L.A. Times James Rainey, in Column About Miss California: There Is Far Too Much Discussion of Miss California
The L.A. Times‘s James Rainey sanctimoniously pronounces that Miss California is getting too much attention, and Steve Schmidt is getting too little:
My search engine tells me that Prejean got easily double the news coverage that John McCain’s former campaign manager received when he announced last week that he supported gay marriage.
Well, actually, he first announced this on March 25, which isn’t exactly last week. But who’s counting?
“Denying two consenting adults the right to form a beautiful commitment to one another denies them two of our most natural rights: liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Steve Schmidt said in a speech imploring Republicans to reconsider their widespread opposition to gay marriage.
Those who have been around Schmidt, whose sister is a lesbian, know he has put considerable thought into his position. But the big, bald politico never won a swimsuit competition. And he didn’t conduct a televised slappy-fight over his beliefs. So his statement quickly disappeared into the media maw.
That’s why Rainey’s column centers on Schmidt’s decision, while giving scant mention to Miss California.
Ha, ha! Just kidding! Actually, his column is all about Miss California, complete with picture:
The bit about Schmidt occupies paragraphs 17-19 in a 24-paragraph column about Miss California.
And the L.A. Times front page at this moment? I just searched it for Steve Schmidt and found nothing. But I did see this:
As far as the big revelation about Steve Schmidt, that must have been covered in the L.A. Times, given its importance to Rainey. After all, it’s not like the L.A. Times is all superficial and stuff.
Whoops! Looks like the only mention of Steve Schmidt in the L.A. Times since March 24 has been in Rainey’s column!
Media critic, criticize thy own paper.
And please: with a great deal less sanctimony. kthxbai
UPDATE: Speaking of Miss California and journalism, there is a raging journalistic debate regarding whether she can claim to be a Christian while posing for pictures like the one below the fold. Feel free to weigh in on this Important Journalistic Question.