We haven’t said much about the recently announced merger of Phoenix-based New Times (owner of Denver’s shrinking Westword) and Village Voice Media, mostly because our mothers taught us not to speak ill of the dead.

Still, now that a requisite period of mourning has passed, we just had to pass along this on-the-money commentary, which includes the following gems:

“…Phoenix text factory…”

“…the Clear Channel of alt-weeklies…”

“…New Times’ unmistakably bland template…”

“…A true alternative publication is informed by the politics of dissent, and New Times dissents from nothing…”

…”New Times’ weeklies are un-housebroken puppies, peeing on everything and shredding the furniture because, well, it sure is entertaining…”

Heh.