Gripes

Why is it that whenever …

October 14, 2003
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… an organziation has “accuracy” in its title, you can be absolutely assured that its notion of accuracy is any reporting friendly to its side of the issue?

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International carrier day

October 10, 2003
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Let me say right here, in honor of International Carrier Day, that I learned no valuable lessons about life, economics or journalism from my stint as a newspaper carrier. All I learned was that it sucks to be the only 14-year-old on your block who has a job.

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All Arnie, all the time

October 9, 2003
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Just as everybody (barring major surgery) has a spleen, everybody has one to vent over the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as California governor. A sampling from the usual Prints the Chaff suspects: Off-topic, a natural-born arbitrator The only thing both sides can agree on is the biggest lie of all: that one side has...

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All journalism is visual

October 7, 2003
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Something that annoys me: when designers call themselves “visual journalists.” It’s a problem of semantics that only a copy editor could love: When “visual” modifies “journalist” it creates a subset. Of course they don’t mean it because they are nice people, but what they’re saying is, “we’re visual, unlike the rest of you, who...

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Publicists, take heed

September 25, 2003
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This is a boldfaced rant to any of you who send us publicity stills of rock ‘n’ roll bands: Give us the names of the people in the picture, for Christ’s sake! This really happened to me just last week: I’m putting together the centerpiece for the Blind Boys of Alabama and the designer...

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