The Saddest of All Newspaper Wars, Dateline: San Francisco

Over the years, Mike Lacey, the charismatic and sometimes prickly alt-weekly executive, and his pals at Village Voice Media (ne New Times) have generated no shortage of amusing media stories. And for those of us with a taste for the genre, Eli Sanders’ feature in this week’s The Stranger about the 15-year battle and end-of-times legal brinksmanship between The San Francisco Bay Guardian and the V.V.M.’s SF Weekly is a must read.

Among other things, it’ll improve your vocabulary for insulting rival journalists.  

My favorite: “bull-goose loony.”  

And creative ways of fantasizing about assaulting rival journalists.  

My favorite: strangulation by ponytail.