Sunday, November 06, 2005

It's The Great Gangbang, Hairless Hack

This is amusing. Tedious press critic Mickey Kaus castigated the Los Angeles Times for failing to cover a Halloween night gang war that never happened.

Kaus breathlessly reported that "rival black and Hispanic outfits" fought it out with baseball bats and knives on the Brentwood border, culminating in the LAPD being "called to the scene in force." Kaus even assured readers that the gangstas were "teenagers," adding important factual detail to give his report an air of authenticity. Kaus was then forced to admit that no cops were called to the scene. He attempts to weasel out of his claim by stating that his source ran away from the scene due to fear for his safety, and he assures us that he believes something happened, he just can't prove it.

Kaus doesn't explain how the Los Angeles Times was supposed to cover the non-existent event. Maybe he thinks the paper's reporters should watch the video for Beat It and consume pumpkin-flavored schnapps until the story appears to them.

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