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[1] I just took the virtual tour of the new ballpark, and I kid you not, the batter has pine tar too far up the bat. Totally illegal. Also you can tell he juiced. As for the stadium itself, it's not as "on the river" as I hoped it would be. A couple of ugly parking garages seem to be in the way. Why put a ballpark next to a river but block the view?

[2] Here's Gary Pruitt, new boss of a whole bunch of the best newspapers in America, quoted in The Miami Herald:

''Newspapers aren't dead,'' Pruitt said. ``They've got a great future. The newspaper is the last mass medium in each market.''

[It's a key point that doesn't get made enough: Between the bloggers beating up on the MSM and the Wall Street greedheads sniffing at the lack of profit growth at newspapers, you rarely hear anyone point out anymore that a newspaper is a great big gathering place for a community, kind of what network TV used to be.]

[2.5] Here's Rem Rieder in American Journalism Review on McClatchy's purchase of Knight-Ridder:

"[H]aving 20 Knight Ridder papers owned by McClatchy is certainly preferable to seeing them in the hands of Gannett or MediaNews, potential suitors who apparently never did submit bids. While these newspaper companies would be far better than the private-equity route, neither has shown McClatchy's flair for combining healthy profits and quality journalism. The outcome is a major triumph for Gary Pruitt, McClatchy's dynamic CEO. Pruitt likes bold moves as much as he likes surfing and rock 'n' roll, which is a lot."

[3]Marc Fisher on Mark Warner:

Now, if he can only get over the transparently overcautious way he answers questions and relates to reporters. Bai is reporter #478 in the series of campaign correspondents who gets all hung up on the way Warner takes questions, which is to say he listens intently, then goes full stop and lets you see the gears cranking away inside his head as he mulls the potential damage a particular answer might cause, and then he formulates the perfect bit of phrasing that fails to satisfy the questioner. This has a corrosive effect on any writer's--or any person's--ability to view Warner as authentic. Contrast with the McCain approach, or even the Howard Dean, or even the Joe Biden, for goodness' sake.


[4] Arianna Huffington on Marie Brenner and her "shockingly incomplete and incoherent" story in Vanity Fair about Judy Miller and Plamegate: "This isn't journalism; it's a Sag Harbor circle jerk."


[5] Here's our AAAS meeting pal Elizabeth Kolbert, in The New Yorker, on one of the many new technological triumphs that have given us an alarming picture of global warming: "[I]t points to the fundamental disconnect in our culture. Why spend tens of millions of dollars to produce such an elegant set of measurements only to ignore them?"

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 14, 2006; 7:05 PM ET
 
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