Actually, Dan, you have never been particularly cordial to me. The only time I met you, you were not very inclusive in the conversation. If you will recall, I got up and spoke to the restaurant manager after a few minutes of being ignored. But your rudeness or politeness to me personally is neither here nor there; I'm just putting the truth on the record so you can't mislead about what happened. And ever since the Weekly got rid of its staff writers and turned them into poorly paid freelancers -- which occurred before your time -- I have never been a fan. I can't stand so called progressive publications that are hypocritical in their own labor practices. Nevertheless, Tim stuck with you and turned out terrific articles. So my comment wasn't personal to you but to the politics of The Weekly in general. And yes, I am a friend of Tim's. I don't know the details of what happened but I trust his integrity.
Tim Vanderpool is the best -- a great investigative reporter who clearly pissed off the powers that be at the cowardly Weekly. Your talents were wasted here, Tim. I'm glad you've moved on to outlets that appreciate your work and remunerate you well for it (or at least a helluva lot better than what you doubtless got at the Weekly).
Far be it from me to want to ruin a good gothic tale, but the author should have done his research and gone to Nogales instead of Jaurez. There are plenty of good dentists down there -- I just went to one for an extraction with a friend, who got a cap -- and it's not in the least bit scary. It's sad, because the streets are lined with dental practices instead of curio and clothing shops, most of which have gone out of business, but it's a great place to get dental work done at 1/4 of the price of the U.S.
But yes, American insurance sucks.
Sports writers get tickets to games, theater critics to shows, etc. etc. -- and that doesn't influence the way the game or the show is perceived. If a magazine or other publication is not paying the tab, how can a food writer try all the new places in town? If I don't like a place where I get free food, I won't write about it -- at least not until I have a reason to go back and give it another chance. If I do like it, I'll return for the "real people" experience before I write a review. And sometimes my articles are informational, not evaluative, in which case going in to a restaurant to see how the menu is executed, experience the noise level, decor, etc. is worthwhile. But it's insulting to think I can be bought that easily. My credibility is worth more than a free meal.
I wouldn't call this coverage "kicking a state when it's down"; it's just reinforcing the deservedly negative image our lawmakers in Phoenix and our governor have created for Arizona. It's too bad Pima County can't remain above the fray, at least in the public mind, but the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords effectively eliminated that possibility. And I wouldn't call Jezebel a female centric snark blog. It's a feminist political blog. It's your description of it that's snarky.
P.S. Facebook. Twitter. Chowhound. More great places to express a personal, rather than a professional, opinion. I have no beef with the review, which makes many observations that seem astute, just with the venue for it at this early stage.
There are plenty of places where people are "free to express their opinions" about restaurants. They are called Yelp, TripAdvisor, Zagat, and personal blogs.... Anyone wishing to get a review of a place hot off the presses can go there. Perhaps if this review came with a "this is just my personal opinion, not that of The Weekly" disclaimer, I would be more forgiving of it. It is, rather, under the heading "Chow." Not John's Chow blog. And it has professional looking pictures. The Weekly has a lot of paid reviewers. How would any reader know that John Dedios was not one of them?
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