Monthly Archives: March 2008

Hoyt on his own petard

Afraid I’m going to ask Clark Hoyt, public editor of the New York Times, for a correction to a Times story. But first, I have a question: How often has Columbia University bestowed its coveted Pulitzer Prize for national news … Continue reading

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Joel’s water taxi 2.0

Guess I jumped the gun. I’d heard that one of the plans for the Rouge River was to have water taxis taking tourists to such destinations as the Ford Motor Co. Rouge assembly plant, Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, … Continue reading

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How many reporters does it take…

No, not to screw in a light bulb. I think most reporters are capable of accomplishing that chore without much help. But how many does it take to cover a political candidate? Let me put it differently — did we … Continue reading

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A TRUE ethics policy

“Ride hard, shoot straight and speak the shining truth.” Why would I post a one-line, nine-word bromide that is open to a wide range of interpretation and claim it as my blog’s ethics policy? Because it contains three elements missing … Continue reading

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Christine Beatty’s to-do list

If the Detroit Free Press can recycle my blog stories (see joelontheroad.com “Free Press recycling plan,” Feb. 19 under “Kwamegate”), guess I can push the replay button, too. On Feb. 8 I wondered how long it will take for Christine … Continue reading

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Retirees of the world, unite…

I thought I’d heard every kind of low, sleazy corporate scheme for robbing workers, but then I opened my Saturday, March 22, 2008 Detroit Free Press and discovered a new angle on business banditry. Can you believe the gall of … Continue reading

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Jerry’s memory hole

I always thought that New York Daily News headline, “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD,” on Oct. 29, 1975 was a newspaper copy editors’ pithy but accurate translation of then late President Gerald Ford’s longer message that he was against bailing … Continue reading

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Jerry & Me — The Preface

If I told you I’d had half a dozen chats with Jerry Ford, I’d probably be stretching the facts. Three or four, maybe five — that would be about right. I remember the last time very well — there’s a … Continue reading

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Beating the Free Press — again

I wondered why I was having such a feeling of deja vu as I read the Thursday, March 6, 2008 Detroit Free Press. I kept thinking, I’ve read this before. “Attorneys’ conduct questioned in scandal,” the Free Press headlined in … Continue reading

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