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Happy Tax Day or Don’t Flame Me Bro

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Protesting about government spending during war time used to be just for hippies. Change we can believe in.

Twitter just got nasty. Really nasty. It just became like the rest of the Internet.

Twitter has erupted because of the teabagging protests organized by Dick Armey. Oh dear. So many many dick jokes – so little time. Tax day has never been this much fun. And twitter has never been this fiery.

Here’s the twitter feed. Here’s Karl Frisch‘s column. Mike Huckabee says Dick Armey owes him an apology. Ken Layne blames Ron Paul here. And of course, Marc Cooper‘s opinion piece in LAT is pretty damn funny.

The Limbaugh Challenge

Rushcj ioranuv.jpgIn a recent LA Times Op-Ed piece, conservative Andrew Klavan criticized the liberals who complained about Rush Limbaugh without ever having listened to his show. Klavan issued the “Limbaugh challenge”- to listen to the show an hour a day for several days. Four local liberals accepted the challenge- Marc Cooper of the USC Annenberg School for Communication, Laurie Ochoa of the LA Weekly, Norman Lear of People for the American Way, and civil rights attorney Constance L. Rice. Their response ran in the LAT Op-Ed page this past Sunday. From Marc Cooper:

I will grant Limbaugh one slim glimmer of genius. Unlike similar demagogues (I’m thinking of Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity), Limbaugh makes no claim to be a little-guy populist. Instead, he’s a perfect mouthpiece for the most elite portions of our society. He’s a virile defender of wealth, privilege and greed. The rather fabulous trick he pulls off is to attract millions of little-guy listeners and make them believe that their interests are somehow the same as those of the jillionaires Limbaugh idolizes and celebrates.

Go Vote Today!

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If you want to feel important – like you really matter – go vote in today’s election. No one else will, so your opinion as to whether the mayor should actually have to campaign to get reelected or whether or not the incumbent city council person you’ve never cared about should stay the incumbent city council person you’ve never cared about counts as a higher percentage than usual.

The next time your vote will matter this much is jury duty.

Anyway, Marc Cooper and others at Neon Tommy are live blogging the election. Just keep hitting refresh for all the live election action. Cough.

LA Weekly’s Latest Layoff Party

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We crashed the LA Weekly’s Laid Off Party in Glendale last night and then subjected all the ‘guests of honor’ to a series of photographs. Way to make ourselves popular. Pictured are Matthew Fleischer, Laura Steele, David Caplan, Pandora Young, Marc Cooper and Sharan Street.

While trying to wrangle up the recently unemployed we overheard,”Do you want a picture of the last round of layoffs too? They’re here.”

Damn.

GOPs Goof and LA’s Political Coverage

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The GOP has an official website – paid for by the RNC – the URL is notready08.com.

Which makes us ask was wasreadyin2000.com taken?

We got our local peeps on the political trail:

-Marc Cooper‘s piece on Hurricane Sarah.

-Patrick Range McDonald‘s coverage of Prop. 8.

-LAT has covered the budget crisis. Apparently California legislatures are in a gridlock and it’s so ‘dog bites man’ we don’t actually care about it. But LAT has been on the case.

LAT Dust Up — The Fall of the Paper Blamed on Illegals!

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Today’s question was:

What’s eating the L.A. Times? Would the paper be better off outside the Tribune Co. empire? All week, Marc Cooper and Patrick Frey discuss the future of The Times and journalism in Southern California.

The ‘readers’ respond. Some say it’s the Chandler family’s fault. Some blame their paper delivery people. Some blame Sam Zell.

Then there were these comments:

For years you have encouraged the increased immigration of Third World people and their numerous offspring to this area. Now you have a population that cannot read a sophisticated English-language newspaper.

And these:

Advocacy journalism is the reason why I stopped subscribing. The only difference between the Times and Lou Dobbs is that Dobbs is less secretive. With Southern California being on the illegal immigration frontline, there is a great story to tell from the perspective of our economic, political, human-behavioral, and education systems, a portent for the nation. However, as Lou Dobbs reports only a certain view, so does the Times. For example, last week, the NY Times and others reported that illegal immigration was the EU’s biggest concern. The Times did not. While La Raza and others may protest Dobbs, we protest the Times’ by unsubscribing.

And these:

It’s simple. We don’t trust what you write and you don’t have the guts to just admit you are pushing an agenda.. Your PRO-Illegal immigration stance is a real turn off to your subscribers, which made me cancel my subscription.. How can the Times be going under there are plenty of Illegals to subcribe now, so you don’t need me paying for subscriptions.

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Dialing for Dollars: Eva Georgia’s Big Severance at KPFK

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Marc Cooper does the math, as they say, and finds that KPFK paid nearly 9 months worth of severance pay to Eva Georgia, the controversial station manager. He writes:

Even the infinitely wealthier Tribune Co., owner of the L.A. Times, recently offered notably generous buyout packages equivalent to two weeks’ salary for every year worked. KPFK, all of a sudden, can afford to be three times more generous than the Times?

Upon learning of the platinumn handshake, news reporter Molly Paige reinsituted her sexual harrassment lawsuit, which she’d previously withdrawn in exchange for a public apology and Georgia’s leaving the station.

Cooper’s all abubble with pledge break special ideas, too.

Fige Bornu, the “creative revolutionary” isn’t sad to see her go.

Earlier
Sexual Harassment Suit at KPFK–Daniel Hernandez in the Weekly

LA Weekly’s Laurie Ochoa ‘s Letter to LA Observed

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LA Weekly EIC Laurie Ochoa’s email to Kevin Roderick:

Kevin,

I know it makes juicier blog posts to tie everything that happens at the LA Weekly to some kind of Mike Lacey conspiracy against the very paper he owns, but Monday’s item about the Weekly’s new office location being Lacey’s revenge on the staff was just silly. He and Jim Larkin trusted longtime publisher Beth Sestanovich to find a new building and she was the driving force behind the move. And while Lacey does sometimes stay on the Westside, I can tell you that the last two times he was in town, he flew into Burbank and didn’t go west of La Cienega.

Now you’ve finished the week by bundling the good fortune of a few of our writers into a narrative that makes it seem as if Jill Stewart is causing some kind of mass exodus. While I hate to see talented journalists leave the paper, one of the things we do well here is assign good writers the kinds of feature stories that get noticed by a large and influential audience. Sometimes this attention leads to job offers and book or movie deals that are hard to resist. Fortunately, I’ve got a growing stack of resumes from excellent journalists around the country who want to work here. And I know from personal experience that leaving the Weekly doesn’t mean you can’t come home again–I’m hopeful we’ll see work in the future from many of the writers who are moving on.

It’s true that, as any editor would, Jill has brought new voices to the paper (Zuma Dogg, for the record, has written just two stories in Jill’s ten months at the paper). But she is also bringing in good stories from some of our veteran freelancers and has reached out for news pieces from staff writers who wouldn’t normally report to her.

One of these writers just left my office amazed at how different the caricature of Jill is from reality. This writer has had a blast working with her. Yes, there have been some disagreements, but I haven’t worked at a place where editors and writers always see eye to eye. For me, the most important thing is that we’re still doing the kinds of stories that reflect the city and can compete in quality with any magazine or newspaper in the country.

By the way, Marc Cooper isn’t going anywhere–his column is in the paper virtually every week and he’s currently hard at work on a cover story for us. We’re fortunate that he is able to travel around the country and bring back original reporting for us on national issues (most recently he was in Iowa covering the presidential campaign).

Thanks for taking notice of our stories as often as you do, but if you’re going to do an item on the internal business of the paper, I’d really appreciate at least a courtesy email to check the facts of your post.

Sincerely,
Laurie Ochoa

PS: Did you see that Ted Kissell, Gustavo and I responded to the Nation article? The letters were finally printed in the issue that came out two weeks ago.
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Roderick tries to swipe FBLA, but swings, misses, nurses sore paw.

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