Our Handicapped Press
“Part of what I find so jarring about the media’s insatiable appetite for polls right now is that it defies our past resolutions to go on a desperately needed diet. For all of my 30 years as a journalist, I’ve listened to reporters, editors and producers bemoan the ‘horse-race coverage’ of campaigns and exhort one another to be better come the next election and concentrate instead on issues, records, biographies, substance.
“Suddenly the apologies and exhortations are gone. We’re worse.”
—Frank Bruni, op-ed columnist, “Our Insane Addiction to Polls,” The New York Times, Jan. 23, 2016
• Editorial Comment: We’ll do better next time. Promise.
PeezPix by Ted Pease
Get TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM in your email every weekday morning during WORD season. This is a free “service” sent to the 2,000,000 or so misguided subscribers around the planet. If you have recovered from whatever led you to subscribe and don’t want it anymore, send “unsubscribe” to email@example.com. Or if you want to afflict someone else, send me the email address and watch the fun begin. (Disclaimer: I just quote ’em, I don’t necessarily endorse ’em. But all contain at least a kernel of insight. Don’t shoot the messenger.) #tedsword
Ted Pease, Professor of Interesting Stuff, Trinidad, California. (Be)Friend The WORD
“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard