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Entries Tagged as 'Press Box'

Budget Miscues and Misinformation

September 30th, 2009 · 4 Comments

by Susan J. Demas September 30, 2009 Why, it seems like only yesterday that I was watching a couple senators ready to throw down just after state government had shut down. That was back in 2007, when the state was drowning in $1.8 billion of red ink and tension was literally exploding on the floor [...]

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Reporter’s Guide to Covering Bunk

September 1st, 2009 · 5 Comments

by Susan J. Demas September 1, 2009 There comes a time in every reporter’s life when he will have to grapple with how to cover bullshit. It may be “death panels” in health care reform, conspiracy theories about the president’s birth certificate, scientific research spawning “cow people” or a silly spat between two senators being [...]

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Cable Queen vs. the Press Corps

July 30th, 2009 · 4 Comments

by Susan J. Demas August 1, 2009 It was April Fool’s Day, but there were no practical jokes. As Chrysler and GM were teetering on the edge of liquidation, Gov. Jennifer Granholm introduced the president’s newly appointed recovery czar at a particularly dour press conference in Lansing. I started to ask a question about the [...]

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Who Will Tell Michiganders?

June 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

by Susan J. Demas July 1, 2009 Sadly, I’ve never experienced an actual “Stop the presses!” moment. As we make that excruciating transition to online publishing, that lingo will be lost as well. There’s something far less climactic (and far less costly) about pushing a button on a computer keyboard to accommodate breaking news past [...]

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The J-School Influx Paradox

May 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Susan J. Demas June 1, 2009 This column is beginning to feel like writing the obituaries — which, coincidentally, is where many reporters used to get their start at major metros. In two years, 11 dailies have disappeared, according to the morbidly informative chronicler of the industry’s demise, NewspaperDeathWatch.com. Twelve papers have eliminated print [...]

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Ban the Beat-Sweetener!

April 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Susan J. Demas May 1, 2009 In today’s outrage culture, everything from the cute guy getting dumped from “American Idol” to AIG bonuses inspires some segment to start waving pitchforks. The latest apparent atrocity is “beat-sweeteners,” supposedly saccharine stories about officials whom reporters routinely cover in a naked attempt to curry favor. Esteemed writers [...]

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Goodbye to Great Expectations

April 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

by Susan J. Demas April 1, 2009 Graying and grimacing, Jack Lessenberry was an unusual sort of welcome wagon. But after moving to Michigan without knowing a soul, I was grateful for my new boss’s offer to take me to brunch. Jack was eager to entertain with stories about getting shot at (twice) and the [...]

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Journalism’s Loss is Politics’ Gain

March 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Susan J. Demas March 1, 2009 He was a real cops reporter, with a penchant for R-rated jokes (or worse) and cheap beer. He also was the one who would rail against hippie liberals every day in the office and try to coerce me into checking out Web sites plastered with hot Republican women. [...]

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Reviving Your Right to Know

January 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Susan J. Demas February 1, 2009 When the new president held a swearing-in do-over a day after Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed a line at the National Mall, Barack Obama made the mistake of shutting out the Washington press corps. Instead of allowing a pool photographer into the Mural Room, the White House released [...]

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Reader Rage

January 4th, 2009 · 4 Comments

by Susan J. Demas January 4, 2009 “You are a buffoooon.” – seethetruth “I was totally in agreement with you for a change, that is right up to the point you morphed back into the same bimbo with a bimbo’s agenda you are most of the time.” – Ado4 “Susan Demas ought to end her [...]

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