On July 6, 2016, Gannett, the nation's biggest newspaper chain, paid the Borgs $40 million for North Jersey Media Group (The Record of Woodland Park, Herald News, NorthJersey.com, (201) magazine and 50 weeklies). Stephen A. Borg, publisher for a decade, oversaw the biggest downsizing ever. Local news declined, errors mounted and most employees were denied raises. Gannett replaced Editor Deirdre Sykes, revised The Record's website and redesigned the print edition, cutting another 350-plus jobs.
On Monday, many Americans celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden.
The Record today delivers good news to the parents of teen drivers -- a law-enforcement survey shows perverts aren't targeting minors with red license-plate decals (A-1 and L-1).
Another study, this one by Eye on The Record, shows Editors Francis Scandale and Barbara Jaeger have targeted only columnists who are black, Hispanic or female, perpetuating those who are white and male -- Mike Kelly, John Cichowski and Bill Ervolino -- no matter how incompetent.
Besides Osama bin Laden-related 9/11 memorial coverage, Page 1 carries another story pitting Governor Christie against Democratic lawmakers -- this time over the so-called tool kit to lower taxes.
This stuff is deadly boring. Why weigh down readers with process stories? Why not report what happened or didn't happen -- devoid of politics?
For example, why is everything President Obama does reported in terms of its impact on the 2012 election (A-23)? Just tells us if it's good for the country.
What's with Margulies? His cartoon today focuses on Christie's spirit of cooperation on state Supreme Court nominees -- not the loss of the high court's only minority members (A-22).
John Woodmaska's letter to the editor on the same page notes Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are falling all over themselves "in service of the rich."
Eating too much
In her lukewarm, 2-star appraisal of Nicole's in Bogota, Restaurant Reviewer Elisa Ung recommends two desserts, but only one appetizer, pasta and entree (Better Living centerfold).
Two people can eat out for $50 in the vast majority of North Jersey restaurants, so free-lancer Jeff Page is forced to pad his budget review today -- relating how he walked into a Colombian restaurant, was led into a larger room and then stared at other customers so he could describe them to readers (F-23).