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Los Angeles Times Editor Openly Defies Owner’s Call for Job Cuts (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The New York Times ^ | September 15, 2006` | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

Posted on 09/15/2006 5:52:26 AM PDT by abb

he editor of The Los Angeles Times appears to be in a showdown with the paper’s owner, the Tribune Company, over job cuts in the newsroom.

In a highly unusual move, Dean P. Baquet, who was named editor last year, was quoted yesterday in his own newspaper as saying he was defying the paper’s corporate parent in Chicago and would not make the cuts it requested.

The paper’s publisher, Jeffrey M. Johnson, said he agreed with Mr. Baquet. “Newspapers can’t cut their way into the future,” he told the paper.

The number of jobs at stake is unclear but the paper, the fourth largest in the country, has eliminated more than 200 positions over the last five years from an editorial staff that now numbers about 940.

“I am not averse to making cuts,” Mr. Baquet told the paper. “But you can go too far, and I don’t plan to do that.”

The paper reported that Scott C. Smith, president of the Tribune Publishing division, had asked the paper’s executives to come up with a plan for trimming their budgets, but when Mr. Smith visited Los Angeles late last month, they had produced no such plan.

Mr. Baquet “made his opposition to further cuts clear and said there was no need for further discussion,” the paper reported.

A spokesman for Mr. Baquet and Mr. Johnson said they would have no further comment.

Mr. Smith said in a statement: “In this rapidly changing media environment, we are all working together to best serve our communities, customers and shareholders.”

It is rare for an editor to go public with a position on internal budget battles and for the editor’s own newspaper to report on it.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ccrm; dbm; foodfight; latimes; mediabias; newspapers; tribune
Oh my. A catfight...
1 posted on 09/15/2006 5:52:29 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb
Raoul's First Law of Journalism
BIAS = LAYOFFS

2 posted on 09/15/2006 5:52:52 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

Fire the editor. He's an employee too.


3 posted on 09/15/2006 5:53:19 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; knews_hound; Grampa Dave; martin_fierro; Liz; norwaypinesavage; Mo1; onyx; ...

Ping


4 posted on 09/15/2006 5:53:19 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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"The editor of The Los Angeles Times appears to be in a showdown with the paper’s owner, the Tribune Company, over job cuts in the newsroom."

How are they going to cut newsroom jobs at Reuters and Al Jazeera? There are no newsroom jobs at the LA Times, there is no newsroom.


5 posted on 09/15/2006 5:54:26 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("For seven million extra, we could have avoided a billion dollar WOT.")
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To: abb

Related...

Tribune, Chandlers May Be Near Deal to Unwind Partnerships
The assets have been at the center of the family's battle with the company, which owns The Times.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tribune15sep15,1,5219915.story?coll=la-headlines-business


6 posted on 09/15/2006 5:54:30 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

Having seen something like this first hand in a previous life I can tell you that this is a death spiral. Keep cutting content and you are weakening your product. Keep losing money and eventually there is no product. With the Internet and the various marketing opportunities it provides people no longer can depend on print alone for advertising. That the LAT is so biased they have driven away revenues which compounds the problem.


7 posted on 09/15/2006 5:55:58 AM PDT by misterrob
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To: abb

The Chandlers had very astute financial advisors - the family sold TimesMirror (parent of the LA Times) to the Tribune years ago before the full effects of the Net hit home.


8 posted on 09/15/2006 5:57:22 AM PDT by Chuck Dent
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1)Replace Times Editorial staff with Al Jazeera! It will save time, personnel and money. And tell me, "who could tell the difference?"
2)Downloading DNC talking points has been used for years, perhaps they could cover staff losses with RNC talking points. Twice the lineage, twice the contraversy and no additional cost! -
3)By doing the above they will increase readership and keep their liberal bias, drop expenses to a minimum.
9 posted on 09/15/2006 5:58:55 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup ("Is it real? Or is it Reuters?")
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To: abb
I don't know who 'Dean P. Baquet' thinks he's up against. The bosses and the Board of Directors at the Trib don't take any crap.

Dean will soon be unemployed.

10 posted on 09/15/2006 6:01:12 AM PDT by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: abb
Hey Dean P. Baquet:

You're fired!


11 posted on 09/15/2006 6:01:40 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: All

related.

Local Leaders Urge Owner of The Times to Avoid Cuts
A civic group says more newsroom layoffs would erode the newspaper's quality and undermine its role in the region.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-times14sep14,1,7312571,full.story?coll=la-headlines-business


12 posted on 09/15/2006 6:03:57 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: misterrob
Having seen something like this first hand in a previous life I can tell you that this is a death spiral.

Definitely a death spiral.

They just do not get it.

I talked to a guy I know in the graphics division of our local New York Times franchise and his take was the complexity of serving two masters- the new online website version of the paper and the old print version.

My rebuttal (politely) was old garbage in new bottles.

One policy they have is to shield rape accusers by printing anonymous accusations.

Why would anyone go to the online version to read virtually the same racket protection policy when it is easy to go to half a dozen other sites where they publish the real scoop on the rape allegations including the name and background of the accuser?

He gave me the deer-in-the-headlights look

Best regards,

13 posted on 09/15/2006 6:08:12 AM PDT by Copernicus (A Constitutional Republic revolves around Sovereign Citizens, not citizens around government.)
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To: abb

I guess that "rising cost of newsprint" excuse don't hunt no more.


14 posted on 09/15/2006 6:32:53 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Copernicus
Why would anyone go to the online version to read virtually the same racket protection policy when it is easy to go to half a dozen other sites where they publish the real scoop on the rape allegations including the name and background of the accuser?

He gave me the deer-in-the-headlights look

They will never understand th concept of "free information" via the internet. Adapt or die--that's why they're called the "dinosaur media" (among other things).

15 posted on 09/15/2006 6:36:00 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: abb

Good, now they can waste their time beating each other up.


16 posted on 09/15/2006 6:47:16 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: abb
LELAND Well, I'm sorry. There's just no way that we could keep you on.

KRAMER I don't even really work here!

LELAND That's what makes this so difficult.


17 posted on 09/15/2006 7:02:58 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: abb

1,140 editorialists at one newspaper?!?


18 posted on 09/15/2006 7:04:04 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: samtheman

I'm sure they could still work there - they just wouldn't get paid anymore...


19 posted on 09/15/2006 7:06:30 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb
More quietly, Davidson Kempner Capital Management, which specializes in buying stock in troubled companies or those undergoing big changes, bought a 1.45% stake in the second quarter.

Interesting.

20 posted on 09/15/2006 8:41:52 AM PDT by Milhous (Twixt truth and madness lies but a sliver of a stream.)
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To: abb
related.

Local Leaders Urge Owner of The Times to Avoid Cuts
A civic group says more newsroom layoffs would erode the newspaper's quality and undermine its role in the region.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-times14sep14,1,7312571,full.story?coll=la-headlines-business

Thanks for serving up such rich schadenfreude first thing this morning! Trust fund babies who don't know the meaning of the word no try to fix financial fundamentals by writing letters declaring the way things ought to be. LOL. Despite a seemingly feigned ignorance of media bias Lefties intuitively know who carries their water for them.

21 posted on 09/15/2006 9:01:38 AM PDT by Milhous (Twixt truth and madness lies but a sliver of a stream.)
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To: Milhous

More...

A Bold Stance
http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=4183


22 posted on 09/15/2006 11:29:38 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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A Bold Stance

Title says it all. LOL. Boldly standing where no man has stood before.

As Times Publisher Johnson said, "newspapers can't cut their way into the future."

Very little that fishwrap can do about its future at this point.

That's why 20 prominent Angelenos sent a letter to Tribune warning against further cuts. Their action is a vivid reminder that newspapers aren't merely businesses like any other. They are, as the letter-writers said, a "special public trust."

A "special public trust" only for their Leftist constituency.

23 posted on 09/15/2006 4:14:43 PM PDT by Milhous (Twixt truth and madness lies but a sliver of a stream.)
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To: abb

Women, Minorities Hardest Hit.


24 posted on 09/15/2006 6:21:49 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: abb

Newspapers are obsolete. They are "yesterday's news today", and even with a one day delay, the news is still unreliable.


25 posted on 09/15/2006 6:25:16 PM PDT by pleikumud
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To: abb

I mean, really. If the LA Times simply reprinted the daily DNC talking points fax would anybody notice a difference? Yeah, sure, they'd have to keep somebody on staff to write about the Dodgers and the Lakers but, what could that cost?


26 posted on 09/15/2006 6:29:19 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: Teacher317

Good catch... there are still 940 of them there! What the heck are they doing to earn their keep??


27 posted on 09/16/2006 1:12:39 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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