Patterico's Pontifications

10/27/2008

Another Bloodbath at the L.A. Times

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:37 pm

The L.A. Times is once again heeding Mickey Kaus’s perennial advice: another round of layoffs! It’s looking like 75 newsroom staffers. As always, the best information is at L.A. Observed. Just keep scrolling.

22 Responses to “Another Bloodbath at the L.A. Times”

  1. Where is ACE?

    HOw do I get into his site?

    WAs he burgled like you?

    Typical Whte Person (cc6436)

  2. From the link:
    The good news, however, is that we are continuing to reinvent this fine company so it will be around long into the future.

    “Reivent” is actually Orwellian new speak for adopting policies to suppress news that might hurt the Messiahbama and other Democrats.

    “It will be around a long time into the future” means: give us time to dress up the balance sheet so we can dump this dog on some sucker.

    Perfect Sense (9d1b08)

  3. It always seems that there is more than enough employees around at the LA Times to have another round of layoffs. What did all these people do? How many people does it take to run a newspaper? After the layoffs, does anyone really notice a difference in the paper? I don’t.

    Mark1971 (888585)

  4. Ace is up here and pat your .com is working just fine, redirected from .net, from cox in vegas…

    John

    DocJohn (5ffda5)

  5. btw,

    We should get one of these newly unemployed to give up the goods on the video that LAT is sitting on…

    Wasn’t it the LAT with the obama – terrorist mullah video?

    DocJohn (5ffda5)

  6. #1 I was on Ace earlier today and posted a link here for a gun bleg on his site. Interesting stuff about what to buy before the messiah bans some things.

    Perhaps the lamestream media hopes that after showing strong support for Obama and covering up his many flaws, there will be payback in form of squelching talk radio and political blogs? Yes, I know some “conservatives” are supporting Obama because they hope he will govern more like Clinton. I suppose that’s why the big zip wants the fairness doctrine, union check off and expiration of Bush tax cuts and increased taxes otherwise plus welfare for those who don’t pay income taxes now.

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  7. That PC feminist film reviewer C. Chacano got terminated. I automatically never read her pieces when I saw the byline, I made the mistake once. Maybe there’s hope for the paper yet.

    jack (0346b7)

  8. Maybe one of the fired reporters would get a copy of the Obama tape and release it to the world.

    Naw. As unemployed, they are more Obama than ever.

    Alta Bob (408027)

  9. This is wonderful news.

    The LAT is a stupid and evil organization.

    Right now it has a video of Barack Obama, Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, and PLO member Rashid Khalidi hanging out together.

    Barack Obama apparently gives a speech praising Khalidi. It’s Khalidi’s big party, see.

    And the LAT won’t release it.

    Because the LAT is not a “news” organization. It’s just an arm of the Obama campaign. I want to see the Obama campaign go down in defeat. That means I want to see the LAT go bankrupt and stop publishing.

    Daryl Herbert (4ecd4c)

  10. I have a lot of friends and acquaintences at the Times, and I hate to see any of them hurt.

    But, like junkies of any other variety, I have a hard time feeling sorry for them.

    How many hundreds of thousands of subscribers could they reign in simply by announcing: “We’re sorry, we’re really going to try to be less biased from now on, here’s how:…….”

    But they won;t do the latter, so I sure as heck will not do the former.

    Robert C. J. Parry (50a453)

  11. Charles Johnson has this alleged copy of emails from Jamie Gold on the videotape of Obama:

    From: Readers Rep
    Date: Monday, October 27, 2008 16:14
    Subject: RE: Not read: The L.A. Times Suppressing Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape?
    To:

    [...]

    The Times did write about the tape, so I’m not sure what you mean aboutsuppressing the video or information from the video. Here is a copy of the report about the video.

    Thanks again for writing,
    Jamie Gold
    Readers’ Representative

    If that is the case, then release the video that you have of the event and don’t merely report it. Why is the Los Angeles Times sitting on a videotape of the 2003 farewell bash in Chicago at which Barack Obama lavished praise on the guest of honor, Rashid Khalidi – former mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat?

    Thanks for your note back. It sounds as if you don’t find “mere reporting” to be enough, but The Times is not suppressing anything.

    Just the opposite — the L.A. Times brought the matter to light.

    Thanks again for taking the time to write.

    Jamie Gold
    Readers’ Representative

    Could Gold be more smarmy?

    SPQR (26be8b)

  12. Could Gold be more smarmy?

    Job preservation syndrome.
    She’s just hoping that with the next round of lay-offs, the alligator will eat her last.

    Another Drew (cdf426)

  13. I’ve got a list of three LAT writers that I think should be added to that list of 75.

    The LAT seems like it’s been on a big diet when it hits my breakfast table these days. It’s thinner and thinner. All those people going away means that it can’te be as big as it once was.

    And that may not be a bad thing–I only have to wade through 24 ounces of journalistic Bandini rather than the 5 to 6 pounds that used to arrive on the doorstep.

    Mike Myers (31af82)

  14. lay them all off, close the paper and just go with a web site……

    think of the savings to the bottom line!

    redc1c4 (27fd3e)

  15. The LA Times will release the tape on November 5, 2008 – just in time to influence the 2012 election.

    longwalker (695a1d)

  16. Wallsten is probably the only guy at the LAT whose job is rock-solid safe.

    MTF (17058c)

  17. Interesting stuff about what to buy before the messiah bans some things.
    .
    High on everybody’s list should be a decent centerfire rifle in NATO (.308). If you don’t have one, get one. Mandatory!

    cboldt (3d73dd)

  18. I have a lot of friends and acquaintences at the Times, and I hate to see any of them hurt.
    .
    Leaving the LA Times is not “getting hurt.” There is honest work out there. It’s like saying you hate to see somebody being hurt by being kicked out of the Crips or Bloods.

    cboldt (3d73dd)

  19. Comment by cboldt — 10/28/2008 @ 10:06 am

    Unless, of course, these LAT staffers have attained their “Peter Principle”.

    Another Drew (c8adc2)

  20. Unless, of course, these LAT staffers have attained their “Peter Principle”.
    .
    Seeing as they are all incompetent at what they do, I’d say attained their “Peter Principle” applies across the board. Getting kicked out of a rotten operation, for competence reasons or other, is never a bad thing. It’s an opportunity to something for the world, that isn’t rotten.

    cboldt (3d73dd)

  21. Patterico, I know this is a little off-topic, but you’re the best guy for the job. Can you dig up the LA Times’ explanation for why they ran the flurry of Schwarzenegger ‘groping’ stories in the closing days of the election?

    I remember them saying something along the lines of, “we were not trying to impact the election. We’d been working on the story for a while and it’s finally ready to be reported. We thought the voters should be presented with all of the information before making their choice.”

    That statement would compare nicely with their stonewalling on the newsworthiness of the Rashid Khalidi video.

    Granddaddy Long legs (005407)

  22. There’s a long, albeit incomplete, list at LA Observed here:

    http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2008/10/list_of_la_times_departur.php

    Unfortunately the rebarbative Jamie Gold is not on it. However, a number of the paper’s most pious “diversity” hires are. Also such vital fixtures as the golf writer… (reminds me of the question you never want the new CEO asking you: “Is that a full-time job?”)

    The whackings seem to be biased towards the long-serving (and thus, one suspects, best-paid) staffers although a few seem to have been targeted for low productivity.

    The rumours are that another hundred or so editorial pink slips will be in the offing between the election and Christmas; gotta keep the troops in the field until they and ACORN’s invisible multitudes can drag the Obamessiah across the finish line.

    Kevin R.C. O'Brien (88bf29)


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