Patterico's Pontifications


Junkyard Blog is See Dubya’s Now

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 11:09 pm

Did you guys realize that our pal See Dubya has essentially taken over the Junkyard Blog?

Well, he has.

Kind of annoys me. I was hoping to get him full-time here. Plus, now it’s just one more damn blog I have to read every day.

Baby Has Two Left Arms

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:44 pm

I’ve heard of people with two left feet, but this is ridiculous. (Via Laura at Ace O’Spades.) There is video at the link.

Memo to Steve Lopez: Here’s Why the Gropegate Story Upset Us

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 8:52 pm

Armed Liberal slams L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez for his column today.

Lopez gives his paper a pat on the back for its coverage of Phil Angelides and Steve Westly, and says:

I’m just wondering why the paper hasn’t gotten huzzahs from the professional gas bags who worked themselves into a frenzy three years ago over our equally tough reporting on a candidate named Arnold Schwarzenegger. As that doddering shill Hugh Hewitt put it back then, The Times was “an organ of the Democratic Party” with no interest other than “agenda journalism.”

I’ve explained the problems with the Gropegate story before, here and here.

In essence, my main problem was the timing: it was published less than a week before the election. Obviously, the paper wasn’t going to run the story after the election. Does anybody here, even one commenter, actually believe that the paper would have worked on this story for several weeks, and printed it three days after the election, because it “wasn’t ready” before then? If even one person believes that, please raise your hand.

I see no hands.

Editors set a deadline for the story: get it printed before the election. Well, if they could set that deadline, they could have set one a couple of weeks earlier, and run a less detailed story. They could have focused on covering fewer women, for example. That way, it wouldn’t have felt like a last-minute smear job that Arnold barely had time to respond to.

If your professor says get the term paper in by the last day of class, you do. If he says get it in two weeks before, you can do that, too. Maybe it won’t be quite as detailed. But you can do it — if you think it’s important.

It was important for the paper not to print that story with less than a week to go before the election. Stories like that are routinely seen as hatchet jobs — and for good reason. The candidate barely has time to respond. The issue dominates over all other issues.

Voters are tired of these late-hit stories.

The editors failed to understand this, and the paper’s reputation suffered dearly as a result.

Get it now, Steve?

Electorate Loves the People Responsible for L.A. County Jail’s Early Release Program

Filed under: Crime,General — Patterico @ 6:47 am

The L.A. Times recently ran several stories on Sheriff Baca’s early release policy, and the murders, rapes, and robberies it has led to.

I told you that the County Supervisors (who are responsible for allocating enough money for law enforcement in L.A. County) are primarily to blame — and so are you voters if you keep re-electing them.

So, after running this series of articles, whom did the establishment L.A. Times endorse? That’s right — the incumbents:


Supervisor, 1st District: Gloria Molina.

Supervisor, 3rd District: Zev Yaroslavsky.

Sheriff: Lee Baca.

And, of course, you re-elected all of them.


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