Newspaper stands are not ‘elitist’


Do newspaper stands even exist anymore? I mean outside of New York City? I can’t recall seeing one lately… as in decades. Anyone know of any kiosk-type news stands in the US?

Props to: As always, Mr. Wiley Miller and his Non Sequitur newspaper readers.


Times are also tough over in the UK

If you’re kicking around the UK, you may want to, not not, drop by to catch a performance of  “Five Dead No Bodies.”


The play is written by a couple of ex-journalists and apparently involves some plot to take the fake-for-the-boards Tyneside Times, a “struggling local newspaper with a dodgy local owner and a dwindling readership” back into the fold of the Murdock empire.

The reviewer at the real newspaper, The Chronicle, does not like it. Not at all.

If local newspapers are to see off their on-line rivals, much as real books seem to have proved a match for Kindle, then they have to be a darned sight better than The Tyneside Times.

To which I say, any play with a dog in it can’t be that much of a dog.

NOTE: Photo —  uncredited from the ChronicleLive’s site.

Fake newspaper, real house


I see this commercial on the TV all the time.

About Trulicity TV Commercial, “Restoration

Robert, a building renovator, talks about how he used Trulicity to reach his blood sugar and A1C goals while restoring a community center in time for its grand opening.

Unfortunately, The Rushmead Chronicle is a fake-for-tv newspaper. But as a fake 1898 newspaper, It’s pretty bad. Halftones in a local newspaper would have been unheard of and that ALL CAPS screaming heds? Oy!

Fortunately, despite it’s fictional name, the Arodoyne Plantation  is real and is in Schriever, Louisiana.

Note to my none USA readers: Yes, in the USA, unlike most of the rest of the world, Big Pharma (and Little Pharma) can advertise anything they want.

See you in court!



Colorado state Sen. Ray Scott (R)  tweets à la Trump that his local paper (The Daily Sentinel) published “fake news” because he (presumably) doesn’t like an editorial criticizing him. Did you catch that? It was an editorial. Scott may not realize that editorials are opinions.

Jay Seaton responds:

‘‘A tried-and-true method for avoiding that accountability is to undermine the credibility of the speaker. When Sen. Scott asserts that The Daily Sentinel is “fake news,” he intends to diminish The Sentinel as a purveyor of reliable information.’’

before going on to say,

“I don’t think I can sit back and take this kind of attack from an elected official. We are brokers in facts. Words have real meaning in this business. Sen. Scott has defamed this company and me as its leader.’’

Seaton concludes with ‘‘I’ll see you in court.’’

I hope Seaton follows through. Just because Trump can get away with stunts like this, doesn’t mean it’s acceptable in the real world.

Proud that The Sentinel is standing up for Open Records. Proud that smaller papers are standing up to bullies.

DISCLOSURE: I worked at The Daily Sentinel from 1991-1996 as a copy editor and page designer.