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Eating Out + Eating In: $13.50 for a Greek Salad, brunch in Red Bank and fish stories

DID THEY SHRINK THE SALAD? I met a friend for lunch at the Suburban Diner, 172 Route 17 north in Paramus, and paid $13.50 for a Greek ...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

At The Record, more slanted and sloppy reporting on Nov. 7 election, mass transit

In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany, left, and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are going head to head in the Nov. 7 election to replace Governor Christie. Photos: U.S. Department of State and N.J. Governor's Office.

-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

Dustin Racioppi of The Record's State House Bureau must be the last reporter in New Jersey to state flatly that Governor Christie had no "part" in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal.

In a Page 1 preview of tonight's election debate between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Racioppi continues his slanted coverage in favor of Guadagno.

"Murphy, who has led the contest in all polls, has recently started tying Guadagno" to the Bridgegate scandal, "even though neither she nor Christie had any part in it," Racioppi claims.

In the court of public opinion, Christie long ago was convicted of masterminding the political-retaliation scheme against Democrats two months before he ran for re-election in 2013.

We still don't know if he was named as one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the indictment of two of his allies, who were convicted, thanks in large part to the testimony of the governor's crony at the Port Authority, which owns and operates the bridge.

And Christie spent more than $10 million in taxpayer funds to hire a law firm that issued a widely recognized whitewash of the governor's role.  

Ethanol trains

On Sunday, The Record's transportation reporter alerted readers alarmed over potentially explosive crude-oil trains to another hazard -- rail shipments of flammable ethanol.

But nowhere in the front-page story or on the continuation page did Staff Writer Curtis Tate mention Teaneck, a Bergen County town that has been at the center of the protests after officials learned about oil trains passing through the township.

Amazon bid

On Tuesday, the Woodland Park daily and other news outlets provided major  coverage of Christie's offer of $7 billion in tax incentives to attract Amazon's second headquarters to Newark.

But all of the news outlet failed to mention Newark is a good fit for the e-commerce behemoth, because the city already has an Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market on Broad Street.

Amazon has been cutting prices to make the natural foods supermarket chain more attractive to shoppers.

The Newark store's mission is to improve community and individual health.

Portal bridge

In the past 15 years, the transportation editor, columnist and reporters at The Record have shown an anti-mass transit bias time and again.

No one at the Woodland Park daily has embraced the expansion of mass transit in North Jersey as the only way to cut growing traffic congestion, air pollution and premature deaths from auto emissions.

The editors could be kowtowing to the automakers and auto dealers who buy millions of dollar of advertising every year in The Record and other newspapers.

In a Page 1 story on Saturday, Tate made sure his first paragraph alerted readers to the high expense of replacing the Portal Bridge, a 107-year-old Hackensack River span "that has become a major bottleneck on the nation's busiest commuter corridor."

He reports the $1.5 billion project "could still take decades and tens of billions of dollars to complete, with funding sources yet to be identified."

Monday, October 16, 2017

Eating Out + Eating In: $13.50 for a Greek Salad, brunch in Red Bank and fish stories

DID THEY SHRINK THE SALAD? I met a friend for lunch at the Suburban Diner, 172 Route 17 north in Paramus, and paid $13.50 for a Greek Village Salad. He ordered a Turkey Club Sandwich with French Fries, Onion Rings, Russian Dressing, Cole Slaw and Pickles on the side, photos below, and paid $11.95. I feel I was penalized for trying to eat healthy.



-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

The Suburban Diner in Paramus appears to have downsized some lunch items, judging from the skimpy Greek Village Salad I had there the other day.

The popular Route 17 diner was expanded and completely renovated in 2012, and since then I've enjoyed meeting a friend there, usually ordering one of the big lunch salads.

But after an absence of more than a year (or maybe two), I found that the Greek Village Salad I ordered for $13.50 on Oct. 2 wasn't that big.

And though salads usually are healthy, this one had way too much salty feta cheese and olives, too much bread, and too little chopped cucumbers and greens.

I gained 6 pounds during a vacation in Iceland in August, when I filled up on fish, bread and beer.

Since we returned, I've tried to stick to my traditional bread substitutes -- sweet potatoes, organic quinoa and organic whole-wheat pasta -- and their lower carbs helped me shed the extra weight in about a month. 

So, all that bread in Suburban Diner's Greek Village Salad wasn't welcome, but there wasn't that much else to fill me up.


Meat substitutes

When eating out, I rarely have a problem finding substitutes for the meat and poultry I haven't eaten since 2010, but that wasn't the case on a day trip to Red Bank for a 3-course brunch and a play, "A Raisin in the Sun," at Two River Theater.

The day was arranged by WBGO, the jazz station in Newark, for members who paid one price for brunch and the theater. Jazz 88 is a media partner of the Red Bank theater.

Three of the four main courses listed on the limited menu of JBJ Soul Kitchen on Oct. 8 contained meat or poultry, and I didn't want the fourth choice -- Soul Kitchen Fall Pancakes with Candied Peanuts, Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Home Fries -- which had too many carbs and too much sugar.

A least for dessert, we were able to choose fruit salad over a cake.


BRUNCH IN RED BANK: This Pepper Frittata was listed on the menu of JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank with Monterey Jack Cheese and a side of "Pork and Potato Hash." When I told the server I don't eat meat, she said the restaurant couldn't offer a substitute, so I was served only the small red pepper frittata.
The restaurant described my first course as Farm Vegetable Soup, but the bowl held only this thin broth and a scattering of vegetables.
At JBJ Soul Kitchen, my wife chose Teriyaki Beef with Soy Glazed Fried Rice, Fried Egg and Seasonal Green for a main course, above, and started with the Spring Into Fall Salad with Red Wine Poached Pears, Maple Vinaigrette and Feta Cheese, below.
I tried some of my wife's salad, and was sorry I didn't order it instead of the soup.
JBJ Soul Kitchen, 207 Monmouth St. in Red Bank, doesn't serve "soul food," but takes its name from Jersey shore rocker Jon Bon Jovi's JBJ Soul Foundation. The non-profit community restaurant serves paying customers and those who cannot pay. A second JBJ Soul Kitchen is in Toms River.
EATING IN: I assembled a pocket-bread sandwich with four fish -- leftover fried whiting from a takeout dinner; red snapper and a tuna-and-sardine salad we prepared at home; plus homemade pesto and tzatziki, sliced tomato and organic salad greens.
TAKE-OUT: In September, the opening of Paula's Soul Food Cafe at 331 Main St. in Hackensack proved wildly popular, judging from the crowds we encountered when picking up takeout on two successive Saturday nights. On Sept. 30, my wife picked up three Fried Whiting Dinners ($13 each), but Paula's staff needed an hour to fill the order. Paula's has a full soul food menu, including ribs and fried chicken, but also offers fresh wild-caught fish.

Fresh wild salmon

The four-month run of fresh, wild salmon at Costco Wholesale in Teterboro ended this month.

On Oct. 3, I picked up a skin-on fillet of wild Coho Salmon for $9.99 a pound.

Starting in early June, Costco offered fresh wild Sockeye Salmon from the Copper River, and later Sockeye and King Salmon, which were marked "Product of USA."

Only Coho Salmon was available in the last weeks.


EATING IN: I grilled fresh wild Coho Salmon and served it with a reduction of organic diced tomatoes, red wine and garlic; homemade pesto and fresh herbs, above and below.
A week later, I served grilled Coho Salmon with homemade basil pesto and a homemade yogurt sauce called tzatziki (non-fat Greek Yogurt from Costco Wholesale, shredded cucumbers, minced garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice and dried dill).
TZATZIKI: Shredded cucumbers, non-fat Greek Yogurt and extra-virgin olive oil are three of the ingredients in tzatziki.
The skin-on Coho Salmon fillets spend 8 minutes on a preheated stovetop grill with spray oil (6-7 minutes for medium), turned once. 
A week ago, the Teterboro Costco offered only artificially colored farmed salmon, above. Another case held antibiotic-free farmed salmon.

Other wild fish at Costco

Costco's refrigerated case offers other fresh wild fillets, including Atlantic cod and haddock, flounder, ocean perch and monkfish.

Smoked wild Alaskan sockeye salmon is available year-round for use in omelets, salads and sandwiches. 


FISH & VEGETABLE MEDLEY: Serving pieces of fresh wild cod ($7.99  a pound at Costco) coated in Asian Indian spices and baked under a mantle of organic diced tomatoes, pitted olives, capers and grated Parmesan Cheese, above and below.
I lined a large pan with parchment paper, added fresh spinach, extra-virgin olive oil, serving pieces of fish, lemon juice and the other ingredients. The fish was ready after 15 minutes in a preheated 400-degree oven.
CHEESY FRITTATA: With the return of cooler weather, I prepared a 10-inch frittata with eggs (whole or whites or both) grated cheese, seasonings and dried herbs -- 4 cups of liquid in all. I poured the liquid into a preheated non-stick pan with olive oil, and added plum tomato slices, more grated cheese and Costco's Organic No-Salt Seasoning, below. When the crust was set, I moved the pan to broiler until the crust browned. I added homemade pesto as the frittata was cooling on the counter, then cut it into wedges with a spatula.
BREAD SUBSTITUTES: Organic quinoa from Costco Wholesale is one of my bread substitutes (above with  Jamaican-style ackee and salt fish, below with an omelet stuffed with wild smoked salmon.
I put 2 cups of organic quinoa, 4 cups of organic chicken stock, a can of organic diced tomatoes, a can of organic chickpeas or beans, olive oil, sesame oil and a little salt in an electric cooker, and choose the "white rice" setting.
Two more bread substitutes are organic whole wheat pasta, above, and sweet potatoes, below. The best sources for organic whole wheat pasta in a variety of shapes are Whole Foods Market and ShopRite (both charge $1.50 or less for a 1-pound package).
I bake sweet potatoes at 350 degrees until they are soft and the natural sugar oozes out of them (takes at least an hour). I also boil cut-up, skin-on sweet potato with peeled garlic cloves and mash them with extra-virgin olive oil and seasonings, including cinnamon, curry powder and red-pepper flakes.
A wedge of frittata served with a baked sweet potato and Mexican-style salsa.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Racist Trump keeping promise to destroy everything President Obama had achieved

Republicans haven't been able to agree on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, so President Trump is trying to destroy it on his own, as seen in this cartoon by Dave Granlund.
Cartoonist Jimmy Margulies notes Puerto Ricans want the same treatment as other Americans as they try to recover from Hurricane Maria, but not when it comes to health care.

-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

President Trump is finding new ways of exacting revenge for the humiliation he suffered at the hands of Barack Obama, our first black president.

Last week, he added the North American trade agreement, the Iran nuclear deal and the Affordable Care Act to his hit list.

According to a PBS documentary aired 17 days before his Jan. 20 inauguration, Trump's burning desire to be elected president can be traced to the April 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Obama had provided his birth certificate to the news media, and set out to humiliate Trump, who was in the audience after spending weeks attacking the president for allegedly not being born in the United States, and possibly being a Muslim.

"But that night, in front of Washington's journalists, politicians and power brokers, Obama would hit back," FRONTLINE reported:



Obama's race a factor

"Trump's entire political life -- dating all the way back to his adoption of birtherism earlier this decade -- is positioned against all things Obama," Chris Cillizza of CNN reported on Friday.

"Why? Because for many Trump supporters in this country, Obama -- and his beliefs about society and government -- were the antithesis of what they believed.

"(Yes, Obama's race -- and multicultural vision of the country and the world -- were part of that mix as well)."

Court challenges

An especially weak area in the news coverage of Trump is the lack of reporting on all of the court challenges to his executive orders and other actions, and where those lawsuits stand.

Reporters also are reluctant to challenge Trump in person.

That allows him to make it up as he goes along -- exaggerating, fabricating and lying outright in the sound bites we are assaulted with whenever we watch TV or listen to radio news.

I actually heard him say one reason he is trying to eliminate the subsidies health insurance companies get from government is because the insurers don't support him.

He also claimed they are using the money to boost their stock prices.

Puerto Rico

Nor have many reporters stated flatly that Trump's mistreatment of the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria was motivated by the quirky fact that although they are U.S. citizens, they can't vote for president.

More than 700,000 Puerto Ricans left the island between 2006 and 2015, fleeing the economic decline and mounting debt crisis, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Some people also moved back, but the island saw the total number of residents drop to 3.4 million from 3.8 million -- more than 10%, the newspaper said.


Cartoonist Pat Bagley of The Salt Lake City (Utah) Tribune questions why Donald J. Trump was treated differently than Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a big Democratic donor.
Cartoonist Monte Wolverton of The Plain Truth magazine highlights one of the many ways Trump and his family have profited from his election.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Slanted reporting, voter apathy may deal fatal blow to Murphy bid for N.J. governor

Democrat Phil Murphy, left, and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno during the first of two debates before the Nov. 7 election to decide who will replace Chris Christie, the worst governor in New Jersey history (photo from The Associated Press). 

-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

With less than a month to go before New Jersey elects a new governor, we may be seeing a rerun of the 2016 presidential election.

The news media seemed to have bent over backward to help the Republican candidate demonize the Democrat, and score an upset after lagging in the polls. 

There was hardly any media pushback when Donald J. Trump lied about his opponent or called her "crooked Hillary."

Now, the coverage of the New Jersey contest between Democrat Phil Murphy, who was ambassador to Germany in the Obama administration, and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno hardly seems even-handed.

Combine that with Democratic voters who might stay home on Nov. 7, because they are confident  Murphy will win the election, as the polls are predicting, and his campaign could be in trouble.

Turnout in the 2013 election, when Christie defeated Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono and won a second term, was the lowest for a gubernatorial election in New Jersey.

Thousands of Democrats didn't even bother to vote.

Slanted reporting

Murphy and Guadagno debated Tuesday night, and the lead paragraph in The Record of Woodland Park on Wednesday noted she attacked him "as an out-of-touch and cowardly liberal destined to ruin New Jersey's economy."

But nowhere in his story does State House Bureau reporter Dustin Racioppi quote Murphy, who accused Guadagno repeatedly of making up facts or lying outright about him and his proposal to tax millionaires, wealthy corporations and marijuana users.

Harvey Weinstein

She called Murphy a "coward" for not speaking out earlier about Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer and major Democratic donor accused of sexually harassing women, but never used the phrase "cowardly liberal."

That was the reporter's own demonization of Murphy, consistent with his earlier slanted stories about the gubernatorial campaign.

In fact, the reporter ignored Guadagno's apparently baseless accusation at the debate and on Twitter that Murphy took campaign contributions from Weinstein; he only quotes the Democrat saying he "didn't get one dime from this guy."

And Racioppi seems to base his first paragraph claim that Murphy is "destined to ruin New Jersey's economy" on GOP ads alleging he'll raise taxes on the middle class by $1.3 billion (that has been revised to $5 billion, as well as higher tolls, in the latest TV spots).

Racioppi doesn't bother pointing out they are total fabrications by the Guadagno campaign.

See: GOP ads in New Jersey lie like Trump


The mail-in ballot for the Nov. 7 general election in New Jersey includes two public questions, below.
One asks for approval of $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries.
The second question would prevent the governor from using monetary damages or fines against those who contaminate the environment for any other purpose than "to repair, restore, replace or preserve the state's natural resources."


WNYC-FM

The report on Tuesday night's debate filed by Karen Rouse of WNYC-FM, New York and New Jersey Public Radio, also appeared to be one sided.

Rouse claimed Guadagno scored a number of "zingers," and said Murphy's responses ran long and were cut off by the moderators.

Rouse is a former education reporter for The Record.

For an impartial report, see the story filed by Michael Catalini of The Associated Press:


More errors

A letter to the editor of The Record on Tuesday complained a black-and-white photo of Governor Christie in a house ad showed him "as a mean-spirited ogre. A very unflattering photo."

Frank Venditti of Old Tappan contrasted that photo with one of Editorial Page Editor Alfred P. Doblin advertising the gubernatorial debate.

The Doblin photo "is one of a very distinguished and knowledgeable man. It is very flattering."

But someone goofed, and ran a photo of President Trump speaking at the Las Vegas Police Department with Venditti's letter.

PABT

PABT is the acronym for the Port Authority's midtown Manhattan Bus Terminal, which is bursting at the seams handling 270,000 daily trips, many of them by North Jersey commuters.

The Record's Opinion Page on Tuesday carried a column by two state senators, urging the agency to add two floors to the terminal instead of building a new hub one block west of the site.

Structural engineers back the plan, which would expand the terminal for more than 30,000 additional commuters, preserve access to 11 New York subway lines and allow rebuilding of the existing six floors.

My question is, Why haven't I read about the "build in place" proposal in the news columns of The Record?

Food for the 1%

Even though only 1 percent of Americans have Celiac disease, Food Editor Esther Davidowitz devoted more than three full pages in last Friday's Better Living tabloid to "great gluten-free eats."

But in the process, Davidowitz promoted restaurants or shops that serve artery clogging red meat raised on harmful human antibiotics, calamari with cured bacon linked to cancer, and sugary cookies and crepes.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Decline of a once-great local newspaper: You can't cover 90+ towns in 3-4 pages

The corrosive influence of the gun lobby on Congress hits home every time a crazed gunman commits a mass shooting. In this cartoon by Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News, the National Rifle Association is shown enticing domestic terrorists with the easy availability of semi-automatic, military style weapons.

THE RECORD IGNORES DEATH
OF WELL-KNOWN TEANECK WOMAN 


-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

You probably have never heard of Barbara C. Peckham, but many thousands of Bergen County residents relied on the Teaneck woman for a vital service before she died last Monday at 91.

Beginning in the early 1960s, Peckham Drivers Service Inc. provided a reliable, lower-cost alternative to renting a car and driver for trips to and from the airport; as well as to plays, concerts and dinner in Manhattan.

Many of her customers were elderly and though they still drove, they often called Mrs. Peckham and asked her to send over a driver to take them in their own cars to doctor's appointments and food shopping or to drive them into the city to visit children who lived there.

If she couldn't find a driver to take a customer to Kennedy or one of the other airports, Mrs. Peckham would handle the job herself -- even after she turned 90.

Not too long ago, The Record of Woodland Park, my local daily newspaper, would have published an expanded local obituary to profile Mrs. Peckham after her death.

Instead, there was no mention of her passing or who she was.

Since March, when the Gannett Co. laid off the reporter who covered that beat, the once-great local newspaper has published only a handful of expanded obituaries of prominent local residents -- in contrast to two or three a week before the layoff.

See Mrs. Peckham's page on the website of the Volk Leber Funeral Home: Barbara C. Peckham


A Memorial Service for Barbara C. Peckham was held on Saturday at the Volk Leber Funeral Home in Teaneck, below.

3-4 pages for 90 towns

The decline in the quantity and quality of local news started years before Gannett bought North Jersey Media Group, publisher of The Record, from the Borg family in July 2016.

Still, there appears to be even less space every day -- 3-4 pages in The Record's Local section -- devoted to news and feature stories from the 90 or so towns in the paper's circulation area (Bergen, Passaic, and parts of Morris and Essex counties). 

The Record once published separate sections for Bergen County and Passaic County, but several years ago, the Borgs decided to consolidate the sections to save money on newsprint.

Today, Local often is dominated by news of Paterson and other towns of no interest to Bergen residents, who, as a result, get far less news of their 70 towns than they did before.

Promoting guns

Since July 2016, Gannett laid off more than 350 employees at NJMG, including about 50 reporters and editors, but kept veteran columnists like Mike Kelly and John Cichowski , encouraging them to write as long as possible to fill space.

That might be the explanation for why the editors devoted nearly two full newspaper pages to a local shooting range as part of its coverage of the massacre in Las Vegas.

Kelly's Page 1 column on Gun for Hire (yes, that's the name of the shooting range) ran on Sunday, a week after a deranged gunman killed 58 people at a concert and wounded nearly 500 others with rapid-fire, military style weapons.

Kelly justifies promoting the shooting range near the paper's headquarters this way:

As the nation debates more gun control to stop such mass shootings as the Las Vegas murders, "proponents of gun rights have been pressing forward with a subtle but meticulous campaign to make guns as much a part of everyday life as cars and cellphones" (Sunday's 3A).

That's wildly exaggerated. 

And Kelly actually quotes the range owner, Anthony Colandro, claiming:

"I'm like a pool hall. I'm like Seaworld. The only difference is that we're shooting real guns and we're not water-sliding."

No. The real difference is that after a visit to a pool hall or Seaworld, people don't have murderous thoughts or impulses.

Asbury Park Press

The Asbury Park Press, another Gannett newspaper, has been ripped for "one of their stunning acts of hypocrisy," this one concerning the LGBT community in Asbury Park.

Publisher Dan Jacobson of the weekly Tri City News says the "failing" Gannett-owned daily is trying to attract more advertising by sucking up to the LGBT community, which the Press "turned its back on not that long ago."

Last month, The Press published an upbeat article -- "LGBT community always at the heart of Asbury Park."

But in 2010, the newspaper opposed a move by the state Legislature to legalize gay marriage, and called for a statewide referendum on the issue.

Then, about two years later, the newspaper blasted Governor Christie when he called for the same type of referendum on marriage equality.

"God, they are so full of shit," Jacobson said of the editors at the Press.

I guess you could say the same about the editors and columnists at The Record. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Las Vegas massacre headlines obscured Trump racism in late visit to Puerto Rico

Although the Las Vegas massacre has dominated the news, cartoonist Jeff Darcy, above, and Jimmy Margulies, below, took time to comment on President Trump's belated visit to Puerto Rico last Tuesday, nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory.
Margulies, former editorial cartoonist at my local daily newspaper, The Record of Woodland Park, compares Trump tossing rolls of paper towels to Puerto Rico storm victims to the president tossing a huge tax break to the wealthy.


Sen. John McCain took $7.7M
 from the National Rifle Association

Editor's note: This post has been updated with a link to a New York Times listing of the top 10 career recipients in Congress of National Rifle Association funding -- all Republicans.

 -- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

Sadly, the news media are just starting to question Donald J. Trump's mental fitness to hold office.

"The question is not whether the President is crazy but whether he is crazy like a fox or crazy like crazy," Masha Gessen of The New Yorker wrote on Friday.

"Jay Rosen, a media scholar at New York University, has been arguing for months that 'many things Trump does are best explained by Narcissistic Personality Disorder' and that journalists should start saying so," the magazine's website reported.

Gessen said that in March, The New York Times published a letter by two psychiatrists, Robert Jay Lifton and Judith L. Herman.

They said Trump's "repeated failure to distinguish between reality and fantasy, and his outbursts of rage when his fantasies are contradicted" suggest that, "faced with a crisis, President Trump will lack the judgment to respond rationally."

Puerto Rico

Though overshadowed by coverage of the massacre in Las Vegas, Trump's behavior toward the 3.5 million storm victims in Puerto Rico last Tuesday still has many Americans questioning whether the New York billionaire was motivated by racism.

"We've reached the stage of the Trump presidency when the U.S. secretary of state has to call a news conference to deny that he called the president a [fucking] 'moron' -- and then he doesn't actually deny it," says Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations."

Boot, writing an opinion piece for USA Today, moves on to "fresh questions about his [Trump's] mental fitness for office."

"Just consider his response to Hurricane Maria, which caused devastating damage to Puerto Rico," Boot said in the column, which appeared on Friday in The Record of Woodland Park.

Trump 'oblivious'

"The president was oblivious to the size of the catastrophe during the four days after Maria made landfall Sept. 20. He was too busy hanging out at his golf club and lashing out at NFL players for not standing during the national anthem," Boot said.

Boot mentions criticism of Trump and the relief effort by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, and the president's response in a tweet sent from his New Jersey golf club:

"It's hard to imagine anything more moronic than a president using crude racial stereotypes about supposedly lazy Latinos, or picking a needless fight with a mayor after a major disaster."

Boot called Trump's visit to the island "a comedy of errors."

"The most widely seen picture from the trip showed Trump throwing paper towels at hurricane survivors as if they were seals receiving fish from a trainer."

Better than Katrina

Trump said Puerto Ricans "can be very proud" because fewer people died than during Hurricane Katrina.

"This is like telling New Yorkers they can be proud that 9/11 didn't kill as many people as the atomic bombing of Hiroshima."

"The real scandal isn't that Trump's secretary of state called him a moron," Boot said. "It's that his job performance lends so much credence to that description."

Last Sunday night's massacre in Las Vegas, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, covered more than half of Page 1 on Friday in The Record of Woodland Park.

But the editors found room for a sports column about Cam Newton, and a local story about Closter's school business administrator, who allegedly "put a 16-year-old coach into a choke hold" during a peewee football game.

On The Record's front page today, editors ran a large photo of a pitcher over this headline, "YANKS IN 0-2 HOLE." 

A story on 5A reported Las Vegal police -- "after chasing a thousand leads" -- are asking for the public's help in finding the gunman's motive.

NRA lobby

Meanwhile, The New York Times said in an Opinion piece Senate and House members who have received National Rifle Association funding "have a lot to say" about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, but "refuse to do anything to avoid the next massacre."

"Most Americans support stronger gun laws -- laws that would reduce deaths. But Republicans in Congress stand in the way. They fear alienating their primary voters" and the NRA, according to The Times.

See: Prayers and NRA funding


Cartoonist Steve Sack of the Minneapolis Star Tribune comments on the "moral vacancy" of the National Rifle Association after a lone gunman killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500 others in Las Vegas.
A photo of actor Tom Hanks wearing an anti-Trump T-shirt appears on the Facebook page of Dump Trump Daily: "I was going to be a Trump voter for Halloween but my head wouldn't fit up my ass."
Another photo on the Dump Trump Daily page suggests a short speech by Trump will be all hot air.