Friday, September 19, 2014

Tony Auth, RIP

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A Man with a Mission

“Our job is not to amuse our readers. Our mission is to stir them, inform and inflame them. Our task is to continually hold up our government and our leaders to clear-eyed analysis, unaffected by professional spinmeisters and agenda-pushers. In these times, when those of us who are members of the ‘reality-based community’ are under relentless attack from both the right and the left, we must encourage, and our work must reflect, independent and non-ideological thinking.” 

—Tony Auth (1942-2014), Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, accepting the Herblock Prize for cartooning, 2005 NYT obit (Thanks to alert WORDster Mark Larson) 


• Editorial Comment: Truth-telling is a rare commodity these days.


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Mola







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Thursday, September 18, 2014

No More ‘Anti-Science Fringe’

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New BBC ‘Balance’


Good news for viewers of BBC News: You’ll no longer be subjected to the unhinged ravings of climate deniers and other members of the anti-science fringe. In a report published Thursday by the BBC Trust, the network’s journalists were criticized for devoting too much airtime (as in, any airtime) to unqualified people with ‘marginal views’ about non-contentious issues in a misguided attempt to provide editorial balance.”

—Lindsay Abrams, reporter, “BBC staff ordered to stop giving equal airtime to climate deniers,” Salon, July 2014 

• Editorial Comment: A lot of unhinged ravers will be looking for work.


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Wet Grass








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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Post-Obama Landscape

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Kenyan Humor

“Let’s face it, Fox, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It’ll be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”

—President Barack Obama at the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner


• Editorial Comment: Hey, O’Reilly. Hill’s from Benghazi, isn’t she?


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Charlie Tuna








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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Java

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Tweaking the IT Guy

“After I drink coffee I like to show the empty mug to the IT guy to tell him that I’ve successfully installed Java.”













• Editorial Comment: But what the hell is with that damn spinning pinwheel thing? 




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Coming Attractions












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Monday, September 15, 2014

The View From Abroad

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Unholy Jungle

“I found America the friendliest, most forgiving, and most generous nation I had ever visited. We South Americans tend to think of things in terms of convenience, whereas people in the United States approach things ethically. This — amateur Protestant that I am — I admired above all. It even helped me overlook skyscrapers, paper bags, television, plastics, and the unholy jungle of gadgets.” 

—Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentine writer, 1970



• Editorial Comment: Gonna have to count that as a mixed review. 


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Red Sky at Morning
(The 107,000-acre Happy Camp fire turns Trinidad red.)









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Friday, September 12, 2014

Writers & Readers

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Intelligent Life
“The bond between book reader and book writer has always been a tightly symbiotic one, a means of intellectual and artistic cross-fertilization. The words of the writer act as a catalyst in the mind of the reader, inspiring new insights, connections, and perceptions. And the very existence of the attentive, critical reader provides the spur for the writer’s work. It gives the author the confidence to explore new forms of expression, to blaze difficult and demanding paths of thought, to venture into uncharted and sometimes hazardous territory. 

“‘All great men have written proudly, nor cared to explain,’ said Emerson. ‘They knew that the intelligent reader would come at last, and would thank them.’”

—Nicholas Carr, author, The Shallows, 2010

  • Editorial Comment: Of course, then there’s the less discerning audience member, which in turn explains cable TV.


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Red Sky at Morning
(The 107,000-acre Happy Camp fire turns Trinidad red.)









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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gross

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Recipe for News

“I like to think of news and advertising as the separation of guacamole and Twizzlers. Separately, they’re good. But if you mix them together, somehow you make both of them really gross.” 

—John Oliver, host, “Last Week Tonight,” HBO, 2014 



  • Editorial Comment: Which of these things belongs together?.


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Beach Bunny








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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Fight a War

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Tricky, Dick

“In the short run, it would be so much easier, wouldn’t it, to run this war in a dictatorial way, kill all the reporters, and carry on the war.”

—President Richard M. Nixon, on Oval Office audiotape, Feb. 22, 1971, in Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s “Woodward and Bernstein: 40 years after Watergate, Nixon was far worse than we thought,” The Washington Post, 2012. (Image: AP 1972, San Clemente, Calif.)


  • Editorial Comment: Ms. Woods, take a note.


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Veggies







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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Incommunicado

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Can You Hear Me Now?
 

“Beltway wags have long wondered how it is that Obama, such a gifted communicator, can’t manage to tell the story of his own accomplishments. . . . If someone this talented and this appealing can’t succeed in forging consensus—or even settle on a consistent narrative about what he’s done—then what hope is there for the next president?”

—Reid Cherlin, former Obama press spokesman, “The Presidency and the Press,” Rolling Stone, August 2014. 
 
• Editorial Comment: Poli (many) + tics (blood-sucking insects).


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Duck Butts











 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Trolling for Inspiration

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I fish, you fish, he/she/it fishes
 

“Writing and fishing are both art forms built for optimists.” 

—Nick Ripatrazone, writer, “The Longest Silence: On Writing and Fishing,” 2014 (Thanks to alert WORDster Chip Scanlan)
 


 


• Editorial Comment: What kind of bait are you using?






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The Writer as a Young Fisherman











 
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Baaaa--aaaaaaaaa

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Cookie Cutter Thinking 

“The Internet . . . is contributing to the polarization of America, as people surround themselves with people who think like them and hesitate to say anything different. Internet companies magnify the effect, by tweaking their algorithms to show us more content from people who are similar to us.” 
 
—Claire Cain Miller, How Social Media Silences Debate,” New York Times, August 2014 
  
 
• Editorial Comment: Tell us what we think.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Pelican











 
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ombudsman for ‘the Folks’

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Fact-Based Guy

“I’m not Rush Limbaugh or Al Franken, where everything has to fit into my worldview . . . I’m a fact-based guy. A lot of people don’t understand that. . . . I have a job to do. I don’t have an ideology ingrained in that at all. I’m like an ombudsman for ‘the folks.’”

—Bill O’Reilly, Fox news commentator, in Lloyd Grove’s “O’Reilly Disses His Fellow Fox Newsers,” Daily Beast, June 2014

• Editorial Comment: And the folks are real darn grateful.


PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
Wind Rose




 
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Steven Sotloff, 31

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Murdered

“Journalists know that covering war is inherently dangerous and that they could get killed in crossfire. But being butchered in front of camera simply for being a reporter is pure barbarism. We condemn in the strongest terms possible the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff. He, like James Foley, went to Syria to tell a story. They were civilians, not representatives of any government. Their murders are war crimes and those who committed them must be brought to justice swiftly.”

—Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists, on the video beheading of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, 31, Sept. 2, 2014. Link The CPJ reports 33 journalists killed doing their jobs in 2014.

• Editorial Comment: There are no words.

• Reactions, The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, ABC News, Orlando Sentinel, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
 
RIP







PeezPix. ted.pease@gmail.com
 
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