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Abate interview — the remix

If your head (or eyes, or heart) is still spinning from the krazy introductory interview with new North Coast Journal editor Tom Abate, listen to this.  All the juice in a fraction of the time.

  1. John G
    January 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I think you just invented “hybrid journalism”!

  2. January 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    All credit to tappyt89.

  3. January 31, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Oh, man…

  4. Plain Jane
    January 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Very funny, but give the guy a break. He’s an in-your-face kinda guy which might serve the community well in his position, but I don’t think I’d want to work for him.

  5. tra
    January 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Either the guy was enacting a brilliant charicature of an over-caffeinated, over-agressive, self-important blowhard, or…

  6. treesnstuff
    January 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    oh yeah, i remember this guy. he used to sit on the freeway overpass near the hsu campus and make art work out of metal objects. he was pretty good at fooling some nubile female freshmen to “hang out” with him and maybe buy him some smokes. cool guy, i dig his schtick.

  7. Brooklyn, ho! (as sung by the Beastie Boys)
    January 31, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Wow, that was brilliant Tappyt89! Love it.

    Tom Abate: the antithesis of “Humboldt cool”

  8. January 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I downloaded the interview from the KSLG website. I was thinking of using my mp3 editor to make some message tones from some of the dialogue. In a million years I would have never thought to do what tappyt89 has done. Nicely done!!

  9. Anonymous
    January 31, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I recommend the creation of a Tom Abate Sound Board, allowing users to trigger such useful SFX as “I’ve broken out of that world, dude.”

  10. January 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I thought you said it was remixed. Thats exactly how I remember it.

  11. Goldie
    January 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    This is not going to just fade away. It will live on and on. A classic. Unfortunate maybe, but unforgettable for sure.

  12. January 31, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I will not be satisfied until I hear a dance remix.


  13. skippy
    February 1, 2011 at 12:15 am

    If the listener thought the previous interview was akin to a bracing shot of Jack Daniels then this post of the shaken, not stirred, remix is more like a few extra heavy wallops of Everclear.

    There’s no such thing as bad publicity in the media business, only more. No blood, no foul.

    186 related NCJ/Abate posts here, 52 over at the NCJ.

    Mr. Matthews, Mr. Abate, and the NCJ may very well go viral after the Youtube video hits next. Jumping the shark won’t be happening anytime soon, I trust.

    Mr. Sims, thankfully you stayed out of this. Thank goodness.

    Someday, in a perfect universe, we’ll all be laughing about this together, later.

  14. Walt
    February 1, 2011 at 6:09 am

    OK, I listened, and obviously the guy got pissed off. Does that mean he’s not a competent journalist? Does that mean he’s an evil, rotten guy? I don’t think so. Is he a warm, fuzzy guy who gives hugs and eats quiche? Maybe not.

  15. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Walt, it was way, way, way over-the-top behavior. Jaw-dropping stuff. I’ll be surprised if this is the last we see of this type of behavior.

  16. the real mitch
    February 1, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Anonymous 6:40,

    Yes, the interview was ugly.

    But, for me at least, the important jaw-dropping behavior came earlier. First, in the lack of coverage of a candidate’s recent criminal behavior. Then, in the juvenile and nasty captions given to letter writers, including those in elementary school. Then, in the online threat against someone (not me) who asked questions about coverage decisions. It was at the Journal’s blog and I don’t think it’s been mentioned here.

    And, of course, the meathook cover, which is probably the reason for what’s happened, even though I think it’s far less significant than any of the things I listed above.

  17. Tiger
    February 1, 2011 at 7:41 am


  18. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Welcome back gonzo journalism. At least this guy doesn’t sound like he will fear retribution or retaliation, lets hear some TRUTH. How bout taking on some corruption in local government?

  19. Norah
    February 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

    He’s hilarious!!!!! It’s going to be fascinating watching what he does with the Journal.

    Might be challenging working with him, but stimulating and fun.

  20. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Looks like some has called out the world’s five “Abatistas” to take to the message boards in defense.

    If the new editor is a competent journalist, why do his North Coast Journal postings read like a college freshman trying to channel H.L. Mencken?

  21. Wow
    February 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

    So does this mean he’s taking his meds or not?

  22. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Self-censorship in today’s “community” media is unprecedented, even the mildest dissent passes for moral acuity; sophists with the ability to splatter clever sentences in rapid succession are mistaken for intelligent; and we elect leaders for their decisiveness when, in reality, they often suffer repressed consciences, unable to care what happens next. (Read: The Mask of Sanity, H.Cleckly, Univ. of Georgia, the textbook Kurt Vonnegut attributed his writing career to).

    We must hold our local leaders and media accountable.

    Every measurable category of the economy, environment and society is in decline, resource depletion and record extinctions are the norm, Europeans, Asians and South Americans have been rioting against their New Gilded Age, but the only measurement repeated in the land of the free, ad-nauseum, is the Dow-Jones.

    Where’s the outrage??

  23. Mitch
    February 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    In Egypt, 1:22. We’re still fat and happy, and most of us still get 104 channels.

  24. Walt
    February 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    . . .and we obey our televisions.

  25. Pam Sistrom
    February 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    When I got home from work today, my daughter was listening to the Abate interview on-line. She started to explain who Tom Abate was and I stopped her.I already read his intro in the NCJ. She said, “Mom, you’ve got to meet this guy! He’s just like Dad!” (my deceased ex) I agreed. He is sufficiently crazy, zany and intelligent,and obviously in the need of the right woman, for me! Alas,I am in my 70th. year and much too old for him. I do love the stir he’s creating!NCJ is going to space!

  26. Ross Rowley
    February 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Yes Walt, yes we do. Isn’t it beautiful?

    That glowing blue box gets bigger and bigger and more glorious as it grows. The British House of Commons Prime Minister’s Questions on CSPAN in 1080i High Definition 5.1 surround audio. Life doesn’t get any better than that. Except for daily viewings of Access Hollywood, perhaps.

  27. Anonymous
    February 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Picked up the Journal today. Seems like business as usual.

  28. February 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Pro’s and Cons==quite a challenge

  29. Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    An editor needs to embrace at least a modicum of diplomacy, and it’s not clear that Tom can pull it off. One would think that he could contain himself in his first interview. Between the off-kilter personalities of Judy and Hank and now Tom, the Journal might suffer. In any case, I give it 15 months before it all blows up.

  30. Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    OMG, he even blows off his boss when she wants to take the discussion of depression “off line.” Forget about it, he keeps going! “Me and my ilk are living in a world where our world is collapsing.” Then he sings! Beautiful. Judy must be kicking herself.

  31. MrAnonymous
    February 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Tom Abate Interview: THE MOVIE

  32. Carpetbagger/Ninja/Executioner
    February 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    “I looked into a mirror and I saw a butt crack.” OMG! I thought Humboldt County was an asylum of sorts, this guy is a new level of insanity. I am definitely voting for him in the next election (I’m sure he’s “pro-jobs”) Are we done?

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