New York Times Plays Baquet Rebellion Against Tribune Cost Cutting Big
The New York Times gives prominent attention in its Business section today to the rebellion of Times Editor Dean Baquet and other members of the Times staff, including publisher Jeff Johnson, against Tribune Co. executives who want more layoffs at the L.A. Times.
But the NYT article by Katherine Seelye ends with a suggestion the Tribune may crack down on the rebellion.
I think though that it might be difficult for the Tribune to get rid of Baquet without throwing the LAT into a crisis that would eclipse the situation at the Santa Barbara News Press, and reduce both Times circulation and its eventual sale price.
It becomes more and more evident that the Tribune ownership's days are numbered and that the L.A. Times must be sold. Chicago just does not have a determination to run a successful paper in Los Angeles,
Also, the Tribune reports that Tribune CEO Dennis FitzSimons is close to making a deal with dissident Chander family re[resemtatoves on the Tribune board to unravel two partnerships that have impeded a sale. The contents of the deal are not revealed, but a Chandler representative, Tom Unterman, said months ago that ending the partnerships would have to precede a sale.
Baquet, Johnson and others are exhibiting courage in the present struggle and I believe they will eventually reap the benefits in a new, rejuvenated L.A. Times. Let's hope so.