Friday Hotsheet at 3 a.m.
JM, Mmmm, tacos, 3.11.08
Joseph Mailander a guy in la • elsewhere • email
Really? Is it Friday already? Where did the week go?
While the Times was inventing new ways to melt down this week, the Times blogs appeared to get worse, even more content-free than ever. Tony told me he's in charge of the blogs and bristled when I suggested he may be taking some marching orders from elsewhere, but when you look at what he does privately compared to what they do publically, you do get the feeling there's a disconnect.
How do those gals and guys who actually do writing and researching respond to that fluffy stuff at the top of the page, burying their content? We won't know this week, because Russ got too busy with the new meltdowns to come to the LA Press Club.
Conversely, the fishwrap whose scribes work so well in partnering with bloggers, rather than seeing them as hopelessly diabolical competitors, the Daily News, continued its top secret strategy of featuring front page local news on the front page. Here's a new item, for instance: "Two men in their 20s were shot to death today on a sidewalk in front of an apartment building in Exposition Park, authorities said." Looks like a whole different City than the one Veronica de Turenne is so breezily snapping in Malibu, wouldn't you say? The Times top blogs are driving the message home, again and again: qu'ils mangent de la brioche.
Meanwhile, City Lobbyists ran the table on LA again this week. Ken Draper in CityWatch notes that one just became the new City Administrative Officer. Neighborhood Council people, bookmark this page: Lobbyists by Name, 2008. And don't ever back away from the opportunity to debate a $600-an-hour attorney; it's quite confidence-building, especially when you have to argue with two-bit bloggers later.
Just curious, Ed...when was the last time the SPJ featured a writer from The Tidings?
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