Ex-Record editor Bill MacNeil is dead
Missing big story
Only an egomaniac like Staff Writer John Brennan can turn missing the chance to interview President Trump into naked self-promotion (12A).
Or, as a reader said in an email:
"Check out John Brennan's bloviating column inside today's A section. Thumping his chest about his incredible career in a column about how he missed seeing Trump by mere seconds at the Bedminster golf course."By the way, "bloviating" is arrogant boasting and making the story all about himself.
Brennan actually claims in today's story promoting his sorry sports and news career that his exceedingly boring coverage of the Meadowlands Xanadu project in the past 15 years has been "well read."
What a joke!
Only three and a half pages of today's 8-page Local section carries news and feature stories from the 90 or so towns in the circulation area.
Bergen County readers may be in the clear majority, but they are stuck with a single section containing news of Passaic, Morris and Essex counties, too.
'Summer of Hell'
An editorial today finally admits The Record's coverage of the impact of track repairs at New York's Penn Station was totally overblown (2O).
Meanwhile, the Woodland Park daily has never pressed Port Authority officials on why they have refused to expand PATH rail service beyond a proposal to add a Newark airport link.
Nor, has the Editorial Board called for more exclusive bus lanes at the Lincoln Tunnel during both the morning and evening rush hours.
There isn't room here for all of the errors, typos and just plain awkward writing that appears in The Record these days.
But one photo in the weekly Hackensack Chronicle jumped out at me:
The caption said the photo showed State Street, which is being converted into two-way traffic, but it actually showed Passaic Street.
On Friday, temperatures were in the 60s and rain fell much of the day -- in vivid contrast to Thursday's searing heat and humidity -- but a photo overline on Friday's front page declared:
Old box scores
Another reader pointed out that Saturday's Sports section carried box scores from last Sunday:
"Victor -- I know that you are not a sports fan and do not look at the Sports section, but in today's Record, they had the box scores from last Sunday's baseball games. Those games are more ancient history, and no baseball fan would have any interest in Sunday's box scores. It would be like putting the closing stock prices from July 6 in today's paper or putting last Monday's weather report and temperatures from worldwide cities in today's paper. It makes no sense and just filled up space."
William A. MacNeil, who started his newspaper career at The Record of Hackensack, died on July 6 in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 77.
Here is a link to his obituary, which appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican and included an illustration by Bill Hogan, another former staffer: