Friday, January 15, 2021

Forecast

“Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society — things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed. It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet. But as a people we probably harbor seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right. Man’s curiosity, his relentlessness, his inventiveness, his ingenuity have led him into deep trouble. We can only hope that these same traits will enable him to claw his way out.”


―E.B. White (1899-1985), sailor and writer, in a letter to a Mr. Nadeau, who had lost faith in humanity, 1973. Image: Jill Krementz, 1976.


Editorial Comment: Storm’s not over, Cap.

 

 

 

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The Old Pier, Trinidad, CA




 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

‘A Truth Reckoning’

Announcement: If you hire former Trump Administration press secretaries, “Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie.”

“In this time of transition — and pain — reinvigorating democracy requires a reckoning. A truth reckoning. Starting with the people paid by the People to inform the People.” . . .

“[W]e need to return to a standard of truth when it comes to how the government communicates with the governed.”

—Randall Lane, Forbes magazine chief content officer and editor, “A Truth Reckoning: Why We’re Holding Those Who Lied for Trump Accountable,” Forbes, Jan. 7, 2021.

 

Editorial Comment: They were true alternative facts.

 

 

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CA commercial crab season opens this week

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Correction

 

“Our great political system needs information to be self-correcting. While excesses and imbalances will inevitably exist for a time, fortunately they tend not to last. Ultimately, truth prevails.” 

 

—Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. secretary of defense, 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Editorial Comment: Time for some correcting, Don.

 

 

 

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Snowstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

On the Copy Desk

 

“It is a feeling that every copy editor knows. You bolt upright out of a deep sleep at 3 a.m., eyes wide open, and you say to yourself, Did I misspell “Kyrgyzstan” last night? And nine times out of 10, you can go back to sleep comfortably knowing . . . that you did.” 

—David Vecsey, copy editor, New York Times, “Because of an Editing Error,” NYTimes, Jan. 3, 2021.

 

 

  

 

Editorial Comment: Get me rerite.

 

 

 

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January Daydream

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Press Pass

 

“Today was the first day I’ve felt uncomfortable identifying myself as a journalist in America.” 

 

—Richard Hall, reporter, The Independent, in a tweet. See Brittany Shammas, reporter, “Journalists were attacked, threatened and detained during the Capitol siege,” Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial Comment: Reporting from a new war front.

 

 

 

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Stella Grump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, January 8, 2021

‘Murder the Media’

“I had three different people threaten to shoot me over the course of the day. They weren’t armed as far as I could tell. I saw people with knives and pepper spray. If they had guns, I couldn’t see them. But I did see people in flak jackets and bullet-proof vests, so clearly ready for armed combat. 

“At one point, a guy leaned over to me and said, ‘I’m coming back with a gun tomorrow and I’m coming for you.’”

—Amanda Andrade-Rhodes, press photographer, “‘Three people threatened to shoot me.’ Journalists describe covering mob violence at the US Capitol,” Committee to Protect Journalists, Jan. 7, 2021.

 

Editorial Comment: Exciting life on the front lines. 

  

 

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Chard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

No Tweets for You!

“SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday locked the accounts of President Trump, which prevents him from posting messages to his more than 88 million followers on Twitter and 35 million followers on Facebook, after he published a string of inaccurate and inflammatory messages on a day of violence in the nation’s capital.

“The moves were an unprecedented rebuke of Mr. Trump by the social media companies, which have long been megaphones for the president.”

—Kate Conger, Mike Isaac & Sheera Frenkel, reporters, “Twitter and Facebook Lock* Trump’s Accounts After Violence on Capitol Hill,” NYTimes, Jan. 6, 2021.

 

Editorial Comment: *For 12 hours. Seems a little light for fomenting an insurrection against the government. 

  

 

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Take a Deep Breath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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