08.25.10

Creampuff Music Journalism

Posted in Extremism, Ted Nugent at 8:39 am by George Smith

I’ve often stated that music journalists are largely creampuffs.

They can’t be counted upon to do anything difficult, to lance even the easiest boils. It’s not all their fault. When your job security and opportunities demand you be a creampuff, you do what you gotta do.

Take today’s Billboard. Years ago, Billboard had no trouble reporting that Ted Nugent had been tossed off a radio show for remarks that were thought to be bigoted.

That evidence is here. DD posted it recently.

Today, however, Billboard published a brief interview with Nugent. It was remarkable for actually asking Ted about his recent run-in with the law over his hunting faux pas. No other journalist on his summer tour, or any sports section wildlife journalist has chosen, so far, to pin him on it.

However, Billboard allows Nugent his usual deceptions. On his website last week, Nugent copped to his crime. And in news from California, it’s perfectly clear that Nugent’s legal team negotiated the charges against him downward:

Nugent, to use his love of hunting as a framing piece, presents a target rich environment.

From a couple weeks ago:

Nugent was originally facing a charge of killing a “spike” — an immature buck — on the program but the charge was dropped during negotiations between his attorney and the Yuba County District Attorney’s Office, said Foy.

A spike is a deer with two antlers that have not yet “forked,” Foy said.

A Department of Fish and Game warden saw the show in March and “just about fell out of his chair” when he saw Nugent with the buck, according to Foy.

A subsequent investigation led to the baiting charge.

Furthermore:

Nugent originally faced 11 charges, including killing a deer too young to be hunted. In a deal with Yuba County prosecutors, attorney Jack Kopp entered no contest pleas Friday to the two misdemeanors on behalf of Nugent, who did not appear in court.

A Nugent spokeswoman did not immediately return messages left late Tuesday.

All of this is easy to find if you have access to Lex-Nex, or even more easily, Google.

But this is what you get from Gary Graff, writing for Billboard:

With his tour wrapping up on Sept. 5 in his home town of Detroit, Nugent plans to spend the late summer and early fall hunting bear and moose in Canada and deer in Wisconsin before hitting the studio in December with his band — bassist Greg Smith and drummer Mick Brown — at producer David Zaijcek’s studio in the same Texas village where Nugent now resides. “I love the convenience,” he explains. “I love being able to hunt in the morning, then go rock my balls off the rest of the day. It’s called balance. My spirit has never been more positive or energized.”

Nugent’s hunting did get him in a bit of trouble recently when he plead no contest to misdemeanor charges of killing an immature and baited buck during a taping of his Outdoor Channel show “Spirit of the Wild” in February. Nugent, who did not bait the deer but rather killed it in too close proximity to a baited area, paid a $1,750 fine for violating California hunting laws.

“I did not use bait, I didn’t see any bait and nobody in our group used any bait,” says Nugent, who was hunting with others during the trip. “We were only 100 yards from an apple orchard. Is that bait? I don’t know … I thought about fighting it and we probably could have won, but they were putting a lot of pressure on me and I pled no contest pretty much to save my buddies, who did nothing wrong, either.”

A good reporter might have asked Nugent for the original indictment before publishing the self-serving quote. Someone responsible might have even gone to PACER and spent an entire fifteen minutes looking for Nugent’s case file.

A proper journalist might have brought up the issue that Nugent’s own cable show, Spirit of the Wild, was the original evidence which inspired the charges levied against him. And that it had been discussed in hunting circles in February. With Nugent generally coming out as the loser.

A real journalist, as opposed to a creampuff, might have even tarried to ask Nugent about the race-baiting columns he’s had published all summer long in the Washington Times or the incident in Dubuque which caused the town newspaper’s editorial page to condemn him.

Someone with guts might have chosen to make Nugent actually look at himself in a mirror, for a change.

Good job, Billboard and Gary Graff! Get that news on Nugent’s next album, supposedly featuring “‘ stone cold motherf***king songs’ ready to go when he takes his band into the studio later this year … ”

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