Monday, March 9, 2015

Editors help do-nothing Republicans fortify partisan divide

Cyclone fences have become signs of renewal in downtown Hackensack. A residential high-rise with 382 apartments and retail on the ground floor is slated to replace buildings at 150-170 Main St., above. 

What is being called the Atlantic Street Open Air Venue will replace metered parking lots, above, and include 45 angled and on-street parking spaces, an outdoor stage, seating and landscaping.


You'd think the minor media flap over Hillary Clinton's private email account would have died already, given the sorry group of Republican alternatives in the 2016 presidential race.

But The Record's all-seeing and all-knowing editor, Martin Gottlieb, put it on the front page today, fortifying the partisan divide that threatens to bring the country to a standstill (A-1).

There is something else remarkable about A-1 today: 

A Record reporter actually interviewed people who might be affected by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on federal health-care subsidies, and Gottlieb ran the story across the top of Page 1.

But when it comes to Governor Christie, The Record feels more comfortable interviewing so-called experts, pollsters and spin doctors, and using its editorial staff to polish his image.

That's why the front-page story on the Izod Center and interviews with fans of Maroon 5 seems like such a misplaced effort today (A-1).

Dining-out quiz

Better Living today offers guidance to 12 year olds and anyone else who has never ordered food in a restaurant (BL-1).

The story by Staff Writer Steve Janoski answers such compelling questions as, "Should I order the special?"

I'm not sure if it's the time change or today's paper that has me feeling drowsy.

Second look

The Facebook page for Road Warrior Bloopers says that if legislators tried to use revenue from roof-snow fines for "pet projects," as Staff Writer John Cichowski urged in his Sunday column, they would be breaking the law. 

See the full entry:

Road Warrior errors continue to pile up

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