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Just wanted to commend Nikki Finke for her excellent articles examining the way the media has not only swept the plethora of potentially damaging information about Arnold Schwarzenegger under the carpet, but has actively campaigned to take down Gray Davis.
I find it totally appalling that a man who is inarticulate (and I’m not referring to his Austrian accent . . . I’ve just never heard him utter a single intelligent, cogent position), grabs women’s breasts, has expressed racist views and associates with known Nazis (Kurt Waldheim) could have a serious chance at winning the governorship of the nation’s most important state. There’s no way Schwarzenegger would be polling as high as he is, I believe, without the complicity of right-wing pundits at media outlets owned by Republican contributors and sympathizers like Clear Channel’s KFI. Clear Channel, by the way, is owned by a good friend of George Bush. Now there’s the realstory that’s being ignored: Bush and Karl Rove’s behind-the-scenes puppet mastering in this whole debacle.
A Break from Politics
Political coverage is necessary and few do it as well as the L.A. Weekly, but how refreshing to read about a debunker of the myths and outright lies that surround our society — specifically, the profile of local author Boze Hadleigh [“Romance vs. Reality,” September 12–18]. One of his two new books, Holy Matrimony!, is fun and informative, with the valuable message of looking beyond media babble, stereotypes and now-acceptable hyperbole — be it about celebrities, love, lifestyle, politics or pop culture — and learning to question and to think for oneself. I just picked up the book, after reading Dawn Dumpert’s thoughtful article, and don’t even plan on watching television tonight — wow. (Now, let’s have more authors and writers, fewer politician-opportunists.)
In her otherwise laudatory article about Sofia Coppola [“Pale Fire,” September 12–18], Ella Taylor couldn’t resist taking a swipe at what she describes as one of the funniest death scenes in the history of melodrama: the death of Mary Corleone at the end of Godfather III.
I saw Godfather IIIthree times the week it opened and neither I nor anyone else in those theaters thought that scene was funny. I realize that people who write for the Weekly think of themselves as being with it and on the edge, but if Ella Taylor thinks that a father mourning the death of his child is amusing, like Francis Coppola reliving onscreen the death of his son, which is what that scene was about, I feel sorry for her.
A Visionary Overlooked
Who gives a fuck about Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray? They are still here and not one-eighteenth as interesting or talented as Warren Zevon. One tiny mention in a paper with many pages [Live in L.A., September 12–18] of probably the most visionary, brutally honest, dry, sarcastic and humorous artist of our time? Coppola and Murray don’t even equal an ounce of the creativity and brilliance that Zevon brought to this world. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Warren should have been on the cover and in all of the pages as far as I am concerned. If your paper wasn’t free, I’d cancel my subscription.