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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Ross’

Former LA Times Reporter Apologizes for His Role in Gary Webb Tragedy

No one knows the story of late San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb (pictured) better than OC Weekly managing editor Nick Schou. So it’s always interesting when Schou chimes in about the matter, especially  just ahead of the production of a Hollywood movie inspired by Schou’s 2006 Webb biography Kill the Messenger.

Schou takes issue with a May 22 Los Angeles magazine article written by Jesse Katz. In that piece, Katz, a former LA Times reporter, in Schou’s opinion feebly apologizes for being one of Webb’s many media detractors. From Schou’s piece in – unusually – LA Weekly:

Katz buries and downplays his role in the debacle. Katz says he was just one of many reporters who ganged up on Webb. He apologizes only for bloating [Rick] Ross’ importance in his first Times piece on the dealer.

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Former Crack Cocaine Kingpin Credits Mark Zuckerberg as His (New) Business Inspiration

As with all unfamiliar bylines, the first thing FishbowlLA did upon landing on a fascinating newmediarockstars.com interview with ex-con Rick Ross was to try and find out more about the article writer. Here’s the mini-bio for author and site executive editor Alan Van:

Alan is a mystery to everyone, including the staff at NMR. All that’s known of him is that he is the epitome of a brilliant writer. Accordingly, his works are often misunderstood and always under-appreciated. Expect to see his novels for sale on a bookshelf near you one day, but only if the bookshelf near you happens to be his bookshelf, and loose-leaf Xerox copies of his handwritten journals filled with the erotically charged tales of one Astronaut Johnny Danger Hughes and his sidekick, Pancho the Chow Chow, can be considered “novels.”

We’re not sure about those “novels,” but there’s no doubt the Ross Q&A is well worth reading. The high of a $2 million incoming daily west coast drug business cash flow followed by the low of 20 years in jail can produce a lot of hard-knocks wisdom. (Ross was released from prison in 2009).

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