The Onion News Network asks the tough questions:
Archives: February 2009
The Times’ Vice President of Communications Nancy Sullivan sent us a statement from the paper about Monday’s union protest:
Unfortunately, like other newspaper companies, the Los Angeles Times is not immune from the pressures of this difficult economy. Consequently, tough decisions were made that included reducing its workforce across the entire company, including the pressroom. From the onset, The Times has respected the pressmen’s right to organize. In fact, despite this very difficult economy The Times and the union reached a 3-year contract agreement in December 2008 that was ratified by the employees. The company’s actions have been completely in compliance with the contract.
It’s movies like this that make us wonder if the film industry deserves to go down the toilet. In case you were unaware- and we’re so sorry to tell you this if you were- a “donkey punch” is when a man has sex with a woman from behind and punches the back of her head when he climaxes. The movie “Donkey Punch” is about a man murdering a woman in this manner. The trailer below calls it “The sexiest, most shocking film of the year.” We call it nauseating.
Found via Feministing.com. Given that the UK film had a limited release in the US last month, we’re surprised we that this is the first we’ve heard about it.
For nearly 100 years the Vienna Philharmonic has been considered one of the finest orchestras in the world. Zubin Mehta leads the storied orchestra in its Walt Disney Concert Hall debut featuring two quintessentially Viennese programs.
Win two tickets to the concert on March 3rd at 8:00pm. Be the first person to send us an email with “Vienna Tickets” in the subject and they’re yours.
UPDATE: Thurs. Feb. 26th 11:00 AM PST – no one has one yet. Seriously, they’re FREE just send us an email already.
Union blog Save Our Trade has a heartfelt post about their recent protest of the LA Times:
Monday’s Rally was very inspiring and it was a great example of solidarity as we marched side by side with brothers and sisters from GCC/IBT Local 404, Teamsters Local 396, Iron Workers Local 416 and members of the SEIU. Unions have united across labor affiliations understanding that supporting each others issues only stregthens the labor movement as a whole.
See also Pressmen Protest At The LA Times
Your faithful FBLA editors made it down to Blue Velvet last night, for MediaBistro.com’s party to celebrate the upcoming TVNewser Summit March 10 in New York City. We indulged in booze and conversation and overpriced bar food, and managed to take a few pictures while we were at it-
More pics after the jump-
We emailed, LA Weekly staffer Patrick Range McDonald about his reaction to this story “Five things newspaper employees can do to help save their company” by Matt Sokoloff. Which include revolutionary ideas like “Stop Useless Spending”.
Patrick, pictured above in the middle wrote us:
To be honest, none of those things seem to apply to me, so I don’t have a reaction. Actually, I keep a positive mind set for the newspaper industry. I don’t think it’s completely dying and I figure things will shake out for the best. I went through a period where I was depressed as hell about the state of newspapers, and that didn’t do me any good. So I figure I have to stay positive, keep working hard, and do the best work possible. Even if newspapers do completely die, I’ll be fighting that death every single minute by doing the best journalism I can do and putting stuff out there that matters. To the very end, I will never give up.
Last night, President Barack Obama gave a State of the Union type of address to a joint session. Sure, he’s been on the job for 5 weeks – but there was Congress in a joint session. The last time we saw that many old people standing up and down it was a Richard Simmons work-out video. Health of the nation indeed.
Anyway, the Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal, gave the GOP response. As the nation watched it, some of the snarkiest among us all came to the same conclusion: he sounds like Kenneth The Page from 30 Rock.
If you’re not watching 30 Rock – you’re missing the best that television has to offer and we don’t know what to say to you but a Kenneth video is after the jump…
MediaonTwitter has compiled a nice little list of all the journalists and bloggers currently using Twitter. So you can just follow their feed and find out what they had for dinner, how cool their kids are and what sports team they kind of care about.
Wow. Technology gives us so much – yet asks so little in return…