‘America’s worst newspaper columnist’

True confession time. Years Decades ago I wrote a weekly newspaper column. It was tough work. On top of the weekly column I also wrote editorials three or four times a week, so all total I had running opinions five days a week. Every week.

Groan. Just thinking about it now makes me nervous. It was a lot of pressure.

I was a pretty bad columnist but slightly better as an editorialist. I did win a few state press association awards for editorial writing, but nada for my columns.

Happy to report that there is now someone below me on the columnist rung.

Check this out at Vice:

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Here’s the USA Today op-ed. Judge for yourself.

Fortunately, there are no online versions of my old columns.





It’s National Newspaper Carrier Day!

At least it is in the US. Not that too many of us have newspaper carriers anymore. And chances are if they do, it’s a retiree and not some 12-year-old youngster on a bicycle.

Too bad.

The (New York City) Sun publisher, Benjamin Day, is credited with hiring the first ever paperboy, 10-year-old Blarney Flaherty on Sept. 4, 1883.

Apparently, Flaherty answered an ad in The Sun which specified “steady men” could apply.

Additionally, Flaherty is credited with coining the iconic, “Paper! Get your paper, here!”

A number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper.  A liberal discount is allowed to those who buy to sell again. ~ Benjamin Day’s 1833 advertisement in The Sun.

Check out the Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame, to see some famous newspaper carriers in our US history including:

  • Warren Buffett
  • Tom Brokaw
  • Ed Sullivan
  • John Wayne
  • Isaac Asimov
  • John Glenn
  • Alan Shepard, Jr.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

Supreme cover is well, supreme

A full-page wrap of today’s New York Post, features the logo of streetware company Supreme.

According to The New York Times and other media outlets, the edition sold out quickly, snapped up by Supreme fans.

“We knew that this would be a collector’s item,” said Jesse Angelo, the paper’s publisher. “Supreme is such a cool brand and we have so much affinity, to the design kinship of the logos, to being bold, and never shy, and New York-based.”

Supreme was so jazzed about the ad, they posted this video of the press run on Instagram:

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New York Post on newsstands now 📹 @seanvegezzi

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Taking a coordinated stand against a thug

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston newspaper is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the U.S. to President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media.

‘‘We are not the enemy of the people,’’ said Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term ‘‘fake news’’ often when describing the media.

The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.’’

So far, The Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald and Denver Post are some of the larger newspapers who have signed up.

Check your local newspaper Thursday.

There are many, many examples of Trump enticing his supporters, but you’re going to have to Google that on your own. However, it’s getting more and more sinister, to the point that we have this warning:


“We began to see a campaign against the media … that could have potentially, and still can, set in motion a chain of events which could quite easily lead to harm being inflicted on journalists just going about their work and potentially some self-censorship,” Zeid said. “And in that context, it’s getting very close to incitement to violence.”

Read the article here.