The [Wednesday] Papers
The best part of the New Year's holiday just may have been the outdoor hockey game the NHL held between the Sabres and the Penguins.
"There is, however, something more distressing about the SAT than the prospect of receiving a low score," Peter W. Fulham writes. "It is the ominous feeling that this primitive, overrated test is the best this country can do to measure the knowledge of its students. If the SAT is the culmination of American primary and secondary education, then we have a sad state of affairs.
"Students should be tested on their ability to solve real problems, to make innovative decisions, to think creatively. The crass, reductive approach of the SAT is counterproductive to all of these ideals."
Today's Trib runs a St. Petersburg Times story called "Death Of The TV Theme Song Creates A Void."
In fact, we've also already published Scott Buckner's "The Found Art of the TV Theme Song."
Just sayin'. I love our TV writers.
* The paper is now boasting on its front page that "While The Other Paper In Town Raises Its Price, We're STILL ONLY 50¢"
But RedEye is free!
* January 1 cover story: "Love or Money in Your Future? Find out in Your 2008 Horoscope."
At least astrologers win one bet: The position of the stars will impact the decisions made by our city's newspaper editors!
* "We run stupid headlines because we think they're funny. We run maimings on the front page because we got good art. And I spend three weeks bitching about my car because it sells papers. But at least it's the truth. As far as I can remember we never ever, ever knowingly got a story wrong, until tonight."
Unless editors believe horoscopes are actually valid, aren't they knowingly printing something they know is not true?
* Why in the world would a newspaper turn over one of its pages to a press release of propaganda written by an aide but with the mayor's byline - you know, knowingly publishing an untruth again - particularly when that mayor won't answer most of the media's questions?
* Apparently the newspaper that endorsed Todd Stroger is immune to irony.
"'My mother always said democracy is the best revenge,' said Bilawil Bhutto Zardari, 19-year-old son of slain Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, after being named Sunday to replace her as chairman of the Pakistan People's Party," the Sun-Times said Tuesday in "Bhutto's Son Is Good Choice To Lead Pakistan Forward."
A) After all, the Bhutto family held a vote to decide who would rule the party
Change We Can Believe In
"Were one to closely examine his record, one would find a pattern of absences that should make any American concerned.
"In his case, experience matters all too much."
* 40 percent of Illinois babies are born on the Women, Infants and Children program. Forty percent! Wow.
* 24 percent of pregnancies are aborted. I didn't think the number would be that high. That's one in four.
* 18 percent of women report experiencing a rape or attempted rape.
* 4 percent of adults older than 20 have never had sex. I thought the number would be higher.
* Between 2000 and 2006, Chicago-area home prices have risen 16 percent while household income has decreased 10 percent.
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Posted on January 2, 2008
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