Cheers and Regards for the Week of May 3, 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 your experiments involving gorillas and human vocal cords; 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 the New York Times for standing by its reporters, who have detailed the international criminal conspiracy that has kept child molestors working with children. They seem to have weathered every bad-faith argument in the book. (KL)

REGARDS to Newsweek, for their puzzling web article arguing that gay actors are incapable of playing straight roles. Author Ramin Setoodeh, whose previous writings on gay issues included an essay about how effeminate men hurt the cause of gay rights, attempts to make the patently absurd case that openly gay actors are apparently not good enough at acting to play heterosexual roles, even though the fault seems to be with Setoodeh for his inability to overlook the fact that an actor is gay when watching a television program or film. That gay men and women have played straight roles throughout the history of film and television is a fact that Setoodeh is apparently willingly remaining unaware of. (DW)

CHEERS to the Philadelphia Daily News for going above and beyond in the service of bad news puns in an article about some guys getting beat up by a crowd after showing up to a hardcore show in full Nazi regalia. The headline, “Concertgoers show the Reich stuff, are beaten by crowd,” would have been enough on its own but then- THEN- you get to the lede- “How did they Nazi this coming?”

Well played, People Paper. Well played. (RJW)

REGARDS to the San Diego Union-Tribune for not only changing its name for a day for the sake of a Wells Fargo ad on the front page, but for also running an ad that looks like an old-time Western photo you’d get at Tweetsie Railroad. (MW)

CHEERS to Slate’s Jack Shafer for pointing out all the practical reasons checkbook journalism isn’t a good idea, in light of the recent Gizmodo/Apple stolen/lost iPhone story. (MW)

REGARDS to the Associated Press — the world’s largest newsgathering organization — for apparently trying to stop the release of e-mails between its reporters and aides of New York Mayor David Paterson. Good luck with that next FOIA request, members of the news media! (MW)

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