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 meth you have hidden in your car’s back seat; 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 and REGARDS to WFAA-TV’s Dale Hansen, who rightly chastised his own station for reporting a surreptitious recording of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as “news,” and then leveraging that into a greater commentary on how TV news is failing. Pity he had to resort to stereotyping bloggers in the process. (KL)
CHEERS to the Associated Press for finally figuring out that “Web site” just is not the way just about everybody else writes it, though the change will lead to some inconsistency (the word “Web” by itself is still capitalized). (MW)
REGARDS to the Washington Times for not even acknowledging crosstown rival The Washington Post for its four Pulitzer Prize wins, and making its one almost-win the lede. (MW)
CHEERS to the Pulitzer committee for recognizing great work at a paper that isn’t the New York Times or the Washington Post with its public service gold medal to the Bristol Herald Courier. (MW)
REGARDS to both the Pulitzer committee and The National Enquirer. To the committee for failing to recognize that the Enquirer broke the John Edwards affair story; to the Enquirer for presuming they deserved an award for it. (MW)
CHEERS to the Colorado Springs Gazette for giving its online readers the ability to block commenters they don’t like. Take note, every other website out there. (MW)
REGARDS to the website Eater National for posting pictures of a New York Times food critic just trying to make some time with a KFC Double Down sandwich. The man’s already sacrificing his life for a review, folks. Do you really have to document it? (MW)