Another Fein Mess
AF Stones Monthly
Fall - 2017
Everyone Has One
Once and for all,
* I graduated - was graduated - from journalism school.
Took that major because it had no language requirement.
From the first day they taught us to write facts only.
Accusations were not substantive. They were hot air till
they were proven: only then they got printed.
Today anyone claims anything and news media grab
it if it gets attention.
Alleged - says - claims - accuses: all are flapdoodle.
And as the details of claims - should they be spicy - grow,
the newspapers banner them higher. Its clear that news
suppliers today take their cue from the National Enquire
* Newspaper reporters are self-inflaters. They make grand
statements that indicate what two, five, or twenty people
aver: People are concerned throughout the nation.
* May 27 NYT Eli Rosenberg. The howl over a conservative
womans speech at CUNY is pegged the latest dispute
in the heated national dialogue over free speech.
Whos against it? A national dialogue could be two people
on the phone from NY to LA.
* 7-1 Women. Ones suit failed -
but it sparked a debate about bla bla bla.
This technique, inventing a worldwide movement, is
a journo-disease. Each reporter knows a dozen
others who share their perceptions, so each proffers
a notion of nationwide, nay, worldwide chatter.
These Are The Times of LA
5-3 Kate Mather opines that for many the May Day
demonstration was somehow more important now that
Trump was in office.
How many? was what my hard-nose J-school teacher would say to her. (Many' means me and a couple others.)
5-4 There are rules, and there are rules. Veronica Rocha not only supplies the name of a woman who alleges she was raped, but also the name of a student she accuses, ergo endorsing her. (Why give the name of a to-date innocent person?)
(I dont like violent attacks, but I went to J-school
before the rules about accusations were eased.)
5-7 I didnt read the whole article, because Ryan
Faughnders references to Industry insiders, some
executives and audiences suggested that the rest
of the story was as fact-free.
* No date. David Montero and Jaweek Kaleem combine to quote a cousin of the deceased that the family was distraught over his death. Oh
5-19 Lorrain Ali pours it on the late disgraced
Roger Ailes, ignoring - or ignorant of - the fact that accusations, alone, got him ejected from Fox. But she is an entertainment writer, not a reporter.
* Motorcycle thefts climb 2% in 2016.
Climb? How about trickle. Peep.
5-25 Letters bemoan a reviewers slam of a Moody
Blues concert. Mikael Wood, knowing and fearful
of his peers, toes the crit-world line that says theyre
Fans of such corn had a swell time. Someone onstage
should have pointed him out, so fans could kick and
pelt him in advance of his pre-written peer-frightened
* No date. August Brown, about rock fests, blithely cites the misogyny and coercion underlying much of the free love culture of the 60s rock scene. Say what?
5-31 August Brown heads-ups us that a bands
upcoming appearance will supply joy For any NY-
to-LA transplants nostalgic for the vanished Zebulon
music venue in Brooklyns Williamsburg neighborhood. This a big wedge of LAT readership?.
* No date on page: Snot Mikael Wood describes a
former boy-band singers solo shot as an attempt to
lift himself out of the realm of branded lunch boxes,
and touch down among the real rock artistes.
This twit should be on Twitter.
6-1 Mary McNamara gets Essay space to claim that
Virtually everyone in America was horrified at
Kathy Griffins severed Trump-head. For chrissake.
* Guy gets big obit. He wrote publicity for Warner
Bros., proferring reasons for people to see his
employers movies. Judging by this salute, the Times
dutifully printed them.
6-3 Makeda Easters lede graph about an Uber
kerfuffle: To err is Uber. Ugh.
6-4 Tracey Lien: Uber was the bad boy of - NEXT!
6-5 Rosanna Xia, on about USC, humorously asides
the worn University of Spoiled Children. Newbies
have tittered that for centuries.
6-6 Witness tells of Cosby encounter. Of course.
6-7 California Journal features Robin Abcarian
musing about her car-scrape with a bicyclist, with
plenty of insights and reminiscences about herself.
* Steve Zeitcheks account of this days Cosby trial
dutifully details lines and lines of allegations. (In
the absence of facts, write whats said?)
6-13 Columnist Michael Hiltzik, Business section,
decries Delta Airlines ceasing funding for New
Yorks Public Theater. No LA news today?
6-14 Love the kerfuffle about right-wing nag Meg
Kellys switch to liberalism after her victim suit
Newsreaders are performers!
File in Entertainment!
6-18 Anger erupts after London fire.
News would be joy abounds.
* Someone was probed, but not charged, so D. Cloud
and J. Tanfani REPEAT THE ACCUSATION.
Then, color: No one at the office would comment.
Then, no one answered the door or the phone at a
three story home in a gated community in
Why? Decorate their failure?
6-19 The Nation. A nut slammed his car into a
Ten Commandments display in Arkansas. Full
color photos of slab, scene, crazy guy.
6-22 Airport cop stabbed in Flint, Michigan. Half-
page- plus, with photo of cop, his dog. Mayor says
her thoughtsand prayers are with him.
Our sister city?
* Steven Zeitchik Old studio hands like Ron Howard
quickly were thrown around into the rumor mill.
Try to imagine something less substantial.
6-24 This just in to Podunk Press: Gaga Mikael
Wood recounts an only-in-Hollywood moment
seeing two members of Fleetwood Mac rehearsing
on a soundstage.
In LA! Where people rehearse!
(Can you beat that? Oh, you can?)
6-26 Three reporters file a story from Pakistan
about a fiery oil truck accident, according to
information phoned from a man who did not give
Well, they certified someone called them.
* Music snot Mikael Wood observes that music at
a fest avoided the Top 40 pop and hip-hop, regarded
by many as the musical equivalent of The Bachelor.
Clumsiness aside, who? How many? Get over yourself.
* Randall Roberts, at a kiddie-rock fest with his wife
and kid, tells us about his fair-skin familys
(message; he married within the race) struggle
with all-day sun. Apparently their first exposure.
Both the above reviews shared the banner hed Off
to a bland start. The music, or the reportage?
6-29 Egyptian comic is in LA. paid-by-word Jefferey
Fleishman avers Out near La Brea (?? AF), drizzle
blows through jacaranda, a gardener hurries past a
pool. You dont have to paint me a picture.
7-3 Three reporters in Illinois covering a Chinese
students abduction wrote In the midday heat, the
campus was mostly quiet Sunday.
Mostly? Why noon?
Was it cloudy at 3:15?
Did it get noisy later?
Isnt space precious?
7-9 Russian media praise Putin.
From our Moscow correspondent.
* Goddam Grim Sleeper monicker for a killer.
Clumsy, shames the namer and the paper.
7-11 Half-page obit for Greta Garbos niece. We'll miss her.
7-15 Everybody wants to be an art director, everybody wants to call the shots.
Andy McCullough, in Miami for a Dodger game, opens
with a critique of the stadiums visual garnish.
It is a Day-Glo daydream, an Art Deco acid trip.
Misuse of Art Deco aside, why add this film flam to a
sports piece? Make it MORE trivial?
7-16 Three reporters ponder parents suspicion that their dead son was coerced by others to take the drugs that killed him at a party.
Really? Could such ponderation lead to a suit against
the wealthy host of the party? Ya think?
7-17 Trevell Anderson coerces a movie studios distribution chief to admit that its hit movie is epic episodic storytelling.
* Mark Swed pads his word count to 'divulge' that Tony Bennett, being reviewed, had previously been reviewed in the LA Times, with a quote. You scratch my back
7-20 These allegations, if true, are horrible and
despicable in a USC med school flap.
How unlike the LAT to insert doubt about accusations.
Oh, it was a quote.
* AP obit for biased-against Wal-Mart greeter (!) cites words of decedent delivered during her lunch break, after first saying grace over a meal of fast food
hamburgers and chicken nuggets.
Does this color indicate a person of color?
7-26 Alene Tchekmedyian reports ad infinitum
neighbors distrust of a natural gas plants reopening.
The company - and govts - denial gets short shrift. Also a former (disgruntled?) employees fears.
Viva la revolution.
* Wasnt Robin Abcarians rambling piece on Dublin,
California scattershot with tude? I should talk.
* Shashank Bengali and Parh M.N.s half page about art being mishandled by Air India was a sure cure for insomnia.
7-28 Deborah Vankin, re OJs release: Many, of course, believe yada yada.
As my J-school prof said, HOW many?
As I say, Shaddup!
7-29 Sub-hed, Business section car review: XXX car
is a shameless bad boy. Theres shame there ...
7-30 Thomas Curwen writes that a gold prospectors
) is Buy low, sell high. Remarkable. Not.
8-1 French actress fearlessly played complex women says hed. The opposition was intense!
NO DATE ON PAGE Special correspondent half page
that a school's name, Lynch, disturbs some cranks
in Oregon. Big color photo of school parking lot.
8-3 Joe Senna reports that Caltrans plans to clear
rubble from a landslide in Big Sur.
And you thought theyd just close that coastal road.
8-4 Though the race for nicknaming is paramount at
the paper, couldnt they have done better than Suge as short for sugar?
It seers him in its resemblance to meshugina.
8-8 Sexist memo a new blemish on diversity in tech. Memo reporting is front-page news.
8-10 Mike Wood, again, ponders Lady Gagas quiet
passage in a concert, cheering that in the past
such moments were her phoniest, as though shed
entered a kind of stage-school zombie state, but
now its grown, in her new show, to a position of
respect. Maybe Wood is the growth.
8-13 Lauren Rosenblatt, half page Nation think-
piece on Educ Secy DeVoss move to give equal
consideration to the accused and accuser in
campus rape allegations, dares to cite alleged
survivors of attacks, out of step with todays
accusation = fact world.
8-15 Matt Pearces think-piece about the Jews-
will-not-replace-us morons in Virginia cites a
blogger who claimed to be one.
If true, giving the turd space seems reasonable.
In a pigs eye.
8-16 Stephen Battnaglio cites people familiar
with the talks who were not authorized to
comment to back up a point. Makes it true, or deniable?
8-17 Steven Zeitcheks ponderation about a
films failure is clustered beneath a small
banner of Analysis.
Better would be equal but vivider
Monday Morning Quarterback.
8-18 Fancy pants Cindy Chang cites a scrum
of reporters (Dont forget the r!) gathering to
hear a womans claim that she was victimized by
Polanski 44 years ago.
NO DATE ON PAGE Cathleen Deckers opening
salvo spits testosterone in rant against - oh,
those bleeders always shreying. (Is this wrong?)
8-24 A guy is fired by a theater group, claims ageism.
Deborah Vankin sees validity, cites various Times
critics opinions of the guy. Not exactly outreach.
8-25 Reporters astonishment (disapproval) of a
Fairfax Avenue delis C rating smacks of favoritism.
They like the place, so question the report.
8-26 Backward-bending Robert Lloyd, and the LAT,
cheerily consider brackish bullshit brayer Megan
Kellys turn to bubbly liberalism a swell thing.
Dont trust me, Im a political whore must have
fallen off the paste-up.
* The single page allotted to the STATE gives big
play to a cheery story about a hot dog vendor in
Berkeley who ignores health laws. His supporters
respect his vision.
9-14 Smug Charles Bagli gloats about the
cancellation of a rich guys planned development
of an entertainment center on the Hudson
River - Some critics (!!!! AF) called the plan a
monument to a billionaires ego (Like the
Rockefeller Center, you twit AF) and it was quickly
renamed (It? Was? You mean you and your
bottom-feeders?) 'Diller Island.'
9-21 Business section goes morning-tv with
big Samantha Masunaga report on Kathy Griffins
feud with a big-shot neighbor in some swank
area. Masunaga cites Huffpost AND a Suze Orman
report on the fracas. We stoop to please.
9-27 The Times is obedient. Each time Graumanns
Chinese Theater is re-bought it honors the buyers
This day, four reporters joked, I hope, citing
the famous TCL Chinese Theater.
Scandal at Fox! Fresh Allegations (Meg James) including a quotation-marked remark from a person familiar with the investigation who was not authorized to publicly discuss it. Does that sound like authentication to you?
Same gal, diff story: according to two people who
requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the investigation. Give names, not fancy dodging that backs up the breast-beating.
Richard Winton & Matt Hamilton hedge some
apparently dodgy fact with according to a law
enforcement source who spoke on the condition of
anonymity because the source (a person!) was not
authorized to speak publicly.
If you trust his word, print it. Dont back-pedal;
Well, he SAID it wont exonerate you if it's false.
* Lorraine Ali, 7-1 entertainment section think-piece
on prez Tweets: Has the president gone too far?
people ask after each incident.
Here, again - People.
Animals, insects are silent.
The world is in her corner.
Sans names she is the world.
New Yawk, New YAWK Times
5-2 Ben Sisario and Joe Coscarelli give a plug to an
awesome lawyer who has represented Chris Brown
and Keisha. (Later hell scratch THEIR backs.)
5-3 Efforts to reach Mr. Oliver on Tuesday night
were unsuccessful is blather from Manny Fernandez, Dana Goldstein or Christine Hauser. It means they failed.
5-19 Rachel Abrams avers that Walmart is - picture
this - getting its head around going online. Groovy.
5-27 Trump at NATO behaved like the unpopular
rich kid whose idea of making small talk is telling
people how much his shoes cost.
Hats off to Gail Collins, Op-Ed page.
5-28 Gina Bellafante writes that many people are
hungry in San Francisco though it is the birthplace
of the modern culinary revolution.
Effete dont fail me now.
5-30 Health. Using the swell, really unusual word
quintessential, Jane E Brody writes of a fix-it
man who can repair everything from bicycles to
bathtubs. What is that range, exactly?
6-19 Two writers quote a law expert who says that
lawyers at the next Cosby trial will study the first
trial. They could have asked me.
6-30 John Koblin, re Greta Van Sustern, recounts
her being fired last year when a messenger arrived
at her home and handed her a pair of letters
informing her that she was out.
Why the color? Word-count?
7-1 All reference to Trumps sexually assaulting
women is wide. He was bragging, to someone of his
level. No pussy-grabbed women have come forward.
7-5 Charles Bagli finds a developer who wants to buy
old bldgs and fix them for a profit. Hes really revved up about it says the agent handling the purchases.
What is this? News?
7-20 Sewell Chan reports of gender, racial gaps at the BBC, which responds it is closing them.
Critics were not satisfied, Chan writes.
Of course. If they were, theyd be out of a job .
* A John Wayne Gacy victim was newly IDd after
decades. That Gacy was labeled the killer clown
by the news media is presented with seeming glee,
not shame, by reporter Liam Stack.
7-21 Just like LA Times reporters (hell, any reporter) John Eligon and Mitch Smith bray impersonally that "efforts to reach someone have been unsuccessful, depersonalizing their failure.
* Obit for rock band singer, Joe Coscarelli gives
album review, cites critics.
Dont put no horse shit on my grave.
8-6 As above, NYT rounds up critics opinions of
dead Robt Mitchums acting.
8-7 Scott Shane and Vindu Goel, re election-ad
influence, state that allegations and the possibility
of voter fraud cast a shadow on the results.
Thin air casts no shadow.
8-11 Grope-allegation witnesss testimony in Denver
trial bespoke confidence, irritation and flashes of
humor writes Donna Bryson. Veracity not noted.
8-13 The plod continues. Hed calls Trump a wild
card, meaning nobody knows his next move. A wild
card is valuable, period. Not an unknown commodity.
8-22 Stephanie Clifford and Colin Moynihan pack
their Monday Morning quarterbacking with a juror
who asked to remain anonymous because one of the
lawyers in the case lives near him on Long Island.
9-16 Not Necessarily The News. Julie Decaro
Essay criticizes critics who criticize female
She got a lot of knocks when she was one so
certainly she's neutral on the subject
9-20 Words are what we say they are? Sapna
Maheshwari (where are the Joneses? Smiths?)
writes a color piece in Business about
well, I didnt finish it, offput by her (?) citing
someones reputation careening out of control.
We in LA accept inexactitude in our daily sandwich-
wrapper, but this common mistake - careen meaning atilt, as a masted ship at dock -is upsetting to we who are told endlessly to face East and worship.
(Something bouncing side to side is careering.)
9-21 News tyro Lillian Ross got a neat sendoff, moren a half page.
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