Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Road Warrior buries class in statistics

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One of the first things Staff Writer John Cichowski did before speaking as the Road Warrior on Monday was to apologize.

Appearing before a class of older people at Bergen Community College in Paramus, Cichowski noted it was the fifth time he was giving the talk at the Institute for Learning in Retirement.

"I hope I don't bore you with the same old, same old."

Gee. Why has he never offered the same apology to readers of his endlessly repetitive columns in The Record of Woodland Park?

The class, part of a course called "In The Record," has heard Editorial Page Editor Alfred P. Doblin and others. 

Former Editor Francis "Frank" Scandale, whose firing was announced on Halloween, was scheduled to speak on Nov. 21.

Cichowski discussed the relative health of the newspaper in an industry that has seen huge ciruclation losses and record layoffs.

He said The Record is hiring reporters, "even thinking of expanding." And he said the newsroom budget is $18 million and growing.

Cichowski also quizzed class members about the car-pool discount, the safest era for road fatalities and the county with the most traffic deaths (Ocean).

He also buried the class in statistics, just as he buries readers of his column -- everything from the number of drivers in New Jersey, miles of roads, number of crashes, injuries and deaths; their  cost per person; number of bridges, number of DOT employees, ad nauseam.

Cichowski made only a brief reference to Governor Chrisie's poor mass transit record, but acknowledged more trains and buses are the only way to solve worsening traffic congestion.

However, he never explained why he rarely writes about mass transit, commuting and related issues.

Class members asked him about the status of road improvements, including the widening of Route 4 east through Teaneck, a project he said is on hold because of state finances.

He referred to the township as a "pretty liberal Jewish community."

Scandale firing

A New Jersey political Web site called In The Lobby has speculated on the reasons for Scandale's termination, referring to a post in Eye on The Record.

Here's the link: Did dispute over story lead to ouster?

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  1. Even if the Scandale story is true, he doesn't exactly deserve to be portrayed as some sort of champion of ethics. Overall, he was a tough guy when it was safe and convenient for him, and looked the other way at in-house issues if confronting those would be difficult or unpleasant for him. You either have balls consistently or you don't really have them. You can't just snap 'em on a few days a week like a pair of cufflinks, which is exactly what Scandale did over the course of 10 years.

  2. The story is apparently not true. Mac got into some detail at a staff meeting two days after.

  3. What's not true? The reason Scandale was fired? Can you tell us more about what Mac said?

  4. Scandale probably wanted to do a story that Mac Borg lost his Porno sexual harrasment case and Mac couldnt live up to the truth that hes not THE TRUSTED SOURCE!


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