Prima Final

Knowing the Dutch well, surnames so familiar, this year’s Women’s World Cup final is fun. Survived a wild night in Amsterdam’s Leidseplein where pandemonium was an understatement as the Netherlands beat Germany in the ’90’s. But that was for the men.

Finally as USA has brought women’s teams to the forefront, the Orange also got their due. Especially Van Veenendaal. Prima.

 

Pick a Lane

An expanded bike lane running up Central Park West has been approved. Displacing parking spaces. Oy. Whatta mess.

I’m in the not so cute camp. USA World Cup Women’s Soccer player Morgan sipping tea seemed like cheeky unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Bernie lane may have narrowed, but added together with Warren’s poll numbers, leftest lane is the widest.

Dem Debate – Round 1

Breakout- Julián Castro
Stayed the course- Elizabeth Warren
Assertive- Bill deBlasio
Most improved- Cory Booker
Lost ground- Beto O’Rourke
Muddled- Amy Klobuchar

The other four

Mueller This Summer

Debates? Nevermind. July 17. Save the date.

Caterer Alert. Anchor the catamarans. Carry the kegs back from the sand. Hamptons watch parties planned. If the resistance is real summer sojourns to Italy & Greece have been rescheduled.

Charcoal & steaks will be replaced by House committees grilling the Special Counsel.  Obstruction. Collusion. Steele Dossier. Lovers Peter & Lisa. Must see TV. So. Pop a can. It’s Mueller Time!

Journalism’s Last Gurgle

Debates start this week. A new story for the media to cover. Or is it? Will they focus on the future of the Democrats. Who has the best ideas. Who has charisma. Or. Will it just be another chance to trash Trump.

The best commentary I’ve read on Journalism’s demise is by Gary Abernathy in the Washington Post –

“…I wanted Trump to break Washington… but as a longtime (Ohio) newspaper editor, I didn’t want him to break journalism… while the former has proved stubbornly resilient, the latter has crumbled like old newsprint…

… this new style of journalism … reporters injecting themselves into their stories rather than quoting other sources… gives the widespread perception that the media is out to get the president…

new rules of reporting … militarize fabled pens far beyond allegorical swords… returning to the glory days of unbiased, dispassionate reporting depends on a recognition that the old rules still work best…  journalism is gasping for air…”