On Park Avenue South, rings out an elegy for the new economy:
Oh, Fox News, this "We're populist," mantra is so funny, especially coming from you. You list the CEO's of many of the nation's failing businesses along with their educational background. You note that many are from top schools. You draw the obvious conclusion that the schooling is the problem.
Could it maybe be generational though? The majority of those listed graduated college before my generation had even finished grade school. From the Fox listing, it seems that the baby boomers have sort of run out of ideas on how to generated revenue. The argument could easily be made to throw out the baby boomers with their decrepit bathwater.
Fox can stick with their argument though. There are some massive dolts attending some of the world's top schools. Here's a short list of them:
Granted, I'm from a state school, so maybe my perception is neither fair nor balanced.
Seen on the street (outside of Credit Suisse, natch) is your latest installment of Brides magazine phone-booth advertising. The purpose of the ad is to communicate that Brides magazine was founded during the Great Depression, so this New Depression is not a reason to, um, cancel your subscription*, or, um, cancel your wedding, or, um, stop loving? In contrast to multitudinous layoffs at Conde Nast, it is mysterious thing. In final assessment, perhaps the message is "Sure the economy is bad, but we'll still be around and in fact spend money on conundrumic advertising and to prove that print isn't dead we'll run our ads on phone booth kiosks because phone booths aren't dead either, not at all."
*On a ponderous note: Do ladies actually subscribe to Brides? Do they keep it under the bed like lady-porn? Surely you can't bring a guy home and have that guy-scaring periodical on the coffee table.
Granted, she did make an impressive showing on The Apprentice. (Actually? She was sent home in the fourth week. Also actually? It was the Martha Stewart version of the show.) Other than that, her career has mostly been about being an opinion-spout for the Republican party in one way or another.
While worse options exist (see Malkin, Michelle), surely CNN can find someone with an education or background that exists beyond that of public punditry. Ugh.
* - I wouldn't even compliment her by calling her a coconut.
From August's Portfolio (low on my reading pile, but got to it this morning), Howell Raines not only shows how media coverage is currently wrong (with a nice evisceration of Matt Lauer), but gives direction as to how the story should be covered. A favorite bit:
The digital-news era is good at letting us know what happens now. But it’s lousy at reminding us of what’s happening again.
Yes, Jonathan Crutchley, donated the maximum to John McCain's presidential campaign. And, yes, the ManHunt co-founder resigned as Chairman of the company. These facts have been reported. There are remaining questions though, many of which would be expected to be asked by anyone that survived Journalism 201. (J101 didn't exist and J110 was a history class at my school. It wasn't until the second year that you started getting into the nittay grittay.)
Addendum: The comments section of the Boston Herald story covering this matter is, uh, stunning. Or numbing. Those two are often hand-in-hand for me.