I heard about this article before it was written and one of the examples I was cited was not mentioned by name in Tyler Bridge’s piece. In it is the reason I think Michael Bagneris is running against Landrieu for Mayor and as such there is a kernel of truth in the criticisms. I found it very interesting that Bagneris even bagged a campaign contribution from Lakeshore, Mississippi, one of the unlikeliest of places one would expect an out of state democrat candidate for Mayor of NOLA to receive campaign ca$h.
Meantime I believe Slabbed was the first website to disclose the GOP was backing Bagneris so excuse me while I take a victory lap and blow raspberries at AROD. 😉
Next up from the consider it a well deserved compliment files:
I saw the Richard Sherman interview with Erin Andrews after the NFC Championship game and thought Andrews was in over her head. Even at its lowest levels, football is all about competition at its most Darwinian. You gotta have a mean streak and the right attitude to excel at it and the cornerback everyone now loves to hate has it all in spades plus some.
Thus when you make the play that put your team in the Super Bowl and do it against the guy from the other team that has been trading trash with you all week, emotions would naturally be running very high. You’d think since Erin Andrews has covered the sport for years she’d been more prepared for Sherman’s outburst. Even better is this nugget from Sherman’s college days at Stanford:
OK folks I know some of y’all must be scratching your heads at the post title and my choice of quotes that frame this post but bear with me. First off for all my peeps in the TeeVee media I watched most of the coverage last night. Lee Zurik over at Fox 8 and Chick Foret at Channel 4 get attaboys, Zurik because it looks like he is trying to think outside the box on Letten’s replacement and Chick Foret for his brutal, yet accurate assessment of how the axe came down on Jim Letten. I viewed this as a business decision and once people began to say, accurately IMHO, that Letten did not know about the online activities of Jan Mann, Sal Perricone and a rumored 2 other DoJ employees such was a clear sign he was a figurative dead man walking. And while I’m certain feelings are running high at Team Letten right now I think Mr. Letten would be the first person to say that entering the chop shop is the proper last act in these circumstances.
Because of civil service protection afforded to federal prosecutors, neither Letten nor his superiors was likely able to fire Mann immediately, according to lawyers familiar with federal rules. “If she wants to hunker down, she can,” said former U.S. Attorney Harry Rosenberg. “He cannot summarily fire her.”
This is a clear reference to the local rumor mill on Mann. Unlike Sal Perricone, who fell on his sword quickly, Jan Mann stayed on refusing to resign until yesterday when the issue was forced via the forced resignation of her boss. Rumor holds the big guy himself asked Mann to man up and leave. The same rumor said Mann made like Nancy Reagan and just said no. If that is true and I think there is at least a kernel of truth in the rumor so everyone should now understand the lead off quotes I chose this morning.
Even better will the “robust” news operation at Times Picayune join the blogs in vetting potential candidates? Having all those bodies does no good if the editors won’t publish their stories. If you folks from New York reading this blog want to know the secret it is called having a sack.
Hat tip Patrick and Ricardo in comments. The WDSU link and the NOLA.com report. Worth noting was Johnson’s pivotal role in gaining Diana “Conprofit” Bajoie her interim seat on the NOLA City Council. Johnson’s predecessor in that council district was none other than Cythina “Landfill” Willard Lewis. These people all shared Mayor Half Moon’s political support.
A cursory google search shows the Lens broke this story back in January 2011 (and their link to their original reporting today – new link here) as the nimble new media again provides the investigative legwork, a role newspapers used to fill.
Early this morning Mayor Half Moon’s 19 year old son Benjamin was arrested for DWI after a 5AM fender bender uptown on Broadway. I’ll add that had the young Landrieu received that DWI while he was a student at Jesuit, they would have expelled him, just as the child of a prominent member of the media was expelled not long ago for the exact thing. They take such things very seriously in the land of the Bluejay.
That’s right folks, Mayor Half Moon’s quest to hide the cooking of crime stats by NOPD has hit a new low with news he’ll be appealing Judge Medley’s decision in the Times Picayune’s PRR lawsuit. Worth noting is Brendan McCarthy now works for Channel 4 so I reckon the T-P will have to assign a new reporter to the story.
Also worth noting is the Mayor is putting the City on the hook for the Times Picayune’s legal fees as well as the legal position being taken by the City is completely without merit. And at the end of the day the cooking of crime stats by the NOPD will all come out despite the squandering of scare tax dollars on lawyers fighting this case.