|Wal-Mart Stores often trots out this female vice president when critics question its treatment of women. How many female VPs does it have?|
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
What about real access to the courts?
In their daily scramble for news, The Record's discriminating editors love to fill the paper with police, indictment and court stories, as they do today on Page 1 and on the Local front.
But you never see any reporting on such related issues as the weakness of state and federal anti-discrimination laws or how thousands of greedy lawyers and their high legal fees block access to the courts.
Today, Editor Francis Scandale and his minions spin the high court's Wal-Mart Stores decision as negatively as possible -- just what you'd expect from newsroom managers who practice age, race and gender bias themselves (A-1).
In fact, the paper praises lawyers not for their pro bono work, but for their connections -- especially if those ties are to the Borg family.
Witness the promotional story that ran Feb. 20 about lawyer Louis Pashman of Pashman Stein, a Hackensack firm that has been paid tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees by North Jersey Media Group.
Rotten in Secaucus
The off-lead story on the trial of the former Secaucus mayor runs in exactly the same place as the trial of the current mayor did a few months back.
The government informant is the same, though he was a no-show, but the alleged bribe is far smaller. Is this really A-1 news?
The A-1 promo and L-1 story on an FDU professor fizzles when you learn his alleged prostitution ring is in New Mexico and involved no local co-eds.
Lots of filler
The rest of head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes' Local section is padded with another court story (L-1), a photo of a non-fatal accident (L-3) and on the same page, a story on horse racing at Monmouth Park (that's not even in North Jersey).
Englewood reporter Melissa Hayes filed two stories, but there is nothing from Hackensack -- again.
Tale of two buildings
While Hackensack residents await the demolition of 150 River St. to make way for a Walmart, another huge pile of bricks is getting a fresh coat of paint.
Workmen have been repointing the bricks and painting the Sears Roebuck building for the past couple of weeks.