Friday, February 12, 2016

Reporters sit back and wait for polls, hearings, debates

The front page of New York's Daily News on Wednesday after Donald Trump took the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary. Humiliated by his poor showing, Governor Christie dropped out of the race.


The Record's front page today is a real dud.

That's especially the case when compared to Thursday's coverage of Governor Christie, who was shown in a front-page photo looking overweight, haggard and beaten after dropping out of the so-called presidential race. 

Three major elements on A-1 today expose the laziness of editors and reporters who lack even a little bit of enterprise.

Editor Deirdre Sykes leads the paper with a natural question:

Why did New Jersey receive only $15 million from a $1 billion federal competition "intended to protect states from disasters like Superstorm Sandy" (A-1).

But by covering a hearing and putting the question in the mouths of Democratic lawmakers, Sykes only politicizes the issue.

Sadly, that seems to be the only way The Record and other media have covered Trenton and Washington for many years now. 


Staff Writer John Cichowski has been covering commuting for more than a dozen years, so you have to wonder why his column today begins:

"Suspicions confirmed. Commuting in New Jersey is getting worse" (A-1).

Is that less-than-startling observation based on the reporter driving around and getting stuck in traffic? 

No. It's based on an AAA poll, just like the last column he did on commuting in 2011. 

The lazy Road Warrior columnist completely ignores drivers who are forced to commute by car because buses and trains operate at capacity during rush hours.

Local news?

Don't look for much municipal news in today's Local section, which is again dominated by crime and court news (L-1, L-2, L-3 and L-6).

See the standing photo of a non-fatal accident on L-3 today and wonder whether the driver, who was reported by other media to be 60, confused the accelerator for the brake pedal.

Mystery food

Restaurant Reviewer Elisa Ung calls the meatballs at Cyndia's in far-off Totowa "fried beauties made of veal, pork and beef ...." (BL-14).

Her informal dining review praises the meatball sandwich and other dishes as "comfort food."

But what really would be comforting is if Ung stopped just stuffing her face and started telling readers how the food she recommends was raised or grown.  

NJMG weakly

All of the stories and photos on Pages 1 and 3 of today's weekly Hackensack Chronicle appear to be from staffers at The Record.

And those pages have no municipal news from Hackensack.

The weekly paper is delivered to Hackensack residents with the Woodland Park daily, and both are owned by the Borg family's North Jersey Media Group. 

On Page 6 of the weekly, the only staffers listed are an editor and an advertising sales manager.

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