by Kevin Allman
Is it the full moon? Stress? Too much newsroom coffee?
PUNCHOUT!: Manuel Roig-Franzia, the former T-P reporter now at The Washington Post, got into a fistfight with veteran Post editor Henry Allen in the newsroom on Friday. Seems Allen threw the first punch after Roig-Franzia called him a...well, it starts with 'C' and has 10 letters.
"WE DEEPLY REGRET": The Philadelphia Inquirer boo-boos:
A Philadelphia newspaper has apologized to readers for mistakenly running an ad congratulating the Philadelphia Phillies on winning back-to-back World Series titles.
The Yankees held a commanding 3-1 lead in the championship as of Monday, the day the ad was printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The three-quarter-page Macy's ad is on the back of the front section and features a T-shirt with the Phillies logo, the commissioner's trophy and the phrase "Back To Back World Series Champions."
Sadly, the paper doesn't apologize to its readers and let it go, but grovels to its advertiser:
Macy's is a great corporate citizen, supporter of this region and our sports teams. We apologize for this error and any inconvenience this caused.
"KATRINA SHORTHAND": New Orleans CityBusiness runs a bizarre editorial taking on ACOE gadly Sandy Rosenthal and her Levees.org group, which is currently watchdogging the press on the difference between Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods:
It is unfortunate that Rosenthal has chosen to take her worthwhile battle to a front where there seems to be little resistance to her cause. Its also a borderline insult to local newspaper readers and TV news viewers, implying that they require explicit and redundant detail to understand where the finger of blame for Katrina flood damage needs to be pointed.
It is especially unfortunate that she takes umbrage with the work of journalists, many of them having braved the conditions of post-Katrina New Orleans to provide an accurate account of the events that transpired in the wake of the federal governments shortcomings.
But whats most unfortunate was that the City Council thought it a worthwhile use of their time and effort to chide the media via nonbinding resolution, the same instrument used to congratulate Little League teams for a banner season.
Deep breath. Back on the Prozac, journo-people. We'll get through this.