In your ferocious Friday media column: A reporter brings a gun to cover Obama, more NYT layoffs coming soon, the Dallas Morning News would like your continued patronage, and plagiarist plagiarizes.

When Local Reporter Pops the Trunk, Hit the Deck

"A local reporter attempting to cover President Obama's speech at West Point this week was not allowed in when he told security officials he had a hunting gun in the trunk of his car." And people try to criticize the Secret Service!


When Local Reporter Pops the Trunk, Hit the Deck

Monday is the deadline for the latest round of voluntary buyouts at the New York Times. Keith Kelly says only about 50 people will go voluntarily, which probably means about another 50 will have to be laid off. Happy holidays.


When Local Reporter Pops the Trunk, Hit the Deck

Ha, the Dallas Morning News has essentially taken itself out of the "journalism" business by having section editors report to the business side of the paper. The publisher dismisses the uproar: "I guess at the end of the day the only way I'll convince people is to tell them to check back in 90 days, 180 days, 365 days and see if anything has changed." Yea, you'd like that, wouldn't you? But we'd rather just never read you again, on principle.


When Local Reporter Pops the Trunk, Hit the Deck

A Nov. 10 "New Global Indian" online column [in the WSJ] by New York City freelance writer Mona Sarika has been found to contain information that was plagiarized from several publications, including the Washington Post, Little India, India Today and San Francisco magazine. At least, that's how I'd put this item, in my own words.