Thursday, August 11, 2011

Are editors chained to their computers?

Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, New JerseyImage via Wikipedia
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
says it's a free country and it can charge drivers and

rail commuters whatever the traffic will bear.

The big story on The Record's front page today -- the surge of Hispanics in North Jersey -- is news only to shut-ins, Editor Francis Scandale and assignment editors who never leave the newsroom.

The off-lead main headline from Liz Houlton's news copy desk seems exaggerated or just plain wrong.

One of five commuters using Hudson River crossings come from Bergen County, as the A-1 chart indicates, so you can't say:

would take
the brunt
of toll hikes

Tunnel vision

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was quoted in radio news reports on Wednesday as calling the Port Authority's toll-and-fare hike plan a "non-starter," but I haven't seen anything on that in The Record.

Both Cuomo and Governor Christie can veto actions by the agency's board. 

Christie has called the agency mismanaged, so why doesn't The Record publish Port Authority salaries, including pay for its spokespeople, some of whom are former journalists?

Reader attacks Doblin

In a letter to the editor on Page A-10, Paul White of Ridgewood says parts of Editorial Page Editor Alfred P. Doblin's Aug. 8 column on Governor Christie were inaccurate, adding:

"I would love to see Doblin do a column on the incredible inequality in the U.S. and the efforts of the super-rich to increase that inequality."

With Doblin cashing checks signed by super-rich Publisher Stephen A. Borg, what's the chance of that happening?

Back to school

On the front of Local, a story on the Lincoln School site in Englewood doesn't report a previous city administration decided it would cost too much to turn the 100-year-old building into a community center.

Staff Writer Melissa Hayes -- who is newly assigned to the city -- should ask  officials what they propose to do about all the vacant storefronts on Palisade Avenue or segregated elementary and middle-school classrooms.

Let's hope Hayes isn't taking direction from the laziest assignment desk on the Eastern Seaboard.

That desk, working under the burden of head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes, thought the biggest local news today is an "update" on a 30-month project to expand Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington (L-1).

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