Under the control of Chicago executives, the L.A. Times has been diminished. Circulation has fallen more than 200,000 daily. A shrillness has been introduced on the editorial pages that denigrates the newspaper. There is a one-sidedness in the Calendar section that fails to examine the full dimensions of cultural issues in American life. The sports section has been ordered to undertake page cuts.
Jealousy in Chicago following the L.A. Times' winning of five Pulitzers led quickly to an order from Tribune executives that The Times cut its staff. The Tribune's own appointees, editor John Carroll and managing editor Dean Baquet have resisted these but been overwhelmed.
It's time for someone with sufficient resources to tender an offer for The Times.