Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Creating Change by Tuesday

“If you want to change something by Tuesday, theater is no good. Journalism is what does that. But, if you want to just alter the chemistry of the moral matrix, then theater has a longer half-life.”

―Tom Stoppard, Czech-born British playwright.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial Comment: Today is Tuesday. What can we change today?


 

 

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The March issue of Senior News is Celebrating Women’s Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

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“I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard

 

 


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Read a Book

Note: Today would have been Dr. Seuss's 117th birthday, also National Read Across America Day. This year's celebration of perhaps the most beloved children's author also coincides with the announcement that six Seuss books have been pulled from publication because of racist and insensitive imagery.


“It has often been said

there’s so much to be read,

you never can cram

all those words in your head.

 

So the writer who breeds

more words than he needs

is making a chore

for the reader who reads.


That’s why my belief is

the briefer the brief is,

the greater the sigh

of the reader’s relief is.

 

And that’s why your books

have such power and strength.

You publish with *shorth*!

(Shorth is better than length.)”

 

—Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) (1904-1991), children's book author.

 

 

 

Editorial Comment: For journalists: “Write tight.”


 

 

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“I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard

 

 


Monday, March 1, 2021

‘We Deserve Better’

Note: Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and editor who ran afoul of the government, was murdered and dismembered by a Saudi hit squad after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2018. A U.S. intelligence report released last week concludes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder.

“It was painful for me several years ago when several friends were arrested. I said nothing. I didn’t want to lose my job or my freedom. I worried about my family.

“I have made a different choice now. I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice. To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot. I want you to know that Saudi Arabia has not always been as it is now. We Saudis deserve better.”

—Jamal Khashoggi (1958-2018), contributing columnist, “Saudi Arabia wasn’t always this repressive. Now it’s unbearable,” The Washington Post, Sept. 18, 2017.

 

Editorial Comment: Who speaks for Jamal?


Commentary: Nicholas Kristof, “President Biden Lets a Saudi Murderer Walk,” NYTimes, Feb. 26, 2021.


 

 

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The March issue of Senior News is Celebrating Women’s Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

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“I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard

 

 


Friday, February 26, 2021

Irresistible Truth

 

“What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth.”

—Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), Russian poet and novelist, author of Dr. Zhivago (1957).

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial Comment: Truth!? We can’t handle the truth!



 

 

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“I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard

 

 


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Big Win for News Biz

News Flash: Australia passes law requiring Facebook and other online platforms to pay news organizations for their news.

“We are very happy with the passage of the [Australian] Bargaining Code and think it is a real turning point in building a sustainable future for digital journalism.

“The platforms are required to negotiate with publishers about value, and the system is ultimately backed by arbitration. Anyone who doesn’t view that as a big win for the news business isn’t paying attention. We are now going to bring the fight back to the U.S.”

—David Chavern, the president of the News Media Alliance, which represents U.S. newspaper publishers, CNN Reliable Sources newsletter, Feb. 24, 2021.

 

Editorial Comment: No more free lunch, Zuck.



 

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“I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard