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Friday, February 16, 2007

Not alone

See, even people more veteran than me in the news biz say enough's enough: Off Message.

BTW, I'm thinking we should do "Ask James Anything" every other Friday. Don't wanna do too much of a good thing...unless, of course, a significant number of you have questions today.

Unless/until I hear otherwise though, we're gonna skip it today for regular posts and come back w/it next week.

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  • Why's my boss gotta get mad at me for asking him about the weather. I know he's not Al Roker.

    By Blogger Matt, at 11:39 AM  

  • is it friday already?? hm.

    By Blogger Claudia, at 12:01 PM  

  • ha! so it was your boss, matt. that changes things. this ain't race-related. he just thought you were a dummy.

    and claudia, it is that time.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 12:10 PM  

  • thanks for the tip re links...i'll work on it eventually...*S* i've got a "get-out-jail/dodge" card for the next week..and i plan to party!

    be well...

    ps...i didn't have a question anyway, so i'm glad it's postponed.

    By Blogger savannah, at 12:15 PM  

  • he was mildly irritated. next time i'll ask him about the washington wizzards or something. i dunno.

    By Blogger Matt, at 1:04 PM  

  • This quote caught me: "Did you know there are actually Americans who live very happily on five-figure incomes, without a single pied-a-terre? It's so amazing, it almost feels like a story."

    As a middle class person in Seattle, I sometimes feel like I am the only person in the world who does not own a new car and isn't able to take grand vacations every year. There's way too much money up here. It's only when I visit relatives in other parts of the country that I realize I'm NOT the only person who doesn't live in a million dollar home and drive a luxury car.

    And darn, I had my question all saved up! I guess it will hold till next Friday.

    By Blogger fiwa, at 1:26 PM  

  • if we're going to have to stop covering the rich, then the nyt, for one, is going to have to drop whole sections, quit reviewing most of the $200-plate restaurants it frequents, and, as a matter of fact, close the entire wash dc bureau since most of the nation's pols are multimillionaires, including the First Millionaire. Then, we might as well quit with sports coverage, too, since we know how much those overpaid ninnies are worth. No more music or movie reviews either since most of the top musicians and actors are megamillionaires. In fact, there aint much left to cover if we ignore the doings of the "rich." I guess journos could write about themselves, at least those who arent network tv stars, that is.

    By Anonymous dreaming, at 1:35 PM  

  • What? There are middle class folks who are happy? You mean, I'm allowed to be happy even though I'm not a hotel chain heiress who whores herself out and drops racial slurs more often than I strip my clothes off for bad home movies? Seriously?

    This is gonna be great! I'm free! I'm free!

    By Blogger Queen of Dysfunction, at 3:45 PM  

  • It would be nice for a change for the local newspaper to focus more on creating forums that get local people together in person. Enough about people who have four homes and the people that strive to be like them. They're never local once they get to that stage. Their money and friends with money convince them that it's never enough and they have to move on to find new challenges for their money.

    One of my favorite quotes on this issue comes from the movie "Chinatown" with Jack Nicholson set in 1940's Los Angeles. During a pivotal scene with John Huston (as the very wealthy and powerful Noah Cross who has been secretly manipulating and corrupting LA politics to make more money), after he has been discovered to be a murderer, Nicholson's private eye character, Jake Gittes asks Cross "How much are you worth? A million?"

    Cross: "Why yes, many times that"

    Gittes: "Then why are you doing it? I mean, how much better can you eat?"

    I always measure riches in that way. If you really can't eat any better or waterski behind more boats, what is the point of insane amounts of wealth other than utter insecurity?

    By Anonymous Big Daddy, at 4:39 PM  

  • i cant believe that guy paid 25 million for that 5 bedroom place. god that's so wasteful. he could have easily came to LA and gotten on for half that price. lol

    By Blogger Yasamin, at 11:52 PM  

  • It's not just this way in print either. There aren't many TV shows and sitcoms where the family or characters are just blue collar working stiffs struggling to get by.

    That's part of why conservatives hated the show "Roseanne" so much. They much prefer happy fantasy land shows where the dad is a doctor and mom is a lawyer and money is never discussed unless it's in a ver positive (we're rich) way.

    And don't even get me started on "Laguna Beach" and "My Super Sweet Sixteen Party" type shows on MTV.

    By Blogger Jay, at 11:19 AM  

  • The rich get rich and the poor get child-ren
    In the mean-time, In be-tween time, Ain't we got fun.

    By Blogger Pamela, at 7:01 PM  

  • Ok--parking my question for next week.
    But in addition

    just a comment

    I hate word verification

    must you?

    By Blogger Turnbaby, at 9:36 PM  

  • Damn, just missed it!

    By Blogger Stuck In Fla, at 9:37 PM  

  • a strong position James. I look forward to the free-for-all...

    By Blogger dennis, at 10:04 PM  

  • Ask James was a good idea. I'm gonna have to think of more things to stump you with.

    Missed you on the roll call by the way!

    Oh yeah, another fruit with the same name as its color? Peach.

    By Blogger The Dummy, at 2:15 PM  

  • I remember a time when the TV actually reported the news. It seems like the more channels we have and the more hours they’re on the air the less we actually find out. The same sound bites just repeat over and over and the morning news shows are about celebrities and the 15 minute of fame folks, never about important events that are occurring in the world. I've got no interest in celebs or the super rich and I get my news mostly from NPR and the BBC world news website.

    By Blogger wordsonwater, at 10:41 PM  

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