Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christie's bringing-up-the-rear campaign isn't Page 1 news

Employees at the ShopRite in Englewood say expansion of the store, above, is imminent.

The parking lot has already been expanded.


Editor Martin Gottlieb of The Record continues to throw away money by assigning Staff Writer Melissa Hayes to cover Governor Christie's fading campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

In fact, the "Election 2016" bug on Hayes' Page 1 story from Iowa and New Hampshire is incorrect, since the Republicans won't be picking their candidate until next July. 

Disease of the week

Buddy Cordato is one lucky Parkinson's disease patient, thanks to a brain stimulator (A-1).

And Staff Writer Lindy Washburn is asking readers to share their stories, "if you've had a second chance at life because of extraordinary medical care" (A-8).

The Cordato story is great publicity for doctors and Hackensack University Medical Center.

But when is Gottlieb going to devote half of Page 1 and two full newspaper pages inside to dementia, heart disease and other illnesses that affect far more people, including many of his readers?

Honest mechanic

The best-read story on the Local front today likely is the obituary of an honest Teaneck auto-repair shop owner, known to one and all as Taki (A-1 and L-1).

Taki, 66, who was born in Japan, stood in contrast to all of those greedy auto mechanics and dealers who have exploited car owners since the invention of the internal-combustion engine.

Assignment Editors Deirdre Sykes and Dan Sforza couldn't find much local news for today's section, so they used filler on both L-2 (a long Dean's List) and L-3 (two accident photos).

The caption of one photo, showing a car on its roof, suggests Teaneck police are incompetent: "Police do not know what caused the accident."

Get me rewrite

On the Opinion front today, Columnist Mike Kelly wastes readers' time with a rehash of the clashing portrayals of prisoners of war evident to just about everyone in the July 19 edition of The Record (O-1).

That's when Gottlieb led the front page with Donald Trump questioning the heroism of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, on the Local front of the same paper, the editors led with a parade in Washington Township for another prisoner of war, World War II vet Vito Trause, 90.

Today's Margulies cartoon puts Christie's campaign in perspective, in contrast to Hayes' friendly front-page story (O-2).

Rich food

Restaurant customers hoping for coverage of such issues as tipping and naturally raised food are out of luck again today.

None other than Food Editor Esther Davidowitz presents a glowing profile of Kim Costagliola, the wealthy owner of Esty Street in Park Ridge (BL-1).

There is nothing here on the quality of the food he serves or how he treats his employees, only paragraph after paragraph describing his possessions.

Meanwhile, Elisa Ung, the paper's chief restaurant critics, continues to indulge her sweet tooth, listing two desserts among the four best dishes she ate this month (BL-5).

The other two are filled with carbs many people are trying to avoid. Seems strange she couldn't find a great salad or a superior preparation of wild-caught fish.

Half of BL-2 today is devoted to advertisements for restaurants, a bar and a baker that are disguised as "tasty news bites."

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