Let’s review ” News of no state aid fuels blame and financial stress in debt-ridden North Rockland” (Published 6:00 a.m. ET Oct. 8, 2019 |
My comments in bold
“A state Supreme Court judge ruled that two power plants owned by Mirant Corp., one in Haverstraw, one in Stony Point, had been drastically over-assessed. The community was enraged at Mirant’s cut-throat tactics, spurred by deregulation in the energy industry. [were the tactics spurred by deregulation in energy industry, or was the enragement spurred by deregulation?] But the school district and local municipalities eventually agreed to a $275 million settlement to refund taxes.”
“The school district borrowed to pay its majority share and wound up owing $365 million in principle [principal] and interest. ”
“But in 2018, many [journalism shorthand for ‘this writer and his friends’] believed the time had come for a major state bailout. ”
“They say taxpayers are already overburdened, as the residential share of the tax levy rose from 40% in 2007 to 68% in 2017 [what is ‘residential share of the tax levy’? How can reader decide or determine if this is too much or not enough?] “.
This story is the beginning. As I understand this, DMR reporter Aaron Calvin reports on improbably successful, spontaneous fundraiser by Carson King. Mr. Calvin digs into Mr. King’s tweets, find reprehensible teenage tweets. This is a huge humiliation for Mr. King, to be sure.
- Why was it necessary, or newsworthy, to dig up previous tweets?
- Is this standard practice to research tweets of people covered in the DM Register? If so, why? If not, what are the standards for determining whose background will be investigated and whose will not?
- Are the standards written down? If not, who determines what the standards are on case-by-case basis? If standards are written down, then when were they last revised?
- Could Ms Hunter, executive editor, comment on the appropriateness of Mr. Calvin’s expose, given uncovering of Mr. Calvin’s own reprehensible tweets? If appropriate to expose Mr. King’s tweets, then is it appropriate to write a story about Mr. Calvin’s tweets? Why or why not?
- If Mr. King’s tweets somehow cast a shadow on his charitable fundraising, does Mr. Calvin’s tweets cast a shadow on his reporting?
You can probably tell that I consider the DMR’s behavior as vile.
Update 27-Sept, from DM Register, which acknowledges some of the failings: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/from-the-editor/2019/09/26/carson-king-tweet-editor-response-investigation-iowa-childrens-hospital-donations/3780741002/
Sept 27: update from
Such a person, if existing, would have corrected this: “Her mother told her said had to work twice as hard and be twice as smart as her white counterparts to get ahead.”Article here.
Per NASA, ““This year’s Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 12th and 13th,” says Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. “The Moon will be nearly new, setting the stage for a great display.” Absolutely not. The next full moon is Aug 15; no way Moon is ‘nearly new’. How does this get approved? Also blame Fox News for uncritical acceptance.
From this story. (accessed July 17, 2019 at 1:40 pm)
“New York’s law lets municipalities
to set up charitable reserve funds that would give tax credits equal to 95% of a contribution.” [edits in bold]
“Since the funds were set up, New York collected $93 million
to for the Charitable Gifts Trust Fund to fund education and health care.” [edit in bold]
“Scarsdale’s charitable fund received more than $500,000 in contributions in 2018, but then dried up after the regulations were issued.” [what dried up, the fund or the contributions?]
Foolishly building on my 1/1 record (predicting Trump would win, but totally missing the vote %), I predict the Democrats will nominate Kamala Harris for President and Elizabeth Warren for VP. Why? Because they are so convinced they are riding the tide of history, and the only way to acknowledge that Hillary Clinton lost is that she was the only woman on the ticket, and because intersectionality rules all, it follows that the Democratic ticket must be all female.
Trump will win every state except CA and NY and DC.