Wall Street Journal: 0 for the Weekend

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The relentless Murdochization of the Journal continues.  This weekend (August 27-28) was an especially good example.

First, consider the issue of geography.  Here’s the first part of an article about Hurricane Irene:

Springfield, MA

Springfield, MA

There’s only one small problem.  Springfield is indeed 90 miles from Boston, but it’s west of town, not north.  If the residents are indeed evacuating, Irene must be a heck of a lot larger than forecasters are predicting.


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Second, there’s a long review of a new biography of Jane Fonda (Patricia Bosworth, Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 596 pp., $30).  The review is actually more of a commentary on Ms. Fonda’s life and questionable choices.  But the Journal editors at least included a slideshow, including the following two images.

Jane Fonda singing to North Vietnamese soldiers in Hanoi, 1972

Jane Fonda singing to North Vietnamese soldiers in Hanoi, 1972

Jane Fonda as 'Barbarella' in her husband Roger Vadim's film, 1967

Jane Fonda as 'Barbarella' in her husband Roger Vadim's film, 1967

And don’t get me started about the headline that briefly read “Hurricane Hits Pummels U.S. Coast.”

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About Tony Lima

Retired after teaching economics at California State Univ., East Bay (Hayward, CA). Ph.D., economics, Stanford. Also taught MBA finance at the California University of Management and Technology. Occasionally take on a consulting project if it's interesting. Other interests include wine and technology.