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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
. Got it.
'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:
- he Wir
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
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.
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.