'Chronicle' Is 'AP Cut-and-Paste ... Columns and Cartoons'

RECEIVED Fri., April 13, 2012

Dear Chronicle,
    What on earth is going on with your paper? This is the second week that your movie section has recommended a movie and then truncated the review with no apparent continuation. It just stops mid-sentence. I'm assuming the reviewer actually wrote it, and a complete one at that. It is a disservice to both your writer and your readers. Secondly, I had to re-read the Music column (if one can call it that, more of a memoir for the late '70s) to make sure it wasn't some sort of April Fools' joke [“One, Two, Tres, Cuatro,” Music, April 13]. If I am to recall correctly, Margaret Moser has decided to hand off the "music" column to a bong salesman that apparently has some sort of encyclopedic knowledge of contemporary music. Putting aside the fact that Moser apparently considers 1982 to be contemporary, I am at a loss for words when someone that has a gig in a head shop (no shame there) gets promoted to music columnist for the city's only quarter-decent newspaper based on a conversation over weed-ware. How insulting to anyone that has tried to write professionally. I guess they didn't have that dragon's-head bong in stock. What the fuck? You know, your paper used to actually have an edge. You had good, up-and-coming writers that studied their trade, and though they sometimes pissed a lot of people off (I'm looking at you, Corky), their columns were well-written, and … good. As it stands now, it is a shining example of why the newspaper in general is circling the drain. Two-thirds of your paper is advertising. OK, gotta pay the bills, make some money, I get it. Most of the rest of it is AP cut-and-paste syndicated columns and cartoons. What's left is local music, politics, movies, and current events. Is it too much to ask that you actually find someone that knows what the hell is going on and has actually put some time and effort into writing? A journalist I believe is what they were once called. Who knows, maybe head-shop guy will prove me wrong. I sure hope so. This town certainly deserves more than the weak sauce your paper has been serving for years now.
Aaron Shannon
   [Editor's note: There was a proofreading error in last week's review of Bully in the Film Listings, which resulted in the final two words being omitted in the print edition. The recommended movie in the previous issue, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, was not truncated. While we do run syndicated columns that are popular with our readers such as “News of the Weird” and “Free Will Astrology,” saying “Most of the rest of [the Chronicle] is AP cut-and-paste syndicated columns and cartoons” is not accurate. To read the inaugural column by resident bong salesman Kevin Curtin, see "Playback," Music, April 20.]
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