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James Rainey vs Jill Stewart Redux

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Jill Stewart penned a rebuttal to James Rainey’s “take-down” piece about the LA Weekly.

Since LATimes.com is crashing on and off due to the Michael Jackson deluge, we have posted then entire piece after the break, but here’s an excerpt:

Rainey accuses me of being an ideologue. Isn’t he talking about himself? I suspect that he cannot abide a mixed-bag political mutt like me, a lifelong Democrat raised in a working-class union household, yet one who finds the Democratic leaders now running most of L.A.’s political and civic institutions to be doing an exceptionally poor job of it. That’s news, and we at the Weekly will continue to cover it.

After their servers catch up – the story should be here.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Rainey vs Stewart vs Cooper vs Lacey
  • James Rainey vs Jill Stewart

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  • James Rainey vs Jill Stewart

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    James Rainey‘s column today in the LAT ends like this:

    I don’t see the Weekly regaining its equilibrium as long as Stewart remains in charge of the news section. It’s likely that a new top editor will be brought in from outside.

    But no one I talked to expects the bombastic Ms. Stewart to be going anywhere any time soon.

    So Jill Stewart sent us this letter which we have printed in full:

    Hi there,

    I wanted to tell my colleagues and friends in journalism and blogging that James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times did not contact me for his take-down attempt column about me today, published during the very same week in which news-side stories I assigned and edited blew the Times out of the water at the Los Angeles Press Club awards. These awards, announced five days ago, were judged entirely by journalists in other major cities around the nation to avoid local favoritism. And then yesterday, a young reporter who won a major award for a piece that I assigned and edited beat The New York Times and was in Washington, D.C. collecting his award.

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    Christine Pelisek is a Finalist for IRE

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    Jill Stewart
    sent FBLA this email:

    Christine Pelisek has been awarded the finalist prize by the globally prestigious Investigative Reporters and Editors for that organization’s highly coveted Tom Renner Award, which honors outstanding reported on organized crime or other criminal acts.

    Christine’s amazing scoop and work on the Grim Sleeper serial killer was beat out for the top medal in this highly competitive category by a team of 14 journalists in 10 countries (see below). Christine Pelisek is the only journalist in America to be honored by IRE with a “finalist” nod for the Renner Award — no others entries were named, aside from the winning team covering the Tobacco Underground.

    It’s an incredible nod to a dedicated reporter working entirely alone for many years to pursue a single hunch that turned out to be true. Congratulations Christine, and dinner is on me.

    LA Weekly Delves Into LAPD’s Rape Kit Debacle

    Christine Pelisek has an excellent story in the current issue of the LA Weekly about the story behind the thousands of untested rape-kits sitting in LAPD freezers. The backlog of untested DNA received public attention last fall after City Controller Laura Chick released a scathing report. Pelisek reveals that the Sheriff’s Department has a similar problem with untested rape kits, uncovers how the system failed so miserably, and why they may never catch up:

    It’s now extremely unlikely that either LAPD or the Sheriff’s Department will resolve their DNA-backlog crisis any time soon, because their labs are overwhelmed by a never-ending stream of cases, staffed so poorly that small law-enforcement agencies using the sheriff’s lab in L.A. County opt to hire their own technicians – and even go to neighboring counties.

    Sheriff’s spokesman [Earl] Shields admits [Lee] Baca’s department cannot afford to test the rape kits on its shelves, and doesn’t know if it ever will. And LAPD’s new crime-lab space – a gleaming building near Cal State L.A. – is already far too small to handle the load it now faces.

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    Though the issue’s feature story is about rape, the paper made the baffling choice to feature a photo of a scantily-clad model on the cover, with the headline, “Cuter, Tighter.” To be fair, the cover is promoting an an article about LA Fashion Week- but why? Fashion Week is an event so painfully irrelevant to most women’s lives that even compulsive shoppers and label whores like ourselves couldn’t care less. Now the story about rape- that we read twice.

    FBLA Trolls WeHo – Finds Journos

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    We went to Patrick Range McDonald‘s birthday party in West Hollywood on Saturday. Here we are pictured with McDonald (in the middle) and Variety’s Ted Johnson.

    Other notables at the party include Michael Weinstein, founder of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Mike Gatto, attorney and politico at Mayer Brown, Miki Jackson and John Walsh, who host Neighborhood Point of View (the cable access show), Japhy Grant, editor of Queerty.com, Rick Jacobs, founder of Courage Campaign, Christine Pelisek, staff writer at LA Weekly, Daniel Heimpel and Max Taves, freelancers at the Weekly Jill Stewart, deputy news editor at LA Weekly David Hernandez, longtime gadfly and public access producer Sabrina Venskus, environmental attorney, B. Daniel Blatt, blogger at GayPatriot.net, Tom Whitman, nightlife promoter, Nick Velasquez, Rocky Delgadillo‘s spokesman, writer Luke Thompson and Jim Hoffmaster, character actor.

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was, of course, invited but didn’t show. Which was both disappointing and expected…just like his stint as mayor.

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