The election is over, my chest is returning to normal size (the pride remains, though), and I can actulally spend some time reading the papers, not waiting anxiously for the results.
I start with my coffee and the News of the Daily Times. Why such negativity?
Then pop over to Philadelphia Inquirer and The Daily News. This is even worse. Someone actually claimed that President Elect Obama would say Praise Allah at his inauguration. Why? The man is a Christian. These are the same folks that cried foul over Pastor Jeremiah Wright. Get a Life.
I probably can save my blood pressure and just buy the papers rather than read them online, but that would require pants, and I’m not ready to make that commitment.
At least KYW keeps comments off the page.
For a glimpse at how newspapers work check out Black & White and Dead all Over a novel by John Darnton.
This centers on a murder of an SOB editor, a real hard *ss who kills stories with an editor’s spike, then is ironically killed with the same weapon. The story is assigned to rugged, rogue, hardworking Jude Hurley and investigated by Priscilla Bollingsworth, a detective who grew up on the ritzy side of New York and tries to shun her past by being a hard nose.
Denton, thankfully, does not turn this into a romantic thing, but there is enough mating shenanigans to fill that void.
As a once inspiring journalist, I liked the insider’s view to working on a paper. The tug of war with the internet and struggling subscriptions. The book is worth reading and actually keeps you guessing to the end.
Worth the time.