Just the Facts Ma’am – Randy Copppersmith

25.01.2017 WASHINGTON, DC — Sgt. Joe Friday, the acclaimed “straight cop” that Jack Webb made famous in his radio and later TV series “Dragnet,” would tell witnesses and victims alike, “just the facts Ma’am.” This level of no-spin, just the factual information necessary to present a story, was something that was ingrained in every student when I went to journalism school. News was supposed to be presented in a factual, un-opinionated way. “And that’s the way it is,” Walter Cronkite would intone each night on CBS. No slant, no rant. Only cold, hard, sustainable, verifiable, multi-sourced facts. When I took … Continue reading Just the Facts Ma’am – Randy Copppersmith

Toys for Rich Boys – Randy Coppersmith

29.01.2017  WASHINGTON (29 January 2017) — In Orson Wells’ classic 1941 movie, Citizen Kane, the main character is asked about owning The New York Inquirer newspaper, which is losing money.   In the scene, his business manager reminds Kane that The Observer is losing a million dollars a year. Kane blithely jokes that “at the rate of a million dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place – in sixty years.”   At its current rate of decline, the newspaper industry in America may be totally gone in five years. Overall newspaper revenues in the United States in 2006 … Continue reading Toys for Rich Boys – Randy Coppersmith

The Lexington Marchers – Randy Coppersmith

18.01.2017 LEXINGTON, VA — Change is sometimes very hard. In this college town located about 250 miles south of Washington, D.C., the spirit of the Old South and Dixie is still smoldering, still rattling around despite pleas from some residents to give racial equality a chance. And yet, in Lexington there is also civility, hope, and a model for us to consider. Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University. It’s also home to the Virginia Military Institute or VMI. There couldn’t be two very different college campuses located less than a mile apart. Washington and Lee is a private, … Continue reading The Lexington Marchers – Randy Coppersmith

Corned Beef No More – Randy Coppersmith

15.01.2017 After a meeting in New York last week I decided I needed a Corned Beef on Rye sandwich. Not the stuff they serve in Washington. The real deal. The true soul food. New York Jewish Delicatessen. The food Mama made that killed Papa. First you start with thick slabs of Russian-style rye bread — the kind with the black caraway seeds that always seems to get stuck between your teeth. Next is the spicy brown mustard. The garlicky Kosher pickles. The cold sauerkraut Or, the Hungarian red and green peppers. And then there’s the Corned Beef itself. Salty, savory, … Continue reading Corned Beef No More – Randy Coppersmith

Egos and Taxes – Randy Coppersmith

07.01.2017 Several years ago, I saw a classic 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible parked on the street. It was red with black leather interior. It had been (mostly) restored, and looked amazing. There was a for-sale sign on the window with a phone number. So, I called it.   “Tell me about the car,” I told the man on the other end of the line. I didn’t say: “How much are you looking for?” which would have saved me a lot of time and anguish. Instead, I spent the next day test driving the car, looking at the car, having my … Continue reading Egos and Taxes – Randy Coppersmith

And Now For The Good News – Randy Coppersmith

01.01.2017 Some people think that 2016 was one of the worst years on record. In fact, one of my favorite people said to me at a holiday party, “To hell with 2016. And she doesn’t live in the murder capital of America, Chicago, either. Indeed, if you were to judge by the negative amount of news on various media outlets, you’d probably agree with her sentiment. It seems the “negativity index” in electronic media in particular is at an all-time high. The constant drumbeat of negativity is how products are often sold; it’s how markets are moved, and how elections … Continue reading And Now For The Good News – Randy Coppersmith