L.A. Times Should Have Gone With the Koch Brothers

Washington Free Beacon | 1/30/2018 | Elizabeth Harrington
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Journalists at the Los Angeles Times must be kicking themselves. "What could have been?"

A "shadow" newsroom operating to undercut the newly unionized staff, a "frat boy executive" with a history of sexual harassment, phones and emails monitored, constant layoffs, editors suspended and escorted off the premises. Five publishers in five years. Three editors in chief in three months.

Chaos - Existential - Dread

"Turmoil." "Chaos." "Existential dread."

It didn't have to be this way. But when offered a liberator, the Times flinched. In fact, half the newsroom said they would have quit if the Koch brothers had bought the paper back in 2013.

Reins - Champion - Labor - Times - Diversity

Too bad. Who better to take the reins than a champion of organized labor? I guess the Times didn't care about its diversity or feminism or the benefits to its arts and culture section. Not to mention what it would have done for job security.

Instead they got "Tronc."

Tribune - Company - Times - Baltimore - Sun

After not selling in 2013, Tribune Company, which owns the Times as well as the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, and New York Daily News, decided to separate its newspapers from other media broadcasting into a new company Tronc, which is somehow short for "Tribune Online Content."

It all sounded very "making the world a better place," full of corporate niceties that really meant journalists would be replaced by AI bots. More layoffs followed.

Drama - Monday - Times - Jim - Kirk

The "ongoing drama" continued on Monday when the Times announced Jim Kirk would replace Lewis D'Vorkin as editor in chief, after only three months at the paper.

The news followed the suspension of Times publisher Ross Levinsohn, who was put on leave...
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