I never really got the impression that L.A. Observed blogger Kevin Roderick much liked Andres Martinez, the former editorial page editor for the L.A. Times. At the time of Martinez’s departure, there was apparently a war between the old-guard liberal Tim Rutten types and the pro-Martinez faction, and Roderick seems much more like someone who sympathizes with the old-guard liberal Tim Rutten type crowd.
Still, clicking on L.A. Observed early this morning, I was surprised to see this description of Martinez’s decision to quit:
The editorial page editor quit after a fight over his girlfriend;
I realize Roderick is including this as part of a year-end roundup, and (unlike myself) he is trying to be very pithy about how he encapsulates the essence of every link. But still, this strikes me as very strange wording. The fight was over the decision to scrap a Sunday Current section guest-edited by a producer who was represented by the P.R. firm that Martinez’s girlfriend worked for. That description is not very pithy, but it’s accurate and not misleading. Saying Martinez “quit after a fight over his girlfriend,” I submit, is misleading. I mean, it sounds like he and another guy were both sleeping with her and duked it out as a result.