Friday, January 23, 2015

Most Trusted

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Critical Thinker


Online search engines have overtaken traditional media as the most trusted source for general news and information, according to a global survey of 27,000 people by Edelman, a public relations firm. . . . 


“[T]he striking thing is that Google does not actually report on anything, but instead serves up links to stories on a mix of other sites that users, apparently, trust less than the aggregator itself.”

—John McDuling, writer, “Google is now a more trusted source of news than the websites it aggregates,” Quartz.com, Jan. 20, 2015

Editorial Comment: I saw this in the Times, but didn’t believe it until I saw it on HuffPo.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Totems







 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lovable decrepit alcoholics

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Staff Issues 

“We must express the view, based on our empirical observations, that a substantial number of journalists are ignorant, lazy, opinionated, and intellectually dishonest. 
“The profession is heavily cluttered with aged hacks toiling through a miasma of mounting decrepitude and often alcoholism, and even more so with arrogant and abrasive youngsters who substitute ‘commitment’ for insight. The product of their impassioned intervention in public affairs is more often confusion than lucidity.”

—Conrad Black, F. David Radler and Peter G. White, “A Brief to the Special Senate Committee on the Mass Media from the Sherbrooke Record, the voice of the Eastern Townships,” 1969

Editorial Comment: And let’s not even talk about those imps over at the TV station, and their chainsaw antics.

• Note: Black, Radler and White knew their scoundrels. See Globe and Mail, “The lonely battle of Peter White,” 2010.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Diesel Door







 




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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Journalist Security

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No Surrender 

“We all know that journalism can be dangerous. There’s no way to eliminate the risk completely, except by keeping silent, and that’s what we call surrender. So that’s not in the cards.”

—John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state, at State Department’s Journalist Security Conference, Jan. 20, 2015


Editorial Comment: Diplomatic talk is so fancy.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Trinidad Town Hall



 




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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spiked

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News Note: Gannett kills copy desks

“It is not just the loss of copy editors’ attention to niceties of spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage, and house style that made the published prose look reasonably polished and professional. It is the loss of people whose specific task was to raise awkward questions. Is this clear? Is this right? Is this plagiarized? Is this libelous? Is this a story? Is this true?”

—John E. McIntyre, columnist, on word that the Cincinnati Enquirer and other newspapers are eliminating copy editors, “And then there were none,” The Baltimore Sun, Nov. 23, 2014  



Editorial Comment: Hello, Sun copy desk, shouldn’t that be, “And then there was none. . . .”?

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Short Skiff Stack



 




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Monday, January 19, 2015

MLK’s 86th Birthday

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Still Dreaming

“For some, the fact that we have Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a confirmation that the war has been won, that racism has been eliminated. That we have overcome. But we have to look at the civil rights movement like antibiotics: Just because some of the symptoms of racism are clearing up, you don’t stop taking the medicine or the malady returns even stronger than before.”
 

—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball champ, author and educator on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, “Why I Have Mixed Feelings About MLK Day,” Time, Jan. 18, 2015

Editorial Comment: Forty-seven years after King’s assassination, bigots and boneheads still aren’t good about taking their medicine.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Redwoods



 




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Friday, January 16, 2015

GIGO

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Fact-checking

“We don’t have to search far for reasons why citizens are losing touch with reality. Our information system has been corrupted by talk show hosts who tell tall tales, politicians who concoct self-serving half truths, journalists who orchestrate phony debates, public relations specialists who spin nearly everything imaginable. Sadly, some of them have been at it so for so long that even they can no longer tell fact from fiction.”
 
—Thomas E. Patterson, professor of government and the press, Harvard, “A scarce commodity: Trustworthy and relevant information,” October 2014 

Editorial Comment: Garbage in, garbage out. Video @ 11.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Sundown



 








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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Presidential Endorsement

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Even-Handed

“I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate.”  
—President Barack Obama at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Editorial Comment: Always a 50-50 chance.


PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
http://peezpix.blogspot.com/2015/01/wispy-morning.html
Wispy Morning



 








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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Swill

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Soooo-eeeee!

“Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside the swill pail.”


George Orwell (1903-1950), writer







Editorial Comment: Come and git it, consumer-crazed oinkers. 


Caption contest: And what’s the little woman thinking?



PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Beach Bunny 








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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Your Little Drum Set

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Perfect Pitch

“Learn punctuation; it is your little drum set, one of the few tools you have to signal the reader where the beats and emphases go. (If you get it wrong, any least thing, the editor will throw your manuscript out.) Punctuation is not like musical notation; it doesn’t indicate the length of pauses, but instead signifies logical relations. There are all sorts of people out there who know these things very well. You have to be among them even to begin.”

—Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, “Notes for Young Writers,” In Fact: The best of creative nonfiction, 2005

Editorial Comment: My classes just started. I hope everyone took notes.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
All Quiet  







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Monday, January 12, 2015

Measured Discourse

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Well, say what you think


“Exactly how many people have to be shot in cold blood before your paper rules that you can show us what provoked the killers? Apparently 23 shot including 11 dead is not enough. What absolute cowardice. These MSM managers act is if they are running insurance companies, not news organizations.” —Marc Cooper, University of Southern California journalism professor, in Facebook post criticizing New York Times’ decision not to publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons, Jan. 9, 2015

“Dear Marc, appreciate the self righteous second guessing without even considering there might be another point of view. Hope your students are more open minded. Asshole.”—Dean Baquet, executive editor, The New York Times, in Facebook response, Jan. 9, 2015

“Reached via email, Baquet told POLITICO: ‘Lots of people have disagreed with my decision. Some of them are in The Times. I get that. Mr Cooper’s comment was nasty and arrogant. So I told him what I thought.’”
—Dylan Byers, media writer, “Dean Baquet calls N.Y. Times critic ‘a--hole,’” POLITICO, Jan. 9, 2015 Image: “Paris Attacks: Millions rally for unity,” BBC/Reuters

Editorial Comment: Ah, life in the age of reason.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Pier Patrol 






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Friday, January 9, 2015

More Cartoons

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WORDmeister note: Former Charlie Hebdo employees and colleagues vow that the magazine will publish next week on schedule.
  
Liberté sans peur

“All the time when we met we tried to make fun and joke about the crazy stupid people who were violent enough to be afraid of a simple cartoon. They can continue to be afraid, because there will be more cartoons. . . .
 

“There is no choice when you are a journalist and you want to be free and you refuse to be silenced just because a violent, stupid guy wants you to be silent. You continue to do what you do, what you know how to do, which is to be free.”
 

—Caroline Fourest, award-winning ex-Charlie Hebdo journalist, “Charlie Hebdo suvivors defiant in the face of terror,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Jan. 8, 2015. Image: Denis Charlet/AFP

Editorial Comment: Damn the torpedoes! Roll the presses!

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Harbor Evening 







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Thursday, January 8, 2015

#JeSuisCharlie

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WORDmeister note: Yesterday’s brutal attack on Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo by gunmen who witnesses say shouted “Allahu Akbar” and, “The Prophet is avenged,” has lit up social media and journalistic circles. Aside from the statement from Charlie Hebdo’s editor, perhaps the most important words on the attack come from the slain cartoonists’ colleagues.

Power of the Pen
“I don’t understand how people can attack a newspaper with heavy weapons. A newspaper is not a weapon of war.”
—Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief, Charlie Hebdo, who was out of the country when the attacks occurred. 




Editorial Comment: When words won’t suffice, there are artists.








See BuzzFeed collection of cartoonists’ responses to Charlie Hebdo shootings.



PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Dark sunset, January 2015







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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The WORD Returns, In a Nick of Time

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WORDmeister note: At the risk of tainting your New Year glow, I have to report that, as feared and expected, apologetic guys in white coats delivered the WORD to my front stoop. That’s the way with news—bad or otherwise: it hits the front door whether you want it or not. (Hear that, Kirby Delauter?) What better way to start a silly new WORD season than with the Maryland county council member who threatened to sue the Frederick News Post if the newspaper used his name without permission?
  
Public Life
“‘Uh, Council Member: In our country, newspapers are actually allowed to write about elected officials (and others) without their permission. It’s an avantgarde experiment, to be sure, but we’ve had some success with it.’ You know, that whole First Amendment thing.”
 
Blogger Eugene Volokh and the Frederick News Post editors, “Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter,” The Frederick News Post, Jan. 6, 2015

Editorial Comment: Even without Stephen Colbert, I think it’s going to be a great year, WORDwise.
PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
The Surf Rider rides out a winter storm, December 2014 





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