• How Many ?Reporters? Does it Take to Get the Facts?

>> Saturday, April 18, 2009

Apparently for the LA Times the answer is more than ten. I know great joke fodder, yes?

This is the headline they ran on April 16, 2009

Republicans stage 'tea party' protests against Obama

The First Paragraph of Their 'news???' Story

Reporting from Washington and Santa Ana -- Republicans sought to ignite a popular revolt against President Obama on Wednesday by staging "tea party" protests across the nation to demand lower taxes and less government spending -- but the tactic carried risk for the party.

Attribution to the Article




Times staff writers Eric Bailey in Sacramento, Ari B. Bloomekatz in Glendale, Richard Cooper in Washington, Richard Fausset in Atlanta, David Kelly in Temecula, Nicholas Riccardi in Denver, Catherine Saillant in Ventura, and Michael Oneal in the Washington bureau contributed to this report.

Where's the Punchline?

So, one wonders, is this part of the reason the LA Times is having financial difficulties? Is it, perhaps, because they need so many people to contribute to their editorials? Here's a novel idea, maybe if they used reporters to do the job, their rag would be successful.

What a refreshing thought. Well, I've got work to do, so I need to get out of fantasy land.

Dawn Bonner, Editor in Chief

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I Know, Let's Have a Contest: If you make-up the best joke about How Many Reporters Does it Take? and win the contest (to be judged by the readers, your friends, and family, etc...) you will win first choice of:

Autographed Hardcover Book by Lin Enger, Undiscovered Country

Or the newly published book, Fifty is Not a Four-Letter Word, by Linda Kelsey

Or an Autographed book by John Trudell, Lines from a Mined Mind

Or an Autographed CD by Karmina Backwords into Beauty

Or an Autographed book by Robin Hoselton Sinners and Secrets

And, who knows, I may be able to get the girls from Karmina or John Trudell or Robin Hoselton to give you a congratulations call to boot...I'll ask them. Perhaps even Linda Kelsey.

Second, third, fourth place winners choose in order of win--and fifth place winner gets the last prize standing. So, put your best jokes in the comments box of this post, then send everyone you know to vote for their favorite joke. Hey, I'd rather laugh than cry...wouldn't you?


mahaffy April 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM  

The problem is, while we think it's really funny, it's not a joke. These people have actively helped put the US on the skids, and they're beginning to suspect that the country is in a WHOLE LOT of trouble . . . but they can't admit it consciously, yet. (It's hard, if you've never done it before, to admit you've really screwed it up.) The TEA Parties were a threat, like the pointing finger of blame, and mainstream could only deal with us by ignoring us or by directly attacking us. Unfortunately, as I've said elsewhere, the libertarians' belief in nebulous promises like "change" is nearly invulnerable to attacks of truth. 'Tain't gonna happen with one day of protest; we've got to maintain the pressure.

mahaffy April 18, 2009 at 7:55 AM  

Sorry -- typing too quickly for my mind to keep up. Should have read "the liberals' belief" -- not "libertarians'". Duh.

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