Archives: February 2011
The best thing about OC Weekly reporter R. Scott Moxley‘s February 24th take-down of a recent LA Times Business section profile of billionaire Donald Bren is the way he has graphically marked up the original two-page article with notes and arrows.
As Moxley points out, the author of the February 13th LA Times article, Scott Kraft, is an excellent journalist, which Moxley writes only exacerbated his disappointment with the overall fluff nature of the piece. His opening annotations suggest that PR lingo often bandied about on behalf of the billionaire real estate developer made it into both the headline and initial paragraphs LA Times article.
A couple of months ago, over the course of several weeks, Spot.us undertook a comprehensive survey of the Los Angeles media scene. Asking questions like, “Forgetting celebrity gossip, name something unique reporters in L.A. should focus on…” the non-profit journalistic upstart queried its readers about what kind of coverage this city is lacking, and what forms of media they’d like to see stories presented in.
After more than 500 respondents took part, the results are finally in and published on Spot.us’ site. The survey is pretty lengthy, worth taking a look at in full, but here’s what Spot.us readers came up with in answer to the aforementioned question of what they’d like to see covered.
The most common responses included transportation issues, air- and water-quality issues and the cultural, racial and ethnic diversity in the L.A. area. A noticeable contingency expressed interest in seeing stories about the city’s grassroots arts cultures and ethnic enclaves, and several mentioned being tired of celebrity coverage and wanting to see coverage of “regular” people. There were also a fair amount of responses about education and homelessness in L.A.
Arthur magazine hasn’t put out a print issue since December of 2008, a few months after editor/founder Jay Babcock rather famously quit LA for the greener creative business pastures of Brooklyn. Not surprisingly to this Fishie, who lived in Brooklyn for a couple of years, Babcock’s tenure in New York didn’t last long. He’s been back on the West Coast for nearly a year and just wrote to let us know he’s still looking to get Arthur’s print edition back up and running. All he needs is a little help.
Although I’ve been able to clean up almost all of Arthur’s debt (magic works!), I still do not have the logistical means to resume print publication. Arthur needs a West Coast-based someone to handle its business affairs—that is, a publisher/co-owner—cuz I sure can’t do everything myself. It’s a challenging gig, fer shure, but… Know anyone?
Maybe it was better when Charlie Sheen was partying with porn stars and a “briefcase full of cocaine.”
In a truly astonishing series of events today, the highest paid television actor in Hollywood:
2) Caused CBS to cancel production of the eight remaining episodes of this year’s season of Two and a Half Men;
From the headline on down (“It’s Not Rocket Science, But it’s a Win for Caltech”), veteran LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke has tremendous fun with his coverage of a truly momentous local sporting event: the first victory by Caltech’s basketball team since Ronald Reagan was President.
By sinking a free throw with 3.3 seconds left, brainiac team member Ryan Elmquist (pictured) led his team to a 46-45 victory over Occidental College, causing school president Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau and other illustrious onlookers to go crazy:
Each and every day, an army of LA based freelancers contribute a diverse array of articles to the evolving content machine known as AOL. Unlike their disgruntled Huffington Post mates, these folks (generally) get paid for their efforts and are in a sense one of the great invisible journalistic forces of Southern California.
People like Laura Tiffany, a finance and business specialist whose piece about healthier donut makers made it into today’s “Business” section. She starts off by focusing on a Seattle entrepreneur baking 100% organic-vegan treats and then moves on to our personal favorite, Psycho Donuts in Silicon Valley:
Forty-six-year-old founder Jordan Zweigoron began doctoring up doughnuts in his home kitchen with unusual toppings like malted milk balls, cereal, and Rice Krispies Treats. He and his then partner (whom he later bought out) developed 25 unusual varieties and realized the perfect theme for his store would be an asylum because the doughnuts were so crazy.
This is a clip from David Pakman‘s radio show today with a member of the Wikileaks avengers Anonymous and America’s sweetheart granny Shirley Phelps-Roper from the Westboro Baptist Church, better known as the God Hates Fags protesters.
Their websites have been hacked. Here’s the message that was mentioned in the clips. The sites are still down as of this posting.
Although Levi’s has a right to crow about the fact that their video “Rear View Girls” has generated seven million views on YouTube in just over a week, the beneficial PR results are still in question.
In the video, one of two New Zealand model-gals rigs her Levi’s with a hidden, rear-facing camera, so as to be able to replay and watch all the below-the-belt pedestrian glances generated by her shapely figure in Beverly Hills, Farmer’s Market, and at other LA sidewalk landmarks. The disapproving female glares are actually much more revealing than the predictable male ogling:
Will he show? Won’t he? So far, no one has created more intrigue for this year’s Academy Awards than street artist and documentary filmmaker Bansky. Earlier this week, the artist was told by the Academy that he won’t be allowed to accept his award--should he win in the Best Documentary category for his film Exit Through the Gift Shop–if he shows up masked. The artist never shows his face in public, and typically attends events wearing a monkey mask. An agreement was subsequently reached that producer Jaimie D’Cruz will accept the award on stage if the film wins. But that doesn’t mean Banksy won’t show up to the shindig. And who knows what kind of glorious stunt he’ll pull if he does attend?
The artist failed to show up to a panel discussion earlier this morning that included his fellow documentary nominees. But this week has shown he does have a heightened sense of theatrics. We can only hope he does something to top Michael Moore‘s “fictitious” tirade of 2003.