Sunday, November 8, 2009

Grumpy Old Man of the Week

Apparently, there are still a few tough editors in the MSM:

Fists Fly After Post Editor Tells Writer, "It's the Second Worst Story I Have Seen in Style in 43 Years"

Here's something they apparently don't teach in Journalism school: reporters with hyphenated last names shouldn't call their editor a name that requires a lot more hyphens when it appears in a family newspaper if:
  • The editor is 70-years-old
  • a Pulitzer Prize-winning
  • an ex-marine
Doesn't it make you think of Lou Grant? "Rossi, you bury the lead again and I'm going to bury my foot in your tucchis."


  1. Ahh, I remember the senior news editor at the daily newspaper our J-school put out (35,000 circulation to the city of Columbia, MO). George Kennedy. He looked like what you'd get if you called Central Casting and asked for a gunfighter type: tall, dark-haired and squinty-eyed with a Clint Eastwood jaw, and he was just as tough as he looked. More than a few cub reporters piddled down their legs when facing him after trying to use an anonymous source, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the women got teary-eyed. Even in those radical, Woodward & Bernstein-worshipping days I don't think it ever occurred to anyone to say anything provacative to him - at least not outloud.

  2. Where do you think the person who wrote THE worst story in the last 43 years is buried?