Thursday, February 05, 2004

Decadent West

I'm not going to comment on Boob-a-Palooza, other than to second the sentiments of Crispin Sartwell: The halftime show will likely end up as a recruitment video for al-Qaida. Plus, the man has great taste in music. Anybody who can get George Jones and Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers mentioned on the L.A. Times' op-ed page is OK in my book.

Four and counting

So far, Brian Greenspun has used four columns to defend Harry Claiborne (OK, to be fair, in three of them he merely recycled columns written years ago by dad Hank). Meantime, the Media Watch column in this week's City Life reports on an amusing and bizarre partnership between the Sun and American Society of Newspaper Editors ... to study ethical decision-making. The Sun somehow came out with flying colors, notwithstanding, as CL pointed out, the paper's notoriety as an inbred vanity publication. How did this happen?

Well, it may have something to do with the fact (author William Woo is) a longtime acquaintance of Managing Editor Michael Kelley. Woo disclosed in the article that Kelley "trained at the Kansas City Times a few years after I did, and I should acknowledge that we have been friends since."

Read the whole thing.