Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Editors ignore elderly who aren't dead

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Editor Deirdre Sykes should explain why Haworth, see red dot above, and other small towns get an unusual amount of coverage in The Record when compared to Hackensack, Englewood and Teaneck, which are larger and far-more diverse.

The editors of The Record, including Francis Scandale and Deirdre Sykes, need to have a discussion with the news copy desk on the age cutoff for the headline on Page 1 today: He/she "was taken from us too soon."

You can be sure the 79-year-old barber from Bloomingdale would have never made the paper, let alone A-1, if he hadn't been murdered in an apparent robbery. 

The Woodland Park daily long ago dropped doing stories on every barber in every small town with 20, 30 or 40 years of  experience.

And if he had Alzeimer's disease or crashed his car or ran down another poor schmuck, he'd have gotten a few grafs at best. Scandale's specialty is coverage of 20-year-olds.

White-collar crime

The editor continues to run stories about supposed public employee pension abuses (A-1) -- while Governor Christie allows millionaires such as the Borgs and the police chiefs who guard their mansions to get away with murder.

Both Sykes and Scandale are opposing a proposal to tear down all businesses within a half-mile of major roads -- fearing that would end all the stories and Mike Kelly columns filled with complaints from restaurant owners and other merchants every time highway repairs are made (L-1).

Remembering Hackensack

Buried among all the news from Haworth, Northvale and other tiny burgs, Staff Writer Monsy Alvarado finally comes through with a story on the proposed Hackensack city budget (L-3) -- her 10th story on the paper's former home in the last 30 days.

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  1. Somewhat unrelated but the copyediting on the website is arguably as sloppy as the paper.

    Check out this gem:

    Indicuted? Really? That's been up since early Wednesday morning.

  2. And that awful typo -- indicuted -- is the headline. I just looked.


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