Saturday, January 8, 2011

Where is the New Jersey news?

New Jersey is the most densely populated state...Image via Wikipedia
According to the 2000 Census, New Jersey was the most densely populated state in the U.S.

There's only one New Jersey story on The Record's front page today -- an attack on Governor Christie's funding proposals for the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund. And like the story reporting his plan on Friday's front page, this one completely ignores the taxes that once fed the fund, and why he refuses to raise them. 

By hiding the debate over the traditional funding method for road and transit projects, the Woodland Park daily seems to be marching to the beat of the governor's drummer -- as it has in so many other selectively reported news stories, columns and editorials since the Republican bully took office about a year ago.

At the link below, you can find the information The Record withholds on taxes that have fed the state Transportation Trust Fund since it was set up in 1985. The official site says the state's gasoline tax, one of the three funding sources, is among the lowest in the United States.

I guess Editor Francis Scandale and head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes were so eager to avoid a repeat of their awful coverage of the post-Christmas blizzard that they sent everyone out to cover Friday's short snowfall, and ended up with no other New Jersey news for A-1 -- except for a minor accident on Route 80 in Woodland Park, conveniently close to the office.

All readers get are stories on fluoride and massive bird and fish kills in other parts of the country.

A six-column auto dealer's ad appears in the middle of L-1 again today. Boy, is that jarring. The gas-guzzling German luxury cars it promotes are the kind favored by the Borg family, which continues to live extravagantly during the recession.

On Page L-8 Friday, President and Publisher Stephen A. Borg announced the Rockaway printing plant will get more than 20,000 solar panels and cut its electricity costs in half. 

But Borg said nothing about whether he, big sister Jennifer A. Borg and the father they've pushed aside, Malcolm A. "Mac" Borg, will trade in their low gas mileage sedans and SUVs for all-electric Nissan Leafs. 

Sykes keeps you guessing

Two reporters labored over the fire death of a 48-year-old Park Ridge woman the other day -- it led the Local section on Wednesday -- but neither thought to ask if she smoked, and the clueless editors back at the office were on autopilot.

Today, a story on L-3 reports smoking was the cause of the fire.

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