Monday, January 03, 2005

Is The Los Angeles Times an L.A. Newspaper?

Is The Los Angeles Times an L.A. newspaper? You wouldn't know it by these standards:

1. We are undergoing one of the rainiest holiday periods in L.A. history. Yet in the Valley edition of the Monday, Jan. 3 Times, there is no weather story in the California Section. Maybe, it's because only .08 inch of rain fell in Chicago, which owns and neglects The Times.

2. In Sunday's usual ill-written column by Editorial Pages Editor Michael Kinsley, he admits that he actually votes in Washington state. This seems to be his home state, not California.

3. Years ago, long before Otis Chandler became publisher of The Times, the newspaper used to feature several pages of color photos of the Rose parade floats. In Sunday's paper, Jan. 2, it only had one. Other float coverage did come in black and white. The paper is regressing.

No wonder that under Chicago Tribune ownership, daily circulation has slipped by a quarter million to close to 900,000. And there doesn't seem to be much of an advertising campaign to reverse this sorry trend.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dave Rogers said...

To the contrary, the Times is actively campaigning to add subscribers. Just this afternoon I saw a woman standing at a table at Albertsons offering free copies and a perky sales pitch.

That'll bring back the quarter million.

1/03/2005 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd appreciate your comments on the Times going after Justice Thomas, as a news story and today in an editorial. You might have heard the new Dem Majority Leader, Reid, said Thomas was an "embarassment" to the court. God help you if you're a black conservative. Fair and open-minded white liberals will never forgive you.

Don

1/04/2005 8:14 AM  
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