Monday, April 11, 2011

Front page shouts: No news today

Sarah Palin at the Time 100 Gala, in Manhattan...Image via Wikipedia
As a GOP presidential candidate, would Sarah Palin represent "AIDS" or "terminal cancer"?

Editor Francis Scandale thinks a huge photo of an obscure professional golfer is far more important for Page 1 today than a real civics lesson for his North Jersey readers.

More than 20,000 Peruvians from New Jersey and Pennsylvania traveled to Paterson to vote in their country's presidential election, because it is hotly contested and because they are required to do so by their country's constitution (L-1).

The great writer, Mario Vargas Llosa, said the Peruvian candidates presented "a choice between AIDS and terminal cancer," which also could apply to Sarah Palin and other presumptive Republican challengers to President Obama in 2012. 

Christie gets a pass

The lead Page 1 story today is the budget battle in Congress, but Scandale ignores the far more important budget battle in Trenton, likely because he and the other editors are solidly behind Governor Christie, who reminds me of Kool-Aid laced with cyanide.

Scandale, head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes and The Record of Woodland Park are such big fans of the wasteful home-rule system of government, they make a big deal at the bottom of A-1 over Westwood saving 90 gallons of diesel fuel a day during leaf season.

Screwing our seniors

Scandale and Sykes have an unwritten rule about covering only seniors over 95, so you'll find stories about a 97-year-old teacher on A-3 and a 103-year-old federal judge on A-9.

In keeping with the small minds on the assignment desk under the suffocating Sykes, Local today has stories from small towns, such as New Milford, Hillsdale and Northvale, but nothing from  Hackensack, Teaneck and Englewood.
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  1. Oh come now, Victor, you're not thinking like an editor whose newspaper is going down the toilet. Peruvians from Pennsylvania don't read the Record, while surveys show that 99 and 44/100 percent of Record readers belong to a country club and love their golf. So that front page selection makes perfect sense. But what does Sarah Palin have to do with it, or is she having a torrid affair with Tiger Woods?

  2. There are thousands of Peruvians right here in North Joisey.

    Sarah Palin reminds me of the Peruvian presidential candidates. Next thing she'll say is she can see Cuzco from her house.

  3. If the Peruvians had gone to Ridgewood to vote instead of one.

  4. Absolutely.

    If Glen Rock, an Extra would have been published.

  5. Disagree on a story appearing had it been Ridgewood. Coutros has been hibernating on that beat for a while now. Overall, there's very little coverage on that town in The Record.

  6. Except for covering The Valley Hospital expansion, you might be right.

  7. Heck, if Sarah Palin could see Cuzco from her window, she would have already bought that million dollar diamond. And some organic spring mix salad, no doubt.

  8. of course the Peruvians don't read the Record. it's in english and God forbid they assimilate. the new American Dream-come over here to make a better life for yourself elswhere. Were you also looking for another green card bride in that voting line victor?...

  9. Whoever you are, that's a low blow. You sound like a low life.

    If you ever met or spoke to a Peruvian, you'd know plenty of them speak perfect English. You might want to try one of their restaurants for a break from that diet of bile you're used to.

    Not that I care what you think, but I met my wife in her native country.

  10. Diet of bile. Funny. Hello, kettle, this is the pot. You're black.


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