Friday, February 26, 2016

Making excuses for a murderer, celebrating girls and guns

Defense attorney Robert Kalisch, seen on Dec. 8 in a courthouse elevator, delivered a long, rambling closing argument that failed to win a not-guilty verdict for his client, Sui Kam Tung, who is to be sentenced today for the love-triangle assassination of Robert Cantor of Teaneck.


A desperate editor teams up with a desperate defense attorney, and in the process, The Record once again prostitutes itself to sell papers.

Editor Deirdre Sykes splashes all over Page 1 the hollow claims of innocence from love-triangle murderer Sui Kam Tung, who shot Robert Cantor of Teaneck in the back of the head in 2011 (A-1).

Defense attorney Robert Kalisch, having failed to win a not-guilty verdict late last year, launches a public relations campaign for his client in the shameless Woodland Park daily and in a TV interview.

His client faces 30 years to life in prison when he is sentenced today in Superior Court, Hackensack.

Let's hope Tung, 52, who is known as "Tony," rots in jail and then hell.

Today's irresponsible story was written by Allison Pries, whose journalism credentials were so strong her first job at The Record was as an empty headed clerk in the business news department.

Girls and guns

Readers also are shaking their heads over Sykes approving a photo of Clifton High School student Nikki Klinger, 17, holding an assault weapon, her finger on the trigger (L-1).

Hard to imagine that was the only image available to illustrate the event, "Introduce a Girl to Engineering."

Maybe Sykes is arguing girls have an equal right to be viewed as potential mass murderers, just like the males who slaughtered innocent students and teachers at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Rare correction

A-2 today carries a rare correction of an error in the Road Warrior column.

Staff Writer John Cichowski has committed literally hundreds of errors in the dozen years he has written the column, but few of them have been acknowledged on A-2 by six-figure Production Editor Liz Houlton.

Today, Houlton notes Cichowski blew the name of flying ice victim Michael Eastman's daughter, calling her Michele Redfern in the second paragraph of Thursday's column.

The confused reporter even quoted her mother, Catherine, calling her "Michele" in the fourth paragraph.

Her name is Nichole Redfern.

Local news?

In Local today, a story on downtown redevelopment carries a dated headline (L-3):

"Hackensack acts to renew downtown"

The first apartment project is already leasing, work is under way on others, and the Borg family will be laughing all the way to the bank when they sell the old Record property in Hackensack to a developer.


Unfortunately, the Better Living cover photo illustrating today's Informal Dining Review shows a bread bowl filled with what looks like vomit (BL-1, BL-14).

It's actually spinach dip, one of the food distractions at The Plank Pizza Co. Beer Parlor in Saddle Brook.

Why didn't the Better Living editors run a more appetizing cover photo, such as one of the personal pizzas in the bar's name?

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