Cheers and Regards for the Week of May 31, 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 the counterfeit jeans operation you’re running out of your car hole; 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 Glenn Greenwald at Salon for a particularly devastating take-down of an especially condescending New York Times piece on those wacky Muslims and the absolutely cuh-razy conspiracy theories they believe…by presenting a long list of equally baseless beliefs that the American news media has pushed on the public. Such as Iraq’s nuclear weapons program. Or the “rescue” of Jessica Lynch. Or Pat Tillman not dying by friendly fire. Or, well, you get the idea. (DW)

REGARDS to the Philadelphia Daily News for being unable to work just one more instance of the phrase “‘East Side’ tattooed on his upper lip” into this reworking of an AP wire story. Just over thirty percent of the sentences in the story contain the phrase “‘East Side’ tattooed on his upper lip” and we believe that number should have been at least fifty or sixty percent. It’s like they’re not even trying to put the phrase “‘East Side’ tattooed on his upper lip” into articles any longer. For shame, Daily News, for shame.

Oh, and also- “‘East Side’ tattooed on his upper lip.” (RJW)

CHEERS to the Sun-Herald in coastal Mississippi for asserting that its photographer, and by proxy the press in general, should have access to public spaces where public officials are without the threat of arrest. If only there were some old piece of paper somewhere that guaranteed such a thing. (DL)
REGARDS to the Wall Street Journal, which is apparently busy doing whatever else it is doing to issue simple corrections to name misspellings in book reviews. Or to respond to someone pointing out the misspelling. One suspects if the “broken glass” theory of law enforcement applied to a newspaper’s trustworthiness, the Journal is in for some trouble in the near future. (KL)
CHEERS to reporters and photographers in the Gulf of Mexico demanding, even under threat of arrest, to have access to areas affected by the continuing oil leak. (MW)

REGARDS to the Chicago Tribune‘s management for including a third round of executive bonuses in its Chapter 11 filing, bringing the grand total so far to $72 million. While every reporter in America is fighting to justify their position, the men and women who’ve routinely called the (bad) shots are cashing in. And businesses like AIG and Lehman Brothers have proven what great business a great business model that is. (KL)

REGARDS to NPR for looking at a president’s willing ownership of a major catastrophe and only seeing the political implications. At some point, we have to stop looking at this like a damn football game and start looking at it like the disaster it is. (KL)
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