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Uproar over 'news story' ad on front page of LA Times (uses ad for TV show on front page..pathetic)
AFP ^ | April 10, 2009 | AFP

Posted on 04/10/2009 11:30:50 AM PDT by max americana

Uproar over 'news story' ad on front page of LA Times April 10, 2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An advertisement dressed up as a news story on the front page of the Los Angeles Times has reporters at the newspaper fuming and the publisher defending the move.

The advertisement, for the NBC television series "Southland," appeared on page one of the Times on Thursday. Although it was labelled "advertisement," the ad resembled a news story complete with a bold-type headline.

According to the blog MediaMemo, more than 100 staffers at the newspaper signed a petition protesting the appearance of the fake news story ad on the front page.

"We the journalists of the newsroom strenuously object to the decision to sell an ad, in the form of a phony news story, on the front page of the Los Angeles Times," mediamemo.allthingsd.com quoted the petition as saying.

"The NBC ad may have provided some quick cash, but it has caused incalculable damage to this institution," it said. "Placing a fake news article on A-1 makes a mockery of our integrity and our journalistic standards.

"Our willingness to sell our most precious real estate to an advertiser is embarrassing and demoralizing," the petition said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deathwatch; journalism; latimes; msm
"Placing a fake news article on A-1 makes a mockery of our integrity and our journalistic standards."

The funniest line of the year.

1 posted on 04/10/2009 11:30:50 AM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana

Fake but... paid for.


2 posted on 04/10/2009 11:36:32 AM PDT by LikeLight (http://www.believersguidetolegalissues.com)
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To: max americana; abb; Milhous; BOBTHENAILER; martin_fierro; SierraWasp; tubebender; Liz; ...

There was probably more truth and reality in the ad than the normal front page bs in the LA Slimes.


3 posted on 04/10/2009 11:36:58 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: max americana

The ad was paid for.

What exactly is the objection to it?

It’s placement on the page? Big deal.


4 posted on 04/10/2009 11:39:06 AM PDT by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: max americana

And to think Air-America and Barack Obama never had to pay for their advertisements on the front page.


5 posted on 04/10/2009 11:40:31 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: max americana

Egad! A fake news story on the front page of the LA Times?! I’m shocked! Absolutely shocked!


6 posted on 04/10/2009 11:41:02 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: max americana

All the news coming from the msm, worldwide, is fake.

Why they bother to have journalists on the payroll is beyond me.


7 posted on 04/10/2009 11:41:16 AM PDT by Carley (President Obama Dropped a MOAB on America)
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To: max americana

How is this different from Soros/DNC-directed and paid-for “stories” on the front pages of most major dailies on any given day? They’re “outraged” because they were caught.


8 posted on 04/10/2009 11:47:05 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: Grampa Dave

“I read no newspaper now but Ritchie’s, and in that chiefly the advertisements, for they contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” - Thomas Jefferson Letter to Nathaniel Macon January 12 1819.


9 posted on 04/10/2009 11:50:32 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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To: max americana
"Placing a fake news article on A-1 makes a mockery of our integrity and our journalistic standards."

This statement might have some validity if the LA Times actually had any integrity and journalistic standards.

10 posted on 04/10/2009 11:53:59 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: max americana
"Placing a fake news article on A-1 makes a mockery of our integrity and our journalistic standards.

Uhhh.... You guy's have already done that to yourselves in spades.

Truth is, you haven't had ANY integrity OR journalistic standards for decades.
You cashed it all in with your endless, partisan support for liberal democrats.

11 posted on 04/10/2009 11:56:47 AM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: max americana

Yeah, as if they had any integrity to start with!


12 posted on 04/10/2009 12:01:11 PM PDT by calex59
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To: KarlInOhio

““I read no newspaper now but Ritchie’s, and in that chiefly the advertisements, for they contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” - Thomas Jefferson Letter to Nathaniel Macon January 12 1819.”

Amazing, how somethings don’t seem to change over the centuries.


13 posted on 04/10/2009 12:02:24 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: max americana

They must be hurting for money. Good.


14 posted on 04/10/2009 12:08:15 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism is self-loathing despair)
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To: humblegunner
The ad was paid for. What exactly is the objection to it?

Try posting a thread about your two-year-old's cute picture on FR's News & Activism forum and you'll find out.

15 posted on 04/10/2009 12:22:07 PM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism and Liberty are mutually exclusive.)
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To: max americana

I don’t see the big deal. Regularly, we see national and local newscasts put up “news stories” that are essentially commercials for tv jobs, local politicians, sports teams, businesses or web sites.

Of course also they generally, if they have a political or culture “bent” to them, they’ll be liberal.

Let the L.A. Slimes just do what all “news” organizations seem to do nowadays. Almost without exception they are hacks.


16 posted on 04/10/2009 1:00:34 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Grampa Dave
There was probably more truth and reality in the ad than the normal front page bs in the LA Slimes.

Dave, that's most likely an accurate observation. But the problem is how could someone tell the difference?

17 posted on 04/10/2009 1:30:26 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: max americana

They’ve been doing it for years... why the big deal?


18 posted on 04/10/2009 1:34:59 PM PDT by PsyOp (Put government in charge of tire pressure, and we'll soon have a shortage of air. - PsyOp.)
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To: LikeLight

The fake ad was probably more accurate than the usual stories they publish.


19 posted on 04/10/2009 1:35:26 PM PDT by proudpapa (Obama - The Worst One Ever!)
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To: max americana

Only the editorial board gets to write fake news.


20 posted on 04/10/2009 1:37:48 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: abb; KarlInOhio

Apparently Thomas Jefferson came to the same conclusion a few centuries ago:

““I read no newspaper now but Ritchie’s, and in that chiefly the advertisements, for they contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” - Thomas Jefferson Letter to Nathaniel Macon January 12 1819.

9 posted on 04/10/2009 11:50:32 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king


21 posted on 04/10/2009 4:56:07 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: max americana

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22 posted on 04/11/2009 9:19:50 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (B-HO Circumlocutions brought to you by Hallmarxist -''When You Scare Enough To Send The Very Beast'')
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To: LittleBillyInfidel

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23 posted on 04/11/2009 11:11:26 AM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: max americana

“According to the blog MediaMemo, more than 100 staffers at the newspaper signed a petition protesting the appearance of the fake news story ad on the front page.”

LOL!! Get used to signing your names, suckers. You’ll need a signature for unemployment insurance! Hey, just push some more Obama fascists as your masters! That’ll work for ya too! LOL!!


24 posted on 04/11/2009 3:28:35 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: max americana

I have to agree, that is a very funny line.

And, of course, they don’t see any irony in it.


25 posted on 04/11/2009 3:42:33 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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