Patterico's Pontifications

4/25/2005

Yet Another Editorial on the News Pages of the L.A. Times

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Politics — Patterico @ 11:17 pm



Sometimes when the L.A. Times puts an editorial on its news pages, it tries to cover it by calling it a “news analysis.”

Sometimes, I say. Not always, and certainly not in this story about Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Here’s some of the objective reporting that passes for straight news at the L.A. Times:

The unusually cohesive opposition would run millions of dollars in attack advertising that approached election-season intensity. They would pick apart Schwarzenegger’s vague and hastily drawn proposals to dramatic benefit, challenge the governor in the courts and dog him at his appearances — with teachers, firefighters and nurses in uniform spoiling his carefully staged public events.

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Although outside forces played an important part in Schwarzenegger’s slump, even those sympathetic to the governor say many of his problems are self-inflicted, a result of overreaching, hubris, poor staff work and serious miscalculations.

The governor’s penchant for improvisation, which many find refreshing, has often confounded his aides, forcing them to scramble to keep up with — and clean up after — their boss. His lack of follow-through — unveiling his agenda with a flourish, then abruptly turning to other matters — has undermined his salesmanship.

Above all, Schwarzenegger’s friends and enemies agree, the governor miscalculated by trying to accomplish too much in too short a time, without laying the necessary groundwork.

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Still, the sight of Schwarzenegger stumbling badly has energized his foes and frustrated Republicans, not to mention the governor’s influential wife, Maria Shriver, who has begun looking outside the administration for help. For one of the few times in his long and varied public career, the famously disciplined Schwarzenegger has appeared uncertain and unfocused.

“Straight news” as presented by your local rag, ladies and gentlemen.

3 Responses to “Yet Another Editorial on the News Pages of the L.A. Times

  1. They just write anything they like, anything at all.

    Bostonian (0198d8)

  2. The Governor’s pension proposals only apply to people hired after mid-2007. Apparently these protesters aren’t real employees; they are dressed in firefighter and nurse costumes hoping to be hired a couple years from now. If they are real, they are screaming at the top of their lungs that other peoples’ pensions are being taken away, and are “forced to invest in the risky stock market”. (401k accounts give the option of investing in anything, like treasury bills, morons). Why isn’t the story here that opposition to the Governor’s proposals is dominated by stupidity, greed, and hate totally absurd and bizarre.

    These TV and Radio ads paid for by teacher’s union dues make all teachers look retarded, passionately greedy, and total liars about the spending “cuts”. Why do teachers let them run those? I guess spewing hate works.

    … challenge the governor in the courts and dog him at his appearances — with teachers, firefighters and nurses in uniform spoiling his carefully staged public events.

    Ladainian (91b3b2)

  3. The last Rep;ublican Gov of Cal that the LAT did not hate was Earl Warren. An that was almost 20 years before the Communist from Stanford took over. Had he taken over in 1940 I think they would have hated Gov Warren.

    Rod Stanton (daa226)


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