Archive for January, 2010
This is an introduction of sorts to a six-part series. A few years ago, I invited the New York Time’s first Ombudsman to my journalism ethics/responsibility class. That position, now occupied by Clark Hoyt, is primarily known now as the New York Times Public Editor. I’m speculating that the presence of a Public Editor is more preferable to Ombudsman which sounds akin to a lawman enforcing the law in a lawless community (at least, that’s how I imagine the NYT natives perceive the position when it was announced in the wake of the Jason Blair scandal and other journalistic ignominies which didn’t get as much attention but contributed to marring the public image of the Times).
By Edward Kent
Monday, January 18, 08:17:51 EST 2010
To: OurStupidEconomy <OurStupidEconomy@yahoogroups.com>
If the Democrats lose the capacity to block RepublicanÂ filibusters tomorrow, we had all better run for cover fromÂ the excesses we can expect from our banks, drug companies,Â and other corporate interests that already control too muchÂ of our lives.Â I was startled to learn the other day that one bank hasÂ initiated $100 penalties for overdrafts.
By Ed Kent
Monday, January 18, 18 07:41:36 EST 2010
To: PeaceEffortsÂ <PeaceEfforts@yahoogroups.com>
Haiti manifestly has no leadership now. President RenÃ© PrÃ©val disappeared for the first two days after the earthquake and seems to be doing little if anything other than talking to Americans now. Perhaps it is time to bring back Jean-Bertrand Aristide from South Africa where he was shipped in 2004 after a questionable removal from the Haitian presidency? Reports on him range from viewing himÂ as an effective reformer to a human rights violator.
By Ed Kent
Sunday, January 17 14:59:10 EST 2010
To: Ending Poverty <EndingPoverty@yahoogroups.com>
This is the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. I finally heard someone on TV mention his name a few hours ago â€“ Obama giving a speech/sermon at a church in the Capitol.Â What most people forget is that King’s popularity was declining towards the end of his life as he moved on from desegregation to concerns about poverty and wealth.
[Kent is a retired Brooklyn College philosophy professor who is very opinionated but his “stuff” has always been well corroborated and his reach is broad.]
Sent to Hunter Faculty Via Email from President Jennifer Raab:
I am delighted to announce that Hunter has been named the #2 “Best Value” public college in the country for 2010, according to The Princeton Review and USA Today. This is the second year in a row that Hunter has ranked among the top 10.