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Why We Need Local Reporting

Last Thursday was an interesting news day in Los Angeles—and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



Thank You, Peter Matthiessen, for Taking Me Along

I trekked with the writer, who died last week, only in a Walter Mitty dream, but his service as a guide was valuable.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



What You’re Reading About the NSA in Some Newspapers May Be Purely Propaganda

Shocking revelations in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post could merely be attempts by the National Security Agency to justify its activities; a new law in Saudi Arabia labels all atheists as terrorists; meanwhile, Mississippi passed an anti-gay segregation bill. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Robo-News Bot Reports Earthquake Story for L.A. Times

For those who’ve been wondering if at least some of the news currently dispensed by the MSM isn’t churned up and plopped out of a machine somewhere in the dark reaches of Rupert Murdoch’s basement, wonder no more.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



CVS to Pull Tobacco Products From Shelves

Americans jonesing for a cigarette, or any other tobacco product, will soon have to take their business somewhere besides CVS/pharmacy.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Let’s Be Old-Fashioned’: Remembering Gore Vidal

When, exactly, to give him the bad news? Before our interview? That would spoil the conversation. Lunch would be best. But when, exactly? Before the first course, during the meal, or ought I to delay until dessert?

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Bobby Magee (CC-BY-ND)

Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Why ‘Chain Reaction’ Must Be Preserved

The sculpture towers 26 feet above the Civic Center lawn in the Southern California coastal city of Santa Monica, a disturbing warning about the danger of nuclear arms. Now the artwork is in peril.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



Koch Brothers Face Backlash, Colbert Reacts to Sister’s Loss, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama shifts his attention and Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group gears up to go head to head with the NRA.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE



Omar Omar (CC BY 2.0)

Koch Brothers to Buy the L.A. Times?

If you thought money was done corrupting the news, think again. Conservative billionaire archfiends David and Charles Koch are said to be pursuing the Tribune Co. newspaper group, which includes the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



Mr. Littlehand

Communities Need Newspapers

Once-proud newspapers have given way to Internet news sweatshops, but clicks don’t bring respect from the public.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch Seeks to Add to His Empire

The recent Leveson Report on the British hacking scandal shows the danger of the media baron adding to his already vast American holdings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



Vincent Desjardins (CC-BY)

When Newspapers Act Like Banks, Communities Suffer

“Why not occupy newsrooms?” That’s the question posed by David Carr, writing in The New York Times about the obscene salaries and bonuses (tens of millions of dollars in some cases) paid to newspaper executives in compensation for “picking the carcass clean.” (more)

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Peter Z. Scheer

Confessions of a Dead Tribune

For the last 32 years, I had been “Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times.” Before that, “Mark Heisler of the Philadelphia Bulletin” or “Mark Heisler of Somewhere” since June 1, 1967, when Gannett hired me at $125 a week. Suddenly, I was just “Mark Heisler.” Who in the hell was Mark Heisler?

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



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The Deep Reach of Mexico’s Most Powerful Drug Cartel

Drugs have been flowing from Mexico into the U.S. through various veins for decades, but in the last few years the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has looked closely at the Sinaloa drug cartel, one of the largest distributors and Mexico’s most powerful organized crime group.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Earl Gibson III

Betting on Arianna

In defense of Arianna Huffington. Not that the lady needs one, having been a leader in undermining the right-wing dominance of Internet reporting.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP

The Earth Loses a Force of Nature

T.L. Caswell, a Truthdig journalist who worked at the L.A. Times with cartoonist Paul Conrad (above), the three-time Pulitzer winner who died Saturday, remembers a man who always arrived in a blast of smoke and sound.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

Ailing Journalism in Ailing Times

The L.A. Times executive suite, desperate for company income, shows an ethics-be-damned attitude in breaching the line between ads and news.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


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mamazine.com

A Response From UFW to Marc Cooper

I’m “the heavy-handed UFW press relations chief who had to quietly resign,” the one to whom Marc Cooper refers in his latest attack on Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (“Marc Cooper on the Fate of Cesar Chavez’s Dream,” Truthdig, Nov. 13). Like most of the rest of his article, this claim is false.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE



Angel City Press

Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times

The Chandler family’s L.A. Times practically invented one of the great American cities. This is the story of the paper’s fall toward mediocrity.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


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A Very Special Fox News New Year Celebration

Fox News mixed New Year revelry with the racially questionable salutations of “Jen and John C.,” which scrolled along the bottom of the screen during its telecast early Thursday morning. Good times!

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


LA Times
AP photo / Kevork Djansezian

What Future for the Ink-Stained Wretch?

I’m concerned about the uncertain future for journalists. Without them, who will “watchdog” politicians and bureaucrats, charity officials, cops, educators and the many others who help make our society run?

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Alex Brandon

Looking Back and Moving Forward

This is a day to think about how far we’ve come, to think about our experiences in past times and how we are now ready to begin forging a country where all of life is no longer defined by race.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain, Palin Fume at Obama’s ‘Pet Newspaper’

While John McCain is still searching for a reason he should be president, he has a new reason Barack Obama shouldn’t be: The Illinois senator once had dinner with a Palestinian. Or, as McCain sees it, he attended a terrorist convention with a PLO spokesman and William Ayers.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


Guthman and Kennedy
annenberg.usc.edu/guthman

Truthdigger of the Week: Edwin O. Guthman

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Edwin O. Guthman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, World War II veteran, professor and former press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy. Guthman, who died Aug. 31, was a true class act, a mentor to many and, as the Los Angeles Times noted, a top-notch editor who earned the No. 3 spot on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list for what the Times called his “aggressive pursuit of Watergate stories.” Updated

Posted on Sep 7, 2008 READ MORE



Illustration by Peter Scheer

Closing the Book on a Proud Tradition

For 33 years, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review has brought the literary world to the doorstep of the nation’s largest book-buying community. That era is about to end, a fact that disturbs the section’s former editors who have written this formal protest.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / specialklikethecereal

More Tumult in the Newspaper Business

Los Angeles Times Publisher David Hiller is best known for firing people. Now Hiller himself is out of a job. The ousting was announced as the Times braced for another devastating round of staff cuts. Meantime, the editor of another Sam Zell-owned newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, announced her resignation as that paper continues its own gutting.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


LA Times building
Flickr / jimw

Newspaper Tycoon to Slash and Burn

Sam Zell seems to get a kick out of antagonizing his critics, some of his own reporters among them, but this time the Tribune Co. boss has really outdone himself. Zell has announced a new model for his newspapers: 50 percent news and 50 percent ads. At the Los Angeles Times, that will mean 82 fewer pages of news every week.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


klansmen over hollywood
Flickr / pingnews.com and PredatorsHockey

Could L.A. Accidentally Elect a White Separatist?

Not many people pay attention to judicial elections, especially one held in June, and it’s for that reason that some Angelenos are worried about the campaign of William Johnson. A white separatist, Johnson is apparently counting on a lack of attention and the support of Ron Paul’s local organization to help him to victory.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


LA Times building
Flickr / Mr. Littlehand

Oops!: News That Was Not Fit to Print

In an extraordinary 633-word retraction, The Los Angeles Times has renounced an article it published last month that claimed to have new information about an attack in 1994 on rap artist Tupac Shakur, who later was killed.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


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chicagobusiness.com

Turbulent Times in N.Y., L.A. Newsrooms

It’s been a lively week in the newspaper world, and the excitement hasn’t exactly been of the desirable variety. Earlier in the week, Tribune Co. Chairman and CEO Sam Zell announced major cutbacks at Tribune papers across the country, and then The New York Times’ Valentine’s Day edition brought word that the Gray Lady will also be downsizing its staff.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


An Obituary for the Free Press

A leading Los Angeles religious figure blasts media irresponsibility at a memorial service for one of the Los Angeles Times’ top editors, Anthony Day.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


Chicago Tribune Sign
cra.org

Media Conglomerate Considers Bids

Tribune Media, the conglomerate that owns the Los Angeles Times along with other major newspapers, TV stations and even the Chicago Cubs, announced it is considering offers for its sale. The economic wisdom of conglomeration has come under fire in recent years, but Tribune’s troubles have raised concerns over the future of the newspaper industry in general.

Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


Otis Chandler, former publisher of the Los Angeles Times and chairman of Times Mirror
From nndb.com

Lifting Weights With Otis Chandler

The former publisher of the Los Angeles Times and chairman of Times Mirror, who died on Feb. 27, approached weightlifting with the same kind of passion that animated the other endeavors of his life.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE



From asu.edu

United Farm Workers Strike Back at the L.A. Times

The UFW refutes allegations that it exploits the legacy of Cesar Chavez.
Update No. 1: Read how it took three phone calls from a congressman and a former cabinet secretary before the L.A. Times would meet with the UFW.
Update No. 2: Check out an executive summary of the UFW’s charges.
Update No. 3: Marc Cooper on the UFW’s threat to sue him over a negative column he wrote.
Update No. 4: The L.A. Times prints several corrections to the story.

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


America’s Best Reviewer Lauds Controversial Film

The Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan says “Munich” is a movie that demands to be seen as much for its place in the world as for whether it succeeds. He calls it “... the most questioning, provocative film [Spielberg’s] ever made.”

Posted on Dec 23, 2005 READ MORE


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