"Journalists" Even Bother Checking Facts, or
Remain Neutral Anymore?
An E-Crap Exclusive
lack of a better term, has never been worse in this country.
At one time, writing an article for the Associated Press, or
one of the largest newspapers in a state used to have some
prestige behind it. But as I read daily, the writing just
keeps getting crappier and crappier. Here are two examples.
Press has reported that today (7/30/06) the New York Yankees
acquired all-star outfielder Bobby Abreu from the
Philadelphia Phillies in a trade. The AP journalist writes
"Desperate for...a productive bat in their depleted
outfield, the Yankees took on Abreu's hefty contract."
And captioned under the picture of Abreu, it reads "Abreu
will help a depleted lineup."
can anyone under any circumstance call the Yankees lineup
depleted? Other than perhaps owner George Steinbrenner or GM
Brian Cashman. Even manager Joe Torre would never use that
word. But the AP writer uses it TWICE! Depleted? Ask the
Kansas City Royals how depleted their lineup is. Or the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Let's see, the Yankees have three
all-stars on the injured list. That is a fact. Which means
all they are left with on a daily basis are Johnny Damon,
Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriquez, Jason Giambi, Melky Cabrera,
Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada... and are expected to get
Gary Sheffield and Robinson Cano back soon. Sorry, that's
not depleted! I have no problem with Steinbrenner going out
and buying every decent player, but I do have a problem with
so-called journalists showing them any sympathy. Use the
right word! Depleted is not it.
In late 2003, the hottest new place to open on the Jersey
Shore since the first legal casino in Atlantic City some 25+
years ago finally unwrapped itself. Called
"Elements," it is an upscale martini bar, the
likes of which are usually seen only in swanky parts of
Manhattan, or Europe. It is co-owned by Matthew Bongiovi,
brother of superstar rocker (and local Shore resident) Jon
Bon Jovi, and Bongiovi’s friend Vincenzo Rizzo.
The writer covering the launch did a special feature on
the place, and on the owners. She is one of the music
editors for one of NJ's largest newspapers (owned by
Gannett). I’m aware that everyone can have a bad day, or a
bad article. Consider this her mulligan.
She writes "Owners…(Bongiovi and Rizzo)…have
been yearning to open a place like this since forever, since
they were buddies at Holmdel High School." Yearning?
Since forever? They were both 29 years old. One of them is
named Bongiovi (Bon Jovi). The poor guy had to yearn for ten
years to build a two story, upscale place on the ocean, with
waterfalls, and 48 "private memberships." Does the
writer have a clue as to what yearning is all about? How
about the poor stiff who has to work in these restaurants
his whole life, slaving in the hot kitchen so that other
Bongiovi’s can realize their dream courtesy of a family
relative selling a few records. Do you think he’s
"yearning" to open his "dream"
restaurant (unlike Bongiovi’s "dream" place),
albeit one a bit smaller and lower key than Elements?
Something with ten tables, perhaps, where he can put in
twelve hours a day and feel good about being the boss for a
change? And bringing home in a year what Bongiovi figures to
bring home in a week.
There’s more. The writer goes on to say "their
savoir vivre stems, no doubt, from Bongiovi’s many years
in the entertainment business." Of the six job titles
she lists that Bongiovi has held, they include:
- Production Assistant for Bon Jovi
- Logistics Coordinator for Bon Jovi
- Tour Manager for Bon Jovi
She also claims that Rizzo’s "experience in
construction in New York" enabled them to "work
through myriad technical and engineering details." Um,
sure. That, and a couple million Bongiovi Bucks. I’ll stop
here. I only wish the writer could have been a little less
affected (unless her article got her one of those 48 private