The Wire: Enough Already

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OK, OK, we get it.

's portrayal of daily newspaper journalism is only


, informed by a

, while some people feel he's just an


. And

. Got it.

The Wire

's fifth season has issues and has pushed many people's buttons--so much so that even

can weigh in on the matter, treating a show that barely 1 million viewers watch with the same satirical blade as other American popular culture.

But there's disliking/hating the show in your out-loud voice and then there's outright inanity.


columnist Susan Reimer's Sunday, Jan. 27, piece titled

, about two Houston residents who chose to retire in Baltimore in 2006, is a lovely story, really--until you get to this framing device:

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First of all, Jason Garrett deciding to stay offensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys might have something to do with the Cowboys' 13-3 2007 record, seven Pro Bowl players, and a young quarterback with the game and charisma to become a superstar and the Ravens' tremendously disappointing 5-11 2007 season more than anything to do with Baltimore as a city per se, but that's just a guess. Second, a

black mark

on this city's soul? Really? Not the


the city racked up in 2007. Not the city having to hire

because of a teacher shortage. Not a

that claims as many lives as murder in this city. Not a city where the mayor doesn't even wait to finish out his term before bailing to run for governor. Not a city where property taxes are on the rise, while no singificant improvements in services or schools are apparent. Not a city where we haven't been able to hold onto a police commissioner long enough for him to have an impact on how police work is done. Not a city where there are so many leaks in the sewer systems that the Deptartment of Public Works can't keep up with them.

No, a

television show

is what is wounding this city's very being.

It's prose like that that makes you yearn for a copy-desk editor who'd take the crab out of crab soup.

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