The Hanging Shad’s ‘Apropos of Nothing’

Another collection of random thoughts and observations…

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1. My first reaction to seeing alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhohkar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine was revulsion. My second thought was, “Rolling Stone is still being published?” The magazine’s pinhead publishers accomplished what they set out to do—get people talking about Rolling Stone again.

But of course, first responders came through again when Massachusetts State Police photographer Sgt. Sean Murphy, furious with the “rock star” picture on the mag’s cover, released crime photos showing the coward as he really looked. Murphy did so without the permission of his superiors. For what it’s worth, he broke the rules and now has to face discipline. Standing for principle sometimes has consequences. I’m sure there willing be plenty of people willing to help out should he lose any time.

2. You’ll have to forgive me for being Buzz Killington but I just don’t see what the fuss is all about with this “Royal Baby.” I’ll never understand how being born to a particular family makes one worthy of adoration. In fact, if I remember my history correctly, we threw off the shackles of a monarchy some time ago. It was in all the papers. They even made a movie about it.

3. And at the risk of returning to being Buzz Killington, I have very tempered affection for Helen Thomas, the White House reporter who died last week at age 92. She did indeed break down barriers for women in journalism and Washington, DC in general. But she also in her later years laid bare the fact that she lacked a fundamental prerequisite for being a good reporter—objectivity.

In 2010, she was asked if she anything to say about Israel. She replied, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” Fine, that’s a political statement. When asked where Israelis should go, she added the gem, “Go home…back to Germany, Poland.” What kind of statement is that? She later apologized but the damage was done.

4. VIDEO Section disclaimer: If you’re easily offended by salty language, skip this AON section.
Much was made of the brand-new news anchor in Iowa who let loose with two expletives in his first two seconds on the air.

I think the funniest part is how the co-anchor had to introduce him as the newest member of the station’s “family.” Can you imagine meeting your new in-laws with that? It still doesn’t beat the invective unleashed years ago by long-time and well-respected news anchor Sue Simmons of WNBC-TV in New York.

She didn’t get fired. Mr. Iowa did and then made the talk show circuit. As they told us in broadcast journalism school, “All mics are live!”

5. I think the best part of the MLB All-Star Game was the “prancercise” promo with the Red Sox’ Big Papi and Jose Bautista of Toronto.