PORTLAND -- Portland City Councilor Steve Novick launched an attack on The Oregonian Tuesday in retaliation to some of the paper's recent editorials.
In a statement posted to Novick's blog, he said he was inspired by a recent rant by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who lashed out at the 49ers Sunday after a perceived slight.
Novick said the paper had called the city council "mediocre" and had "repeatedly crossed the line between criticism and contempt."
In it, Novick said, in part:
"You want to talk about mediocre? 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?
We're the best City Council in the league. And we're not going to be bullied by some sorry Orange County right-wing publisher. We'll be here after you're gone, Mr. N. Christian Anderson III - after the Newhouse family wakes up and realizes that it's economic idiocy to try to foist a Fox News paper on a progressive readership."
Novick stated that he did not think that the paper could influence him. "Lions don't concern themselves with the opinions of sheep," he said.