Monday, August 27, 2007

Did you seen that A1 headline in the TP? Political Bad News Takes a Toll: But State's Reputation Isn't Necessarily Fatal. Well, thank God that a chance exists that the state won't die. What does the article say? Oh, nothing of the sort. There is corruption, but most lawmakers won't punish the residents for bad leaders. Also, Mississippi has stronger and more senior leaders, so they've scored more money. Also, Landrieu and Vitter are competitive with each other, so that might be slowing down the process. Then again, it keeps them both working hard.

Wait a minute, that headline wasn't really about the article, was it? Once again, the TP writer turns in a well-written story and the copydesk acts like they work for a cheap tabloid and slaps on a hysterical hed. Can someone teach the copydesk some reading comprehension skills?

Friday, August 24, 2007

Brett Anderson, another regular TP columnist who has only worked irregularly since the storm, files a real story today. It's about Rocky and Carlo's in Chalmette. Not a bad piece, if a bit uninspired. Ah, but this is the odd part. It sounds like all the interviews were done in November. And the restaurant reopened in February. So why is this running in August? I thought dailies were supposed to break news.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I'm not always a fan of Chris Rose, but in today's column he did what few of his colleagues ever dare to do--he called out fellow writers for their foolishness:
I realize that corruption exists elsewhere in this country and one of my colleagues at the paper has gone to great lengths to document it as to make Louisiana seem no more remarkable than other locations in this matter.

But we are. Because our process is infected, rotten, dying from the inside out. In other venues, corruption is the shocker. Here, it is expected, and that is the sad truth and I guess that's where Oliver and Honor went their separate ways, on the power climb.

Another colleague at the paper -- and many political elders in the state -- are finding a soft spot in their hearts for Edwin Edwards, implying that because the man is old and has served half his prison term, that he should summarily be released to live a life of genteel retirement by some pristine waters, fishing instead of mopping prison floors.

What a load of hooey. Edwards is lucky he didn't spend more of his life behind bars and he should bank that when he goes to bed at night in his prison cot. The operative systems that guys like him set in place is one where their cronies -- these obvious, pathetic and ill-spoken lowlifes -- walk off with state and city money while the state and city fail, falter, die.
Good work. (And I swear this blog will not be all about Chris.)

Monday, August 6, 2007

Chris Rose surfaced from his undisclosed location (I believe it's called rehab) to file some copy. What do you bet that he disappears for another few months to flog his new book?