Happy Monday, friends!! Well, as you can see, our motivational quotes are coming a bit late today. I took a shopping trip yesterday, which I normally don’t do on the weekends, and apparently, I got myself all tired out!! Who knew? Anyway, you all know that I have such a love/hate relationship with autumn. It’s such an emotionally charged time of year because it’s when my father got sick in 2002, so the sense memories are quite strong. But I’m trying to truly appreciate the autumn splendor this year, so perhaps these quotes will help me get in the spirit. Here’s to falling leaves, pumpkins and apple cider and, my personal favorite, CANDY CORN…
Happy Friday, friends!! Are you ready for a great weekend?? I’m excited because my bus service recently started offering rides on the weekend so I’m taking my mom out for lunch on Sunday!! She wants to go to Steak ‘n Shake, but I’m pushing for Chili’s. Help us decide?? Thanks, too, for the kind words on my Open Letter to USA Today — it meant a lot and it felt good to get my thoughts out like that!! I hope you all have a great weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web…
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We have to talk. Dare I say that it’s a dire emergency? Last night, I went to bed thinking about this and it was the first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning. So suffice it to say, this is serious.
Growing up as a young journalist, I looked up to you. I admired you — some may even say that I was a bit obsessed. Your instantly recognizable masthead. Your mini teasers down the side. Your full-color photos.
Yes, you were certainly reinventing journalism as we knew it. You made journalism cool and accessible and you broke convention, delivering the news not in the stuffy way like your predecessors, but in the way that people — your readers — were actually consuming news in the digital age. Short. Snappy. To the point.
I’d even been known to defend you when people would call you McNews. No one was going to disparage my favorite newspaper like that!
Sadly, though, I can’t defend you anymore. In fact, this goes far deeper than just being unable to defend you because I’m downright perplexed by a decision you made yesterday — a decision that made my jaw drop practically to the floor. And even today, it’s still…on…the…floor.
Your choice to publish an op-ed by Donald Trump is not only disappointing, but also reckless and incredibly dangerous; it goes against everything we journalist hold sacred about our profession and our duty to report the TRUTH above all else. Yes, op-eds are opinion pieces at the core, but the facts used to support those opinions need to be true. Were your fact-checkers all sick that day? Surely, this piece was edited by more than one editor before it went to press. Did not one of them say, “You know, I’m not so sure we should publish this.”
You tried to defend your decision on Twitter, saying that USA Today “provides a forum for a diversity of views on issues of national relevance. We see ourselves as America’s conversation center, presenting our readers with voices from the right, left and middle.”
Yes, newspapers do publish a diversity of views, but facts aren’t diverse and they don’t change. A fact is a fact. And some of the facts you published were misleading, even wrong at times.
The fact is, the erroneous words of a wannabe dictator have no place in the free press. It’s disappointing that your actions will hurt the already-struggling credibility of hardworking journalists everywhere — journalists who are already maligned. If they become a mouthpiece for this administration, how are they to maintain their independence and continue their most important role, which is to be a watchdog of those in power. After all, they are the fourth estate, remember?
That’s why I’m so thankful for the journalists and editors who are speaking out and voicing their concerns. Today alone, CNN published some inspiring words from Michelle Obama and I’ve never been more proud to be a regular contributor to CNN Opinion.
I sincerely hope you’ll listen to the advice of your colleagues and re-consider the impact of your decision. Also, feel free to read my own op-ed I wrote recently on the very nature of the role of the press, especially in these uncertain, troubling times. Please don’t let McNews become McFakeNews. Don’t let that become the legacy of USA Today… xoxo
Move over, Christmas!!! This may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m of the firm belief that September and October is the most wonderful time of the year!! Truly, you can go ahead and keep your sparkly tree and your perfectly wrapped presents with bows on top. For me, it’s ALL about the new TV season!
Right now, we’re deeply committed to watching every episode of NCIS. Seriously, I can’t get my mom to watch ANYTHING else — it’s all Gibbs, all the time around here!
I’m not complaining, of course, but I always think about the state of TV shows around this time every year. Partly because I’m still thinking about the on-the-edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers from the previous season. And partly because I like to daydream about what TV shows *could* be. TV is about escapism, sure, and Lord knows that we need some distractions in this current political climate, but TV is all about storytelling. At its core, it’s a medium that has incredible power to make powerful statements in a powerful way — the new TV season should be just as powerful too!
So, what would I love to see this year? Here are five plots and situations that would be aces in my book…
A time when there ISN’T a happy ending: Because, well, life isn’t always rainbows, sunshine and unicorns. Sometimes the storm clouds descend and it would be refreshing to see how characters would handle that. And I’m not talking about the kind of plot where the characters get into a jam and then — magic! — everything is resolved by the end of the episode. Nope. I’m talking about total unhappiness and things don’t get better.
Mental health is front and center: Today is World Mental Health Day, so this one is particularly timely. It’s time to shatter stigmas on the small screen, to pull back the curtain on something that so many people struggle with. No shame, remember?
More women with disabilities in leading roles: I wrote about this for Glamour a couple years ago and I’m still holding out hope for that role! I mean, not for myself — although, Hollywood, if you’d like to cast me, my schedule could be open in a hot second! Seriously, though, similar to mental illness, it’s time to shatter stigmas! Women with disabilities are ready for their close-up!
Musicals! Musicals! Musicals!: Maybe I’m just biased because I’m still obsessed with Glee and have watched the series TWICE so far, but there’s nothing quite like a toe-tapping good time in the form of music. And let’s not forget, you can express a lot with just the right song. Journey power ballads, anyone??
The fall of the patriarchy: This, honestly, is what I’m most excited about, particularly as House of Cards kicks off its last season on November 2nd (Claire Underwood FTW…) and the reality of our cultural landscape just seems to get worse every single day. Women will take over the world. Mark my words on that!
[Top photo via The Telegraph]
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