A fairly remarkable piece of journalism by the AJC, which analyzed test results for 69,000 public schools and found “high concentrations of suspect math or reading scores in school systems from coast to coast.” Suspicious test scores in roughly 200 school districts resemble those that entangled Atlanta in the biggest cheating scandal in American history, an … Continue reading No Test Score Left Intact
Jeff Schultz pays tribute to Furman Bisher, who informed generations of Atlanta sports fans. I started reading him at 6 years old. More than 30 years later, I was (technically) a colleague, though Mr. Bisher had no peer. “People look at me like I’m in a museum or something,” he said. “It’s like I’m one … Continue reading ‘The man who watched Cy Young pitch, Joe Louis box …’
Ironic that the journalists who make up the pundit class are responsible for propagating some of the year’s most pestiferous cliches: “At the end of the day” … “Kicking the can down the road” … “Game changer” (which seamlessly doubles as a sports bromide) On a positive note, usage of “a perfect storm” seems to … Continue reading The 10 Most Annoying People of 2011: The pundit class (and not because of their punditry)
Seriously. Economy forces Augusta woman to live with her parents 12:53am
His verdict? Atlanta is built for spring and fall—the pleasant seasons, and Atlanta is a profoundly pleasant city. The Economist piece is a bit more favorable than you’d expect. As an Atlanta native who fears the city’s best days are behind it, I found Jon Fasman’s take a bit reassuring.
Engrossing stuff: State report depicts Parks Middle as example of problems in district A few weeks later, teacher Damany Lewis told investigators, [Principal Christopher] Waller approached him with an unusual question: “Do you think you could get into something undetected?” Lewis, who gave investigators an extensive statement admitting his role in the cheating, answered yes. … Continue reading Notes on a scandal
The AJC’s reporting on the Atlanta Public Schools scandal demonstrates once again why the so-called old media is as relevant as ever. After The Atlanta Journal-Constitution began reporting evidence of possible cheating in Atlanta Public Schools, the school system commissioned an expert to challenge the findings. The results, issued in May, validated the AJC’s reporting, … Continue reading A roar from the dinosaur
*Fired NPR exec Ron Schiller’s indulgence of Zionist conspiracies bothers me much more than his putdown of tea partiers. Though I wouldn’t go as far as Wonkette’s Ken Layne … a crumbling nation of fat slobs who ignore their kleptocrat kings and instead point their corn-dog fingers at Scary Mooslims and the “Kenyan president” and … Continue reading Thoughts on the NPR scandal
A Breitbart blogger posts: There has been widespread condemnation of the violence directed against journalists covering events in Egypt–and there should be. But honestly, I don’t have a great deal of sympathy for those who have been attacked. Journalists have a job to do, but when they take huge risks for the sake of ratings … Continue reading Why do so many right-wingers insist on being jerks?
It’s so rare for presenters to be at open war with their host, and at times it almost looked as if Mr. Gervais and Mr. Bale were intent on bringing to Hollywood some of the incivility and extremism that veins political discourse. … Trashing the association that feeds you, on the other hand, is bad … Continue reading The Times at its most insufferable
Sarah Palin ain’t gonna “talk in no motherfucking interviews,” having grown weary of the media’s “stupid ass questions” (see Kanye West video, starting at 2:19). Palin is a communications major from the University of Idaho, after all, so don’t be offended when she lectures journalists on journalism. I’d love a Palin supporter to explain what’s … Continue reading The Kanye West of politics
Sleazy right-wing journalist prankster James O’Keefe, deified by conservatives after an undercover stunt exposing alleged criminal behavior by ACORN, is back at it, targeting one of my favorite villains — the teachers unions. So he sent one of his flunkies to a bar after a teachers’ conference to buy drinks for a special education teacher … Continue reading James O’Keefe is no journalist
Four years ago, Gov. H. Dumpty took time out from promoting fishing to complain about the paper’s “negative coverage” after his beloved Dogs got whupped by Tennessee. Sunday’s sports page headline (“Dogs get put in their place,” referring to Georgia’s 51-33 loss to Tennessee, College Football, Oct. 8) is an indication of the way The … Continue reading Expect an angry letter from Sonny
Any “journalist” who asks a political candidate their opinion of Snooki should never be allowed to ask a question again.
A Sunday profile, on Snooki? Really? Time to take your nose out of the air, New York Times.