Small Minded Men Continue To Cut The L.A. Times
The end of TV Times can be no surprise. From the time the squalid Tribune leaders cut back its content, moved it to Saturdays and required subscribers who still wanted it to let them know they did, its demise was assured. It is a corporate trick to offer something only to those who say they want it, and then claim, after a short time, there is no demand for it.
TV Guide in its heyday was a wonderful product. Even now, it will be missed. Cursed be the men who killed it.
There is perhaps even more of a loss in the folding of the Book Review into Opinion. Neither section recently has been very appealing, and one, under the name of Current, has been the focus of a recent editorial page scandal. But there was always the hope that under new direction, they would improve. Now, alas, under the new format, they will together offer less than each has separately before.
There's a tendency these days to say that all such changes are merely bowing to the exigencies of the future, and that more will be offered on the Web.
Unfortunately, Web sites are not as readable as newspapers in print, and their content cannot be as easily or practically saved. One of the greatest appeal of newspapers has always been their diverse and detailed offerings. Now, at the Times, these are being steadily reduced, and the latest moves are made just as the Cavalry may be about to arrive in the form of new owners -- if Eli Broad and Ron Burkle were to succeed with their bid, especially -- who are ambitious for the paper and determined to restore its greatness.
So for these moves to proceed with another round of cuts now is one more kick in the head from the Chicagoans who hate California institutions and everything they stand for and have been determined to reduce the L.A. Times to the inferior level of their Chicago publication.
When the new owners arrive, let the hacks be removed as soon as possible, and, then, the Times' nightmare will be over. As the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, then it will be "free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, free at last!"
The foul Nazi regime in Tehran is now threatening the British Embassy there. If anything should happen to British or other Western diplomats in the Iranian capital, every Iranian Embassy in the West should be blown to kingdom come.
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