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LA Journos Launch Local News Podcast

Too cheap to pay for the LA Times? Too busy doing the robot in your car to the smooth electronic grooves of KCRW to bother with the news? Local journos Alex Schmidt and Hillel Aron may have the answer for you. The duo recently launched a weekly podcast devoted to “anyone who cares about local news, but…feel like they have a hard time keeping up.”

Schmidt tells FishbowlLA the podcast is called L.A. Redux. “It’s 15 minutes of real talk, once weekly, on the most important, and amusing, L.A. news headlines.”

The duo plan to have a different guest journo sit in to discuss the news each week. Commie Girl/Wonkette Rebecca Schoenkopf was the show’s most recent guest. You can check out the show here.

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Wonkette Editor and LA Weekly Reporter Engage in Twitter Blood Sport

Wonkette’s editor and new owner Rebecca Schoenkopf got into a tiff Monday with LA Weekly staff reporter Dennis Romero over a Tweet containing a grammatical error. Then, thankfully, things snowballed.

This Fishie wandered into the flamewar a little late, and by then the catfight was in full swing. “You got butthurt,” Rebecca taunted Dennis, “Admit something for once in your life.” Dennis replied, “Glad to see I’m still in your thoughts. I, like the rest of the planet, had forgotten u exist.”

It was too juicy to ignore.  So we did a little digging and here, dear readers, is how journos bitch slap each other via the humble Tweet:


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Commie Girl is the New Wonkette

No, really. Not trying to be clever in the least. Commie Girl columnist and OC Weekly and LA CityBeat alumn Rebecca Schoenkopf is the new owner and editrix of Wonkette.

“Got an email in the middle of my Time Machine birthday party last Saturday night,” she tells FishbowlLA. “Signed the papers this morning. [Ken] Layne and I are Americans. We don’t have a lot of patience.”

The move is a bit of a shocker, in that it seemed to come together so suddenly. But Layne and Schoenkopf go back. Wonkette had a content sharing agreement with the LA CityBeat back when Schoenkopf was in charge of the paper. Layne and Schoenkopf also apparently went on a horrendous date once in the mid-90′s.

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L.A. Record Vol.4 #3 Release Party

So it seems L.A. Record throws a party every single time they release a new issue. Fine with us. Not only does little rag provide excellent local music coverage, their staff makes for good drinking buddies. We attended the latest celebration last night at Cha Cha Lounge in Silverlake.

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L.A. Record grand poobahs Chris Ziegler and Charlie Rose

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Golden Animals bandmates Tommy Eisner and Linda Beecroft

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LA CityBeat Mourned In The Blogosphere

cbcover.jpgWe’ve gathered some of the online mumblings from former employees of the now-defunct paper. On his blog LA Photo, photojournalist Ted Soqui posted some of the lovely covers he’d done over the years, and wrote:

Worked with several amazing editors, writers, and designers there, and made some life long friends. LA City Beat will not fade in my memory.

Journalist Dennis Romero wrote on DanceBlogga.com:

Although I had problems with the way the place was run in the last year, it’s disappointing to see that L.A. can’t support two weekly newspapers. More than anything, the paper’s demise is a product of the soft economy and an advertising and media world that’s migrating online.

On lytrules.com, Luke Y. Thompson vented his frustration at seeing a paper with so much talent go under:

Was it the economy, or was it the incredibly stupid move by management to fire Steve Appleford as editor/head/writer/photographer? (Firing a guy who does almost everything, and replacing him with, for example, someone who had never been an editor before…surely not the best business plan). After Steve left, the paper never recovered. An expensive “relaunch” gave the paper cosmetic changes that were all reversed a few months later, and Rebecca Schoenkopf, whose strength as a writer is first-person pieces, became editor and wrote a cover story that was just a bullet-point piece of bits of advice her mom gave her. I grant you, I would rather read that than the OC Weekly’s umpteenth report on the Capistrano School District, but it’s still not cover-story material.

Donnell Alexander noted the demise of CityBeat on his website, and posted a story he was assigned to write for a future issue of the paper. It’s a piece for which he’s yet to be paid. His closing words:

I’ll miss CityBeat even though Southland Publishing – for whom I worked as New Angeles EIC, too – is the cheapest fucking publisher ever to employ this nigga. Runaway titlist. No company has come close.

Commie Girl Comes to L.A. — For a Book Reading

51pxzbtvbRL._SL500_AA240_.jpgOrange County’s second-best former columnist (kisses) Rebecca Schoenkopf done written her book already (man, that was fast!), and she’s coming to Book Soup to read from it.

Schoenkopf, aka Commie Girl, is a laugh-riot and a great story teller. So come out and support her. Saturday, 5 p.m. 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood.

From the blurb:

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Steve Lowery, Rebecca Schoenkopf Head to CityBeat

schoenkas.jpgCommie Girl is getting artsy. 14 months after leaving her gig at the OC Weekly (and really, who could blame her?) The funny girl has landed at CityBeat, taking the post of Arts Editor.

Former OC Weekly editor Steve Lowery (who also quit the Weekly after the Village Voice Media’s takeover) will be the new editor, taking over from Steve Appleford.

Congratulations guys! We just hope the new moves means Rebecca will be writing again on a regular basis. We miss you, Commie Girl!

Sundown on Sunset

story.cartoon.adultswim.jpg It’s been a fabulous week of drama and intrigue and — this being LA — the hopes of well-televised racial violence at the conclusion of a controversial hate-crime case (alas, media blood lust goes unsated).

Here’s a little Friday evening sample platter of news. It comes free during happy hour, so indulge!

Jumping Ship: Ever since the Village Voice Media bought the OC Weekly last year, the staff has gotten mighty unhappy. And now everyone is fleeing — founding editor Will Swaim resigned this week. As did Chris Ziegler and Commie Girl (aka Rebecca Schoenkopf). Read all about it in her final column. As she says, it could have been worse: Singleton coulda bought them. But apparently not-the-worst wasn’t good enough.

Sahara For All The Trouble: Billionaire Philip Anschutz is suing author Clive Cussler, saying the author tricked him into paying $10 million for film rights to the novel Sahara — a development that’s far more interesting than anything Cussler has ever written.

LAT Editors Learn About That Series of Tubes We Like To Play With: Courtesy of LA Observed, LAT Innovation Editor Russ Stanton sends out a memo inviting Times editors to a class “designed to better familiarize you with latimes.com, what generates the most traffic and the least, what the site can and can’t do, and where it is headed.” We love the implicit admission in this that LAT eds don’t even know what’s on the site.

The Last Commie Standing — Rebecca Schoenkopf Leaves The OC Weekly

commiegirl.jpgWe were completely blindsided by this, we must admit. Rebecca Schoenkopf, one of the roughly eight good things about Orange County (and the only one with an eye patch) abruptly announced her resignation from her perch as seer-of-all-things-strange at the OC Weekly.

The woman who once described in detail her uncle’s vagina (you didn’t read that wrong), brought a level of dirty/gross/hysterical/wonderful wit to the Weekly. We have no idea why she left or where she’s going.

Ever the cryptic little c**t, she gives her fans only this:

Today I turned in my two weeks’ notice at the OC Weekly.
I was escorted from the premises an hour later.

Love you all,
Beccalou