Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Great Quote from the Daily Sound

In writing about tonight's fundraiser for the over litigated ex-News-Press Managing Editor Jerry Roberts, The Santa Barbara Daily Sound reports that political consultant Gail Kaufman says "Ann Coulter will appear on the television hit program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy before McCaw’s paper ever wins a Pulitzer Prize". Ouch.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

or any other prize.

3/13/2007 11:38 PM  
Anonymous biff arden said...

Two points:

--Wrong Way Armstrong was the recepient of the California Newspaper Publishers Association "Best Opinion Pages" award for 2005; quite a travesty, IMHO.

--Calling that line funny is like admiring Buddy Winston's wit-challenged scribblings.

--Biff Arden

3/14/2007 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buddy Winston is a downer. Creepy choice. I don't get that one at all.

Michael Seabaugh and Barney Brantingham get replaced by Winston and Schlessinger?

That IS sad. But who reads the filler in the NP these days anyway. Might as well not even run either of them.

3/14/2007 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Al Bacara said...

There is No truth to the rumor that Craig McCaw has made a donation to the fund, is there? I'm sure it would have been news if he had. and would the NP had covered it, Local news, local interest??

3/14/2007 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing keeping Coulter and McCaw apart are their politics. Coulter would have been a more interesting read than "Dr." Laura regardless.

3/15/2007 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like Un-dr. Laura is at it again, but I can't read the article, anyone else see today's article?

3/15/2007 11:03 AM  
Blogger passing-by said...

"Doctor" Laura continues to write hysterically amusing stuff. Now she has sworn off two things: Law & Order (the TV show) and blogs with anonymous postings.

Law & Order, the good "Doctor" asserts, twisted a news story ("ripped from the headlines" so they say) in a way she doesn't like to make an episode of the TV series. Too politically correct. So she won't watch anymore.

Then, she cites the Independent and un-named other blogs with anonymous posters and vows to boycott them as well. Reasons? Anonymous posters say unpleasant things that she doesn't like. Laura seems to have the idea that a blogs are like newspapers in that specific writers ought to be accountable for specific statements (except, of course, pretend newspapers like the NP that repeatedly cite anonymous sources as proof of biased reporting by former employees).

The reality that blogs are a lot more like conversations between strangers at the Starbuck's line (which, in my experience sound very much like postings here at Blogabara!) rather than newspapers of record which publish legal notices and are supposed to be reliable, objective reporters of fact.

My bet is that, if we could shadow the "Doctor", she watches Law & Order reruns tonight and that she reads this posting this afternoon. Of course that is just my anonymous opinion.

In that sense I am sort of like all the anonymous callers - total strangers - that the "Doctor" listens to for a few seconds after they have been carefully filtered by a call screener to make sure they are properly pathetic, simpering Lauraphiles, and then cuts off so she can solemnly advise them about moral and spiritual matters, hang up and forget about while she counts her money to see if she has enough to buy a new yacht.

She is a funny woman - one of the most amusing entertainers of the era.

3/15/2007 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although my intention is to update the recap/review of Dr. Laura's nearly unbearable column only on Sundays, today the blog features a special Thursday edition of the:

Fake Doctor's Sunday Funnies

3/15/2007 12:26 PM  
Anonymous ne'er-do-well said...

Anon. 11:03, here is the section of "Dr." Laura's column that you requested:
"My second boycott is all blogs and such which permit anonymous postings. For example, go to and see for yourself how, under the darkness of anonymity, people feel free to give "opinions" that often go right over the edge into slander and downright meanness. Same with the Santa Barbara blogs which spend most of their time and space on attacking everyone associated with the Santa Barbara News-Press. One of them even threw a contest: Santa Barbara's Worst People. I won fourth place . . . for what? Graffiti? Mugging? Armed robbery? Child abuse?

My main question is why even have that kind of contest in the first place?

The answer: gives an outlet to cowards and ne'er-do-wells to polish their egos by snotty little attacks on folks trying to do something of value, simply because they have a different world view.

And, none of us is anonymous.

It is these very types we all have to watch closely. Can you imagine these perpetual attackers ever really having tolerance and a diversity approach? If they ran the News-Press, would they keep me, Scott or Travis? Since they spend a lot of time salivating over the demise of the News-Press and anyone and everyone involved with it -- I think they would create their own one-sided tyranny. So much for the future of tolerance and diversity if these folks gain traction."

I think it's great that she gave the Indy site a plug!

3/15/2007 12:41 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Fair warning on worker bee's Fake Doctor Sunday Funnies -- R-rated for those who care, funny nonetheless.

3/15/2007 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the excerpt ne'er-do-well

I haven't ever paid attention to her writings- if this piece is typical, she doesn't appear very intelligent nor for that matter, at all skilled as a writer

3/15/2007 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Larkspur said...

It has always been interesting to me why "Dr. Laura" has the following that she does. Sylvia Plath said it:

"Every woman adores a fascist,
The boot in the face, the brute
Brute heart of a brute like you"

Authoritarianism is very appealing to some.

Still, for "Dr. Laura" to attempt to avoid "mean and stupid" is an excellent first step. Always best to shine the light inward first.

3/15/2007 5:39 PM  

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