Never one to mince words, OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano is castigating the MSM in general and the Los Angeles Times in particular for their apathetic coverage of banda music superstar Jenni Rivera prior to her tragic death this weekend.
Although he admits that online newspaper archive searches can be misleading (and urges the LAT folks to correct him if he is wrong), he says he found traces of only two feature articles:
A look through the Proquest archives show that the Times never did a single full profile on Rivera – not once. The only full stories on her were two. One was a story on a reality show involving her youngest daughter. Another – of all things! – was a real-estate story on Rivera purchasing a multi-million dollar estate in Encino…
Southern California’s paper of record had their real-estate writer and two freelancers cover one of the biggest Mexican stories in the United States of the past decade. Their music critics did NOTHING. As if to make up for lost time, the Times have published seven stories on Rivera since her death yesterday, the epitome of too much, too little, too late.
Other MSM outlets called out by Arellano for a failure to properly chronicle the remarkable rise of Rivera include NPR (for whom the author is about to kick off a new weekly commentary series via KCRW), the New York Times and the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He is also, per usual, rifling off quick social media replies to the first wave of comments.
Read the full blog post here.
[Photo courtesy jenniriveramusic.com]