Category Archives: Journalism

Chairman Chats “JV” Hoops with the President

I missed President Obama’s interview on “60 Minutes,” but apparently the Islamic State’s rampage through the Levant is everyone’s fault but his. Silly me – I thought leaders were supposed to take responsibility for mistakes instead of shuffle-passing blame to … Continue reading

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Bob Thomas Dies: Longtime Hollywood Journalist Covered Oscars, RFK Shooting

In my first career, Bob Thomas occasionally popped into the AP’s busy Los Angeles bureau to check his mail (the snail kind, this was in the mid- to late-90s) and take care of business with the bosses. Bob always had … Continue reading

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Truman’s Hump Day Song of the Week: Hazy Shade of Winter

Revenge is a dish best served cold, begins an ancient Klingon proverb, so most of the U.S. is indulging in a revenge all-you-can-eat buffet. The Dirty South’s version of Snowmageddon has brought the Atlanta metro area to its knees, while … Continue reading

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TV Review: The Newsroom

(A stressed out executive producer stares at a bank of TV screens. Clocks on an adjacent wall show the local times for Beijing, Washington, Moscow and Boonville – all the important cities). As the seconds tick closer to 7 o’clock, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Black Hearts

I’ve become a serial highlighter when I read, as if I’m studying for an exam. It helps me organize my thoughts, of which I had plenty as I read Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of … Continue reading

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The Final Wave

Three of us Jeffs sat in a row at The Associated Press bureau in Los Angeles – from left to right, Meyer, Wong and Wilson. Meyer left about midway through my tenure as a wire guy – better hours and … Continue reading

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‘Illegal’ is Illegal

The Associated Press joined the irresistible force that is mainstream media peer pressure and has officially dropped the term “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook. God forbid we say or write anything that is, on its face value, factual or true … Continue reading

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