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The Philadelphia Inquirer Covers Indian Americans: Gets it 100% Right

Photo Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Dear Editor Wischnowski,

I am writing today to thank you and the rest of The Philadelphia Inquirer team for your wonderful front-page coverage of the South Asian American community in the Sunday, July 3rd edition. The article titled “Indian population booming in Philadelphia area” certainly constitutes one of the finest pieces of research-driven feature-writing I have seen in quite some time. As one of the 477,586 Sunday readers of The Philadelphia Inquirer, I am thrilled to see that the third-oldest, eleventh-largest daily newspaper  the United States continues to maintain its reputation as the Pulitzer Prize winning publication of its yore.  With the advent of joke publications, such as The Onion, arriving in this town, it’s heartening to see some hard-hitting news in the Inquirer.

First and foremost, I would like to tip my hat to journalists Michael Matza and Joelle Farrell for their wonderful reporting. To echo the first quote in the article, “Stereotypes be damned.” Such breadth of interviewees! What segues! The software-developer. The dentist groom and the physician bride. The retired chemist. The civil engineer turned motel-owner. The managing partner. The real estate agent.  And lest we grow too comfortable in our community’s affluence, the additional video on your website featuring the taxi driver. A moment of silence for this lone unskilled Indian American man who aspires to achieve the American dream. And a hat tip to you guys for featuring him! I bow to your benevolent reporting. Nick Kristof could learn something from you people. Continue reading


“Keep it Local, Keep it Stupid”

I get trade magazines. I really do. You have your fellow businesses that you’re trying to reach. It’s all one big cozy industry and everything stays in the family. But  this particular trade magazine, Philly Ad Club’s Ad News happens to land on my desk every month so I assume they have some sort of a larger audience that they happen to know reads the thing. Today I opened up to the guest editorial written by one Michael Gillespie Jr. The piece started out fine, quoting Jefferson and his “Given a choice between a free government and a free press, I would surely choose the latter.” Cute, cute. Then Gillespie went on to discuss the closing of The Philadelphia Bulletin. Okay, fine. And then he talks about how the Bulletin would’ve survived if only it had Brian Tierney. Continue reading

Quotable Quotes from Brian Tierney vs. Will Bunch

And more in the John Yoo saga. My favorite lines from today’s WHYY Radio Times discussion featuring Brian Tierney and Will Bunch. (I left out the parts where Tierney spelled out philly.com three times.)

Brian Tierney says:

“I suggested John Yoo, but in the end it’s Harold Jackson who runs the editorial page.”

“John Yoo is a brilliant lawyer and legal scholar…”

“His [John Yoo’s] story is a terrific story in terms of immigrant parents coming to America…”

“He is an internationally recognized constitutional scholar…he appears in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal…” [On why the Inquirer chose to feature JY as a regular columnist.]

“We have really been excited about finding people who have an international present…but have a local presence as well…for instance Lisa Scottoline” [On why John Yoo is a real Philadelphian.]

“He [John Yoo] hasn’t been indicted and convicted…”

“I want to be blunt with you – in terms of the amount of traffic that I’ve received on this issue – there’s not been a huge amount of mail…”

“I want them to paint in the boldest possible colors…” [Regarding the Inky/DN bloggers/columnists]

“I want every person to love certain things and absolutely hate certain things.” [Regarding the Inquirer’s editorial page.”

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Nothing comes easy in Philadelphia

“Nothing good comes easy in Philadelphia, but Philadelphians seem to accept that.”

That’s one of my favorite lines from Philadelphia 2009: The State of the City, the Pew Charitable Trusts report that was released recently.

It’s a must-read.

To be honest, I am obsessed with reports like this that tell me how exactly my city is faring.

It helps that this one was written by Tom Ferrick Jr., whose columns I’ve long-enjoyed reading. The writing in this report is fluid. Very easy to read and understand, as all good research reports should be. Continue reading

I want this obituary

Oh. My. God. I don’t want her life, per se. But I enjoyed reading this way too much. My hat goes off  to Robert D. McFadden and whoever came up with the title  that includes “doyenne of protocol.”

It starts out all normal-obituary-like:

Leonore Annenberg, the society doyenne who was President Ronald Reagan’s first chief of protocol and who, with her late husband, the ambassador and publisher Walter Annenberg, gave away billions to philanthropic causes, died early Thursday in Rancho Mirage, California, where she had a home. She was 91.

The fourth paragraph gets crazy.

Born into wealth, married to men with liquor and publishing empires, Annenberg lived on a grand scale, with baronial estates, a ranch, a ski lodge and art-filled apartments. Her friends, who called her Lee, were presidents, movie stars, royalty and the cream of society. A porcelain-skinned, meringue-blonde hostess, she entertained lavishly, gave fortunes to causes — and might never have had a real job had it not been for her old friend Ronnie.

Ronald Reagan? That Ronnie? What the ——–???? Is their family PR person aware of this piece? Or is her reputation just so Paris Hilton-y that nobody cares at this point? Is was it part of her brand?

Just. Read. More. Totally worth it, I swear.