January 21st, 2014 | by AARON MESH News | Posted In: City Hall, Media

Steve Novick Trash-Talks The Oregonian, Dubs City Hall the "Council of Boom"

City commissioner goes Richard Sherman on the daily paper.

novicksantaCity Commissioner Steve Novick delivered a letter to Santa Claus at Lloyd Center Mall on Dec. 19, asking for additional transportation funding. - Alex Tomchak Scott

Don't you open your mouth about the Novick.

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick today struck back at The Oregonian and its recent criticism of City Hall. His response is an homage to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman—whose post-victory trash talking has been the subject of some media attention.

Novick's rant, posted on his city blog, takes a personal shot at Oregonian publisher N. Christian Anderson III (much as Sherman called out San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree). Novick calls Anderson "some sorry Orange County right-wing publisher."

Then Novick gets vicious.

"You want to talk about mediocre?" he writes. "A paper that only delivers four times a week, now that's mediocre. You want to question our commitment to jobs? Seriously? The paper that specializes in firing people—good people like Ryan White and Scott Learn—wants to talk about jobs?"

Novick's post ends with a shout-out to "COB!" That would be short for "Council of Boom." (The Seahawks defense calls itself the Legion of Boom.)

All in all, this seems like an appropriate opening to The Oregonian's new tabloid era.

For those who don't follow football, or consume any media whatsoever, here's what Novick's riffing on:
 


UPDATE, 3:10 pm: Novick this afternoon extended an olive branch to The Oregonian's reporters. In his follow-up post, he quoted another Richard. This time, it was Nixon.
 
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