Friday, November 11, 2005

LA Times Skunks Itself Dumping Full Time Pullitzer Winning Cartoonist, Liberal Editorialist

The Los Angeles Times stood behind Roert Scheer when he was receiving threats from the White House for being an outspoken critic, but a new publisher is now resident.

Someone with less intestinal fortitude.

And the paper runs away with it's tail hiding between it's legs.

"Yes, Mr. Limbuagh. Yes, Sir!, Mr. O'Reilly.

We won't publish any more of the news and views that embarasses the White House and Governor Schwarzenegger."

And to think I almost renewed my subscription last week. Ha ha! Now I can save some money.

If it's going to be no better than the Daily Breeze (which will also keep you up to date on Reggie), why pay the difference? Matter of fact, I can get anything that is still balanced from the Times (a champion of cheap imported labor) right here on the web for free.

Yes, Scheer is a progressive editorialist, but if you can't represent that liberal side in your editorial section though you represent the extreme right wing then you are showing the world that your reporting will not be balanced.

This is a truly bad move, and a serious blunder. It embarasses it's readers, the remaining L.A. Times staff, and the City of Los Angeles. We'll sit back in our old age and remember that once we had a world quality newspaper.

Times Plans New Op-Ed Lineup

Ramirez's departure leaves The Times without a permanent staff editorial cartoonist. (Ramirez's predecessor, Paul Conrad, won three Pulitzer Prizes, two of them at The Times).

"You have a newspaper that has such a grand tradition of editorial cartooning," Ramirez said. "I think it makes a lesser product and I think the readers lose."

J.P. Trostle, editor of the book "Attack of the Political Cartoonists," wrote last year in Harvard University's Nieman Reports that editorial cartoon jobs at newspapers are "increasingly left unfilled or are eliminated entirely after a cartoonist leaves a paper." The number of full-time cartoonists at newspapers has shrunk to fewer than 90, down from nearly 200 in the early 1980s, Trostle wrote.

In recent years, the Chicago Tribune [The L.A. Times is owned by the Tribune Company--brstarr], the St. Paul Pioneer Press and others have laid off editorial cartoonists or left the positions unfilled.


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