November 29, 2005
The Continuing Descent of the LATimesKevin Roderick of LA Observed asks:
Did Publisher Jeffrey Johnson kill an editorial that was tough on General Motors this week? Multiple sources pass along hearsay that he did. Here's one reason it would be interesting.He then links to an earlier post on GM headquarters yanking national ads from the paper because of critical coverage.
If the LATimes bowed to corporate pressure instead of writing about it, its descent is complete.
This is why the news media is being supplanted by blogs. It forgets the very raison d'être for its existence: to provide objective, unadulterated information. If that purpose is compromised, there is no reason for the public to stay loyal, much less trust its content.
That the LATimes lowered its editorial standards by taking on Jonah Goldberg's hackery ["deranged moonbats"? on prime editorial real estate?] doesn't help the situation, either.
Meanwhile, Roderick adds that about 6,000 calls and e-mails have poured in protesting Scheer's ouster, with "hundreds of long-time subscribers" saying they would stop buying the paper.
Even Dennis Kucinich championed Scheer [they're friends] by gathering a dozen Democrats' signatures on the latter's behalf.
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