P.S.: Some of the most rapacious and egoistic pols are the best leaders, of course. The question for voters regarding Villaraigosa is whether there's enough there there to justify tolerating his character flaws. (See this rare good George Skelton column.) Before we can make that judgment, we need a daily paper that actually wants to report what those flaws are. ... [ via L.A. Observed] 10:50 P.M.
Eat Your Heart Out, Greg Gutfeld: At last, the story on Laurie David's break-up. (The print edition has photos.) ... Looks like gossip columnist Cindy Adams was on target, although the last commenter on this site beat her to it. ... 10:25 P.M.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
The LAT finally puts out another Villaraigosa-Salinas story--which focuses like a laser on the least interesting aspect of the scandal, the journalistic conflict of interest! Yes, that's why Angelenos are upset--because a Telemundo reporter might have compromised her objectivity. Someone call CJR! Mayor Sam's Joseph Mailander asks:
[W]hy is the future of the woman always the way a blown affair really pans out? The Times is really letting the man skate here by shifting all the scrutiny to the gal.
But, of course, the tedious conflict-of-interest angle is the only one to obtain the grudging stuff-shirt approval of Consigliere Rutten! ... What about the mayor's callous behavior toward his wife? (In New York City, that was enough to get Rudy Giuliani in trouble.) And did a lobbying firm executive really sell the mayor's honey a condo? Was it on the up and up or does someone now owe someone a favor? Was the mayor lying when he tried to stop the P.R. bleeding by denying he'd been fooling around with anyone other than Salinas? How stupid does he think voters are? Are California's top Latino pols--including but not necessarily limited to ex-Salinas-paramours such as Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez--some kind of secret male bonding-through-womanizing fraternity and what does that mean for the state? ... These are all more significant civic issues than the Agony of Telemundo. But the Times shouldn't need them to justify covering the main event here. Why aren't its readers allowed to simply want to know whom their mayor has been seeing? We know it's not his wife. ...
Update: Ford points out that, as a profile of Salinas, the LAT effort is dully uncritical. "She's an interesting, intelligent and scandalous woman. It takes The Los Angeles Times to produce a boring article on her." ... 1:50 P.M. link
Friday, July 20, 2007
Luke Ford on the sort of Villaraigosa story the L.A. Times might be doing if it was, you know, a newspaper. ... 7:11 P.M.