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A Guy Bites Off Another Man’s Finger at a Health Care Reform Vigil

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Yes. In Thousand Oaks at a vigil for health care reform last night two guys got into a fight. One was for health care reform, one was opposed. So what better way to make a point about how the health care system needs reform, than by biting off your opponent’s body parts.

Karoli over at DrumsnWhistles witness the event, she reports:

The man in the orange shirt hit the pro-reform guy (I’m going to call him PR Guy just to keep the players straight). Hard. ( tweeted in real time) He punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and into that thruway. As you can see from the photo, cars drive straight through that without stopping. The pro-reform guy could have been run over. He got up, tried to get back up on the curb, but Orange Shirt guy was in his face. Finger in his face, PR Guy standing, steps up to the curb, and there’s a scuffle. Orange shirt seemed to have PR Guy in a hold, but again, I was across the street, so won’t state that as absolute fact. Next thing I see is PR Guy’s hat being tossed into the street, both yelling at one another, then Orange shirt walks away, PR Guy picks up hat and crosses to our side.

When he gets to our side, he tells a story in one sentence: “He punched me hard, straight in the face, so I bit his finger off.”

Dude! What is wrong with this guy?! Did he go to the Mike Tyson school of debate?!

Best thing about this story: the guy who got his finger chewed off who’s AGAINST reform – he’s 65 years old, which means he’s mostly likely on – wait for it – the government run Medicare. Good thing he’s eligible for socialized medicine too since otherwise he’d have a huge medical bill.

Check out KTLA’s picture with the news piece.

Hat tip to Andrew Malcolm at Top of the Ticket.

Andrew Malcolm ‘Throws FBLA a Bone’

6a00d8341c630a53ef01157257c6cd970b-500wi.jpgLA Times’ Andrew Malcolm is in a feud with MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. We tried to reach Malcolm for comment and instead just posted about him and waited for his obligatory Google Alert to kick in.

He left a comment on our post:

I am even more honored to be in highly-read FishBowlLA than mere 3d place in little-viewed WPITW. Sorry for non-response Friday, worst day of week and w/nrly 33,000 Twitter followers hard to keep up w/DMs. Thanks again for this great honor, Tina. Can die in peace now.
Andrew Malcolm, Top of the Ticket, Religious FishBowl reader

We scanned the comment for sarcasm, the first time around was inconclusive. Second time it was cleared. (Note: the math thing is for Malcolm who’s clearly a numbers dude.)

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Andrew Malcolm Vs. Keith Olbermann

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So the LA Times mixed up the listings for Jackass and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. That couldn’t possibly be a commentary, right? Freudian typo? Subliminal goof?

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Newspaper Blogs Most Popular List by Simon Owens

n48505698_6272.jpgMedia blogger, Simon Owens over at Bloggasm…how can we put this gently…has a lot of time on his hands? In a good way…he could be putting his time toward something destructive…more so than media blogging…

Anyway, he ranked the top 50 newspaper blogs:

To determine this, I combed through the hundreds of blogs at the top newspaper sites and calculated each of their Technorati rankings. A Technorati ranking is based on the number of inbound links from separate blogs in a six-month period, and is a decent indicator of a blog’s popularity. Once I determined the rankings, I ordered them from popular to least popular. Below, you will find the 50 most popular newspaper blogs.

LA Times has nine in the top 50. In the top half are Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman at Top of the Ticket, group blog LA Now, Alana Semuels, Alex Pham, Chris Gaither, David Sarno, Jessica Guynn, Jim Puzzanghera, Jon Healey, Mark Milian, Michelle Maltaisare at Technology and Sal Morgan and Elizabeth Snead at Dish Rag. Now when you see these people at cocktail parties you can intro them as a ‘high ranking blogger’ and see if they won’t try and correct you. Email us if they do.

Whole list is here.

Blogger Party!

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The Los Angeles Chapter of the Online News Association is hosting a “Meet the Bloggers” party on Thursday at the L.A. Times building downtown.

They’re luring people with free pizza, awkwardly worded press releases and a chance to meet Luke Ford.

Um… despite their best efforts, we’re sure it’s going to be a happening event.

The group’s press release follows:

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Russ Stanton’s Keynote Speech at OC Press Club Gala

russstantonmug.jpg LAT editor Russ Stanton, who kind of resembles John Cleese (serious, click here) was asked by the OC Press Club in March to be the keynote speaker at this year’s gala. “It feels like 4 years ago since then.” Said Stanton to the sold out crowd of 80 or so industry professionals. Indeed, in the wake of letting go of 150 staffers he showed up to a press club event. You’d think it’d be awkward. You’d think he’d grovel just a bit. We’d hoped he denounce Sam Zell and shake his fists. Yeah, we were really hoping for some type of fist shaking (“Damn you dessert spoon!”).

Anyway, Stanton was very matter-of-fact about the state of newspapers and the shrinking of his staff. “We have more readers today than in any other time in history.” He stated. “We aren’t sure how to get people to pay for it but there’s clearly a demand for it.”

He said that in spite of all that has happened he is optimistic about working with a new publisher. He didn’t grumble about Zell as we had hoped. “New people who try and fix it all the time are all insiders. Sam can help us see things about our business that we haven’t been able to before.”

Stanton mentioned that one of the top 100 blogs in the world is a latimes.com blog. Top of the Ticket he said, is written by two of the oldest staffers at the Times, Don Frederick and Andrew Malcolm. And that the Times has had 3 different batches of blogs. Some of them worked and others didn’t and they are open to change them up again. He also mentioned that he admired some of the ‘under 30 staffers’ they have because they are media savvy. “You guys use media all the time. We didn’t have that kind of exposure growing up.”

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The New Yorker is Defending Political Humor?! Wow Are We In Trouble…

newyorker_7-14.JPG We just have to chime in on this New Yorker cover controversy. Rachel Sklar at Huffington Post really started this with her outrage about this week’s cover depicting Michelle and Barack Obama as Muslim terrorists – burning the flag under a portrait of Osama Bin Laden in the Oval Office.

She writes:

Who knows if they’ll get this in Dubuque, but they sure aren’t going to like it in Chicago.

As of this posting there are over 3100 comments of folks ‘not liking it’ – ranging from accusing the New Yorker of being a fascist right-wing rag to outright shaming the magazine for its choice to calls for a boycott. And if those aren’t enough, there are another 2000 at Politico for your more bipartisan enjoyment.

LAT blogger, Andrew Malcolm writes:

Of course, the McCain people must say that, despite some staff no doubt chuckling behind closed doors over their opponent’s new challenge. That’s the problem with satire. A lot of people won’t get the joke. Or won’t want to. And will use it for non-humorous purposes, which isn’t the New Yorker’s fault.

That’s not actually the problem with satire. That’s the problem with information. A lot of people won’t get that.

A satirist’s job – responsibility – sole purpose is to point out the absurd. The audience’s reaction isn’t the goal. Making left-wingers comfortable isn’t the goal. Quelling internet hysteria…yeah right.

Barry Blitt‘s cartoon is brilliant. We’ve been getting emails about Obama being a secret Muslim for over a year. And if Grama isn’t forwarding that to us – she’s sending out an email blast about his radical Christian preacher that hates America and white people. Just the fact that ‘terrorist fist jab’ is now in our lexicon because a television ‘journalist’ asked if a presidential candidate greeting his wife on stage was a sign of subversion – is proof that Obama’s opposition have lost their collective minds. And that’s what the cover does – connects those dots and draws a picture of how ridiculous Grama’s forwards (and E.D. Hill) are.

Of course, now Obama supporters are worried – terrified that a cartoon is dangerous and going to hurt the political process.

Proof that absurdity is a perennial bipartisan issue.

Media Bistro (Hearts) Andrew Malcolm

AndrewgMalcolm.jpgOur older sister, FBNY, beat us to the punch in lovin’ up on Andrew Malcolm (they are three hours ahead, after all), but allow us to add our voices to the throngs.

LA Times Censoring Andrew Malcolm on Alleged Edwards Affair

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Patterico has caught the LA Times in some blog post sleight-of-hand shenangigans, regarding the John Edwards/Reille Hunter rumors, as posted by Andrew Malcolm:

So, to sum up: the L.A. Times is censoring outside comments on their censorship and deletion of their own blogger’s comments regarding censorship of Edwards’s denial–a denial they later censored, then uncensored . . . but not completely.

Malcolm’s original post was up, then down, then up but shorter, and then the comments section went wacko, and comments were deleted or rather, never posted.

Iron-handed editor or is that new software acting up again? It’s news when they say it’s news.

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