(LA)Observing Things Again
Today, Mailader notes that Roderick was the feature of a recent puff piece in the LA Independent. With his usual flair, Mailander disects the piece and sends its author, Mary Frances Gurton, home with her tail between her legs.
Among the gems in Mailander's piece is his observations on veteran Los Angeles pundit Sherry Bebitch Jeffe's near fawning over Roderick in the piece. Mailander succesfully demonstrates that Jeffe hasn't done any real research into the blogosphere before shooting her mouth off.
The slightest scratching of the surface would reveal that Kevin Roderick's blog has profound critics. But I was most entertained by Gurton instead included LA political paleolith Shirley Bebitch Jeffe on Roderick:Jeffe's comments are interesting. Sure, a lot more people (right now) read LA Observed than Mayor Sam, but we've been around only 9 months where Roderick's been online almost five years. But we know that Mayor Sam is very influential, and we like to think, we had something to do with electing a new Mayor (I can't wait to hear some of you dispute that). On the other hand, Roderick spent the whole campaign boosting Jim Hahn with taking nary a comment from any of his readers. Here at the Sister City, you got to blast us, MAV and cut and paste like mad.
"I know Kevin. I have confidence in him as a journalist. There are other bloggers and I don't know them from Adam and they are less influential in the end. When I'm thinking and writing about something locally, I check L.A. Observed."
That's right. There you go. Because Shirley Bebitch Jeffe doesn't know "other bloggers from Adam" they are "less influential in the end."
Indeed, her loyalty to LAObserved shows. On TV, in print, she almost never says anything about anything.
Mailander shoots from the hip and tells it like it is. That's why he cracks me up while getting under the skin of "journalists" like Roderick and Marc Cooper.
Of course, it also helps that Mailander gives major props to Mayor Sam in his piece as well.