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Sherwin Steffin

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Location: Pasadena, California, United States
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Journalism: 1-4 years
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 60-90 minutes a day
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
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Address: Pasadena, CA, 91101-1316, US
Last Visit: Aug 10, 2014 - 5:33 AM PDT
Last Edit: Dec 4, 2010 - 3:24 PM PST

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Sherwin reviewed this story - Dec 24, 2011
Sherwin's Rating
4.0
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Sherwin reviewed this story - Dec 16, 2011
Sherwin's Rating
2.7

This isn't journalism, it's a caricature of it. It is a meandering OpEd which has little substantive value to it. While thoughtful advocacy can present much of value, this piece miserably fails to do so. The reality is that in a capitalist society, there are winners and losers; the economic pie has finite limits to it, There are predators and there are prey, If the prey fails to protect itself from the predator, who is to blame? We have all of the examples needed to support this thesis. Those who bought homes with Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) simply failed to consider the inevitable consequences of their actions. Should we be sympathetic to carelessness? The author speaks of the continuing high unemployment rate. Yet, he ... More »

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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Dec 6, 2011
Sherwin's Rating
2.6

While the writrer provides some numbers to support the thesis, I found the writing to be trivial. The recommended solutions were the same as we have heard for many years, and were so gnmeral as to be meaningless

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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Dec 5, 2011
Sherwin commented on this story – Sep. 28, 2011

If there is a single problem, among all that beset this country, it is that of the appalling ignorance of such a large percentage of the adult population. This article captures the essence of the results of that ignorance. It takes little to link the results of having an adult ... More »

Sherwin reviewed this story - Apr 19, 2011
Sherwin's Rating
3.1

This important story fell down in a number of respects. The weakest element of the story is the sourcing. Reference is continuously made to, "charging documents," but how these have been obtained, vetted, and presented remains very ambiguously treated. Those paragraphs devoted to the father's attempt to inform the Army of what was going on leaves the reader with a number of questions. Finally, the sequence of events and dates of occurrence are poorly dealt with.

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Sherwin reviewed this story - Apr 16, 2011
Sherwin's Rating
2.9

Not good at all. The writer wanders all over the map, and has no clear thesis, and reaches no conclusion. It's unfortunate a timely subject was so poorly written

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Sherwin commented on this story – Apr. 16, 2011

It seems to me that in correlational studies, the “Proof is in the Prediction.” There is just no theory here — nothing to tie suicide directly to the economy, unemployment, inflation, et al.

he writer seems very unsure of what relationship, if any, exists ... More »

Sherwin reviewed this story - Mar 16, 2011
Sherwin's Rating
4.2

As other reviewers have already pointed out, the writer of this article thoroughly reported on the contents of the ABC survey, and fully interpreted its political implications. That said, there was little in this work to justify calling this piece an outstanding writing effort.

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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Dec 30, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.0
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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Dec 30, 2010
Sherwin reviewed this story - Dec 21, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
3.8

The writing is perfectly acceptable. What I have a great deal of problem with the author accepting as remotely possible, his recommendations as being remotely accomplishable. What possible motivation would members of Congress have for raising their tax rates to 70%, or put any additional limits on campaign financing? Bob, what are you smoking!

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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Dec 16, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
3.6

having never read thsi publication, or seen it reviewed, I have no no basis to determine its credibility. As presented, I have no reason to distrust the reporting of this story

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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Dec 16, 2010
Sherwin reviewed this story - Dec 4, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.6

Even for those who lack understanding of economics, this article makes the consequences of continued unemployment starkly evident. What it hints at, but fails to extrapolate are the number of Americans who will be homelss by the end of 2011.

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Sherwin reviewed this story - Dec 3, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.3
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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Dec 2, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.2

The author does a very nice job of delineating the issues, looking at both current an expected future congressional behavior. There is no attempt to gloss over the issues, nor even wishful hope. hat the reader takes away is, Things are really awful, but there is a chance circumstances may force cooperation. But -- it is just that -- a chance.

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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Dec 2, 2010
Sherwin posted this story - Nov 30, 2010
Sherwin reviewed this story - Nov 27, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.8

I must admit to some bias, since Krugman is an economist I both trust and understand. But trust alone is not sufficient to evaluate a viewpoint, especially one so important as what is dealt with in this article. Unlike so many that profess expertise in one field or another, Krugman heavily relies upon verified facts to support his conclusions. The problem of the federal debt limit is real. It must be raised to keep the government going. Krugman's prediction of an attempt to blackmail Obama is reasonable, based upon the way they have previously attempted to bludgeon the president. Certainly, the description of the failure of the Republicans to cool operate in any way, regardless of the hardship that cause is accurate. His ... More »

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Sherwin commented on this quote – Nov. 24, 2010

I have trouble in understanding your position here. We know the false elements of Beck’s statement. What do you find in it that leads you to belive there is any truth in what he said?

Sherwin commented on this quote – Nov. 23, 2010

Glenn Beck wouldn’t know the truth about anything if it got up and hit him upside the head!

Sherwin posted this story - Nov 21, 2010
Sherwin reviewed this story - Nov 13, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.7
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Sherwin commented on this review – Nov. 13, 2010
Kristin Gorski
4.2
(NT Rating: 4.2)
Reviewed by Kristin Gorski - Nov. 13, 2010

Detailed. Brings up issues of immigration, refugee status from wars, nationalism, language, governmental policy, cultural assimilation and identity -- all seen through the experience of a young Roma man seeking to stay in Germany. In light of many European countries' policy shifts in dealing with their immigrant populations, this is a very relevant portrait.

Sherwin Steffin Comment:

Kristin, in her review, captured the essence of the quality of this highly detailed and attention capturing story. Her review motivates the reader to seek out the story for himself.

Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Nov 13, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
3.1

I find this important story to be poorly covered from a couple of perspectives: First, we are left uncertain how "reading for fun," is to be defined. There is no firm definition provided against wich teen reading can be measured. Next, almost everything here is anecdotal. Few formal research studies are cited, and those appear pretty trivial in content. Finally, the writer appears to have a clear agenda -- to convince the reader that indeed, teens are reading more for fun than has previously been the case. I am disappointed in this superficial treatment of a very important issue/

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Sherwin reviewed this story - Nov 13, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
3.2

While it is to be expected that DOD will be closed mouthed regarding presidential security, it is the responsibility and the job of the press to get accurate information. This article completely fails to do that. While there is denial regarding both the number of ships deployed for the mission, and the reported cost incurred each day, there is no answer given which even suggests a framework by which these questions can be answered. Certainly, presidential security is a foremost consideration. At the same time it is hard to see how providing some general idea of costs and ship deployment could possibly endanger any component of this operation. It is for those reasons, that I find this to be a very disappointing article.

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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Nov 1, 2010
Sherwin reviewed this story - Oct 30, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.1
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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Oct 28, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
2.2

I found this to be a poorly written, OpEd piece which was thinly disguised as straight news. The author had a clear agenda of promoting hacker activity, while criticizing the government for efforts to protect sensitive information

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Sherwin posted and reviewed this story - Oct 27, 2010
Sherwin reviewed this story - Oct 7, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.4
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Sherwin reviewed this story - Oct 5, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.3

It is useful in the context of the broader issue of immigration reform, but I do not consider it journalism, since it is merely the reproduction of a transcript. Unstated of course, is he degree of effort required to find this specific case.

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Sherwin reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
3.9

The situation in our declared war on Afghanistan and our undeclared war in Pakistan is at best, confusing. The reporter responsible for this story did much to clarify the confusion and help the reader to understand the complexity of our relationship to all the competing forces in Pakistan.

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Sherwin commented on this story – Oct. 1, 2010

Once more, after reading this story, I find myself asking for any justification for our remaining in either Afghanistan or Pakistan for a single day, more. If we assess the costs versus the benefits of reducing the terrorist threat, the billions we are spending have failed to justify ... More »

Sherwin reviewed this story - Sep 19, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
1.8

This seems a pointless story, apparently intended to make Obama seem rude and insulting to those who have been critical of him. It seems a thinly veiled negatively directed opinion piece, especially when viewed in juxtaposition with the stories which follow.

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Sherwin commented on this story – Sep. 5, 2010

Best thing that could happen would be for Dems to lose big this year, Elephants will do nothing to turn economy or employment around. Voters have short memories, and will blame Republicans for problems when they vote in ’12. Dems regain power, and Obama is reelected. During his ... More »

Sherwin reviewed this story - Sep 5, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
2.3

This was a fairly trivial treatment of a complex and important issue, Little was said about either the strategies which are going to be employed to save seats, the consequences for the country if Republicans win, or the implications for the Presidential campaign in 2012.

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Sherwin reviewed this story - Sep 2, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.0

I find it strange that continued unemployment is difficult to explain. Given the rapid replacement of unskilled labor with automation, coupled with an increasingly incompetent workforce, many of those who've been laid off will either never return to positions they once held, or will take jobs at wages greatly reduced from that which they once earned.

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Sherwin reviewed this story - Aug 31, 2010
Sherwin's Rating
4.2
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