Matea Gold's Fabulous Articles On Fox News
Two articles authored by Gold in last Sunday's Calendar section dealt with what for some reporters is an impossible subject: Fox News. It has proved all too easy for many to dump all over the network, which has often been criticized for its conservative ideological slant but which has emerged as the number one cable news network by far in terms of audience numbers.
Gold's lead article, headlined, "Up next, wrangling respect," told of moves at Fox News to establish a more solid journalistic reputation, and a second article dealt with Scott Shepard, a Fox evening news anchor who has been establishing a good record as a straightforward journalist, unlike, for example, Bill O'Reilly, who almost always has an ideological slant. Shepard appears at 4 p.m. on weekdays in Los Angeles.
Gold writes, "Partisan quarrels and punditry get little play from Smith," and in both articles, she is, as usual, incisive but understanding of what Fox is trying to do.
With Democratic prospects high in the forthcoming Mid-Term elections, it has probably occurred to the Fox executives that they have to lean at least a little toward developing national sentiments on the Iraq war and other subjects. The Gold article thus comes at a crucial moment for Fox News.
Before going to New York, Gold was a Times political writer. She came to the Times at 22, if memory serves me, as a UCLA student on an internship, and like many outstanding interns she ended up at the paper on the long term.
Let's hope that with Tribune Co. mismanagement of the Times, she does not move to the New York Times, which she undoubtedly could with little trouble.
The editors of the recently-revised West magazine, the L.A. Times Sunday magazine, have been trying hard to make it a better product, and, occasionally, succeeding. I was particularly impressed last Sunday with a short piece of fiction titled "Fire," which was the first published story by Susan Klenner, a retired real estate broker.
This story about a young girl and a wild dog was extremely touching and well written. Let's hope it's only the first of many Klenner stories for the magazine.
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