POWER Is Still The Ultimate Aphrodisiac (Even In Los Angeles – The Nation’s Undisputed Capital For The Beautiful People)
[posted by Justin Levine]
So it turns out that the L.A. Mayor’s mistress has been with at least, not one, not two, but three [count 'em] three major power players in L.A. Latino power circles – The Mayor, California’s House Speaker Fabian Nunez, and State Senator Alex Padilla.
Busy girl, this one. Who knows – maybe these are only the politicians that have been reported on so far.
But hey, its none of our business. These are all the private matters of the individuals involved. The fact that it may have a direct bearing on how the Spanish speaking media scrutinizes our politicians shouldn’t concern the rest of us. After all, many of us don’t even speak Spanish, right? So this is an entirely separate matter that we in the outside world should just rightly ignore.
Side thought # 1: L.A. Weekly reports that “Telemundo executives would not comment on the relationship, saying the channel does not discuss the personal lives of its employees.”
Translation – “Telemundo chooses not to report on items that Latino politicians don’t want them to report on, since it has the channel snuggled in its bed sheets. But now that all of this hub-bub has been created, we’ll take an informal listener e-mail poll to help us decide what is newsworthy and what course of action we should take.”
Side thought # 2: Continuing on a theme that Patterico himself has been running with recently, I wonder if the old hard core leftist L.A. Weekly would have run with this story on the mayor. Somehow I doubt it. It probably would have concentrated more on Scooter Libby this week. That’s all well and good, but you can get commentary on Scooter through any number of outlets. Further proof of Patterico’s point that the current anti-establishment Jill Stewartish L.A. Weekly fills a much needed void that both the old Weekly and the L.A. Times fail to address.
No wonder the L.A. Times now feels that “there was a time not all that long ago when we felt like we had to read the Weekly as soon as it came out, because they were competing with us. I don’t think the people at the times feel that way any more.” When you consistently stress the importance of Washington politics over what is happening in your home city, I suppose you have good reason to think that you aren’t in actual “competition” any more with one of the few outlets that reports intelligently on local matters. I suspect that the Times also doesn’t feel that it is “competing” with L.A. Observed – which explains why that website happens to be so valuable as well. LAist’s interview with Luke Ford is very revealing on this point. [Though to be fair to the Times, much of its recent improvement can be found in their own blogs on local matters such as L.A. homicides, the Phil Spector trial, etc. They just haven't yet found a way to effectively stress and market these gems in either their paper or their website. You have to search too hard to find them.]
Side thought # 3: When you read how Luke Ford managed to break the story of the Mayor’s affair, I’m struck by the eerie parallels to how Matt Drudge first broke the story concerning Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. If you recall, Newsweek actually had all of the pieces of the story first, but decided to bury it because it bought into the silly notion that who politicians have relationships with are none of the public’s business. That left Drudge to pick up the pieces. Sound familiar here? As long as the mainstream media continues to have this infantile view of the supposed “non-newsworthiness” of our politician’s sex lives, this same dynamic is going to continue to play out within the blogosphere.
Side thought # 4: After representing him in multiple matters of alleged mischief, Luke Ford has apparently taken to calling me “my attorney”. So be it. Though frankly, I’d prefer that he say “my favorite radio producer who also happens to write and file my legal briefs whenever people sue me.” But whatever. If he gets sued again, headlines such as “Luke Ford 1, L.A. Times 0″ will come in handy to help rebut claims from future libel plaintiffs that he is a “reckless gossip monger” who obviously acted with “malice”. I’ve noticed that libel plaintiffs often attempt to use a defendant’s past record of accuracy in trying to sway the judge that he or she was being “reckless” in the current instance. The defense has to then explain that the publisher either has a good track record, or that his past track record is irrelevant to the case at hand. It is an interesting song and dance that gets played out in many cases involving public figure plaintiffs. To help with those future dance steps, I can also now trot out the observation that it ”looks like eccentric lone blogger Luke Ford was more trustworthy than L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. ” Thanks for the quote Mickey!
[posted by Justin Levine]