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Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Smith’

LAPD Media Relations Chief Falls Down Reply-All Rabbit Hole

Per an updated item today from NBC LA investigative reporter Ana Garcia, here’s how it seems to have gone.

LAPD officer Tracy Fisher, after answering NBC LA producer Robbi Peele’s inquiry about the number of arrests made in LA this year for illegal animal trafficking, forwarded the correspondence to media relations head Andrew Smith. Smith had some pointed thoughts on the matter, but unfortunately for him – and fortunately for Garcia – he hit reply-all instead of just sending a message back only to Fisher:

“This story could be a black eye for us if we don’t have a few arrests to show. The law has been on the books for months now, and the “rabbit people” are gonna scream that we don’t care. Is there any way you or your crew could make a few arrests for illegal animal purchasing so we can avoid negative coverage?
thanks,
a”

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BUZZMEDIA Acquires Music and Culture Mag XLR8R

The “About Us” section of San Francisco-headquartered XLR8R.com, a publication that covers emerging trends in music, style and technology, hints at why it has been acquired by LA’s BUZZMEDIA:

The leading voice in independent electronic music in the US, XLR8R is also a powerful voice in top international markets. During 2010, XLR8R.com doubled in audience and is now at an impressive 450,000 unique visitors per month, with a growth rate of about 10% per month.

This is BUZZMEDIA’s first music-technology sphere acquisition. The deal with XLR8R, short for “Accelerator,” also encompasses nearly two decades of XLR8R print issues and hundreds of archived podcasts.

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KPCC Talks to Occupy LA Protest Hackers

We recently reported about the addition of Tami Abdollah to Tony Pierce‘s growing KPCC.com blogger ranks. Last night, Abdollah and station community editor Kim Bui combined for a good look at some debatable tactics this week by Anonymous offshoot @CabinCr3w.

The group aggregated and then posted extensive personal information (home address, campaign contributions, property records, etc.) of several dozen LAPD command personnel, as a way to protest the police’s actions during the clearing out of Occupy LA. However, force commander Andrew Smith says many of those targeted had nothing directly to do with the November 29 maneuver:

Smith said the majority of those listed on site were not involved in clearing the Occupy LA encampment and a few have been retired.

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Racist Student Journo Wins In Court

police_state.jpgThe California Supreme Court this week let stand an appeals court ruling that high schools can’t censor their students in student media. Even if those students are stunningly, ridiculously stupid.

Former Novato High School student journalist Andrew Smith filed a suit against the Novato Unified School District for publicly condemning two columns he wrote for The Buzz, the school paper. The district also tried to confiscate all copies of the piece, which he wrote in 2001.

In the most controversial of his columns, Smith said the key to solving the country’s illegal immigration situation is to have the police roundup anyone who doesn’t speak English:

“It can’t be hard to find and detain the people who can’t speak English. If a person looks suspicious than just stop them and ask a few questions, and if they answer ‘que?,’ detain them and see if they are legal.”

Smith was reprimanded, and his case became a cause celeb for the Pacific Legal Foundation, a politically conservative-oriented group, and the ACLU, which probably made for awkward pillow talk.

For those of you wondering, “Smith now lives in Petaluma, attends Santa Rosa Junior College and is in the Marine Corps reserves,” according to CBS.