Friday, March 11, 2011

Where did editors find elusive reporter?

Seal of Bergen County, New JerseyImage via Wikipedia
"You won't have to worry about reporter Jean Rimbach," the Indian tells the colonist.

Did Staff Writer Jean Rimbach hibernate longer than the bears this winter? You can count her recent bylines on the fingers of one hand.

In some years, you can count her stories in The Record on an amputee's hand.

Where did Editor Francis Scandale and head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes find her on Thursday to report and write today's Page 1 story on the taped conversation between the tower and a small-plane pilot who landed on Route 80 about six weeks ago?

Does she rest her head on her desk in the Woodland Park newsroom, take long lunches, monitor the news from home or just look busy? 

Rimbach is another example of how far you can go at the former Hackensack daily by doing little or nothing, as long as you are a pal of Sykes, as she is.

But let's cut to the chase. This landing wasn't dramatic and no one was injured. 

Why is the story on A-1? As I said when it was splashed all over the front page on Feb. 1, this is not Bergen County's version of the passenger jet that belly-flopped into the Hudson.

Hearing on Italians

Another A-1 story today reports Republican Rep. Peter King "declared that U.S.Muslims are doing too little to help fight terror in America." 

What's next, hearings on whether U.S. Italians are doing enough to help fight the Mafia, followed by hearings on what U.S. Mexicans are doing to help fight drug-cartel violence? Give me a break.

Sloppy copy editing

The AP story on the King hearing calls him "Republican Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.," giving his party affiliation twice, like bookends.

The A-1 flooding story uses one of the most overused headline words around, "brace." It's a close second to "woes." But it's readers who have to brace for this edition.

In Staff Writer Zach Patberg's story on illegal Mexican immigrant Vidal Tapia, he reports "Tapia was beckoned" to the United States from a small town in Puebla state. 

He must have excellent vision to have seen his parents signaling or summoning him as by nodding or waving. Maybe they use Skype.

Two more corrections appear on A-2 today, in what seems to be an uninterrupted stream lately.

Home-rule wonder

You know home rule is a joke when somebody like Anthony Suarez can become mayor of Ridgefield.  

A story on A-10 reports a federal lawsuit seeking about $100 million in flood-relief aid was dismissed "almost a year ago," because Suarez, the former Saddle Brook Township attorney, "failed to file routine paperwork." Why isn't this on A-1?

Readers in Hackensack, Teaneck, Englewood and other communities are let down for another day by Sykes' Local section, which has no news for them.

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1 comment:

  1. Why doesn’t this Peter T. King investigate the “Home Grown” radicalization of Irish Americans, who support the tradition wing of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), or Noraid (The Irish Northern Aid Committee), and being recruited by “Enemy Overseas” or worse “Enemy Overseas” the “Catholic Church ”, where they radicalize the priests into raping our young American boys, what about that you hypocrite scumbag.

    Peter King is a hypocrite, he supported the terrorist group IRA, who killed innocent British people, but hey I guess that was OK, right? Killing innocent people is OK, as long as they are not born is the United States, yup that sounds about right. I guess Jesus Christ would give all you extra points for that, NOT!

    No, there are no dancing in the street when Catholics hear about a pedophile priest, but there has been a concerted effort to Deny, Deflect, Defend this “Enemy Overseas” the “Catholic Church ”, I don’t even think you could deny that fact. What would Jesus Christ, say about this so called Church, I have a few thoughts myself.

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