|The Aug. 27, 2013, front page of the Daily News.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Fie on the out-of-state editor of The Record, Francis Scandale, who came from The Denver Post in the state where sheep's testicles are considered a delicacy.
Today's front page is a disaster. Did Scandale have anything to do with the story in the bottom right-hand corner, where Staff Writer Karen Sudol and her assignment editor trot out the old saw that New Jersey is "the incessant butt of jokes."
Really? Is that the only way they can write a New Jersey Hall of Fame story? How stale. How outdated. How un-New Jersey.
All the jokes I've been hearing since early 2010 have been about Governor Christie and his huge butt, not about the Garden State.
More GOP goop
Readers who glanced at the stories above the fold today -- one about the big, bad Iranians and the other peddling Republican Party propaganda from a modern-day Laurel and Hardy -- were turned off instantly.
To the disgust of readers, The Record has joined most other media in putting more emphasis on the outcome of the 2012 presidential election than in the political paralysis that is destroying the country.
The piece on the 2014 Super Bowl date is a non-story -- another waste of space by Scandale and that horse's ass, Staff Writer John Brennan. The vast majority of readers will be sure to avoid the turnpike that day.
I found the full-page ShopRite ad on the back of the Better Living section more interesting.
Two more embarrassing corrections -- down from five the day before -- appear on A-2 today.
The Local section, put out by head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes and her minions, is another disappointment to readers in Hackensack and many other towns, as well as to commuters, whose problems are routinely ignored by the office-bound Road Warrior columnist.
The L-1 lead is about the glacial pace of consolidating police dispatching in six Pascack Valley towns. How many years have they been jawboning about this?
The story on cleaning up after a Korean harvest festival never says whether the Bronx-based organizers paid Bergen County for use of the new Overpeck Park, and how much.
The report at the bottom of L-1 spends a great deal of time telling readers what a great guy the victim was, but fails to focus on how 27-year-old Eric Meyer of Rutherford threw his life away by driving his powerful Kawasaki motorcycle at an insane rate of speed.
The story says his motorcycle "kept going for two more blocks" after Meyer fell off and was killed. Yet, the reporter makes no attempt to tell readers how fast he was going -- surely, well above 100 mph.
The assignment desk is really cockeyed when it tells a reporter to find relatives who will praise the victim to the sky, despite his moronic behavior on a super bike.
Meyer doesn't deserve this obituary, and readers don't deserve this whitewash.