As KABC talk show host Doug McIntrye would say, "You can't make this stuff up!"
At 12:18PM today, the LA Times NOW Blog carried a nice little puff piece about the Mayor's impending TV appearance on 'All My Children,' currently scheduled for airing on Wednesday, February 17, 2010.
Less than one and a half hours later, the Times closed comments on their puff piece with the simple statement "The comments to this entry are closed." You can see the puff piece for yourself at:
that is, of course, assuming that the Times hasn't removed it altogether by the time you read this.
Three comments somehow managed to be posted in the 90 minutes that free speech was allowed at the Times, all scathingly negative about the Mayor of Failure's poor choice in taking days off work to make a cameo appearance on TV.
Just in case the Times removes those comments, here they are:
More embarrassment? Oh yes. Did you see the Opinion section in yesterday's Sunday LA Times?
Antonio Villaraigosa on L.A.’s budget woes
Villaraigosa spoke to Times reporters Nick Goldberg, David Lauter, Dan Turner, 'Newton,' and someone only identified as "L.A. Times reporter."
There were a couple of interesting things about the report of the interview. First, the Times reported Villariagosa's comments verbatim - complete with poor sentence structure, rambling thoughts, and the usual bagful of catchphrases, cliches and platitudes.
It made one thing very clear; when Villaraigosa goes 'off script,' he stumbles and stammers his way through an answer. We saw all of that and more last week when Villaraigosa spoke to the Council. He was incoherently babbling most of the time.
Second, an unidentified "Aide" interrupted Villaraigosa not less than five times either to correct Villaraigosa's misstatements, or to answer facts and figures that Villaraigosa plainly did not know.
Here's the link to the Opinion Section:
Clearly Goldberg, Lauter, Turner, 'Newton,' and "reporter" could have cleaned up Villaraigosa's poor performance. They chose not to, perhaps because this was supposed to be an opinion written by Villaraigosa, and as he cannot write very well (he failed the California Bar at least 4 times), and was too lazy to even try to put pen to paper, he chose to use his charm and eloquence to win over the Times. It didn't work, did it?
One other thing that the Mayor of Failure stumbled and stammered his way through was a feeble attempt to explain why he screwed up in ordering City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to fire 100 staffers.
According the Times, Villaraigosa said:
"So once it was clear to me that I had the power through my managers -- and all [City Attorney
Carmen Trutanich] said what that I had overreached. I don't have power over the city attorney
because he's duly elected, but as you know I wrote him a letter saying I still want you to lay these
people off, and I said that in public at the City Council meeting."
So Villaraigosa now admits that he doesn't have the power to order lay-offs, but he can write a letter saying "pretty please" fire 100 attorneys.
If the Mayor's performance in Council and in front of the LA Times reporters is anything to go by, his soap opera debut on 'All My Children' will make viewers wonder just how many takes it took to get this one episode in the can?
Well said City Hall Insider
Oh and our headline? Yes, the Mayor dropped the Failure Bomb 3 times with the Times:
1) Reaction to his tv soap opera debut was so negative, the Times had to close comments.
2) He had to admit to the LA Times that he was powerless to order layoffs at the City Attorney's Office.
3) He made such a fool of himself in the interview that his "Aide" had to come to his aid 5 times.