March 26, 2001 |
Here we go again. I was already getting geared up for my annual sparring session with The Times that always takes place after our Oscar coverage. But it appears that Howard Rosenberg sat up long enough to remove that sharp pencil he had been sitting on to once again rip into the merits, or lack thereof, of my colleagues and I who dwell in the world of local morning television ("Your Mute Button Doesn't Stand a Chance," March 16).
March 19, 2001 |
My typically nasty, unfair Friday column about "The KTLA Morning News" and "Good Day L.A." on KTTV ("Your Mute Button Doesn't Stand a Chance") really hit a nerve. Mine. There was, for example, the reader who wrote: "I do not appreciate your harsh view of Sam Rubin. You wrote this article because you want the attention. You work hard in trying to be what Sam is, and you hope to be in his shoes one day. But the truth is you're just too old for anyone to care." How do you like that?
August 5, 2000
It's a shame that such a prestigious newspaper should suffer the embarrassment of Brian Lowry, a columnist who uses the widely read Calendar section to air his petty, acrimonious attacks on someone who is beloved by the public at large ("The Trouble With Synergy: A Media Family Feud," Aug. 1). Lowry launched his second attack of the year on Sam Rubin, a television entertainment reporter for "The KTLA Morning News." His onslaught impugned the entire morning newscast, calling it "Los Angeles' foremost clown college," and accused Rubin of "pretty much lift[ing]
August 1, 2000 |
"Synergy." If you don't spend hours wading through entertainment industry press releases, you may be relatively unfamiliar with the term, which has become as common in Hollywood as inflated box-office estimates. Synergy refers to the way huge companies use one asset to promote and support another, theoretically making the sum of their assets greater than the various parts. There's synergy, for example, between Walt Disney Co.'
March 21, 1999 |
Tonight marks the 10th time KTLA's entertainment reporter Sam Rubin has covered the Academy Awards. Do his preparations involve stretch limos and last-minute Armani fittings? Not exactly. * The Day Before--3 p.m. Sam arrives at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a complete technical rehearsal of the show. 6 p.m. Sam checks into a standard room that he will attempt to upgrade, probably to no avail, at the Inter-Continental Hotel, which he calls the closest "nice hotel" to the Music Center.
February 15, 1999
Of course Sam Rubin is right ("This Entertainment Reporter Says He Isn't Just Clowning Around," Feb. 8): KTLA's "Morning News" has a huge following and makes lots of money, and Academy Award preview/arrival shows do quite well. Yes, he's right--and therein lies the problem. The fault does not lie with Sam Rubin and his chattering colleagues; it's with the audiences. There is no such thing as a bad movie, TV sitcom, friendly blabbermouth news program, or raunchy, liberal-bashing radio call-in show.