Saturday, March 11, 2006

FitzSimons Attends Only The Public Chandler Memorial

It is highly peculiar that the Tribune Co. CEO feels so embarrassed at owning the L.A. Times that he does not attend the newspaper's own private memorial for Otis Chandler,

As I understand it, the well-paid Dennis FitzSimons came to the public service in Pasadena, but was not at The Times the next day for the even more memorable private service for the paper's former inspirational leader. Maybe, he was afraid everyone would be looking at him and making invidious comparisons.

And then I was told that Times circulation has slipped again, without any resistance from the Tribune Co. Supposedly, the Times is now selling fewer than 800,000 papers on some days, and yet the Tribune has cut out delivery to additional parts of Southern California.

What is wrong with these folks?

Even though they have hired the able circulation manager, Jack Klunder, to run that department of the Times he once headed in such a distinguished way, they aren't giving him the support he requires.

These guys are real losers. They don't even know enough to attend an important memorial.

Don't they realize they bought one of the nation's greatest journalistic institutions and ever since have been running it into the ground?

Maybe FitzSimons has excuses. If so, let's hear them.

If not, he ought to put the paper up for sale and help restore home rule in California. It's the least we can expect.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame that you have to use the passing of a great man and journalistic torchbearer like Otis Chandler to politicize your contempt against the Tribune Co. This is low even by your standards.

3/12/2006 8:30 PM  
Anonymous George Garrigues said...

Maybe FitzSimons had the good sense to stay away from a memorial service that by rights should involve only the ink-stained wretches who knew young Oats or at any rate trod in his footsteps.

3/18/2006 3:18 PM  

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