A Peculiar Article In The Jewish Journal On The Mainstream Press And Mayor Hahn
But I've been told what the rumor is, and it seems to me that Rick Orlov and his colleagues at the Valley News and Weekly and the editors at the Times were entirely correct in not pursuing it. I wonder why the Jewish Journal even thought this was worth a long story.
The mayor's divorce has been reported. This rumor is an elaboration on that, but it has nothing to do directly with the mayor or anything he has done.
"All the news that's fit to print," long the motto of the New York Times, is applicable here. There is nothing here that the public need be concerned about. This is contemptible gossip.
It seems now that every major election is accompanied by wild stories, rumors and sordid nonsense. I'm not supporting Hahn in this election and have been critical of the Times editorial pages for not following through thus far on their primary endorsement of City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa.
But that is not to say that Hahn deserves being smeared with inconsequential nonsense, no more than the first President Bush did with campaign rumors he had had an affair.
The Times, the Daily News and the L.A. Weekly are reacting to this rumor honorably, by refusing to print it. More power to them.
Now, on the other hand, I think Times columnist Steve Lopez was entirely on point this morning, April 6, by suggesting that Cardinal Mahony was in error in flying first class to Rome, and that Jesus certainly would have flown coach. Steve Lopez is always the epitome of good taste.