Daily Flogger 7/30/08: Farm systems, Madonna, kitties, hacks
Running down the papers:
This is a big, big trade-related deal — almost as important as Mark Teixeira's trade from the Braves to the Angels — and it merited this fairly lengthy story, but the word "subsidies" appears only twice.
For sneer-filled but newsy background, read my July 2005 item "Bush regime pledges end to U.S. cotton subsidies enslaving Africans."
The Times piece took a jingoistic take on a global topic, understandable considering that the U.S. economy is rapidly tanking. The lede and nut grafs:
Love Jad Mouawad's story, but the paper's web promo of it is hilarious:
Oh, boy! Gas prices are down! You can't take full advantage of it because you're driving less. But it would be cheaper to now drive more. But if you do, it will increase gas consumption and push gas prices up.
So stay home and enjoy those lower gas prices!
Stoopid hed (by Post's high standards — and I'm not being sarcastic) and hare-brained angle on Paterson's gloom-and-down speech. The lede:
Us, us, us — what does this mean to us, those of who aren't bankers or bureaucrats? There are hints, such as the fact that school property taxes will be capped.
But the only people sure to be immediately affected will be legislators. They'll have to end their summer vacations and return to Albany, Paterson thundered.
Please don't make us go to Albany.
While you pack your toiletries for a possible trip to that non-jaunty place, you're better off reading the Daily News account — 'Paterson wants immediate job freeze,' which gets down to it and goes beyond just the governor's speech.
The hackneyed lede:
A sure-fire web-visitor, homepage hit-builder for a paper to prominently promo. Forward with 21st century newspaper journalism!
Great folo hed — yesterday's Post put a half-Nelson on this tale by calling the scamster "Rockefooler."
Good hed, spiffy and fact-filled story:
Another chock-full, fun-filled lede:
Read it, because Randazzo's our canary in the coal mine: He pissed away his money; don't piss away yours in this recession caused by the vultures in the Wall Street gold mines.
Who's the editor who wrote this hed (on a mediocre game story) about the Yankees losing again to the Orioles? Your next mousepad's on me.
Daily News: 'Woman driver duped by abduct dad'
I'm not being P.C. about this, merely pointing out that the web-promo hed plays off the sexist idea of screwball lady drivers. Don't blame the reporter, because the well-crafted lede doesn't:
Daily News: 'Rep: Madonna's the victim of a bad pic'
Not unless someone Photoshopped those junkie-type veins popping out of her scrawny arm.
Holy mother of Christ! If she's studying Jewish food-for-thought, she might as well go all the way and stop at a deli for a big mound of chopped chicken liver and a pastrami (not lean) on rye. Look at you! Publicist, schmulblicist. I don't care if you're the namesake of Jesus's poor mom. A nice meal I'll make for you.
While the local rags are laying siege to various New York stadiums and arenas for game coverage, William Saletan focuses on what's news at the NBA's Fifth Avenue HQ, producing an excellent inside look at corrupt NBA ref Tim Donaghy's claim of "addiction":
This won't play well inside David Stern's sanctum — even before the scandal broke, the NBA had a "compulsive gambler" on its referee staff and didn't know? or maybe it did know? — but it makes defense lawyers dribble and drool at the thought that such a claim once again did have the impact of paring months off a goniff's prison sentence.
Guardian (U.K.): 'Gary McKinnon — "world's most dangerous hacker" — to be extradited'
New York's paper of record and other local papers of broken records practiced a lot of hack journalism this morning but somehow ignored this fascinating hack account that has everything to do with the web and America. Who said Bloomberg's not smoking? Among NYC outlets, it has the story, but here's the Guardian dispatch: