My prediction: Chuck Philips is not long for the L.A. Times.
I’m going out on a limb here. A commenter earlier noted that he hasn’t even been officially put on administrative leave.
But I don’t know. I have this feeling he’s going to be gone in fairly short order.
If I’m right, you read it here first.
UPDATE: Here’s my reasoning. Check out the lede of this New York Times article:
A reporting coup has turned into an embarrassment for The Los Angeles Times, which acknowledged on Thursday that it had relied on apparently forged documents for its investigation into an assault on the rapper Tupac Shakur in 1994.
I just don’t think you can be the guy responsible for that, and continue to work for the paper. Pulitzer or no Pulitzer.
UPDATE x2: I should make clear: I’m not calling for Philips to be fired or to resign. I have concerns about his over-reliance on anonymous sources and his fact-checking, but I generally don’t like calling for journalists’ resignations simply because they have made mistakes. Like Jill Stewart, I’ve been told by someone I trust that Philips is a good guy. So I’m agnostic on the issue of what his punishment should be, if any.