Monday, October 17, 2011

A front page devoted to victims

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The 9/11 Memorial is asking for $20 million in federal tax dollars annually.

Does Editor Francis Scandale hear loud voices telling him to create themes for Page 1? Does it come to him in dreams or is he just delusional?

Almost the entire front page of The Record today is devoted to victims -- of racism, terrorism, cost-cutting and a Florida woman who sold black-market babies. 

News doesn't get any more depressing than this. Readers may think they're victims, too, of Scandale's inability to find a greater variety of news. 

Why not run detailed stories about how wonderful New Jersey has become since Governor Christie took office? At least, that's what The Record's supportive stories, editorials and columns have been telling us for months.

9/11 bill grows

The Port Authority just raised tolls and fares to help pay for rebuilding the World Trade Center. But now, according to the off-lead story today, the private foundation that built the 9/11 Memorial wants $20 million a year in federal tax dollars to run it. 

Are black reporters the only ones who could have prepared the A-1 patch about the Martin Luther King  Jr. Memorial in Washington? Neither accompanied the North Jerseyans who traveled there.

The third story on A-1 -- about a cluster of 'Cole babies' -- is interesting, but does it really belong on the front page?

Neglecting safety

Two deaths reported in blurbs on A-1 -- one of a cop on Route 80 and the other of an IndyCar racer -- suggest not enough money was spent on highway or race-car safety, but neither story discusses that (A-3 and S-1). 

Mount Arlington Police Officer Joseph Wargo was killed by a speeding driver on a section of Route 80 that for some reason doesn't have a central barrier. If it did, he'd still be alive today.

Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a "fiery 15-car pileup," but the story doesn't say whether the crash or the fire killed him or whether the cars could be made safer.

IndyCar, the sponsoring organization, tightly managed information after the race was stopped, delaying by about two hours word of Wheldon's death. 

Of course, The Record's sports staff couldn't add anything on the safety angle, because the Woodland Park daily hardly covers automobile racing.

Screw Hackensack

I'm sure Hackensack officials and merchants love Editorial Page Editor Alfred P. Doblin's column on A-13 today, claiming "Occupy Main Street would make more sense" than Occupy Wall Street.

Hackensack is still smarting from The Record and North Jersey Media Group's complete abandonment of the city, thanks to greedy Publisher Stephen A. Borg.

And when a new Walmart replaces the landmark building at 150 River St., it will be the final nail in the coffin of Main Street merchants.

Medical news

Head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes' desk came up with major local news over the weekend -- a fire at The Iron Horse restaurant in Westwood that hurt no one (L-1).

As a result, doctors are cheering an anticipated drop in cholesterol readings.

The poorly edited story reports "much of the Pascack Valley gathers for cheeseburgers and fries to celebrate birthdays, baby showers and First Communions."

The awkward headline on L-1 says: "Iron Horse put on hold."

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