New York Post: Heads above the rest, as usual……
Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker.
As I’ve written on this blog many times, no other newspaper presents such clear, often provocative, hard-hitting journalism with an edge than the New York Post. Simply put, people who live in New York don’t have time for bullshit. It’s not because they’re rude they don’t say hello on the street or chat with every tourist from Iowa who wants to hear the famous NY accent live in conversation. It’s just that New Yorkers don’t have time for bullshit: Not fer nutten’ but if you had 1,000 people on the streets between your apartment and subway stop at which you must be on time to catch a train that won’t return for 20 minutes to be to work on time, would you give a &^%$) about chatting about the weather or small talk with anyone?? I can tell you from experience, you would not.
And the New York Post doesn’t have space for bullshit on it’s front pages to capture the eye of the millions scurrying about above and below ground at all hours of the day and night. Front pages are held as sacred icons in New York. Like Cows in India, they are not to be disrespected and in the journalistic endeavor to put out the best paper each day they are highly prized as well as protected. When I worked at the New York Post, security around the front-page designers was tight as a White House safe. If you didn’t belong, get the hell away….you are not welcome. Why? Papers like Newsday and The Daily News ACTUALLY planted spies to try and get the next day’s headlines and call them back to the home paper.
So yesterday, Steve Dunleavy began writing his column from France and the Post produced another one of its classic front pages that got the attention of a lot on bloggers. And Dunleavy’s column (click here) yesterday was no less daring that the front page.
While I may not agree that all of the French people have forgotten about the sacrifices U.S. troops made to secure France from Germany, I believe it’s government has. And while the U.S. government may have to play politics with the French government, Dunleavy’s column from today (click here) represents a growing sentiment among veterans and U.S. citizens of all ages regarding French and SOME of the anti-war rhetoric.
Anti-French sentiment is growing. Instapundit, Glen Reynolds writes of hearing “America Speak” and reports that while purchasing a bottle of wine a night or two ago, a fellow citizen reached for a French wine, put it back and muttered “F(*&^% the French.” People are tired of the forgetfulness of what the U.S. has done and will always be called on by others to do — the hard, dirty work of promoting and defending freedom on the planet. It’s getting harder and dirtier just among our borders and those who don’t have a stomach for a harder approach from the U.S. should remember the past.
I intended to focus mostly on a media critique piece centering around the type of journalism the New York Post presents, but have veered a bit. Okay, I’ve veered onto another road so I’ll take it……..Today, while on the way to work, I heard that the Detroit City Council had passed an anti-war proclamation led by Mary Ann Mahaffey. Yeah, that represents the opinion of ALL Detroiters, huh Mary Ann? Okay, no problem…a quick five minute endeavor of liberalism only Mahaffey can preach and done, no problem. Then I hear she and other council members will be travelling to Washington to meet with congressmen and present the amendment.
No wonder our budget, schools and children in Detroit are in such a shambles. Their leaders care more about spending money to be national politicians than keeping it in the till and spending time working on the issues within the city.
And it’s not only in Detroit. My good friend Howard Owens has a fascinating piece about the Ventura City (California) Council that disassembled a 1971 amendment passed during the Vietnam War stating that national issues were none of the council’s business. It’s a fascinating story of how the issue arose, a letter opposing the anti-war amendment and how the mayor and council ran roughshod over the whole question of whether it was a worthy use of councils time and resources. Read it here HowardOwens.com (Howard Owens)
Okay, done, said that. Back to the New York Post and one final word: I always go their first when I’m scouring news in the morning. Taken together, a week’s worth of front pages captures not only the world and national news, but New York and entertainment as well — so here they are: