Archives: April 2012
Unfortunately the LA Weekly archives appear to be somewhat disorganized, leading a staff blogger to declare that the paper barely covered the riots in ’92. In fact, the May 8, 1992 issue was dedicated to the riots. LA Weekly says they have lost their copies and have not read the issue, but a lovely article from the issue is available online — it was published last week by the Los Angeles Times.
From “Waiting for the Rainbow Sign,” by Lynell George:
At Crenshaw, I see what has been sketchily described on the radio for the last couple of hours: figures rendered to silhouettes, occupying the street, advancing randomly. Shouting, laughing, they drift on foot into traffic, into the beams of headlights, as if they are truly invincible. My tires eat glass, trundle over big, splintered husks of plywood, of brick and clods of dirt.
Simone Wilson of the LA Weekly unleashed a diatribe this morning about how terrible the paper’s coverage of the LA riots was back in ’92. She claimed that, “two full issues went by without any mention of the riots,” and that the first article on the subject didn’t appear till May 15. Worse, Kevin Roderick of LA Observed fell for it.
In truth, the May 8 issue of the paper was dedicated to the riots. Staffers worked long hours covering the story, breaking curfew and risking arrest to do so.
According to the correction, Wilson “lost” the May 8 issue of the paper, so she just assumed the worst of the earlier incarnation of the LA Weekly.
Wilson issued a correction to the story at 4:45 p.m., over seven hours after the article went online. The erroneous passages have been re-written, but the harsh tone hasn’t changed much. “One issue went by without any mention of the riots,” Wilson says, as if the weekly paper was neglecting the issue.
But the reason the previous week’s paper didn’t have mention of the riots was that it had already gone to press when the riots broke out.
With Los Angeles just seven years away in real calendar terms from the fake version of the city showcased in Blade Runner, Matt Novak at Smithsonian magazine’s Paleofuture blog decided it was high time to take billboard stock.
The best part of his post is the stuff about how Los Angeles fought non-electronic billboard proliferation in the late 1920s. The city fared about as well as it has this time around in the face of electronic displays and so-called super-graphics adorning the sides of office buildings. Writes Novak:
Today, with digital billboard technology becoming commonplace, local governments all over the country have been fighting advertisers with outright bans. Cities claim that these relatively new forms of outdoor advertising are ugly and distract drivers. Of course, these were the exact claims that the opponents of billboard advertising were making in the early 20th century…
Game 7–the two words are the most anticipated in sports, with the exception perhaps of the “Super Bowl.”
It’s just excitement for the fans, as executives at MSG Network must be thrilled. First off, their Rangers and Devils advanced. Secondly, the decisive opening round seventh games in the NHL playoffs were huge ratings winners.
The Blueshirts outlasted the Senators, and the Nielsen Household rating of 5.74 made it the highest-rated Rangers game since another Game 7 during the memorable 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.
As for the Devils/Panthers on MSG Plus, they scored the best since the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Time to move on to this year’s conference semis, as MSG produces post-game shows for all Rangers games, and all Devils home games.
The controversial adult services section of the classified ad site Backpage.com gained more high-profile critics this week. A number of musicians, including Alicia Keys, Rosanne Cash, Talib Kweli and members of the bands Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and The Roots have signed a petition against the adult ads, on the grounds that they are used by human traffickers to sell women and children sex slaves.
Backpage.com is owned by Village Voice Media, publishers of 13 alternative weeklies including the LA Weekly. The corporation has run articles in all 13 papers to downplay the frequency of child sex trafficking and attack critics, most famously Ashton Kutcher.
But this week the VVM papers have been uncharacteristically silent on the issue, despite both their new celebrity critics and a segment on Tuesday’s Nightline about the controversy. Is it possible the company has finally decided to stop compromising their journalistic integrity by using editorial pages to promote a corporate agenda? Let’s hope so.
Departures knows that even though the Rolling Stones haven’t produced something worthwhile since the 1820s, the band still has a large following. Therefore it was an easy call to put a never-before-seen picture of Mick Jagger on the front of its May/June issue, the first time the title has ever featured a celebrity on the cover.
WWD reports that the photo of Jagger was taken in 1963 by Terry O’Neill. “The boys were in the dressing room waiting to go on, and Mick was wearing this fur-hooded parka and lurking around,” O’Neill explains. “I got this one straight portrait out of him before he started sticking his tongue out — I got that one, too. But back then newspapers and magazines wanted clean-cut young men in suits and mop-top haircuts.”
ublisher, Steve DeLuca, said he wasn’t sure if the magazine would do a celebrity cover again, but did admit it was “interesting to have a known person on the cover.”
Even DeLuca is kind of over the Stones.
Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.
- Essence Reassigns Managing Editor after Racist Facebook Page Leaks, April 24
- Brian Carter, WBLS Weekend Jock, Dies of Apparent Heart Attack, April 23
- Sean Fennessey Leaves GQ for Grantland, April 23
- ESPN Radio Switching to 98.7 FM Sunday, April 26
- Rolling out the Red Carpet for Time 100, April 25
- USA Today Journalists Targets of Online Intimidation, April 20
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