- August 2017 -

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These are the Times of L.A.

?/? I tore out a single inner page with Carla Power’s report that well-born people in England succeed easier than poorer (!), but the LATimes is not putting dates atop those pages. Big rise in ink cost? ...

6-9 August Brown alarmed me when he said the the sidewalk at Hollywood-Highland was “slammed” before a concert. Had a car rammed fans? ...

6-10 A winning lottery ticket was sold at “a Speedway station along Interstate 70 in Cambridge City (Indiana), a community of about 2000 residents.” Wha?

6-29 Survivors of the policeman killed in Long Beach might not be thrilled to see a police dog’s death given equal ink in Veronica Rocha’s lede ...

7-4 Newsless day? People not killed in 2015 San Bernardino massacre are adjusting. Today. Front page in place of news. The Daily Rehash ... A blind coyote died, California section ...

7-5 Anita Gates, on the death of Noel Neill, the first and third Lois Lane, posits that the Adventures of Superman was “a hit during its original run.” The run we all knew was its second, starting in 1952 with the other gal. Citing its “first season” in 1948 is true but - who the hell saw it, when reception was sketchy and sets rare? ... Justin Chang can’t be faulted for joining the revisionistic wave of kudos for Michael Cimino’s costly critic-hounded “Heaven’s Gate,” but in loyalty to his kind he should grovel. He speaks even-handedly of the swine who beat that film, and Cimino’s career, nearly to death. 1

7-9 “Bodies thought to be those of hikers.” Why not wait for confirmation? ...

How dare anyone call a spray-cannist a “graffiti artist”? This jagoff apologizes for marring precious rocks in Joshua Tree. The honorific title and pleasant photo of this jerk presents him as a loveable rascal ...

7-10 Nice enough article, big, about a movie location scout. Huge picture of interior of the Bradbury Building does not support his stealth, as it appears daily on tv shows and ads, nearly as often as Union Station, which he also heralds. Didn’t finish to see if he knows about the Hollywood sign ...

Jump on a long story about OxyContin features a near half-page color photo of an elderly woman doctor walking down stairs after testifying at a hearing. Giant pic’s cutline does not ID the other woman. A few news stories could ccupy that hole ...

Another third page news-replacing color-insert LA Times photo (wide shots, condescendingly to comfort readers with tv-like dimensions) of investigators canvassing the scene of Dallas shootings ...

7-11 Calendar face flak fluff: There’s a new news-reader at CNN (west coast), and some woman is “celebrated” for hosting parties for art types. (I held some great parties, where were the reporters?) ...

Monday we look back (!) on a local police ambush 46 years ago. Why? Because of cop-killings in Dallas. WHERE IS NEWS? ...

David Hernande and Lyndsay Winkley teamed up to report a detailed ALLEGATION that a cop punched his girlfriend and fended off interlopers. In San Diego! From the mouth of “a bystander.” Case is not adjudicated, but why wait?

7-12 More non-news - 1976 killings at a college are commemorated. Three-quarter page with color photos supposedly providing STATE news. It is commentary, on the state of reporting at the Times ...

David Lazarus reports that Starbucks employees have to swap a slight salary-rise for decreased health coverage. Why isn’t THIS front page news, instead of rehashes? Apple hides its profits in offshore accounts alongside others denying tax trillions from America. Why isn’t THAT hammered on a daily basis? ...

7-14 California section front page full-color picture of a thatched cabana, is a teaser for the press-stopping story inside about surfers in Palos Verdes and their homemade fort. Two more full-color photos inside, suitable to paste in your scrapbook if you’re fourteen.

This is a followup to the 7-12 twenty-four-column-inch reveal that the “Bay Boys” must be evicted. TWO stories? What nonsense, the world mocks us ...

7-19 Julie Makine reports that a ruling againt KFC in China was not “Finger Lickin’ Good,” quotes “one mango vendor.” Journo lite.

7-22 Steven Zeitchik, lede: “If Darryl Strawberry didn’t exist, a screenwriter would need to invent him.” His life is AMAZING and IMPOSSIBLE. Criminy ...

7-23 A company is sold for big bucks, and we see four-color pics of happy employees. Was this a paid ad? What joy is this for readers who don’t share in the windfall? ...

California Retrospective (unlike the rest of the paper?) gives us a nearly half-page color photo of a couple hugging because their daughter’s murderer got life -- in 1997. Remember the Huber murder? You don’t? Must be sticking in the craw of someone at the Times, occupying space meant for news. News. Newspaper ...

7-24 A hacker is sentenced. Hack happens - every day - but he “stole from stars.” Poor stars! ...


“Racial politics enter a race!” screams a hed, citing a grumpy Latina who asserts that Obama prefers her black challengers because of their race.

I remember conservative radio people in the ‘90s who referred to her as “serial adultress,” but that is not mentioned here. Why not? It’s an assertion, same as hers ...

7-25 Full page color - in spare first section, “a day at the San Diego Zoo.” Lifted from My Weekly Reader? ...

7-26 Get that quote. An enormous fire, bannered “It was the most frightening thing.” The news is what? ... Same. French nun: “It was a horror,” priest’s killing. The quote is utterly unremarkable ...

7-28 Asheville, North Carolina (???), “looks inward” after a police shooting. Three-quarter page consumes ‘The Nation’ news hole ...

Expensive home-purchasing is a method of money laundering. Right. Photo is of a home once owned by Ricardo Montalban. Allegedly. Shiny junk ...

7-29 Because the LAT is Chicago-owned, it recycles Chicago stories to save dough. That city is fascinated by Illinois’ most recent jailed governor. But the long story they picked up this day from the Trib, by Jason Meisner, showed too much local color, three paragraphs about the jailbird’s various hair colors. Nobody here cares about this jagoff ...

7-31 I have no real estate, nor am I a socialist, but Erica Evans “revolting” tome has me burning.

Land owners want hikers to stay off their land. “Activists” (why not “lazy walkers”?) want to use it as a shortcut. (The absence of the word “trespassers” is glaring; “victim” is not applied to owners.)

If the walk was opened to trampers, the owners would be liable for injuries they sustain! Selfish whining lazy demanding shortcutters are neither heroes nor victims ...

Arts & Books now is 50% photos. Big ones of two popular singers combine to fill a page and more ...

A letter from woman who claims she heard snatches of “When I’m 64” in 1963 at a Beatles concert in Liverpool runs without comment ...

Three Chicago writers file story of police shooting there. Nearly a half page. Pickups trump LA news ...

This day’s happy lookback is that a pretty new school has risen in Sandy Hook. Oh joy. Everything’s alright now ...

1 “Legacy of Heaven’s Gate is shifting” screamed the arrogant hed.

New York, New YAWK Times

6-27 The daughter of someone famous wrote a tell-all of horrid childhood of wealth and notoriety. Reporter Jennifer Senior coyly does not reveal the mother’s identity. So why read it - the review or book ...

Anemona Hartocollis reports reports of sexual bias in college tests. Backs it up with “a debate in the industry - on Facebook and private mails,” like people who blab online are savants ...

7-3 Nathaniel Popper: a bitcoin conference was held in China “just blocks from Tianenmen Square.” Why the cheap juxtaposing? ...

7-6 TWO reporters file the news that girls and young women got felt up in crowds at rock festivals in Sweden. Maybe they’re amazed, I’m not. Crowds, genrally, offer some teens (and elders) their only physical contact with the opposite sex. Been going on for centuries. ... Prosecutors hailed the conviction of an Alabama solon. His supporters criticized it. Ho hum ...

7-9 The robot killing of an assault-rifle wielder “ignited a debate” about robots. Talk is cheap. It “stunned” opponents -- dog-bites-man ...

7-11 Hed: “Activist condemns his arrest as unlawful.”
News would be he agrees with it ...

The enormous Noah Remnick coverage of a Yale graduate suing a prof for ‘groping’ her on a trip seems to overlook that the two were sharing a room. Agreeing to share a room with a man is, at the least, naive. This is not addressed, though much space is filled ...

7-19 Jim Rutenberg’s empty squawk that Fox News head’s future prospects were “buffeted by a whirlwind of speculation” is the same as saying nothing. Whirlwinds are hot air ...

7-20 A rich guy failed to pay taxes on art purchases “by artists like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Liechtenstein.” He’s a tax-dodger, why ID the artists? Namedrops keep falling on my head ...

7-21 “Audra McDonald and Zachary Quintos discuss childhood difficulties that led the to acting.” Finally someone’s said it: actors are sick ...

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