L.A. Observed reports that Tim Rutten is moving to the op-ed pages. An internal memo from Jim Newton states in part:
We are delighted to announce that Tim Rutten, a veteran of The Times and one of its most distinguished and intelligent writers, will bring his talents to the Op-Ed page beginning Jan. 1, 2008. He will write two columns a week, one on local politics and the other on intellectual life and culture. Tim’s move will bring his already-signature work on culture and politics to our Op-Ed page while also allowing him the opportunity to write about topics closer to home.
Tim is well known to all serious readers of The Times and no stranger to this department. A native Southern Californian, he joined The Times in 1972 and, since then, has served variously as assistant Op-Ed editor, Opinion Editor, assistant National editor, editorial writer, columnist, local news analyst, City/County Bureau chief, cultural correspondent and associate features editor. For the past four years, he has written Calendar’s Regarding Media column and, for the past two, has served as the paper’s principle book critic — a role in which he will continue even as he takes up duties as an Op-Ed columnist.
Rutten is also someone who recently made numerous errors in a column about the Scott Beauchamp affair, and then hid behind the sophistry of the “Readers’ Representative” — much of said sophistry no doubt originating with Rutten himself.
Another reason to avoid the Los Angeles Times.
P.S. What’s a “principle book critic”? Someone who criticizes books about principles?