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CityBeat Hits New Low with 'Hitler' Reference

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The tag is so offensive that LA CityBeat readers are gasping for breath today, wondering how it even made it past the publisher to the printer, much less the streets. In this week's "Travel Issue"-- in a piece titled, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" the subhead reads:

"Did you know that Hitler managed to give every German man, woman and child a yearly vacation at either the mountains or the sea?"

But those following the CityBeat drama note that, while this inflammatory anti-Semitic pro-Hitler subhead indicates the publication turned yet another ugly corner, this is another gaffe (albeit the worst) in a steady succession of the bizarre, crude, and tasteless that has become a CityBeat signature, ever since the firing of longtime editor Steve Appleford in March. (To date, CityBeat Publisher Charles Gerenscer and consultant Michael Sigman have not stated their reasons for Appleford’s removal.)

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First they brought on former OC Weekly Executive Editor Steve Lowery. He quit in a week, staying only long enough to leave behind his short snappy legacy -- a sophomoric but otherwise unintelligible editorial titled: “Abortion. Yeah.”

Enter Rebecca Schoenkopf, a.k.a. Commie Girl, ex-OC Weekly columnist who quit that publication shortly after it was acquired by New Times Media (amid rumors she was about to be fired) It quickly became apparent that Schoenkopf’s obsession with gratuitous content and sticking her finger in a wall socket equals -- if not exceeds -- Lowery's.