ME-DIAAA! COME OUT AND PLAY-EEYAY!
from Animalville out in Tree County, Oregon
I just can't see Portland media being the insidious
ethics-bereft hellhole of manor-born snobs and
empty posing and posturing you seem to feel
no, not with that kind of defeatist attitude
you can't, young lady.
MEDIA STALKER REFLECTS...
with disgust and dismay to the news a while
back that Saddam Hussein had "won" the "election"
in Iraq with "100%" of the "vote" in a race
in which he was the only candidate. I thought
how fortunate we are to live in a country where
we have no choice at the polls, either, but
at least get to be delighted and entertained
by non-party candidates in the voter's pamphlet.
The socialist dishwasher-poet-punk rock musician-hippie
dipshit? The 400-pound libertarian, "sex writer,"
"pansexual," registered masochist? Or the business-as-usual
brutal despot? It's a no-brainer!
how all Portland papers back the same political
candidates and ballot measures? It's all one
paper, I keep telling you: Politically, socially,
culturally and philosophically...literally the
same handful of tired old names tossed back
and forth between them. And their people and
policies always prevail, but just barely.
means a couple things: a) these papers' influence
is miniscule at best, and representative of
no one, and b) our elected officials come to
power care of a small group of undiscerning,
easily-duped shitheads who just go along with
whatever's presented to them as the prevailing
to Willamette Week publisher Richard
Meeker's mortifying, mealy-mouthed annual state-of-the-repulsive-alternative-newsweekly
address, the Portland Tribune lost only
$4 million to $6 million this year, down from
$8 million to $12 million last year. Not because
the public or advertisers gave any more of a
shit about it than they ever have, but due to
their own cost-cutting measures.
Portland Mercury "loses upwards of $250,000
Portland Mercury and Portland Tribune!
you understand. They're sponsored by a convictionless
business community and don't have to make money,
thereby circumventing the pesky problem of having
to put out something that people might
care about, relate to, or be inspired by. That's
an interesting vantage point to be commenting
on society from. So, put a lot of stock in what
they've got to say, folks. If Portland papers
don't make your skin crawl, you haven't got
a shit-detecting bone in your body.
Steve Duin kicked up a shitstorm by reporting
that the police had given "awards" to cops involved
in fatal shootings, including that of Mexican
national Mejia Poot last year. Journalists were
particularly incensed because Poot used to mow
a more self-congratulating business on the planet
than "journalism?" Forever bestowing dubious
"awards" on themselves and accountable to no
one--least of all you?
Kitzhaber, who's Oregon's chancellor or something
(I thought we were through with him), issued
an official apology on behalf of the State of
Oregon for the forced sterilization of lower-class
state-determined undesirables throughout much
of the twentieth century ("Our bad!").
word in the Oregonian's front-page story
on same was given to Basic Rights Oregon, representing
the opposite end of the sociopolitical spectrum
than those people who had the Auschwitz-style
experiments done on them by always-progressive
Oregon. Its spokes-lesbian asked Oregonians
"to honor those victims by telling the gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in
your life that you love them and accept them."
for that "people are people" crap.
you're cute when you're being strident, but
I'd wager that 99.9% of gay, lesbian, bi-, tri-,
poly- and trans- people (you know, the ones
we never hear from or about because they have
fucking lives) probably aren't pathetic fucks
who need the self-appointed likes of you to
speak for them. Or need a hug anytime someone
other than themselves garners a moment's recognition
organizations like Basic Rights Oregon and its
house organ, Just Out, don't represent
people of certain sexual dispositions, they're
for people with fucked outlooks and self-images,
regardless of whom they sleep with. Which is
fine until they're telling you at every turn
that it's your fucking fault, via your media
or your government.
isn't sexual fairness, it's through-the-roof
favoritism. A handful of well-connected, monied,
extremely white people are dictating whose thin-skinned
sensibilities should be tiptoed around and whose
should be run over. And with the full cooperation
of a supposedly impartial entity like the Oregonian.
And make no mistake--they don't fucking like
of me is satisfied to see the America I was
never a part of suffer in a way I have lived
with for years." Thus reads a letter-to-the-editor
published September, 2001, in Just Out.
Prior to that, the magazine was calling for
a boycott of financially-floundering Macheesmo
Mouse for not carrying their cheery, warm, welcoming,
all-inclusive paper. Later it snarled that a
couple of local DJs were "playing with fire"
because one made a clearly humorous, non-malicious
play on the word "homo" and another dressed
rights" my fucking ass.
for all these unelected bigmouth "spokespersons,"
barely-elected politicians, barely solvent "newspapers"
and self-titled "victims," Portland is a city
of somnambulant zombies who confuse "nonjudgmental"
with noncommittal and passive acceptance with
being had right and "left."