Mayoral candidate Phil Jennerjahn has joined the team of bloggers at Mayor Sam. In his first post, he tees off on almost everybody, but especially his winning opponent.
I'm disappointed, though, that his first blow is hurled at media, because many of us in media went beyond the usual call of duty to make sure voices were heard, even if some end-of-lifecycle media entities did not. Nor do I believe that Phil recognizes how much stronger alt-media emerged from the election, and how far weakend old media emerged in the post-election environment.
What Phil doesn't analyze in his first post is how much local political cache those end-of-lifecycle media entities that ignored the Mayor's race lost by ignoring the Mayoral election.
Phil should focus more on drawing lessons from the way media works rather than vilifying them. If he truly values, for instance, the Times editorial page---a media spot few local politicians value---he should write an op-ed about what its failures are, not a free-from-editing blog post. If he thinks KCRW should be more like KPCC, he should hound KCRW producers to find out from them directly why the voices of candidates were marginalized.
As a far-right Catholic, Phil is a natural pessimist; he should look a little to the up-side. Phil has neither written "the Last Word on Mayor Villaraigosa" nor even the last word on the Mayoral Election of 2009. The very top problem with the candidacy of Walter Moore---who worried the Mayor's office even two years ago---was his relationship to traditional media; yet Moore's limited success derived in large measure from how much traditional media has been weakened. Phil Jennerjahn should not follow Moore's bad example by vilifying it, but, if he wishes to remain an alternative political voice, should continue to learn how to work it, even if it is reeling.