L.A. Times Has Only 12 Pages in Section I This Morning
And here we are in Thanksgiving week, the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, when it used to be under the Chandler family that the Times had several extra sections, known as goony bird sections, at this time of the year.
The New York Times Section I this morning is 26 pages.
I can just see the messages flowing from Dennis FitzSimmons' office in Chicago to Dean Baquet, editor of the Times: Prove to me again what a tiny paper you can put out. Here in Chicago, we like daily evidence of Los Angeles inferiority.
Some publications I read have their biggest issues of the year at this time. For instance, Time magazine runs 162 pages this week.
I was hoping, with the departure of Bob Sipchen from the Current section, the second (after Outdoors) he has mis-designed, to see immediate improvements in Current, which ought not to be difficult.
But Current this Sunday still had comics on Page 1, and little of interest. The Op-Ed Page too, under the new lineup of writers, has been very dull. Somehow, there has to be an infusion of some talent in the editorial pages, but so far we don't see it.
The New York Times' Week In Review section, distinguishes itself every Sunday. A highlight this week was Frank Rich's column, "One War Lost, Another to Go," in which he did have the good judgment to point out that if the U.S. bugs out of Iraq, as some Democrats want, it will still be at war in Afghanistan and with Osama bin Laden, who won't let us go that easily. Rich, though liberal, knows this is not parallel to Vietnam.
This is something the L.A. Times might search for -- a columnist who can see both sides of an issue and render things in suitable complexity.
The New York Times, however, does have its own one-dimensional Bob Scheer. He is columnist Paul Krugman.