Gustavo's Latest “Orange County Line” for KCRW: On the OC Register's Refusal to Afflict the Comfortable!

Last week, I made my case as to why I think new-ish Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner is the Stuart Smalley of print media. I received pushback on that idea by KCRW-FM 89.9 host Steve Chiotakis, who's much more mature and reasoned than I. But I shot back that I wasn't the only one with such a dim view of Kushner, who made waves after he told his newsroom that he didn't believe in “afflicting the comfortable,” remarks that more than a few Reg scribes have lamely tried to defend as a reminder to tell stories truthfully. Um, DUH.

And I'll reiterate what I said before and I'll always say–good for Kushner for hiring up, instead of slashing like nearly every other news organization in America. But when you start mouthing platitudes in journalism, something's fishy on Grand Avenue…

Anyhoo, enjoy!

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