After the Boston Phoenix turned up its toes, it's hardly fair for Phillipe and Jorge to criticize another local media organ. So we'll let our old pal Scottso MacKay at Rhode Island Public Radio dissect The Urinal's slumping circulation figures.
Citing WPRI's news blogger Ted Nesi, MacKay reported that the BeloJo's circulation has plummeted by thousands of copies in the past year. This is no big surprise at Casa Diablo, where we nevertheless remain staunch subscribers with hopes for the best (and an awareness that we're not technologically skilled enough to decipher the BeloJo's hideous web site).
Scottso goes on to describe The Other Paper in mostly harsh, unflattering terms. Though, as a former BeloJo scribe, he does defend the many high-end reporters on Fountain Street whom P&J equally admire.
One person who cannot be amused is Fountain's Street's new flavor of the month, Karen Bordeleau, of whom MacKay writes, "The ProJo's new executive editor is Karen Bordeleau, who took over yesterday from Tom Heslin, who retired early for medical reasons. Bordeleau is a strong manager but lacks any significant reporting experience; there is no sentence she has ever written that any seasoned journalist wishes he/she had."
Oof! If you've ever been a reporter, that's a gut shot. C'mon Scottso, give the girl a break.
You can read MacKay's full take on it at: wrni.drupal.public broadcasting.net/post/projo-continues-bleed-readers.
George "Dubya" Bush — not only one of the worst presidents in US history but possibly the most intellectually incurious; a man who seemingly received his intellectual training from flash cards — now has a library named in his honor at Southern Methodist University, aka "the Harvard of Texas."
What's next? A museum full of oil paintings named in honor of visual arts connoisseur Stevie Wonder?
On the occasion of the library's opening, every GOP and conservative hack in the country — including many ex-employees of the sodden Daddy's boy — has been trying desperately to justify Dubya's economically, morally, and socially indefensible actions.
The little dope apparently even had a negative effect on his mother — the equally detestable Barbara — who, when questioned about an Iraq invasion based on phony claims of Saddam Hussein's WMDs and the projected loss of many American troops' lives, said, "Why should we hear about body bags and death? . . . It's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"
"Beautiful," indeed. She must be a "compassionate conservative," right?
When questioned about Dubya's brother Jeb Bush's presidential aspirations in a recent Today show interview Babs said, "We've had enough Bushes."
A heads-up to playgoers about the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre's staging of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, which begins previews on May 2. The play is directed by P&J's friend and colleague, Judith Swift and, as part of award-winning Galway playwright Martin McDonagh's "Leenane Trilogy," it's everything from comic to dark and troubling. (McDonagh also wrote and directed the film In Bruges.) What could be bad about a play that, as the Gamm describes, focuses on the "suffocating relationship between 40-year-old spinster Maureen and her aging and increasingly needy mother, Mag — two seriously flawed characters locked in mutual loathing"?