EDITOR’S NOTE: Newspaper coverage of the indictment of Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife on voter fraud and perjury charges have generated a lot of criticism. Walter Moore today tore apart the Daily News story headlined “Support for Alarcon Remains Strong” while the LA Times editorial upset Bruno, LA’s Watchdog.
Bruno’s favorite political operative is Rahm Emanuel.
He is so Brunoesque. The White House chief of staff is better looking but definitely part pitbull like me. Maybe it’s because he’s from very un-laidback Chicago. Who knows?
In the new Vanity Fair magazine, Rahm, who apparently works 24-7 and never sleeps, describes Washington as “Fucknutsville.”
Can you imagine what he’d call Los Angeles if this was his home base?
Case in point, this morning I sniffed at the Dog Trainer and couldn’t help but notice this morning’s editorial on the indictment of City Councilman Richard Alarcon for perjury and voter fraud
Talk about mealy-mouthed! I couldn’t help but leave my scent all over the newspaper.
The lede (that’s how us news hounds spell the lead sentence of articles) goes like this:
“Maybe it’s finally time for Richard Alarcon to go home, if only he could figure out where that is.”
Go home? Maybe it’s time for Richard Alarcon to go to jail! The guy is accused of lying about living outside Council District 7 that is supposed to represent.
It gets worse – much worse.
“If the councilman is convicted he should, at least, be booted from office.”
And what’s worse is that The Dog Trainer knows it!
“It’s worth noting that Alarcon easily trounced his opponents when he returned to the council in 2007, and it’s just as noteworthy that he ran only weeks after he had taken office in the Assembly — an office he won without opposition. Even if no criminal liability is found, Alarcon’s rather loose attachment to any particular office, much like his unclear connection with any particular residence, is troubling.”
Troubling? Troubling? Calm down, guys. You’re going to spill your green tea.
Then they conclude with the coup de grace intended to end my suffering and put me out of my misery.
“Like various recent political scandals such as the one unfolding in Bell — in which elected officials drew obscene salaries without the knowledge of their constituents — it makes it all too easy to wonder whether our system is slowly being transformed from one in which knowledgeable voters select their representatives to one in which politicians use voters as a means to some other end.”
Makes you wonder? Who’s wondering?
If these geniuses can’t figure out that Alarcon, not to mention the crooks in Bell,- used voters as a mean to an end – the end being cushy, incredibly well-paid, very powerful job, or jobs, in Alarcon’s case – then they all ought to have their laptops smashed.
And if anybody hasn’t noticed, the voters in Bell and Alarcon’s district are largely immigrants, many here illegally, and poor They are easy targets for this kind of crap.
They thought they were coming to LA. Instead they ended up in Fucknutsville West. Change the address on your checks.
The Dog Trainer’s editorial writers might live in safer and richer neighborhoods, but what’s going on here affects their lives, too. And if they don’t get mad pretty damn soon, it’s going to get a lot worse.
Rahm will have to come up with a new word. After all, his brother lives here.