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Posts Tagged ‘H.L. Mencken’

Questioning a ‘Disgustingly Written’ Brett Ratner TMZ Item

We hate to be the bearers of bad Web news. But catching up to Village Voice editorial fellow Raillan Brookscomplaints about the tone of TMZ’s coverage of Brett Ratner donating to the NYC mayoral campaign of openly gay candidate Christine Quinn, we must sadly inform – there’s plenty more where that came from.

There are basically three tiers of content at TMZ. The website has both feet planted firmly in the gutter; the half-hour syndicated TV show has one foot out on the cleaner sidewalk; and the one-hour call-in block TMZ Live is the most legitimate of all, with Harvey Levin and cohorts intelligently discussing the day’s top stories.

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A Good Example of Aaron Kushner’s Media M.O.

From the outset of Aaron Kushner’s reign as owner-publisher of the Orange County Register, we’ve been impressed by his willingness to engage not just the community but also outside reporters and critics.

In this latest example, Kushner took the initiative via email. The context for his correspondence with USC professor Marc Cooper and website Voice of OC was an old journalism axiom, a pair of articles by Adam Elmahrek and a related Romenesko report of some March 6 newsroom comments by Kushner.

Last night, Voice of OC published two emails sent by Kushner (one to both Cooper and Voice of OC, one to just Cooper) as well as Cooper’s response. From Kushner’s first email:

There are many ways a newspaper serves its community. One important way is by holding those in power accountable for their use of that power. That is why in just the last six months the Register has hired more investigative reporters and journalists to cover city halls and Orange County business and political leaders than every other newspaper in America combined. How we cover those in power with one of the largest watchdog and beat reporting teams in the country is about getting it right, which includes tone. I agree with Marc that there is no dichotomy between being respectful and having robust coverage of our community and those who lead it.

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Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Was a Budding Columnist

JackassRyan Dunn was buried a few day ago, after dying in a fiery car crash last week in his home town of West Chester. Some of his fellow Jackass stars have been writing online tributes to Dunn in the days after his funeral. Below is a piece of Johnnie Knoxville‘s post, who writes he was so upset at the funeral he couldn’t properly offer parting words to his friend.

At Ryan’s memorial Wednesday night in West Chester, people were invited up to the microphone to say a few words about his life, whatever they were feeling at that moment. I walked to the podium and tried to share memories of my dear friend, but the words were just spinning in my head. What came out were the mumblings of a man trying his best not to cry, and I wasn’t even successful at that. I didn’t break down, because I knew Angie or his family didn’t need to see that, but I also didn’t get to properly convey what Ryan meant to me. I won’t be able to do that here either, but I will try.

Dunn, incidentally, had a run as a columnist for his local Chester County Daily Local News. His writing was comic and ranting and probably better suited to the Internet. But he was entertaining enough that if we lived in his town we would have picked up the paper every week.

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James Rainey Has Questions For Sarah Palin

d2c54ab8-7b69-11dd-b839-000077b07658.jpgJame Rainey tackles the call for ‘deference’ in interviewing Sarah Palin. ‘Deference’ that you would use while interviewing a monarch or a child star.

He’s come up with come questions to ask the Veep Nominee:

* You asked the librarian in your town about the policy for banning books. Are there books you think should be kept from the public?

* You have claimed credit for killing the “bridge to nowhere,” the $398-million link between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Didn’t you support it until it was clear Congress was not willing to pay for the much-ridiculed project?

* You have said students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of evolution. Should creationism be taught alongside evolution in the public schools? Do you believe in evolution?

Charles Gibson scored the first interview that will air Thursday night. Which reminds us of that old H.L. Mencken quote, “The only way a reporter should look at a politician is down.”