Monthly Archives: December 2008

Rod the Bad

By Joel Thurtell Wish I could pronounce his name, but gotta hand it to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The guv found a way to make Democrats and the U.S. Senate look like jerks. Instead of resigning his office, as nearly … Continue reading

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Diary of Caroline Kennedy

Dear Diary, What a rotten, you know, day. So glad, like, it’s over. Spent an awful, sort of, just an excruciating hour talking to those know-nothings from the New York Times. Who said the Times was, like, an elite newspaper? … Continue reading

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Burton’s ten

By Joel Thurtell There are ways of making a buck that can make you a loser. The Burton Historical Collections at the Detroit Public Library has devised a way to make a buck — actually ten bucks. But they’ve lost … Continue reading

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Hubris and newspapers

By Joel Thurtell I’m not the only crank who thinks newspapers have screwed themselves into the rut they’re now vociferously complaining about, giving a disproportionate amount of ink to their own woes rather than recording the financial grievances of others.. … Continue reading

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Where are those “cosmo” readers?

By Joel Thurtell Back in 1991, I went to a meeting of Detroit Free Press editorial staff in that very impressive, wood-panelled room with the mural where imprtant meetings were held. This happened back when the Free Press still worked … Continue reading

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Note from Ed

By Joel Thurtell Ed Wendover dropped me and a few other people a line today when he heard about the plans to degrade the two Detroit dailies into “twoly” and “threely” home delivery operations respectively for the Detroit News and … Continue reading

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News “threely” given

By Joel Thurtell What do you call a daily newspaper that prints itself three times a week? Thricely Free Press? Threely News? (Make that the Twoly News: Employees of the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press were told today that … Continue reading

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Rights and duties of subpoenaed reporters

This report was researched and written by attorney John Adam of the Royal Oak law firm, Martens, Ice, Klass, Legghio & Israel for Detroit Local 22 of The Newspaper Guild. Adam presented his work on June 4, 2002 at a … Continue reading

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Fate of the Detroit Dailies

By Joel Thurtell Managers of the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press tomorrow morning, December 16, 2008, will reveal to union leaders and their employees the scope of a new “business plan” which may convert the two old dailies into … Continue reading

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News does Matty

By Joel Thurtell At least when people say the Detroit dailies have ignored the story of Manuel “Matty” Moroun, the Detroit News can claim it’s taken a step towards thorough reporting on a major Michigan figure with┬átoday’s News profile of … Continue reading

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