Wednesday, July 06, 2005

They hate each other, but...

Many folks thought it classless that Phil Busse of the Mercury tried to derail Willamette Week's successful application for a Pulitzer. Portland Communique wrote a great piece on this back in April (read it with comments here).

Then Busse slipped on a huge banana peel by writing a review for a restaurant that hadn't open yet, and WWeek took him to task for it.

So how odd they both did the same story in the same week. Mercury first.

I'll bet Hank Stern was screaming when he saw the story (assuming he scans the competition) and was hoping for a last minute something to kill the planned cover.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Busse's article is laughably filled with errors -- calling the group the Timber Army (it's Timbers with an s), calling the team amateur (it's minor league), etc.

The fan base has been mocking him mercilessly throughout the week.

The Willie Week guys nailed this one beautifully.

A fan

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I expect Mr. Busse is at the head of the line of those "anonymous" print reporters who pan broadcast news journalists for their lack of integrity.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Busse is a joke. Nobody takes The Mercury seriously. It's the cable access version of a newspaper, with a ten-minute frame of reference, except for when it is self-referential (which is 90% of the time).

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 2:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not always "i before e" - weird but true.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 6:57:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

Thanks for spelling help. We all need editors.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 7:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willamette Week got the essence of the Timbers Army right, while the Mercury's article was trying too hard to be edgy, and it was an absolute mess. While it's funny the articles came out a week apart, the TA is much happier with the work of the WWeek staff..

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 8:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guys at WW did the Timbers Army proud. Mercury, well let's just say...oy wankas!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 9:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the difference between the two articles is that the WW folks have been to matches, met the people and knew what was going on. Mr.Mercury had no background with these people and didn't do any research .. a 40 person brawl? superior to section 8? (our only North American friends) Italian National quarterfinals? the end zone? and what kind of obscure reference to a riot in Zimbabwe have to do with anyting?
the lack of accuracy was direspectful.
I also liked that the Willy week crew knew better to keep their story a little light hearted, keeping with the spirit of the folks down in the shed. the most important difference is that the WW article clearly defines the Timbers Army as a wonderfully diverse and colorful group of people in a town that can often seem a little exclusive and clicky.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 11:59:00 PM  
Anonymous no one in particular said...

Not even the Mercury takes the Mercury seriously. It's still, Phil Busse aside, the most fun paper in town, though.

Thursday, July 07, 2005 2:38:00 AM  
Anonymous GWAR said...

Two reasons to read the Merc:
1. Savage love
2. Slightly better music and food reviews

For everything else, there's WW and the net(which kind of negates reason #1...)

Thursday, July 07, 2005 8:43:00 AM  
Blogger The One True b!X said...

Meanwhile, two problems with Busse's piece today on Sam Adams' lobbyist registration ordinance.

One: It isn't being heard this coming Wednesday, but has been pushed back into August, a fact which isn't a secret but is psoted both to Adams' new blog and to the City Auditor's website.

Two: The bits at the end where he references "educating" and "honor code" appear to be lifted without attribution from my report on a Lovejoy Room meeting on the proposal, which Busse wasn't at. (Not the first time someone has raised the question of similarity between some of his Mercury writings and my posts.)

Thursday, July 07, 2005 9:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has been caught at least once for plagiarism

Thursday, July 07, 2005 9:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not the first time someone has raised the question of similarity between some of his Mercury writings and my posts.


Thursday, July 07, 2005 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mercury is marginal fun to read, maybe once. You read one, you've read them all. And as far as their music reviews go, anybody over the age of 25, or who doesn't make 80s music seems to not exist on their pages.
They are a good example of the end of the "indie" era, and one of the worst examples of it.
In 1998, in the movie "Pecker," John Waters toasted the end of irony. They seem not to have gotten that message. The Mercury is positively retro.

Friday, July 08, 2005 6:25:00 AM  

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