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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

But...But I Thought A. Birch Steen Died of a Stroke! Why Is He Writing for Newsbusters, Now?

Posted by on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

"Once upon a time, it meant something for a reporter to be called a 'Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist,'" Brent Bozell scribbles in the opening of his latest column for Newsbusters. It didn't take long for him to turn those gorgeous, steely eyes our way:

The Pulitzer judges even bestowed an imprimatur on The Stranger, a Seattle alternative weekly rag edited for six years by radical sex columnist Dan Savage. Eli Sanders won the Feature Writing category for a story on a horrific local double-rape of two lesbians, one of whom was stabbed to death.

The Stranger staff’s reaction to the Pulitzer wasn’t solemn. Big surprise, that. Their website quickly added “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize” like a slogan and asked on their blog, “Hey, Eli: Is that a Pulitzer Prize in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us?” Unless I miss my guess, this is the first Pulitzer Prize for a newspaper that also operates an annual home-video pornography competition (called the Hump! Festival).

And so I'd like to say to Mr. Bozell: We have a Public Editor slot open, and we're holding tryouts right now. I think you'd be perfect for the job. Give us a call!


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Will in Seattle 1
Is he dead?

Or just "dead to you"?
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
He also writes for the shittiest right-wing website on the planet, I highly recommend it, but not right after eating.
Posted by davidcon on April 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 3
Eh. He's just jealous.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on April 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4

Insane Paranoid Dems oust serviceman for grousing on Facebook!!

Gary Stein, Marine Who Criticized Obama On Facebook, Will Receive Other-Than-Honorable Discharge

The San Diego-area Marine has served nearly 10 years in the Marine Corps. He has said he was exercising his free-speech rights.

The discharge will mean he loses all benefits.…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on April 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM · Report this
sirkowski 5
The butthurt is strong with this one.
Posted by sirkowski on April 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM · Report this
icouldliveinhope 6
Hahahaha, mixing up the Times and you. Hahaha.
Posted by icouldliveinhope on April 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Vince 7
Nice advertisement!
Posted by Vince on April 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 8
@5 beat me to it.

Is it too soon to suggest a Brent Bozell-themed extra credit prop for this year's Hump! Festival?
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on April 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Doctor Memory 9
Ah, now that's the legendarily dense Bailo that I know and remember. You apparently couldn't be bothered to read all the way down to the end of the article you're linking to:

The judge pointed out Stein's March 1 comments on a Facebook page used by Marine Corps meteorologists in which the sergeant stated, "Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him."

No shit, sherlock, the armed forces get quickly testy when a soldier make a public statement that he's not going to follow lawful orders from someone in his chain of command.

Calling this "not news" would be an insult to legitimately interesting trivialities.
Posted by Doctor Memory on April 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM · Report this
Yes. The Stranger has the right to list "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize" and in fact pass out condoms at this year's Hump with that printed on it. It's better than our fellow weekly zine the "Seattle Weekly" having "Winner of most disturbed prostitution case of the decade"
Posted by apres_moi on April 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 11
The military strictly prohibits its soldiers from criticizing the commander-in-chief publicly.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
That's a lot of criticism from someone who can't even put a space between 'less' and 'like' in his third sentence, Mr. Bozell.
Posted by Subdued Excitement on April 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
balderdash 13
Envy is a sin, Brent.

And you're welcome to submit something to HUMP! if you're that concerned about it.
Posted by balderdash on April 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
I know nothing about HUMP! (I read Slog faithfully, but not for the sex bits), but is there a Masturbation category? A practiced Wanker - indeed, even a Tosser - like Bozell would seem a strong contender. Heck, just cancel the contest this year and give him the prize.
Posted by Warren Terra on April 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
chimsquared 15
@14 or just name the award after him.
Posted by chimsquared on April 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
seatackled 16
At least he had the decency to call the crime horrific, I suppose.
Posted by seatackled on April 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
seatackled 17
I do wish he had written "radical sex columnist Dan Savage, who created a website that defines santorum as 'the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.'"

Or I think that's what it says. I better go take a look at that site.
Posted by seatackled on April 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Concern troll is concerned.
Do you share concern troll's concern?
_ Yes
_ No
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on April 25, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
wisepunk 19
Ahhh yes, like a true conservative he is judging the merit of the award by the associations of the writer and not the content of the writing. It doesn't matter that it was the best written feature article of the year, he works with Dan Savage, so it just can't be good.

This is the same reason that conservatives keep pushing programs that don't produce the intended results. Trickle down economics has to work, even though it never has, because of my belief system. Results never matter, if they did than Jesus would tell me so.

What a fuckin asshat douchenozzle.
Posted by wisepunk on April 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 20
Wait, Mr. Steen passed away? That's sad news, on a personal and on a professional level. Godspeed, Mr. Steen, you will be missed. I've asked the County Exec up here to lower the State and County flags to half mast.

Also regrettable upon hearing this news is the sad realization that, without his firm hand on your editorial tiller, the quality of writing at your paper, never stellar to begin with (Mr. Sanders's unfortunately-awarded Pulitzer notwithstanding) will decline even further.

Sad days indeed. God Bless you, Mr. Steen.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on April 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM · Report this
Knat 21
He does pose an interesting question: What other Pulitzer prize laureates host an annual amateur sex video festival? Pervy inquiring minds want to know.
Posted by Knat on April 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM · Report this
stirwise 22
@21: Doesn't Jay Sherman have one?
Posted by stirwise on April 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM · Report this
Merlin D. Bear 23
Wow... jealous much, Mr Bozell ?
Posted by Merlin D. Bear on April 25, 2012 at 6:55 PM · Report this
raggeddog 24
I especially love the subtle belittling of the relationship between Ms Hopper and Ms Butz by referring to them as "two lesbians". They were not "two lesbians", they were a loving, committed couple who were also lesbians. Just another example of the casual dismissal and denigration of LGBT people by right wing bigots. Am I off base here, or did anyone else read this the same way I did?
Posted by raggeddog on April 26, 2012 at 7:12 AM · Report this
fixo 25
@24. Me too. Why not "two women, partners," or even "two women?"
Posted by fixo on April 26, 2012 at 8:29 AM · Report this

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