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Which are actual newsroom put-downs?

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A) “Say what you will about the utter lack of clarity, it's a prose style.” B) “Didn't read it.” C) “Her byline is like a warning label.” D) “I didn't have to read it. I heard the sausage being made every step of the way.” E) “Well, I know he goes to a lot of meetings.” F) “Apparently she believes that actual productivity would diminish her star status.” G) “He regards himself as the funniest guy he ever met.” H) “You've been on vacation? Hadn't noticed.” I) “He thinks he is in a journalism movie about him.” J) “According to his exhaustive lack of research, all our readers agree with him.” K) “It would not occur to him that the people in this room make for an exceptionally useless focus group.” L)  “Performance ethics.” M) “I think he's tied up cranking out some corrections.” N) “It seems to annoy her that print still pays the bills.” O) “I love it when he assumes everyone in the world has read his story and then he gets on the phone and encounters reality.” P) “That's, uh, how she rolls.” Q) “His level of denial is healthy for him because it keeps him from self-identifying with criticism.” R) “Unlike the two of us, he can read the minds of all our subscribers.” S) “Well, you have to remember that she's blessed with having the exact same personal interests as 100 percent of our readers.” T) “I know we've done that story before. But in his mind it doesn't count until he has written it himself.” U) “She'd be good on TV.” V) “She thinks she'd be good on TV.” W) “Apparently, when she receives praise for her work, she's not shy about passing it along to the editors.” X) “He's the king of the theoretical job offer.” Y) “Well, don't forget, he won an award.” Z) “Bless her heart. She honestly believes there are other people who care about that.”

Reasons newsrooms seem quiet today

It's not unusual for visitors to the SR newsroom to note that it seems quieter than they expected.

Now many readers of www.spokesman.com would never get past security. But on the chance you ever did make it up to the fourth floor at the Review Tower, you might find yourself thinking the same thing. “Why is it so quiet in here?”

Here are 10 reasons.

1. Fewer reporters and editors than in the old days.

2. No teletype machines.

3. No typewriters.

4. Fewer phones ringing than before the Internet.

5. No pneumatic tubes.

6.  Less yelling.

7. Visitors aren't around at deadline.

8. The gap between reality and old movies.

9. Reporters and editors communicating with each other via email.

10. Fewer reporters and editors roaring drunk. 

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