Cheers and Regards for the Week of November 15, 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 political donations you made online as you were sitting at your anchor desk; 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 NPR’s On the Media for this discussion of the ideal of objectivity in the wake of the two-day Keith Olbermann suspension and the hoopla over news organizations not allowing their employees to attend the Rally to Restore Sanity. Participants make points for reporters expressing their political views and keeping them quiet, but admit upfront that they aren’t automatons. They’re going to have opinions.

REGARDS to NPR for most likely not releasing its internal report on the firing of Juan Williams. Way to really make people who were suspicious of you to begin with completely believe you’ve got something to hide, NPR!

CHEERS to Columbia Journalism Review and The Wall Street Journal for refusing to allow Sarah Palin to distort the record. Sure, a few million more people likely heard what Palin said than read either correction, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing.

REGARDS to Gannett for its ongoing massive layoffs, which hit a Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist last week. If a guy like that isn’t safe, who is?

CHEERS to the Atlanta edition of Creative Loafing for its clever lampooning of the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s recent decision to give its old building to the city. CL one-upped the daily (which, incidentally, covers city government) by giving the city a bunch of crap they had around the office.

REGARDS to the Chicago Tribune for continuing to push for bonuses in the midst of a colossal bankruptcy and continuing criticism over the paper’s management. Let it go for a year, guys.

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