Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This millionaire didn't get away with it

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 16:  Newspapers with cover...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
A newspaper reports the fall of one of France's most powerful men.

Publisher Stephen A. Borg knows intimately how New Jersey millionaires like himself get away with everything -- from not paying a tax surcharge on their incomes to taking tax breaks and not creating jobs.

Didn't he get away with a $3.65 million company mortgage to buy a Tenafly McMansion, following up several months later with an unprecedented downsizing and the first layoffs in more than 15 years?

Didn't he get away with folding the Food section, and allowing Editors Frank Scandale and Deirdre Sykes to gut local news as they pursued expensive investigations that went nowhere? 

French tickler

Well, at least one millionaire didn't get away it -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the wealthy chief of the International Monetary Fund -- who is shown on The Record's front page today awaiting his arraignment in Manhattan, unshaven and in rumpled clothes from a night in the lockup.

The story and photo take up more than a third of A-1, but there's no mention the defendant was handcuffed and forced to take a perp walk in front of the media.

Strauss-Kahn apparently thought having his way with the room maid is included in the $3,000-a-night rate at Sofitel, a French hotel chain. We don't know if the 32-year-old woman is married or a mother.

If she does have children and the sexual assault and attempted rape charges prove to be true, then Strauss-Kahn can joke the initials IMF stand for "I'm a Mother F----r."

The Daily Show on Monday night identified the victim as an African immigrant. The words "DOUCHE, BAGGED" appeared under a picture of an unshaven Strauss-Kahn.

Instant coma

For the third day in a row, Scandale beats readers senseless with another dense, eye-glazing process story on state or federal finances (A-1 lead). How about that embarrassing typo in the A-1 graphic ("ixed income")?

Compare the claim by the teachers union that Governor Christie has a net worth of $3 million to the pathetically vague A-3 story today. There's no explanation why the governor is earning "royalties" from Listerine.

It's good to see some Seton Hall graduates jeered Christie and one told him to shut up (A-3). When is the state's media going to do their own jeering?

Angling for a makeover

Sykes continues to run stories and photos on the front of Local to promote the bimbos on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Is she indirectly asking for a free makeover for herself, Liz Houlton and other fashion-challenged editors?

Today also marks the second court story on erectile dysfunction pills she has run on L-1 in the past three days. Maybe what they used to say about her is true: She has a hard-on for some of the news copy editors.

Of course, there's no room to run municipal news from Hackensack, Teaneck or Englewood, even if she had some.

Editor Barbara Jaeger's Better Living front promotes another book-signing today (F-1), but food coverage is from hunger, just two recipes (F-2). 

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  1. They are obsessed with the real housewives, obnoxious spoiled bimbos. See a connection?

  2. A correction on A-2 today says the caption misidentified two of them. Hahahaha.


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