Sunday, November 28, 2004

Sports Mixed With Business

Entry of Nov. 28.

On Thanksgiving Day, The Times shocked many of its readers by sticking the Sports Section at the back of its Business Section. Longtime readers of The Times had some trouble finding Sports, and there were letters from readers deploring the arrangement, a low-quality precedent..
In many ways, the Tribune owners are cutting back The Times. There has also been announced plans to move the Washington bureaus of the various Tribune-owned papers in with one another. It can't be too much longer before the same thing is done with the outstanding Times foreign bureaus.
All this shows, the Tribune is not up to maintaining the standards of The Times. The newspaper ought to be sold to California owners now, before further deterioration is allowed.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me the current editors are trying to make LAT a rival to NY Times.. A huge A section dominated by foreign news and features... and a California instead of Metro section.

LAT readers know more about the lives of Kurdish goat herders than what's happening in So Calif. The "Outdoors" section has been more about beat poets and a silly pseudo-investigative piece about smoking Marlboros in Utah than fishing, hiking, biking, climbing, or environmental issues of importance to outdoors lovers.

The Left Coast is a very different place than NYC, and deserves a newspaper that reflects that.. A paper with more local focus, energy and personality would be a welcome change.

12/02/2004 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like many, I go straight to Sports to start the day and of course, picked up the phone thinking the section had been left out of my paper. Phone lines were offering an incredibly long 10 minute wait, so I wasn't the only one who reacted the same way (and later learned relatives picked up their phones too). A sad day for the Times, but another victory for the wannabe New York Times crowd that would love to stuff Sports in the Business section everyday.

Thanks for this blog, I'm afraid you're going to have a lot to write about in the coming months. It's fascinating to see the Times make a few improvements not long ago and now to watch its rapid demise. Everything they cut can be found on the Internet, which makes it less relevant by the day. The Outdoors section is a waste and often offensive (who in LA wants to read about hunting?). The Sports special sections always came through with stellar coverage during special events like the Olympics, World Series or golf's majors.

Oh, and the editorial page needs to print satirical pieces that are actually funny, or not publish them at all!

12/02/2004 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Readers need to know that Reich actually is a secret agent for a wide variety of subversive, tree-hugging animal-rights groups bent on taking over the Times. This blog is a clever ploy to sniff out responses from those opposed to the plot. Do not be deceived!

12/02/2004 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Readers need to know that Reich actually is a secret agent for a wide variety of subversive, tree-hugging animal-rights groups bent on taking over the Times. This blog is a clever ploy to sniff out responses from those opposed to the plot. Do not be deceived!

12/02/2004 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken Reich is a respected reporter who never met a good story he didn't like. He takes his shouting match to the internet because The Shirts whiter than his shut him down. He wants to be heard and he wants to hear.

What's wrong with questioning the cozy group_let's call them Expense Accounts today_who swaggers its self-proclaimed expertise all Spring & First St. as well as every big-shot conference where the paper can pay for a good glass of Booker's while the circulation trounces, while the workforce is cut, while the Advil rises to 25 cents a pop?

There is nothing wrong with this blog if you believe in taking a stand for your 1st Amendment and opening LA's eyes to the stench that lies within. If only Jason Blair were available to blow the lid off the place and get coach Phil Jackson to watch game videos of the posturing by LA Times players here worse than Kobe.

People only remember Reich for his last 5 years rather than all the ones in which he & others ran the table on exclusive reporting in the city.

12/13/2004 8:58 AM  
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