Facts of Life: Why I love the Daily News

A quickie for your amusement.

After expounding on why you need to get your news from newspapers, I entered my online edition of the Daily News.

The looming government closure is front page news in the Times and I’m sure everywhere else. In its story about it, The Daily News ups the ante. Under a picture of Paul Ryan in his serious pose, i.e., corners of his mouth turned down, and another of Trump looking sour, here is the large headline:


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The Fox of Life. Uh, I mean “Facts” of Life.

Today’s New York Times Interpreter newsletter is simultaneously reiterative (we all sort of know what segment of our population gets its news from Fox TV) and alarming. Because way, way too many people get their “reliable source” news from TV, period.

Dear souls, haven’t you been paying attention? I’ve explained that you can’t get the Facts of Life from TV. You must, must, must get them from reading at least one credible newspaper every day.

To collapse this radical piece of information into a digestible tweet-like tidbit:

…you do need to read the news. While TV is OK for debates and sports–events that allow us to hear and view the unexpurgated whole scope without distortions–even a sophisticated mind can’t tease complex facts out of heavily edited, selectively weighted and histrionic TV news reportage, let alone pundits jousting and talking over each other.

No, the only way to absorb facts is to get your hands dirty with newsprint.

Yet look at this Interpreter excerpt and weep. Oh, OK, maybe you won’t weep but I certainly did:

…a new study from Gallup and the Knight Foundation suggests that there’s nothing metaphorical about this divide: Republicans and Democrats in America are living in such different information environments that they probably do have very different understandings of what’s going on around them.
In a survey, the researchers did something a little different from most media studies. Instead of asking respondents what kinds of media they consume, they asked American adults to name an “objective news source.” That way they could find out which sources people actually rely on for trusted information, not just which ones they encounter regularly.
A whopping 60 percent of Republicans who answered that question named Fox News as a source they trust to be reliable. After that, numbers plummeted. CNN and local news were tied at 4 percent each, and all others at 3 percent or less. (The New York Times got 0 percent. Ouch, guys.)
Democrats, by contrast, were spread out over multiple different sources. CNN was most trusted, at 21 percent. NPR was next, with 15 percent. From there the numbers flattened out quickly, showing 3-7 percent for a range of others, including the BBC (5 percent), New York Times (5 percent) and PBS News (4 percent).
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Milo Esq doesn’t understand the discovery process

I know we’re all on tenterhooks about Milo Yiannopoulos’s legal struggles with Simon & Schuster, especially now that he’s acting as his own attorney.

No? So what are you on tenterhooks over? (And what are tenterhooks*, anyway?)

From today’s Publisher’s Market:

Attorney Milo Doesn’t Get Far In First Hearing

Milo Yiannopoulos made his first appearance in court Thursday playing the role of his own attorney, with little success. So far, Judge Barry Ostrager is siding with defendant Simon & Schuster in allowing them to designate some of the materials in discovery as for “attorney’s eyes only” — and will not give Yiannopoulos access, regardless of his role.

“Those documents frankly have nothing whatsoever to do with the substantive merits of your case,” Judge Ostrager said, noting they contain “proprietary financial information.” S&S used Milo’s own loose words in defending their need to keep certain documents away from him. He told the world on Facebook Live that his publishing imprint Dangerous Books was going to “take not just all [S&S’s] best authors, but all of the best authors of all the conservative imprints in this country.” As a result, S&S attorney Elizabeth McNamara writes, they needed to protect “documents that contain competitively sensitive information that bear no actual relevance to this litigation.” She tells the court fewer than 5 percent of their documents were designated in this fashion, detailing the general categories of publishing information covered.

While Milo has claimed he parted ways with his professional attorneys so that he could see the confidentially-designated materials, he said yesterday, “I don’t want to spend half million grinding through that process rather than doing it myself.” Outside of court to the press he accused the publisher of “filing publicly and then leaking to the press documents intended to ridicule and demean me.” No one needed to leak any documents, such as the annotated manuscript with editorial comments, since they are posted to the court’s public docket regularly.

S&S said in a brief statement after the hearing, “We’re pleased that the court has reaffirmed its prior decision regarding document production in this case. Any and all designations were made in good faith and fall within well-known parameters for discovery in similar cases.”

*Tenterhook, noun, in a state of nervous suspense. ORIGIN, first meaning a hook used to fasten cloth on a tenter, a framework on which fabric was held taut during manufacture. — From Compact Oxford English Dictionary, which is a little too compact for my liking.

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