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Journalists’ Wardrobe Big Topic in DC?

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People like to say that Washington, DC is like Hollywood for not so pretty people. Must be so, as the Washington Post is reduced to writing about what journalists wear. Matt Welch is described thusly:

Matt Welch, a former Los Angeles Times opinion writer who wears pink vests with rhinestone buttons

And his new pals at Reason get the same treatment:

…Reason editors, most of whom wear T-shirts or hoodies.

Is it too late for Matt and Emmanuelle to turn around and come back to LA?

Tony Pierce Hired as LA Times Blogmaster

The LA Times snatches up LAist Tony Pierce to run their 25 blogs. Pierce, with uncharacteristic tact, suggests he might change things:

Andy: So is this a new position for the Times?
Tony: From what I understand it is a new position. Currently Bettie Rinehart has been in charge of the blogs which have been built out to about 25 blogs on the Times. But it sounds like my job will be slightly different from what she’s been up to.

The departing Matt Welch was Pierce’s big cool pal at the paper (as well as one of the stronger online presences) and pushed Pierce to go for the gig.

Predictably, some in the blogging community aren’t thrilled by the news. (Although some are quick to suck up, hoping for work, perhaps.)

Meredith Artley is certainly kicking Times.com into the big leagues. And what’s next for LAist? Choire’s available, we hear.

Did Joel Stein Steal Feeble Column Idea from Semi-Obscure Blog?

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Did Joel Stein copy Media Bloodhound’s not-all-that-brilliant idea? Stein wrote a column introducing Ann Coulter Mad Libs (thus dating himself by about 20 years) a full two weeks after the blog post heralding Ann Libs appeared. Skippy makes the case.

(Memo to all concerned: Mad Libs is no longer a pop culture reference, nor are Yahtzee, the phrase “talk to the hand”, and The Hair Club for Men. Thank you.)

Patterico, who really should apply for a PI license, points out that Stein even used a cute lil’ trademark sign, because he’s such a wag. Reader Bradley J. Fikes expresses the hope of thousands:

Maybe this is what’s finally needed for the LA Times to put the wretched Joel Stein out of our misery.

But Spring Street watchers know that a lack of originality gets one promoted at the Times, not fired.

Stein will no doubt tell anyone who’ll listen that he never reads blogs, and that he had this ehhh? idea all by his lonesome.

And as Op-Ed Assistant Editor Matt Welch is moving to DC to edit Reason, we can expect that section to get much, much worse.

LAT In 90 Seconds

32620572.jpgChemerinsky Coverage: Columnist Dana Parsons chides UCI chancellor Michael V. Drake for being such a bonehead. As does Op/Ed assistant editor Matt Welch. It might not matter. With so much rancor on campus, this might be the last hire-fire-hire that Drake ever gets to make. Meanwhile, researcher John Tyrrell provides the least-needed timeline in the history of timelines.

32620174.jpgA Looming Question In The OJ Case: Why isn’t Thomas Riccio behind bars? It sounds as though the auctioneer who led OJ to the memorabilia dealers was playing reality show producer. Except illegally and in a way that could have gotten someone killed: He secretly taped the confrontation, and insinuated that he sold the tape to TMZ.

32638247.jpgThe Sex Pistols Reunite: Which totally explains why we’re seeing a rash of teenagers with mohawks.

FBLA Goes to the Party: Slate V

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Slate V, the video branch of the online mag, threw a party at the cavernous Avalon last night, complete with open bar, roving waiters, and a big buffet. Infiniti provided the decoration, in the form of a car. No raffle, and the back seat wasn’t big enough for any Tommy Lee action.

Editor Jacob Weisberg looked a little too comfortable with that mic.

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Virginia Postrel’s back in town, working on a new book, with her tall, dark, and handsome UCLA professorial husband, Steve Postrel.
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People were talking about Iraq, the heat, why no one is watching the debates, the heat.

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Mickey Kaus, temporarily blonde-less, Allen Mayer (dreamy, etc.), Slate EP Bill Smee, were all holding court in various power centers.

Investigative types asked us what rewards we’d reaped from the mediabistro.com sale. Perplexed as to how to respond, we looked for Dear Prudence.

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LA Times: Now in Smellivision!

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The LA Times will run a scratch and sniff ad for a 20th Century Fox film, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, on September 9th. According to the press release, the use of scented, soy-based ink is a first:

The Times becomes the first major newspaper in the country to successfully present and implement the pioneering application which adds a rich, new dimension to the medium.

Lah-di-f’ing -dah. Writers can’t insert hyperlinks to their stories, but the paper can smell like a Costco bakery? Glad to see priorities are in place.

Too busy to click on the link? Matt Welch tells Amy Alkon that the new editing software at the paper is at fault:

The only possibility is to go in there after it is published, and hand-install a hyperlink into the publishing software. Since that is about as fun as putting a condom on after sex, it is rarely done…

Links would be a rich, new dimension if today’s date was Sept. 5, 1998, as Jay Rosen pointed out.

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Wiener & Pals Recall the Good Old Days at the LA Weekly—It’s All Jill Stewart’s Fault

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In The Nation, Jon Wiener, the UCI prof and John Lennon expert, bewails the new era or rather the passing of the old era at the LA Weekly. He has reinforcements from Tim Rutten, Kevin Roderick, and Harold Meyerson, and to summarize: it’s all Jill Stewart’s fault.

Matt Welch, on book leave from the LAT, isn’t so sure about that or most of Wiener’s other assumptions. Bob Norman makes the point in a letter to Romanesko.

Wiener emailed Jill Stewart a pretty general question in March:

My basic question: the departure of Harold and your arrival seem to signal a major political shift in the paper. Is this correct?

And Stewart replied:

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FBLA Goes to the Party: John Stossel and Stoli Hotel

Never let it be said that FBLA is a party pooper. First, we cheered for ABC’s John Stossel at the LA Press Club’s cocktail reception poolside at Blue Velvet. Usual gang was in attendence–Matt Welch (LAT), Mickey Kaus (Slate), Jill Stewart (LA Weekly), Amy Alkon, Luke Ford, Ed Rampell (Hustler), and Stossel signed his new book, Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity.

Then, we dashed to The Stoli Hotel, which of course, isn’t a hotel, but rather an “entertainment space”, if seeing Paris Hilton, Bai Ling, James Blunt and Debbie Matenopolous is your idea of entertainment. We asked Debbie who’d she like to see replace Rosie, and boy! did she ignore that question. We have a way with semi-celebrities.

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Somehow, FBLA had gotten this space confused with the Ice Hotel, and we were expecting to see things frozen and blue. We asked some vodka rep whatever happened to the pepper-flavored Stoli, but she had no idea. Andy Dick and a miniature date strolled by, but we didn’t ask them. Robin Antin posed with Paris Hilton, as well with those who would be Dolls. Paris won the pose. One of the Dolls-to-be told us she worked hard, but played hard too. At least we know she’s not scripted.

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Bai Ling appeared fully dressed, to the dismay of the Fuggers, no doubt. Baron Clement von Franckenstein confided that he’s a wee bit tired of explaining the family name, but he’s a good sport.

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