Monthly Archives: February 2004

Blogging the Oscars

February 29, 2004
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Over at my other place. Come on over and join the fun.

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Not making excuses, but …

February 27, 2004
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From the NY Times preview the book by Jayson Blair, who … admits many of his deceptions in a forthcoming memoir but writes that they were fueled by ambition, cocaine and alcohol abuse and an undiagnosed condition of manic depression. Tell y’all a story about a cousin of mine: He had a wife and...

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Winkie’s in Tokyo

February 27, 2004
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Sid recounts his arrival halfway around the world: I feel kinda worldly having gone from Hurricane, W.Va., to Tokyo within 48 hours. One day I’m scrapin’ possum off the highway for dinner and the next I’m at a cozy little joint near Nishi-Azabu, downing some Japanese-made pizza with prawn balls (no, I don’t know...

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Lots o’ Haiti links

February 27, 2004
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Liz Donovan has amassed a passel of them. I noticed a bunch of looters pictured on the New York Times homepage this morning, which had me picturing the exultant beneficiaries of the revolution: HER: “Soon we will be free of the tyrant!” HIM: “At long last, now let’s go steal some shit.”

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Staying on message

February 27, 2004
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CJR’s Campaign Desk recounts a White House news briefing exchange that would be funny it were in a sitcom. The final tally? When discussing gay marriage McClellan employed the phrase “sacred institution” nine times during the 36-minute briefing. Close cousins “enduring institution” and “enduring and lasting institution” made eleven appearances. And to think ambitious...

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Trudeau’s contest

February 27, 2004
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E&P talks to “Doonesbury” creator G.B. Trudeau about his offer of 10 grand to anybody who can prove Bush served in the Guard while working on a political campaign in Alabama. Trudeau had one more comment about the contest: “We’re hoping the public-spirited nature of this project will buy us some good will, which...

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Facts on fonts

February 27, 2004
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Which is better, serif or sans serif? Answers abound at Testy Copy Editors

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Google bombs

February 26, 2004
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Missed this one at Media Bistro last week: Sad to say, plugging Google in a story has become almost a telltale sign of sloppy reporting, a hack’s version of a Rolodex.

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Nitpick of the day

February 26, 2004
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From the story on the BaltSun’s new editor, in Editor & Publisher. The most unique move, creation of a demographics beat, is based on the paper’s need to improve coverage of the city’s changing population, the editor said. Two points: Unique cannot be modified because it means “one of a kind.” My employer has...

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Those old, old newspapers

February 26, 2004
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Maud links to a story saying author Nicholson Baker has penned an art book devoted to the old New York World. She also links to the American Newspaper Repository, which despite the unappetizing title has some very tasty examples of newspaper illustration from the early 20th centry. An example. In the small-world department, I...

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