Your Virtual Front Page, Monday, July 2, 2012

Kind of a mushy news day, but some interesting stuff:

  1. GlaxoSmithKline ‘guilty of fraud’ (BBC) — Not usually the sort of thing I’d lead with, but it’s about the hardest news going.
  2. Peña Nieto: Mexicans have given party a second chance (The Guardian) — Yep, I had to look to a British publication for well-played coverage of the election in the country that shares a huge and porous border with ours. As usual.
  3. US Justice Department again nixes SC voter ID law (AP) — And so it is that more human energy is wasted on this more or less pointless battle between the parties.
  4. Experts find ‘God particle’ … sort of (AP) — Scientists expected to say they’ve found evidence of the particle, even if they haven’t seen the particle itself. Sounds kind of like the scientific equivalent of seeing a burning bush. Or something. I’m not the one to explain it.
  5. Romney campaign, at odds with GOP, says mandate is not a tax (WashPost) — This is the freakiest development of the day. Essentially, Romney’s campaign is agreeing with Obama, and refusing to go along with the gathering Republican consensus on the Excuse of the Day for hating Obamacare.
  6. Anderson Cooper says he’s gay (NYT) — I’m sort in an SDII position on this one, in that I only halfway know who Anderson Cooper is (I knew he was a TV guy with white hair). Frankly, I thought the reason he gave in this report for not talking about his sexuality ere now a good one. But nobody’s asking me.

13 thoughts on “Your Virtual Front Page, Monday, July 2, 2012

  1. `Kathryn Braun Fenner

    Anderson Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt and sort of the Mike Wallace of our day. Not knowing who he is, given that you are a journalist yourself, is not good.

  2. Brad

    He’s a guy on TV. On one of the TV “news” channels. That makes him more or less invisible to me.

    And I must admit that, with the exception of perhaps the Commodore, I’m not really up to speed on Gloria Vanderbilt’s family tree.

    I do know who Rachel Maddow is. She interviewed me once, back when she was on radio.

  3. Bart

    So, Anderson Cooper finally admitted to the worst kept secret in the broadcast media, he is gay. Now, that is earth shattering news worthy of millions of miles of print.

    @Kathryn, Anderson Cooper and Mike Wallace mentioned in the same breath sorta diminishes his legacy.

  4. `Kathryn Braun Fenner

    Mike Wallace was no saint, and plenty of people resented the comparisons of him to Edward R. Murrow….

    Get offa my lawn, eh?

  5. Silence

    Do you think it’s a coincidence that Anderson Cooper comes out right after Tom Cruise goes back on the market?

    I’ve lost count, are there any straight people left on TV?


  6. Steven Davis II

    Well Anderson Cooper does work for CNN, him admitting to being gay just puts him in good company. If nothing else it just gives him more leverage to hold onto his job regardless of falling ratings.

  7. bud

    These may not be big headline type stories but they are important. Take the Glaxosmithkline story. That speaks volumes about the greed of our healthcare industry. The audacity of these people to market anti-depression drugs to children even though they were not proven to work. This is where unfettered capitalism can lead.

  8. bud

    The courts are having a good week. First healthcare law is mostly upheld. Now we have the voter suppression, I mean, voter ID law struck down.

  9. Bart

    Edward R. Murrow to Mike Wallace to Anderson Cooper. Seems like the lineage grows weaker with each passing generation.

    Yeah, get offa my lawn durn’it!!


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