Cheers and Regards for the Week of March 29, 2010

If you ever get an e-mail from a journalist, there’s one portion of it you should pay attention to more than any other. No, it’s not the part where they’re asking you about all that counterfeit money you’re printing off your Lexmark; it’s the sign-off.

If it’s “Cheers,” you’re cool. You did OK. If it’s “Regards,” you pissed somebody off, and you better figure out how to fix things, quick.

We apply those same tenets here, every week.

CHEERS to Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka for detailing exactly why the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, an issue lost in all the turmoil of healthcare reform. Burka finds that virtually no one–be they Republican, independent, or Democrat–agrees with the Supreme Court, and lays out how the tone of upcoming elections in Texas may be a bellwether for elections nationwide. (KL)
REGARDS to longtime Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, who, in an otherwise very good interview, lumps bloggers entirely into a category of people who are competing with him. (MW)
CHEERS to ESPN.com’s Roy Peter Clark for standing up to University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer, coach of one of the nation’s top programs, for bullying an Orlando Sentinel reporter with threats to throw him out of practice. (MW)
REGARDS to actress Chloe Sevigny for throwing the Onion AV Club under the bus after they quoted her as saying that the last season of her show Big Love was “awful.” (MW)
CHEERS to AV Club interviewer Sean O’Neal for posting the audio of his talk with Sevigny to prove that he simply wrote what she said. (MW)
CHEERS and REGARDS to the Cleveland Plain Dealer for its handling of a prickly situation involving a commenter on its website.  On the one hand, good on them for exposing potential judicial corruption and dealing with some outright bad behavior. On the other, way to have a tremendous chilling effect on online discourse, such as it is. (MW and KL)
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