Barbour for prez no laughing matter

Writes David Hampton in The Clarion-Ledger: “When the subject of Gov. Haley Barbour running for president came up at the governor’s holiday reception at the Mansion a couple of years ago, he sort of laughed it off.

“No more. Barbour’s name is among the top Republican prospects. Barbour has been running around the country this past year using the Republican Governors Association chairmanship not only to elect Republicans, but also to refresh his power and reputation as a party leader. He has been successful in both…”

Bylines

We’re way behind on these items, but … Longtime Daily Leader staff writer Therese Apel departed the Brookhaven newspaper this summer to become a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger… Former Daily Corinthian editor Mark Boehler returned to the job recently. Boehler left the paper a couple of years ago and has most recently been working for its sister paper, The Banner-Independent, in Booneville. He succeeds Logan Mosby who returned home to Rolling Fork as managing editor of The Deer Creek Pilot.

Koppel on the death of real news

To witness Keith Olbermann – the most opinionated among MSNBC’s left-leaning, Fox-baiting, money-generating hosts – suspended even briefly last week for making financial contributions to Democratic political candidates seemed like a whimsical, arcane holdover from a long-gone era of television journalism, when the networks considered the collection and dissemination of substantive and unbiased news to be a public trust.

USM to induct newspapermen into Hall of Fame

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi will induct several longtime Mississippi newspapermen into its Hall of Fame during a luncheon Nov. 13 at the Thad Cochran Center on Campus.

Inductees include Natchez Democrat Publisher Kevin Cooper; the late Pic Firm, a longtime educator and editor in Biloxi and Greenville; the late Frank Buckley, a newspaper publisher and former head of journalism at USM; and Sun Herald photojournalist Jamie Bates, among others.

Tickets for the luncheon are $35. The event is part of a symposium on “Journalism at a Crossroads.

Newspapers at odds over mayor’s leave

West Point’s Daily Times Leader on Sunday devoted a front page story to the travails of Mayor Scott Ross, who was reported by a Columbus weekly newspaper to be in sex addiction rehab in the same Hattiesburg facility that played host earlier this year to Tiger Woods.

A spokesman for the mayor, who is on leave from his duties, vehemently denied the claim and threatened legal action against The Columbus Packet.