (Thanks to alert WORDster Armour Van Horn)




Editorial Comment: Some days, the huntsmen misfire. (Copy editors: Check your cutlines.)



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The Morning Paper








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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Copy Editor

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Make My Day

“One of the great joys in life, for people without many joys in life, is correcting other people’s grammar. We are overshadowed by perpetual rain clouds. We snip off dangling participles, splint split infinitives, reason with antecedents until they stop being unclear. Misplaced modifiers scuttle off at our approach. This kind of stickling is the joy of people who otherwise tend to walk around looking as if someone stuck a lemon in their mouths and they didn’t have a very good morning.” 

—Alexandra Petri, columnist, “For the AP Stylebook, it’s ‘more than’ over,” The Washington Post, 2014






Editorial Comment: For my copy editing students: Make lemonade.





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Sadie Snowhound






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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ailes TV

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America Vision


“I put on an American channel for America. For old folks and young folks, and try to mix it up and make it interesting. People look at it, and I hope I get high enough ratings overall, and people will include some of the subgroups in comparable measurements. So Bill O’Reilly has the highest demo on our channel. . . . He’s in his 60s, and he’s cranky, and a lot of kids don’t want to watch his ass but they do.” 

—Roger Ailes, co-founder and CEO of Fox News, was named AdWeek’s “2015 Media Visionary,” Dec. 2, 2015


Editorial Comment: This is America’s “visionary”? That explains a lot.


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Elk Head









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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Another -30-

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A City’s Lifetime

“One hundred and forty nine years is a long life. A century and a half of so many details, so many stories, so many lives touched and changed. So much history chronicled, personalities explored, facts recorded, voices quoted, lies exposed and truths told. So many momentous events observed. A dizzying amount of information recorded in type and pictures, for 149 years. 

“Today’s edition is the final print edition of the Guelph Mercury, a publication that began as a daily newspaper the year Canada became a nation, and a dozen years before Guelph was incorporated as a city.” 

—Rob O’Flanagan, reporter, “The Guelph Mercury lived for 149 years,” the (now-defunct) Guelph (Ontario) Mercury, which closed its print operation last week, Jan. 28, 2016


Editorial Comment: So a city of 120,000 can’t support a newspaper?



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Slow Leeks








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Monday, February 1, 2016

Challenger at 30

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Too High, Too Fast

“What was to have been both good politics and good television became instead an exposure of the dangerous symbiosis of government and news agencies, caught in the webs of their own routines and desires. The networks, enjoying their access to dramatic images, allowed themselves to be duped into believing that shuttle takeoffs were safe and routine. NASA, dependent on the news media for publicity, allowed itself to feel the heat of not keeping the media waiting any longer after several delays.” 

—Joshua Meyrowitz, media scholar, “The Ascent of Christa: Technological Hubris & the Challenger Shuttle Disaster,” on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger explosion, Huffington Post, Jan. 28, 2016 


Editorial Comment: Icarus revisited.

Related:Utah engineers’ warning was ignored,” Salt Lake Tribune, Jan. 28, 2016




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Seastack Skyscape






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