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Thursday, June 28, 2007

You hate us. You really, really like us. -- The Nation's confused take on Village Voice Media

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 1:08 PM

The July 16, 2007 issue of The Nation hitting streets this week reads as if were a schizophrenic-produced theme issue on your host, Village Voice Media.

In the 3,000-plus-word "End of an Era at the LA Weekly" the journal of left-leaning political reportage takes our newspaper chain to task for allegedly ditching a tradition where its intrepid investigators published riveting exposes.

"Like many mediocre newspaper chains," the story says, and then enummerates a list of presumed journalistic woes such as staff cuts, heavy workload and misdirected investigative talent.

As if to call bullshit on itself, The Nation's July 16 issue runs another 3,000-word-plus story whose central thrust is based largely around Village Voice Media original reporting -- which writer Liza Featherstone politely takes pains to cite.

"Internal memos -- obtained by SF Weekly -- show that two large SEIU locals had made a deal with a group of California nursing homes, in which SEIU agreed that workers would not speak out publicly against abuse of patients, or health code violations, and would lobby for limiting patients' right to sue," Featherstone writes in her piece "Andy Stern: Savior or Sellout." "When I asked Andy Stern about the deal discussed in the UHW-West memo and the SF Weekly article, his response was strange and contradictory."

--Matt Smith

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