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puff      Enough of the hype. He won a few contests, has a nice voice, knows how to work the press, but it’s not like he worked his way to the top like most people on whom we confer “superstar” status.
     How about a day without the prepackaged hype machine.
Posted today on Lancaster Online under, “The Voice contestant James Wolpert has chosen his next song. Guess what it is,” (click here).
     Thank you!  One more article on Wolpert – at least until next Tuesday – will set me off into a rage of huge proportion.  A rage so profound you should be sure to be at least five miles from my presence should it occur!
     And guess his song?  Is that a joke?  How many songs are there – 50 million?  I’m going with “Puff, the Magic Dragon” myself, but that’s just a puff – I mean guess – in the dark.   
     And they even have a poll up to vote for Wolpert’s best performance/song!  Have you noticed they’re putting up polls about everything?  This afternoon they have a poll on whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone!  Are they nuts? 
     But back to Wolpert’s poll – it’s been online for at least two days now and at noon when I last checked, only 77 people had voted.  That is just plain embarrassing for the Lancaster Newspapers and it’s a sure sign for them to stop!
     So, you’re wondering where my promised story is this afternoon?  This is called stalling because I’m not ready.  My frustration level with the Lancaster Newspapers grew so deep this afternoon that once again it sent me to google looking for the meaning of journalism and news.  Some  favorites from this site:
[A newspaper] comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
Attributed to Finley Peter Dunne, American writer, 1867-1936
It is a newspaper’s duty to print the news and raise hell.
Wilbur F. Storey, American editor, 1818-1884
News is anything that makes a reader say, `Gee Whiz’!
Arthur MacEwen, American editor
Try to be conspicuously accurate in everything, pictures as well as text. Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting.
William Randolph Hearst, American publisher, 1863-1951
     And there is this one:
Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.
Joseph Pulitzer, American publisher, 1847-1911
     Quite simply put, I cannot meet those standards with the stories I am working on and I need more time and research.  They will be forthcoming when I can better strive to meet Mr. Pulitzer’s standards.  No wonder they name a prize after that man!
     Thank you for your patience!

3 Responses to THE SAME OLD SONG?

  1. Becky says:

    Oh, Steve, that comment is sooooo good! (Not published like his 150 other threatening, absurd and insane comments.) Did you spend an hour working on it? Why don’t you get a job? LOL! 😛 😛

    See the “Stalker Warning” link on the right of this site!

  2. Anonymous2 says:

    Lancaster Newspapers is turning themselves into The Grit. Just folksy, down home, feel good neighborhood news. I’m down to reading just the editorial pages and the obits, and thinking about canceling. But it’s so useful to stand wet boots on, I may wait till spring.