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Layers of Editors
Posted by: Jon Henke on Saturday, August 11, 2007

Mark Neikirk, the Managing Editor of the Cincinnati Post, writes:
During a debate among GOP presidential candidates on Sunday, Fred Thompson, though officially undeclared as a candidate, declared war on breast cancer. Thompson, a cancer survivor himself, drew on his family's experience to remind everyone of cancer's reach and our nation's need to fight to win. [...] Do it for Fred Thompson's family. For mine. For all families touched by cancer, which surely is all families.
That was Tommy Thompson.

Again, the writer who can't figure out which Thompson was at the debate, is the Managing Editor of the Cincinnati Post.

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Those Republicans all look the same. As Jen from Feministing famously explained:
Maybe Edwards shold [sic] run as a Republican. They’re all white
Written By: Aldo
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Those Republicans all look the same.
Yeah. So what if one was a governor from a northern state and recently a Bush cabinet member, with a full head of dark hair, and the other was a senator from a southern state and recently an actor on a hit TV show whose sparse remaining hair is gray? Governor, senator, what’s the difference?

Sounds like their "managing editor" needs another layer of editing above him. Brings to mind a philosophical question:

Quid edodit ipsos edodes?

(This is fake Latin for "Who shall edit these selfsame editors?" I"ve been out of Latin class for thirty years, but I don’t think there is a Latin word for "editor", and "edo" is the closest I can get to the English verb "edit". And I probably have the endings wrong too...)

Written By: Billy Hollis
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This is especially headshaking to see, since Neikirk details the a specific reason why Fred wouldn’t have been at the debate in the first place. It’s like an editorial "Are you identifying the wrong Thompson?" poke in the eye right after he wrote "Fred Thompson,".

Maybe Neikirk should shorten his personal comma’s rest period.
Written By: Dusty
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All the more reason for these two to be on the same ticket... Tommy would make a good VP for Fred...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I remember when Tommy Thompson hit that home run to win the pennant for the New Yark Giant! What? Hey, have another Budweiser!
Written By: the wolf
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The Thompson Twins would not bring back good memories.
Written By: Harun
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Perhaps what we have here, is an example of why the press is biased. Fact checking, amounts to whether or not the story matches the editors worldview. In this case, the bias is somewhat more benign. Still, it gives us a decent picture of the roots of the thing.
Written By: Bithead
Which of them was the one that invented the submachine gun?
Written By: Dale Franks
Beat me to it.
Written By: Bithead
Here is the reply I received from Mark to my other email address

From: Mark Neikirk

Sent: August 12, 2007 3:35 PM
Subject: RE: As you probably know by now...

Thank you. Yes, I was incorrect.

——-Original Message——-
Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 12:17 PM
To: Mark Neikirk
Subject: As you probably know by now...

it was Tommy not Fred in the debate

During a debate among GOP presidential candidates on Sunday, Fred Thompson,
Written By: Bill H
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No need for an extra layer of editors. The Cincinnati Post is shutting down at the end of the year, after 100+ years of being published. I suspect its not going to get much better in their few remaining months.
Written By: tonto
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