Meditations from the media

We now take a moment to think of Stan Brooks, the familiar voice on 1010 WINS who has passed at age 86. "Stan Brooks was one of the best radio reporters of all-time, and nobody ever met a nicer person," observed Connell McShane at Fox Business. Amy Davidson at The New Yorker called Brooks' voice, "Part of the soundtrack of my childhood." CBS New York also carried his obituary, prompting Glenn Thrush at Politico to reflect, "I can't believe Stan Brooks died even at 86. Not a stretch to say he was cut down in the prime of life."

And in social media news, from Peter Kafka at AllThingsD we learn that (almost) no one is reading your tweets. "Fascinating: Study finds median Twitter user has 1 follower. Have close to 3K? You're in 1 percent," pointed out Michael de la Merced at the New York Times. "I'm at top of a pointless heap!" LA TimesJoy Press tweeted.

Now Toronto asked Ralph Steadman, a longtime collaborator of Hunter S. Thompson, to give his take on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and this is this week's cover. "Perfect - and perfect artist," reacted David Ebner with Globe and Mail.

Also, The Observer's Nick Cohen depressingly noticed that once upon a time, rich daddies bought their daughters ponies, but now they buy them newspaper columns. "Me on the latest way to rip off writers," Cohen elaborated on Twitter.

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