— Carrie Melago (@carriemelago) March 26, 2015
Journalists at The Missourian in Washington, MO, visited Washington, DC, last week and were disappointed by the sloppy dress of visitors to the U.S. House and Senate office buildings.
An editorial in Wednesday’s paper asks: “When did wearing jeans and walking shoes (we used to call them tennis shoes) become proper dress when visiting congressmen or -women?”
More on these uncouth visitors:
There were a few in shorts. Others wore baggy and loose-fitting clothes. Some of the people wondering around the halls trying to find the office they wanted to visit were not much removed from some of the street people we observed. And they didn’t appear to be much cleaner than the typical homeless person!
The journalists from Washington, MO (population 14,031) “saw one man wearing a T-shirt with an American flag imprinted on it and, of course, he had long, stringy hair.” (Of course!) “Another man wore gold-colored shoes and loose clothing.”
Other Washington, D.C. observations from the Missouri paper’s editorial:
* “We were a bit surprised at the large number of small children with parents.”
* “There seemed to be as many Asians as African-Americans.
* “Many people had their computers with them.”
* “It seems everybody had a cellphone.”
I’ve asked Missourian editor Bill Miller if he has photos of sloppy dress in D.C. to share with Romenesko readers. Update: No photos, he says.
h/t Scott Charton
There are many great lines in this nice send-off, including:
He thought everyone could, and should, live on a strict diet of salmon, canned peas and rice pilaf, and took extreme pride in the fact that he had a freezer stocked full of wild game and seafood. His life goal was to beat his wife at Scrabble, and although he never succeeded, his dream lives on in the family he left behind.
Don had a life-time love affair with Patsy Cline, Rainier beer, iceberg lettuce salads and the History Channel (which allowed him to call his wife and daughters everyday in order to relay the latest WWII facts he learned).
– h/t Sarah Hinman Ryan
* A Colorado Springs Gazette reporter says of her paper’s editorial board-written anti-marijuana series: “I wish that it had been labeled [as an opinion package] more clearly than what it was, especially online … I thought that there was a lack of transparency with that element.” (cjr.org)
* How the New York Times keeps ads off stories about tragedies. (parkerhiggins.net)
* Uber and Lyft are blamed for the demise of Carriage News, a 45-year-old publication for Boston taxi drivers. (fusion.net)
* “There will always be a willing media outlet for [Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz‘s] latest campaign.” (It will most likely be USA Today, the SBUX PR department’s favorite publication.) (jackflack.com)
* No surprise that Facebook “will continue to creep into new and unexpected areas of our lives, like customer service.” (buzzfeed.com)
* Jay Mariotti, who recently joined the San Francisco Examiner, writes: “I’m ready to put out a cool sports section in a wonderful part of the world.” (sfweekly.com)
* Daily Penn’s joke issue fools many. (Media outlets ran the Emma Watson story on the right as real news.) (collegemediamatter.com)
* Twitter reportedly paid $100 million for interactive video app Periscope. “Worth every penny,” writes Mat Honan. “It’s completely fantastic.” (buzzfeed.com)
* Creators puts Ben Carson‘s syndicated column on hold. (mediamatters.org)
* The White House briefing room seating chart has been updated and now includes Buzzfeed and Al Jazeera. (usatoday.com)
* Winners of the 2015 ASNE Awards for distinguished writing and photography have been named. Los Angeles Times wins two of the nine awards. (asne.org)
* The $25,000 Michael Kelly Award finalists have been announced. (kellyaward.com)
* St. Louis alt-weekly Riverfront Times is sold to Cleveland-based Euclid Media Group, which now owns six papers. (riverfronttimes.com)