Memo to Tim Rutten: "RIGHT ON!!"...for once
In brief, this blogger and others such as Patterico, have taken Rutten to task for his strident defence of the "main stream media" and false hoods in past columns.
These past examples have earn him the moniker of "KIM IL RUTTEN" the "Dear Leader" of "objective bias in main stream reporting". Others have refer to him as simply "Mr. Leslie Abramson".
But today we put that all aside, at least until his next myopic missive, for he hits a home run regarding the Mayor's speech at Officer Randal Simmons funeral.
We can understand Tim getting his "Depends" in a bunch over that comment, some more.
Now, few politicians can be fully trusted near a microphone, particularly
before a large audience on an occasion as emotionally charged as Friday's, but
nobody could have predicted the reckless digression in Villaraigosa's eulogy of
Simmons. First, he informed the audience that "the newspapers" only "tell the
truth" about LAPD officers in obituaries. Then the mayor went on to say, "We
know that the central story of this department has never been written in consent
decrees or the reports of inspectors general."
Holy Moses, Viva Hahn!!! Tim's view of Angelino thought have penetrated the walls of the "OLD GREY LADY ON SPRING STREET", and in mentioning Hahn, this.
Maybe he just has lousy speechwriters? Unlikely. Pandering is the more likely
explanation. The mayor has been taking a battering from the Police Protective
League over new financial disclosure regulations required by the consent decree.
Maybe he thought that denigrating the agreement in front of all those blue
shirts would win over some of his critics. Lots of luck on that one.
Perhaps the mayor simply hoped to demonstrate that he really is a "friend
to the department." After all, the ongoing reduction in crime in L.A. is one of
the few unambiguous achievements of a mayoral administration that seems to
generate more unfinished initiatives than an ADD clinic.
That's Bratton's doing, of course, and one of the things Villaraigosa
doesn't want anyone to remember is that he didn't bring the chief here. His
predecessor, James Hahn, did -- and took a political hit for doing it that
probably cost him his job.
In closing Tim, let me commend you on a column well done, and remember those platitudes came from a "BLOGGER".