Tag: The News Journal

The News Journal on Doing Nothing

Filed in Delaware by on January 13, 2017 5 Comments
The News Journal on Doing Nothing

So, like, the News Journal had this really cute editorial about, umm, Mayor Dennis Williams not writing any emails. I mean really who writes emails anymore?

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Not An Ad

Filed in Delaware by on January 12, 2017 42 Comments
Not An Ad

Probably everyone that comes to Delaware Liberal has read The News Journal at some point of their lives. They might not be a subscriber right now, but they are running a new sale that is quite good: $19.99 for one year.

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The News Journal Endorses Eugene Young for Mayor!

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on September 9, 2016 30 Comments
The News Journal Endorses Eugene Young for Mayor!

I wasn’t sure if the NJ would even endorse this year given that the field never winnowed. But between the debates they sponsored and the poll they did on this race, the NJ did a good job n trying to engage the community outside of their pages. But the News Journal officially endorsed Eugene Young for Mayor of Wilmington. Go read their entire endorsement.

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What’s Going On at the News Journal?

Filed in Delaware by on August 22, 2014 23 Comments
What’s Going On at the News Journal?

I heard today from an reliable Anon Tipster that the News Journal may be making its staff re-apply for jobs like some other Gannett newspapers have earlier this month. There may be even more (!)layoffs coming as they re-organize. If you’ve been following the Gannett news, they acquired a broadcasting company last year. Gannett is creating what they call the “Newsroom of the Future” (even though Jim Romanesko notes that they did this in 2006, too). Re-applying for their jobs has been done or in progress at other Gannett newspapers.

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QOD — Weigh In On the New Delawareonline Interface

Filed in Delaware by on February 14, 2014 19 Comments

Thanks to Steve Newton here, we have a new Question of the Day?

Does anybody else hate the new even-less-functional-than-before Delaware Online interface as badly as I do?

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I Resent The News Journal’s Desperation

Filed in Delaware by on June 11, 2013 3 Comments
I Resent The News Journal’s Desperation

I found this Subject Heading in my email inbox today:

Action Required Regarding your News Journal Account

Wow!  That sounds important.  Did I miss a bill?  What’s the problem?  Because there’s obviously a problem that requires action.

I opened the email ASAP, and here’s what I found….

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In Which We Find John Stapleford Blaming Black and Brown People for Big Government

Filed in National by on November 28, 2012 10 Comments

That was the nicest title I could come up with after reading this new bit of stupidity from John Stapleford of the brain dead CRI. Titled What role does government aid play in elections?, we find Stapleford trying to gin up some numerical proof for Mitt Romney’s claim that Obama won because he gave out gifts to key voter groups. And as usual for Stapleford, he produces a ton of numbers that aren’t sourced anywhere, counting on readers not to notice and counting on readers to not ask questions about the numbers he provides. In other words, it is the usual CRI bullshit. And I want to know how he gets paid for this. Seriously. And explain to me how it is that wingnut welfare — which Stapleford is clearly a beneficiary of — isn’t it’s own gift to the angry white people being paid to push this bullshit to people who really need better information than this. Because I’d bet ALOT OF MONEY that the number of wingnut welfare recipients that voted for Mitt Romney approaches 100%.

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Question of the Day

Filed in Delaware by on May 8, 2012 5 Comments

Why is The News Journal lazy? Specifically, why when there is a state story that may be considered a scandal do they always turn to Greg Lavelle for a quote? Is Charlie Copeland that busy that they can’t alternate weeks?

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News Journal Keeps It Classy

Filed in National by on April 12, 2012 19 Comments
News Journal Keeps It Classy

The News Journal recently fired a new reporter even before he started working there because he “released” a press release on his Tumblr that contained both The News Journal’s logo and quotes from the hiring letter. Khristopher Brooks called shortly before 6 p.m. ET to tell me that the News Journal fired him this afternoon […]

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Adventures in Subscribing to the Digital News Journal

Filed in Delaware by on March 1, 2012 33 Comments

So the NJ has put up their paywall, and you are limited to 5 articles (per week? per month?) and they helpfully count down the number of free articles you have left in a box in the lower right hand of your screen every time you click on a new article. I waited until the paywall finally went into effect to sign up (for the record, I actually buy this paper every day I am in town) and preserve my access to online articles. I’ve tried subscribing twice online and finally called today to figure out why I still can’t get the NJ online.

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NJ Truthiness Watch — Women’s Health Care is Not Important Unless Men Say It Is

Filed in National by on February 12, 2012 27 Comments

The editorial in Saturday’s NJ does a couple of dumb and dangerous things in siding with the religious leaders who have been howling about the Obama Administration’s ACA rule that religious institutions need to provide contraceptive coverage to their female employees as part of a preventative care package. This isn’t the first time that the NJ editorial has been quick to join the war on women’s health care. And as usual, the NJ editorial staff doing the writing of this thing never bothered to inform themselves of the facts of this business and pretty much just repeat what they see on cable TV.

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NJ Truthiness Watch — Women’s Health Is Too Expensive

Filed in National by on July 26, 2011 6 Comments

This new bit of tone-deafness and just plain disinformation from the News Journal Editorial page on the possible inclusion of contraception for women as a must cover with no co-pay item (as part of a number of women’s wellness services) inspired this collaborative post from Unstable Isotope, Pandora and me in response.

Ground Zero of Delaware truthiness printed up an opinion piece today on the recommendation by the International Institute of Medicine that health insurance plans be required to include women’s contraception as a basic part of their services and that contraception be provided with no co-pay. Titled Free birth control comes at a cost, the apparent point of this is to tell people that contraception costs money. And if it is required care and required to have no co-pay,then the entire cost gets covered by insurance.

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NJ Truthiness Watch — Wagging Their Finger at American Political Debate

Filed in Delaware by on July 18, 2011 4 Comments

The Sunday NJ brings us an editorial with this amusing observation:

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NJ Truthiness Watch — Amtrak Edition

Filed in National by on May 31, 2011 4 Comments

Sunday’s editorial has the NJ wagging their wizened finger at Democrats for not embracing Rep. Mica’s idea of carving out the Northeast Corridor for a rail privatization scheme.

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More NJ Truthiness Watch — Hypocritical Finger Wagging at the Obama Campaign

Filed in Delaware by on May 22, 2011 4 Comments
More NJ Truthiness Watch — Hypocritical Finger Wagging at the Obama Campaign

The NJ Editorial writers have decided to wag their confused (and often hypocritical) finger at the Obama re-election campaign for poking fun at the whole “birther” business and raising money from that amusement.

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When Conventional Wisdom Rules and Even Leaves the NJ Confused

Filed in Delaware by on December 4, 2010 1 Comment

If you’ve been reading the NJ Editorial page over the past week or so (I know, I know), you will find that the Editorials are still filled with the usual (and lazy) conventional wisdom, but you will have also noticed that this CW leaves them endorsing multiple competing positions. Take a look: Extend Bush Tax […]

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Harry Themal Endorses Chris Coons

Filed in Delaware by on October 11, 2010 25 Comments

In an unusual column, Harry Themal expresses his contempt for Christine O’Donnell.

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The News Journal Admits to Deficient Political Coverage

Filed in Delaware by on October 4, 2010 15 Comments

Yesterday, John Sweeney took to the pages of the NJ OpEd page to tell us what we already know — that the media isn’t doing an especially good job at getting political candidates to discuss in detail their approach to issues of concern to voters:

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Since the News Journal Couldn’t Be Bothered to Cover Chris Coons Launch….

Filed in National by on April 20, 2010 24 Comments

Did you notice what was missing from the News Journal today?

Coverage of Chris Coons’ official launch of his Senatorial bid. No wonder they have a hard time getting people to buy this thing. A serious candidate for Senate does the three county tour and the best the NJ can do is show a picture in the dead tree edition.

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Insurance Commissioner is Failing Aggrieved Patients

Filed in National by on March 26, 2010 21 Comments

That title is stolen from the News Journal Opinion page today, whose writers I have to give some credit to today.

They highlight an odd bit of business, where Senator John D. Rockefeller, D-W.V has written to Delaware Blue Cross to ask them to provide detailed documentation of why they would deny cardiac testing prescribed by doctors to patients exhibiting symptoms of heart failure.

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The Perennial Sloppiness of the News Journal Editorial Page

Filed in Delaware by on March 8, 2010 18 Comments

Let us count the ways: 1. Sunday’s paper had a couple of UD Professors of Economics firing up the noise machine for tax cuts to stimulate the economy. Even though two rounds of tax cuts moved the entire budget from surpluses to deficits — and structural deficits at that — that absolutely, positively never paid […]

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Things I Learned From Ron Williams

Filed in National by on February 26, 2010 20 Comments

This week’s Ron Williams column in the News Journal was more informative than usual. I learned the following:

  • Anthony Wedo is rich.
  • Anthony Wedo is not running for the DE-AL U.S. House seat, did I mention that Wedo is rich?
  • Richard Korn has black hair, is from New York and has a New York accent.

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Ginger Gibson Finds the JFC Still Not Open

Filed in National by on January 13, 2010 4 Comments
Ginger Gibson Finds the JFC Still Not Open

Last year’s hard won HB 1 victory was supposed to mean that legislature business was to be done in the light of day — with ample and good notice to the public of meetings and hearings as well as making sure that minutes or recordings of meetings were made and made public.

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DE Casinos Have A Bad Tell

Filed in National by on January 2, 2010 14 Comments
DE Casinos Have A Bad Tell

The three Delaware casinos released a survey in December that states that Delaware voters think three casinos is just about right for the First State reports The News Journal. Dover Downs, Delaware Park and Harrington Raceway have launched a public relations campaign — including a Web site and a self-commissioned study — condemning the idea […]

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A Swig and A Miss

Filed in National by on January 2, 2010 5 Comments
A Swig and A Miss

The News Journal today covers the attempted resurgence of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on the Delmarva peninsula. Or should I say that The News Journal miscovers MADD’s rebirth and history. Back in October of last year, Delaware Liberal posted about Delaware MADD’s financial trouble and we alluded to one of the main reasons why […]

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