Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Portrait of Dorian McCaw

It's seeming more and more possible that Wendy McCaw uses the same older, more flattering photo of her younger self because she's actually stuck in a time warp. Perhaps hoping to short circuit a broadcast on Los Angeles' KCRW's "The Politics of Culture" today with Lou Cannon and Jerry Roberts (everyone invited from the News-Press declined), she instead offered up over 2200 words on line (and a shorter version in print). And she meant it so much she didn't even hide it behind the pay wall.

Now, one could go through this line by line (pretty much word by word) and pick it apart, but we all have lives and better things to do like dishes, or vacuuming, or nodding off to bad TV. Suffice to say it offers lines that must make Stanford cringe unless their blonde alum writes hefty enough checks. For instance:

You [the rant is addressed to Lou Cannon] assert you are beholden to no union, yet your words mimic the antics of a Union with the gravest history of corruption in its campaign against the News-Press and me as its owner.

OK, I can put up with the inconsistent capitalization of union, but how do words mimic antics? And while she wants, as always, to drag Jimmy Hoffa back kicking and screaming from the Meadowlands or wherever he's buried when discussing the Teamsters, note how that history of corruption immediately connects with a campaign against the N-P? And, of course, poor poor pitiful Wendy.

It's also striking to note her disdain for journalism itself (well, at least journalists--remember, she's an animal lover, not a lover of humanity), a very odd position to take if you actually own a newspaper. I mean, you don't hear the president of ABC say how horrible television is. But instead, she writes things like this:

The world has passed you by. Young people today no longer wear watches, no longer read newspapers, no longer watch TV news.

Here's hoping whatever folks she can still get to work for the shell that was the News-Press can understand how much youth culture is monolithic and stereotypical and more or less dreamed up by someone like Grandpa Simpson.

But separate from her inability to write a sentence, carry on a logical argument, avoid strawmen, and actually have some sense of the real world (no, not the Real World, dearie), there's this--she actually has the nerve to say to Cannon:

I challenge you to state a single legitimate agency "inquiry" that has found we violated a journalistic standard. None exists. It is simply more evidence why certain journalists today have committed a grave disservice to the public they claim to serve.

And, in her entire 2200+ word piece, four words never appear: National Labor Relations Board. It's as if none of the hearings, none of the past year, happened (well, they didn't get reported in the N-P so I guess they didn't). The NLRB isn't a legitimate agency? Maybe McCaw is only accountable to the mysterious fourth branch of US government run by Dick Cheney.

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Anonymous Al Bonowitz said...

What is this fascination with ignorant blondes in black dresses? The childish prose of Wendy McCaw and Ann Coulter speaks for itself. Let those who are interested in that crap seek it out themselves, but the media — old and new — would do well to stop enabling those two.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Physa-chi-atrist said...




11:54 PM  
Anonymous jqb said...

Her basic points seem to be:

a) It's her paper and she can do any damn thing she wants with it.

b) Mr. Cannon, and all the people who left her paper, don't really love it.

Well, gee.

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world according to Wendy is so different from the world through everyone else's eyes.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading her entire rant my assessment is her bottom (line) is hurting. She's getting spanked where it hurts. She repeats over and over that the N-P is a business and she will run it for a profit, defining as journalism whatever she chooses to print. So, by her definition the Jerry Roberts hit piece was ethical because she chose to print it in her newspaper. She failed to realize that in printing such the N-P stops being a legitimate newspaper. It will remain a rag until it returns to the supposedly antiquated ethics she chastises Lou Cannon for supporting.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anarchist said...

I second what Al said. Amen!

10:09 AM  
Blogger Cookie Jill said...

She's a walking trainwreck.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous allegro805 said...

I honestly can't believe that people don't spit at the feet of her and the Nip when they're spotted at the Wine Cask and Lucky's.

I'm serious.

The woman's a menace, and she's ruined a lot of lives and livelihoods.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous drew said...

allegro805: I've actually had the same thought myself. Seriously, I don't see how they can leave the house or mansion or yacht or whatever rich person structure they live in.

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The day McCaw instituted her sophomoric first-name policy in which first names are replaced by "Mr." and "Mrs." was the day I knew this newspaper was destined for the trash heap.

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not only is she
backing this trainwreck of what was once a reputable newspaper and destroyed it...she also backs the other local trainwreck - sb wildlife care. she's given over 1.4M to a group who cannot keep their volunteers due to negativity within the organization starting at the top. a bunch of whiny women. sound familiar???

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Nina said...

I object to the comment by 'Physa-chi-atrist'. It's offensive to many of us because it contributes to the stigmatization of people struggling with mental illness.
Find a more thoughtful and meaningful way to forward this discussion, please.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous kusala said...

Oh, please. The comment being objected to is about as offensive as labeling Mrs. McCaw as "crazy as a loon," "a nutjob," "a wacko," "should be in a cracker factory" -- all of which definitely do describe her condition quite well.

And for the record, the comment you refer to is also NOT offensive to me (I'd say "many of us", but for now, I'll just speak for myself), even though I also have firsthand experience with mental illness.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous edsup said...

Has anyone ever considered that perhaps McCaw WANTS this paper to fail? Perhaps she is looking forward to a nice tax write-off . . .

6:51 PM  

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