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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day - YEAR END EDITION
« Reply #135 on: December 31, 2018, 01:45:02 PM »
Welcome to the year-end edition of Fives & Flubs. Because of all the useless "Five storylines for 2019" rehashes this week, the Flubs are outnumbered, reversing a recent trend.

Let's hope that 2019 brings some intelligence to the paper...............ESPECIALLY to the moronic captions!
     (fat frickin' chance!)


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Happy New Year!






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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #136 on: January 11, 2019, 11:25:12 AM »
Brand new year, same old problems...............maybe THIS will be the year they wake up (and maybe a green sun will rise tomorrow morning).

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #137 on: January 22, 2019, 10:30:04 AM »
And the numbers/news numbskullery continues................

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #138 on: January 27, 2019, 03:33:29 PM »
When I got The Record home delivered, I used to put the Sports section into the recycling without ever reading it. So, all of this exhaustive review of typos and so forth seems like another waste of space.

The real horror about The Record and Hackensack Chronicle, both gutted by Gannett, is that they are a parody of a local daily and weekly newspaper. The Chronicle no longer has its own staff and merely reprints stories from The Record or The Wretched, as many say.

The Friday, Jan. 25, Hackensack Chronicle carries not a single word about the special school election 3 days earlier, when voters overwhelmingly rejected a $170 million school construction and renovation proposal that would have triggered a 30-year tax hike of $308 to $650 and more a year. Instead, the weekly carried a front page tribute to Harold Bloom, a former Hackensack High School principal who died at 89.

Even though the election was held and decided 3 days earlier, the second page carries a story reporting a judge ordered a change in the wording of the ballot proposal, which didn't state the tax hike would be yearly for 30 years. And on Page 8, a long letter reacts to Mayor John Labrosse opposing the proposal, which was reported on Page 1 of the Jan. 11 Chronicle. The long, long letter was signed by Ellen O'Reilly of Hackensack (whoever she is), and it's the only letter in the paper.

The Record and Hackensack Chronicle have never as far as I know explored an issue that incenses property tax payers in Hackensack, namely the impact of so-called non-profits such as Hackensack University Medical Center on the taxes you and I pay. They include Bergen County, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Bergen County Academy, Eastwick College and so forth.

The front page of the Dec. 28 Chronicle reported HUMC will be building a 43,500-square-foot utility plant, and I also saw a story -- I'm not sure where -- reporting the hospital is building a 300,000 square foot medical tower. If both of those are tax-exempt, as is most of the rest of the complex that ate Hackensack and spit it out long ago, that will only shift the tax burden further onto homeowners and small business owners. The hospital pays its CEO about $3 million a year and takes in money hand over fist, so how can it legitimately claim to be non-profit?

Sadly, the City Council will not sue HUMC and take the case all the way up to the state Supreme Court, thus establishing a precedent that will bind all non-profit hospitals to start paying their fair share of property taxes. In Hackensack, that would be about $19 million a year, not including the new utility and patient projects on the way.

Instead, the council announced last year how proud officials are of a new 6-year agreement that will see the hospital pay $4 million a year in "host community fees." Months after that agreement was announced, council members could not say whether some of the money will be used to pave some of the crummy potholed streets drivers find all over the city.

City officials also are getting the shaft from Bergen County, which has dragged its feet on paving parts of Prospect and Summit avenues that are in terrible shape or installing turn lanes on Passaic Street, in both directions at Summit Avenue, a choke point for traffic. One city council member said the city couldn't "force" the county to take part of the properties on each side of Passaic to create the turn lanes on the narrow, two-lane street, which dates to the Revolutionary War.

The Chronicle is such a piece of Gannett crap that the front page story on Dec. 7, 2018, was about a dog that was allegedly missing for 9 months before it was found. And it wasn't even a Hackensack dog; "Zina" escaped from her River Vale home; she was found in Hackensack. Page 2 reported that renovations at the Lido Restaurant in Hackensack were being delayed.

On Nov. 16, a story about a new commuter shuttle in Hackensack was buried inside while Page 1 of the Chronicle (or maybe "Hackensack Chronic Pain") reported the body of a man, 39, who tried to swim across the Hackensack River on Nov. 4, was recovered on Nov. 6. By the way, a free shuttle runs from the city's bus terminal to its two train stations, the county complex and the "local hospital," presumably a reference to the mammoth HUMC complex. The "Hackensack Transit Connector" is being paid for by the Federal Transit Administration, North Jersey Transportation Authority and Bergen County; I'd like to see more such giving back to the city by non-profits.

Meanwhile, an editorial in the same Nov. 16 Chronicle notes the Trump administration is denying funding for a 10-mile extension of the misnamed Hudson-Bergen Light Rail into Bergen County, terminating at Englewood Hospital.
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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #139 on: January 27, 2019, 09:55:00 PM »
We get it - you don't like sports. No one cares. This thread is about the newspaper - not just sports. If you actually read it, you'll see that problems exist in other sections too. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the problems exist in the sports section. Would you like me to fabricate some non-sports problems to balance things out for you?

You're not compelled to read it, you know, so it seems rather silly to complain about it  - especially since you have your own platform in which to rail against The Record.

I find food obsession to be incredibly boring. Talk about a waste of space! Would you like me to mindlessly complain about that and balance things out even more?

If you don't like it, don't read it............end of problem.



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #140 on: January 29, 2019, 04:00:47 PM »
What food obsession? And the last list you posted had 1 non-sports item out of 17 or 18 items.
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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #141 on: January 29, 2019, 07:24:59 PM »
the last list you posted had 1 non-sports item out of 17 or 18 items.

And that's MY fault?

As usual, you're still not paying attention. FOUR out of 18 were unrelated to sports. I also addressed the imbalance of sports section errors relative to the number of errors found in the rest of the paper. Not much I can do about that, short of throwing out the sports section unread.

Oh wait, that's YOUR "solution".



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #142 on: February 02, 2019, 12:15:49 PM »
1 or 4 items not related to sports is immaterial. My eyes glaze over just trying to take in all the stuff you post, and it's extremely repetitive. Seems like you have nothing better to do. I can relate to that. And, again, the paper is doing a lot more disservice to readers by reducing local coverage and filling local news pages with police news. One Local section was an economy instituted by Stephen Borg, but it means Bergen readers have had an overwhelming amount of Paterson news shoved down their throats for years.
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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #143 on: February 02, 2019, 12:28:09 PM »
OLD NEWS WRIT LARGE:

Friday's Hackensack Chronicle finally carried a front-page story on the results of the special school election on Jan. 22, when voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposed $170 million school construction and renovation bond. The caption under a photo of poll workers said: "Hackensack held a referendum Tuesday...."  The story cited results "Tuesday night." In both cases, the reference was not to the previous Tuesday, Jan. 29, but to Jan. 22 -- 11 days before the paper hit driveways.

Sharing Page 1 with that story was the monumental news that a second brewery will open in Hackensack. Now, residents can drown their troubles in beer, including high property taxes aggravated by non-profits like Hackensack University Medical Center, Bergen County and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The brewery story says the new one will open its doors "next month," then noted the grand opening will be Saturday, Feb. 2. The paper is dated Friday, Feb. 1.

So, there's no telling when the Chronicle, which reprints stories from The Record, will tell residents that another important school election is coming up in April, when the City Council hopes to seize control of the school board and finally get to review and cut its bloated budget, which accounts for 45% of each resident's property tax bill:

READ: http://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/01/hackensack-officials-hoping-april-vote.html

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #144 on: February 03, 2019, 12:45:01 PM »
My eyes glaze over just trying to take in all the stuff you post, and it's extremely repetitive. Seems like you have nothing better to do.

Well, DUH! OF COURSE it's repetitive when they keep making the same mistakes. And it will remain repetitive as long as they continue to do so.

I have nothing better to do? Boy, you really DON'T pay attention, do you.  I recently wrote that I spent an entire week shooting over a thousand pictures and 3 dozen videos of the Holman demolition and a second week editing every picture and condensing all the videos down to one. That's not a complaint - I'm happy to capture every bit of future history that appeals to me - but it's quite time-consuming.

And then there's the time spent responding to your inattentive, glazed-over eyeballs while mine roll skyward...............




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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #145 on: February 04, 2019, 02:20:00 PM »
Back to the sad, sorry show - and thank you to anyone reading this who manages to trudge through it all and understands why this all needs to be out there. Hopefully, at least one of the people reading this works at The Record, is in a position of authority and does not appreciate how the paper currently looks to anyone with a decent command of the language.

The Fives & Flubs carnage continues:




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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #146 on: February 11, 2019, 01:22:04 PM »
You've been cataloging these errors for how long, and you claim one of your readers works at The Record and cares how the paper looks? No he or she doesn't or you wouldn't have anything to write about. It's getting worse, not better. As for the union truck parked in front of a no parking sign, were you suggesting it should be ticketed?

You are aware the paper isn't even edited in New Jersey anymore? After Gannett took over, more than 350 layoffs included nearly all of the remaining copy editors, the last line of defense against grammatical and factual errors, and the enforcers of style. The design studio for The Record was in Neptune, N.J., where Gannett's crappy Asbury Park Press was published. That place closed, and design of The Record was moved somewhere out of state where minions work on a number of Gannett papers.
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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #147 on: February 11, 2019, 02:06:07 PM »
DIABETIC SHOCK:

The readers of The Record's print edition are predominantly older, and I imagine many went into diabetic shock when they saw a huge photo on the Better Living cover last Friday, Feb. 8, of a French dessert called tarte Tartin topped with a scoop of ice cream, said to be served at a restaurant in Westwood.

The cover photo was part of a story on "5 new restaurants you need to try now" by Food Editor Esther Davidowitz, who single handedly has recommended more unhealthy or low quality, crappy food than any other single staffer at the paper. (There's the number 5 again, suggesting that is all the room the paper had on that Friday, when you include blown-up photos of the recommended dishes.)

Don't you resent some faceless food editor claiming you must try a restaurant and do it now? What arrogance. Davidowitz is one of the staffers who survived the Gannett takeover; the rest of the staff is made up of young, inexperienced reporters who don't know shit from Shinola, and can't possibly fathom some of the biggest issues in Hackensack, such as the impact of tax-exempt non-profits on the property taxes paid by homeowners and small businesses.

Two days earlier, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Better Living cover article carried these headlines:

"Urge to splurge"

"Treat yourself to fabulous food at these 14 restaurant"

Make sure your gas tank is full or that your electric car is fully charged, if you intend to eat at all of them. Although Bergen County is where the majority of readers live, eating at most of the 14 would be a road trip -- the recommended restaurants are in Princeton, Warren, New Brunswick, Merchantville, Swedesboro, New Hope (Pa.), Collingswood, Middletown and Asbury Park.

And, of course, if you went to any of those 9 far-off restaurants and wanted to enjoy wine with your dinner, you'd have to have a designated driver.

Davidowitz, the arrogant food editor, sniffs, "Here are 14 NJ restaurants where the food may be more than you're used to paying but it's often better -- much better -- than you're used to getting."

How could she possibly know that? And she wrote "the food may be more..." when she meant to say "the food may cost more..."

What she doesn't say is to assure readers she and the other reviewers whose bylines appear over the article actually paid for their meals; otherwise, the article would be little more than advertising.





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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #148 on: February 11, 2019, 03:10:30 PM »
1. Your reading comprehension really needs some work. How else could you get "you claim one of your readers works at The Record and cares how the paper looks?" from "Hopefully, at least one of the people reading this works at The Record, is in a position of authority and does not appreciate how the paper currently looks..."?

Don't waste your time making up stuff because you're gonna get called out on it.


2. "There's the number 5 again"

Thank you, Captain Obvious, but you KNOW I've already got that one tucked away, right?
(rhetorical)


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #149 on: February 12, 2019, 11:44:34 AM »
As for the union truck parked in front of a no parking sign, were you suggesting it should be ticketed?

Once again, you're missing the point. I'm saying that there are big attention-grabbing things in the center of the picture that was chosen to represent the story, yet they are not addressed in either the story OR the caption. Why run the picture if you don't explain what's in it?


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