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Steve Moss Turning in His Grave (Again)

One quick announcement: The Podcasts for Hometown Radio are FINALLY up to date! All the shows for January and early February are posted. Thank you for your patience as we continue to make the transition from Clear Channel to El Dorado Broadcasters. Hopefully we’ll be back in the routine of posting shows within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, New Times has apparently decided to yield the mantle of local investigative reporting completely to the upstart website UncoveredSLO.com, which was recently started up by disgruntled former New Times employees. Convinced that editor Ryan Miller was determined to go soft, Dan Blackburn and Karen Velie decided to try and bring back the punch in local journalism.

A few weeks ago, I posted a sample of New Times cover stories from 2007 to illustrate how they deliberately avoid anything controversial. No sign of change in 2008.

Just out today, for example, New Times offers a hard hitting cover story on — wait for it — ROLLER DERBY. But it gets better. Here is the last third of The Shredder today:

“Bring on the creativity

Did you know that there’s a Cal Poly in Pomona? Copycats. It’s not like there’s a limited number of college names out there. They could have come up with one of their own.

Newspapers, though, you’ve only got a handful of titles to pick from: Times, Sun, Star, Journal, World, Argus, Enquirer. Sure, you’ve got your random weirdo publications who buck the rules out there, but that’s about it. Colleges, on the other hand, are virtually limitless. If you liked me enough, or I gave you a big enough donation, you could start a Shredder College. I’d offer a B.A. in snarkiness.

So anyway, San Luis Obispo’s own Cal Poly–and that other Cal Poly–are looking for ideas for a float in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade. The umbrella theme they’re asking everyone to work under is “Hats Off to Entertainment.” I ask you, what’s more entertaining than life in San Luis Obispo County?

Winner gets a $1,000 cash prize, and I want it. I’m submitting a float idea. I don’t want to give too much away, but it combines a little bit of everything I just wrote about: naked women on rocks, police wandering aimlessly through lackluster Mardi Gras streets, Clinton and McCain–and I’m throwing in a giant Ernie Dalidio, too, just for good measure. You know, since Measure J just got overturned and all, he might have to watch his dreams for developing his land deflate like a stuck pig-shaped balloon. Maybe seeing a big model of himself made out of gardenias will cheer him up.

You can submit an idea, too. They’re due at 5 p.m. on Feb. 8, so if you were lazy and picked up your New Times any time after Friday, you missed out on your chance to become rich.”

Steve Owens better watch out. Looks like New Times has decided to compete with Journal Plus magazine.

Unbelievable. Growing sadder by the week.

We need Dan and Karen more than ever.

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