Wednesday, May 28, 2008

other news

Real estate is a disaster across most of the country for sure. From the other end of the state, but just today the main story in the Shamokin (Pennsylvania) News-Item is: Realtors: No Housing Slump Here.

The view from Chicago Tribune today: Pittsburgh no longer built on foundation of steel. It's pretty short and is only of note really because they reached out and got a quote from author and historian and Pittsburgh-native David McCullough on the state of the Burgh. Most don't do that and you wonder why. I'd love to hear more from him on his Pittsburgh perspectives. But if you want a longer version of the Pittsburgh transition story, most already read this but it's interesting to read during the Stanley Cup this from another another of our Great Lakes brethren:Different City, Same Story, that the Detroit Free Press ran last month. Also from the Detroit Free Press today read about Dan Wholey vs. the Red Wings fan.

and not something I would normally get into. Just because the media sometimes has a problem reporting on itself, this news that Mark Madden has been fired as local sports radio host is even odder and uglier than it appears. The facts of the current conflagration are clear enough. Why this is such news that the AP item on it even made it into the International Herald Tribune I can't really say, but his personal negatives within the media must be unspeakably low. Read this bizarre column Madden wrote just last week blasting the PG. What is odder is the rarely reported fact that Madden was for many years a sportswriter for the PG and even briefly had a column in the City Paper here. Seems like the PG wants to disown that little fact which is understandable, but it sure seems like it ought to be disclosed in stories about him personally at least. No matter, it's not like he is an unknown quantity to anyone. It's just strange to realize that any news you read on this you are probably getting from a former colleague or an outlet he used to work at. update: something I really don't fully understand, but the term "Mark Madden" has been #2 in the entire USA Google Trends list for most of the day. He sure is going out with a bang. See the Google Trends report for more. update2: and now the whole affair has its own article in at least the online Washington Post. See: Rightfully Let Go, But Not Soon Enough by Leonard Shapiro. There really has to be other news to focus on that this, does the world care that much?


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