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.