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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Low-Brow Commentary

GossipMickey Kaus, best known for writing the kausfiles blog for slate.com, took the Los Angeles Times up on their offer to take their best shot in the new experimental column its running. He offers a unique solution widespread Los Angeles voter apathy. He believes the Los Angeles Times should shed their image as “Southern California’s heaviest newspaper” and traffic in gossip.

His argument is circular, but Kaus think it’s a virtuous circle. He believes if the Times wrote about sex, crime, bad behavior, and turmoil in high places, it would remind our citizenry the city’s leaders are only human. Additionally, he thinks the reason a shockingly high number of Angelenos couldn’t pick Hahn out of a line-up or name their county supervisor is because they don’t care about politics and are thereby bombarded with information they can’t possibly process two or three weeks before an election. The unstated implication of his argument is that if reading about politics was more fun and entertaining, maybe city residents wouldn’t mistake Hahn for the worker filling a pothole.

Kaus’s biggest concern is about the Times not writing about the Mayor’s marital separation? The majority are too apathetic to exercise their civic duties, thereby allowing special interests and civil bureaucrats to reign supreme at City Hall.

Seeing as how the Times has always shied away from trafficking in gossip, I don’t think they’re going to adopt Kaus’s reforms anytime soon.

Fortunately, we here at the Sister City suffer no such pretentions. We are city politics gossip central, and proud of it.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

He makes some good point.....so that said since we are not going to change the LA Times.....why don't you look at the court files, if there are any and you or others write about the Mayor's Marital Breakup. The only thing has seemeingly succeeded in breaking up in this City (he certainly hasn't been able to break corruption, poor services, the low number of cops, etc).

Be nice to the kids....but inquiring minds do have a right to know, don't they?

The LA Times didn't hesitate to write about Hertzberg's support issues with his ex wife.......what is so special about Hahn ?

January 18, 2005 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

we have the newspaper we deserve, the council we deserve, the assembly and senate members we deserve. no wonder los angeles is in such a mess.

January 18, 2005 3:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For those of us that care about politics and the city we live in, we don't have anything we deserve. We need visionary leadership in the mayor's office, hopefully it will create a halo effect to provide the leadership we deserve in City Council. I want to vote all the do-nothings out of office. We don't have the paper we deserve, nor the coverage, and I think the L.A.T. is trying to figure out what we want and how to give it to us by writing the experimental column. I don't know about the outcome of the column, but good for them for trying something new. With Hahn and the Council, its always more of the same old crap.

January 18, 2005 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So who is the Mayor dating and is Julie really chasing one of the McOskar boys? How about Padilla? When is he ever getting married? Is anyone on the Council gay?

January 18, 2005 4:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a bunch of immature people! Alex's, the Mayor and everyone elses' personal life I thought was off limits Mayor Sam. Didn't you jump on someone because they posted personal information. You shouldn't allow this site to get to that sleazy point.

January 18, 2005 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam said kids were off limits. Whether or not we want this site to remain above the fray, let's not be hypocritical. The post that's seen the most traffic in the past few days is the one from Friday wondering if Cedillo's endoresement of Hahn had anything to do with his boyfriend duties. No one cried foul at those comments. Proves Kaus's point: the subject matter was sexy and the dialogue was intense and interesting. At least it had 33 people talking about something.

January 18, 2005 4:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree. What public adult people do is fair game. Leave out the kids. If it gets people talking about the issues eventually, then Kaus is right.

January 18, 2005 5:08 PM  

Blogger Herbert Kornfeld said:

We pullin' some lingo on Cedillo? That boy ain't got no skillz yo. That brotha be chillin at the crib trying to pass the driver's license bill that ain't been ill enough to get the Gov's John Hancock. He could've chilled and be out the way of the Mayor's inky powder shit, but since he be tappin' a shorty on Hahn's bill, he gotta represent.

January 18, 2005 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So who is hot on the Fourth Floor? Haven't heard much about that these days.

January 18, 2005 5:57 PM  

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January 18, 2005 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the LAT, how many years has it been around? is publishing an experimental column to know what we angelenos want? while in general I am continually dismayed by the reporting of LAT and its obvious biases I am very impressed by the quality of the publication's letters to the editor. maybe the LAT bosses should simply take notice of their READERS more and maybe that will bring about a better 'paper. and look at the quality of our representation. its our apathy that allows 2nd rate (maybe third rate) councilmembers to run UNOPPOSED. it's our apathy that allows outgoing statewide politicians to install their favorites in the seat they are vacating. so, i think we do deserve what we've got and until we start agitating - and not believe experimental columns are going to change anything - it will all remain the same.

January 18, 2005 6:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Chief Parker, what's with the odd graphic on this post? Lifted from a South Asian web site or something???

January 19, 2005 1:16 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

I'm jumping on the bandwagon and started outsourcing. I'm actually posting from India as we speak.

January 19, 2005 3:03 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

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January 24, 2005 5:48 PM  

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