Saturday, June 18, 2005

What's Happening to Lars?

Caught this post on Portland Radio Message Board under the thread LARS smoochabuttathon! - and I actually heard Lars promo-ing his one on one with his boss Paul Allen.

A couple samples:

Eeeg, did you hear Lars "interviewing" Paul Allen today? Yes, Lars it's nice when you disclose that he's your boss, but that doesn't excuse you from KISSING HIS REAR SO NOISILY! I think his first question was "Mr. Allen, how do continue to be so charismatic and wonderful?" Just about anything Allen says is newsworthy, which is why KXL should limit "coverage" of Paul to news/sports segments. Hearing him chatting uncomfortably with Lars about the Blazers and space travel is just too cozy and weird.

And...

Lars had a chance to pick up a few points with me if he had "gone 60 Minutes" and asked relevant newsworthy questions, instead he went Entertainment Tonight. Is "spineless" a new adjective to describe Lars now?

Not that he has any credibility, but it's fun to pass on anyway.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I'm more interested in hearing about is the O's screwup on the Blazer coach announcement. Canzano admitted that he got played by Nash and wrote a long and whiny column about it; Jason got chewed up in the Public Editor, and somebody in there blamed talk radio and the blogosphere for all the competitive pressure they're under. I'm thinking it's been a grim 48 hours for those boys.

Saturday, June 18, 2005 7:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bah, big deal. Blazers suck anyways (the players, *NOT* the unknown office folks there only to make a living, see longer disclaimer below).

I think its funny that the originally said they wanted someone with NBA head coaching experience, now they're looking at assistant coaches. I wonder why... maybe because nobody wants to have anything to do with this organization?

Maybe since Paul Allen doesn't own the Rose Garden anymore, they're more interested in shutting down opinion websites like Blazers Suck (was in Willamette Week a few weeks ago), and less and less people support them except for those with incomes so high season tickets are drops in the bucket for them, maybe it's time we pushed for the team to move elsewhere... and the further away, the better.

(Once again, this is not directed to those who simply work there day in and day out in the officies and administration and such as people would in any office, that don't have any say at all as to what happens on the court, w/ the players off the court, or making financial decisions on the team.)

Saturday, June 18, 2005 8:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pdxmediainsider,
Please, I'd like to see you dis the owner of YOUR station during an on-air interview. Why the sudden interest in Lars' interview? Some of you make no sense. Why would you think Lars would want to embarass his big boss on the radio?

Sunday, June 19, 2005 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Simp said...

Speaking of making no sense...

Asking relevant and interesting questions ≠ embarassing the boss.

Sunday, June 19, 2005 2:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Normally that would be true. But Lars doesn't ask interesting and relevant questions. His interview technique is to either a)harangue and humiliate (if the guest is middle-to-left), or b)fawn, butter up, smooch, and adore (if the guest is Bill Sizemore).

Sunday, June 19, 2005 3:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough with Lars. the guy's simply a right-wing reflex, not an actual thinking journalist. and of course he's going to cuddle up to power -- using that approach he's made a pretty good living. and since he's not a journalist, maybe discussion about him doesn't belong on this board.

the sad thing, btw, about the blazers is that almost no one cares who the new coach is going to be. maybe even worse, they don't care who the number 3 draft pick is going to be. allen has planted this franchise squarely in Clipperland. how do you manage to make a pro franchise disappear in a one-team town?

Sunday, June 19, 2005 4:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Simp said...

re Anonymous@4:47:

Enough with the blazers. the team is simply a tired, rich boys club not an actual talented basketball team. -- Using that approach they've made an absurdly good living and since they are not journalists, maybe discussion about them doesn't belong on this board.

Since the topic of the post is about Lars, I think discussion of Lars is a tidge more relevant than discussion of the Blazers.

Sunday, June 19, 2005 4:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's happened to Lars? More like: what's happened to PDX Media Insider? After a promising start, it's rapidly degenerating into just another pisspot, third-grade "I hate him/her" blog. Thought you would be better.

Sunday, June 19, 2005 7:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It usually is better. This is a journalism blog, and Lars is not a part of this. That's why I tried to steer this thread to the egg on the Oregonian's face, but nobody seems to care. The Blazers make people's expressions go totally blank.

Sunday, June 19, 2005 7:28:00 PM  
Anonymous decaf said...

Dear PMI:

7:28 may be a crazed thread hijacker, but I also wish that this site had a way to start topics. Like, for instance, The O's false start on the coach pick or (one I've been thinking about) its choices of mug shots in the PDC coverage.

Might I suggest an "Open Thread" for each week, where we can bring up the hottest new issues while they're still hot? You could harvest the most interesting items into separate threads and I wouldn't have to fear that I'm missing an insight into John Canzano's life by skipping a Lars discussion.

Sunday, June 19, 2005 8:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic but suggestion for Portland Media Insider topic: Radio and TV Salaries. How much do those anchors get paid anyway? What about producers, photogs, deskies, etc

Sunday, June 19, 2005 8:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is going to be a hot topic in the next few weeks involving the cast and crew (and execs) at OPB TV and radio. Will #2 fall? Who will be out on the street? Will the union survive? Will the execs make the wrong choice and wind up paying big bucks for their mistakes again?
When will the reign of fear end? Or will the power be entrenched even further? People in the building remember when it was a nice place to work.

Sunday, June 19, 2005 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Splicer said...

One of many anonymouses wrote: "Enough with Lars...since he's not a journalist, maybe discussion about him doesn't belong on this board."

A Peabody Award and several Emmys for reporting excellence, and he's not a journalist?

What an idiotic comment.

Monday, June 20, 2005 2:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey splicer. he's not no journalist no more.

Monday, June 20, 2005 2:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lars is a bag of gas, and he know's his spiel works.
If Lars were still a journalist...an occupation he left behind at KPTV ...he would look at both sides ... fairly.
He does not, because he knows he does not have to do so.

Monday, June 20, 2005 5:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That last comment was written in the same trademark incoherent "abuse of ellipses" style employed in the Lars Blog. Interesting.

Monday, June 20, 2005 8:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When on earth was OPB a nice place to work?! When I was there it was a snake pit. That was a long time ago, but still.

Monday, June 20, 2005 9:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OPB is much worse now.

Monday, June 20, 2005 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me put it this way and this is from one of his ex girlfriends, Lars and my pinkie has something in common...no wonder the guy cannot dare listen to anyone else but himself.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 2:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 10:12, I'll pray for you. yow.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 9:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now that's more like it. we need more on the sizes of media people's weenies!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The one thing lars and Paul have in commen they are both washingtonians

Friday, June 24, 2005 8:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lars and Paul also enjoy talking about their shared hobby -- sociopathy.

Friday, June 24, 2005 5:34:00 PM  

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