My Ed Lee piece wasn't so much about Ed Lee.
What it was all about was an indictment of our so-called "investigative reporters" in this city that don't do a lot of investigative reporting, remember that age-old relic? The good old days, damn right, when there was actual reporting and oversight over the financial doings at City Hall, you know, that small stuff where a notepad or simple phone calls or e-mail is exchanged.
This really isn't necessarily all about Ed Lee. It's about the nitty-gritty ideals of old-fashioned, old-school reporting. It requires a little bit of heavy lifting; checking out the financials, following the money, asking questions like, who got this bid and why. And were there any quid-pro-quos just to make sure, things like that the public depends upon. Sure, it's not very sexy but it used to be an essential. A bond that citizens could rely upon until newspapers began to die and budgets were slashed.
Today, we have "special", "Investigate Units" with splashy promos and TV/radio glitz. The premise is good enough although too many times it's more style over substance.
*Yes, you heard right: Morgan Freeman is the voice on those ads circulating all over Bay Area radio.
*Contrary to friendly and sweet, Terilyn Joe, the former KGO-TV anchorwoman, she was decidedly NOT. And the infamous stories about her alleged fruit throws and "sailor's vocabulary" are pretty accurate.
*Paranoia central: 855 Battery St, where the TV and radio people have to get permission to talk. Maybe if you guys realized that it doesn't matter if you put a gag order on your reporters--word gets out one way or another and by trying to control the rank and file you only make it more of an incentive to get the word out. And it does and will.
*(White) Smoke and mirrors: endless Pope updates does not make for enlightening TV/Radio journalism. (Yo, finally a real Pope!)
*They're not talking much either over at KTVU where the numbers in the early evening has management searching for answers, (and perhaps new anchors). The GM doesn't return phone calls, and a search for a news director continues.
*Recipe for disaster: the local mouthy news chick who thinks because she looks so damn hot, (and she is), that she can go about her increasingly disgusting and arrogant ways in the newsroom makes her bulletproof. She may have to re-think that strategy, says a spy.
*Speaking of Channel 2, a little bonus advice: If you over-utilize your clean-up hitter and expose him to bad pitches, he gets nothing to hit, thus he ends up with a lot of walks and strikeouts. PROTECT him, make him a commodity and then he'll produce more. That simple piece of advice did NOT come from one of your shitty consultants who would have charged you $10G a month. It was free, courtesy of your friendly blogger. Common sense. Merry Christmas.
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