* It’s too late, of course, but I still wish the mainstream media–caring more about style than substance–hadn’t played a major role in helping to incorporate “Obamacare” into popular parlance. The Affordable Care Act was just too formal and unwieldy. The result: The media became a clueless enabler of political partisans out to demonize the ACA by rallying the Republican base against anything associated with President Barack Obama.
* For once, I’d like to see a Tampa Bay Times “Editor’s note” that talks up something more important than comics priorities and improvements to the Weather page. In a parallel universe that “Editor’s note” might say: “We’ve made improvements in editing, proof-reading and news judgment. We’re also hiring back some of our most experienced journalists.” Dream on.