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5/31/2008

The L.A. Times and the LAPD

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Jack Dunphy @ 1:22 pm

[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

My latest piece for Pajamas Media is up today. In it I discuss the strained relations between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Times. I was happy to report that, unlike last year, the Times deigned to give some coverage to the LAPD’s Medal of Valor Awards ceremony which was held on Wednesday. But read the piece for a look at how important they thought the story was.

I also note in the column that only six of the 21 officers recognized for bravery were identified in the Times story. If those same 21 officers had instead been accused of corruption or brutality, don’t you think the Times would have found room in their newspaper for all their names?

–Jack Dunphy

5 Comments

  1. Room for names and photos, I bet.

    One way to look at it is that heroic cops aren’t news, and bad cops are.

    Yeah, I know that’s not really what’s going on. Ah, well.

    –JRM

    Comment by JRM (de6363) — 5/31/2008 @ 3:08 pm

  2. Pajamas media dropped Gates of Vienna. Don’t post for them anymore, please. Thanks!

    Comment by Kevin (834f0d) — 5/31/2008 @ 6:13 pm

  3. ‘Them’ being Roger Simon, not GoV.

    Comment by Kevin (834f0d) — 5/31/2008 @ 6:14 pm

  4. The L.A. SLIMES must be the favorite news ppaers of all major gangs in L.A.

    Comment by krazy kagu (1ccb50) — 6/1/2008 @ 8:46 am

  5. If those same 21 officers had instead been accused of corruption or brutality, don’t you think the Times would have found room in their newspaper for all their names?

    Sure! And The Los Angeles Times would have printed the names of their dogs and cats as well, and made it an editorial issue if the officer(s) were “pet-less”.

    Comment by C. Norris (c011ee) — 6/1/2008 @ 11:48 am

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