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The Grand L.A. Times Tradition of Putting Words in Someone Else’s Mouth

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 5:59 pm

Recently I have noticed some similarities between the reporting of CBS News and that of the Los Angeles Times. Here’s another.

You’ll note that the current CBS defense is: okay, maybe Lt. Col. Killian didn’t write these forged memos — but if he had written such memos, they would look like these memos.

Former L.A. Times reporter Evan Maxwell passes along this observation:

Years ago, when I was with The LATimes, the newsroom guru was a fine reporter and great writer named Gordon Grant.

Gordie was old-school. He broke in in Florida, worked in Chicago, and was a reporter in Europe during WWII. He lost an eye in combat. He was the real deal.

Gordie used to come up with brilliant stuff, great anecdotes and those gem-like quotes that captured a story perfectly. I used to sit next to him and once in a while, I’d say, “Gordie, I know this guy you are quoting here. He’s not very bright. Are you sure he said this?”

Gordie would look at me and grin. Then he’d say, “Well, he would have said it if he had thought of it.”

God Bless you, Gordie. Your spirit is still alive.

Indeed it is.

P.S. The problem with this practice is that, sometimes he wouldn’t have said it.

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