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L.A. Times Sells Last Remaining Shreds of Credibility (Front page ad looks like terrorist attack)
http://patterico.com/ ^ | 10/4/2010 | Patterico

Posted on 10/04/2010 12:12:22 PM PDT by SanFranDan

When L.A. Times print readers received their paper last Wednesday, here is what they saw:

(Photo of LA Times front page) Screen a screaming banner headline that appeared to be about a terror attack on a TV network (NBC):

It turned out to be just an ad for the new Los Angeles-based Law and Order show on NBC.

To her credit, the Readers’ Representative writes about it, and notes reader reactions, which appear to be mostly appalled. I guess they’re used to seeing front-page advertisements for political candidates on their front pages, but not for TV networks.

Fake editors contacted by patterico.com for fake quotes said: “I never made enough money to be bought,” and “Advertising buys good will.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abovethefold; fakebutaccurate; latimes; pravdamedia

1 posted on 10/04/2010 12:12:28 PM PDT by SanFranDan
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To: SanFranDan

Just love it, “City demands Law and Order…”

Well well, how about starting with complying with the laws which are on the books…yet I guess they would loose all too many gardeners plus underclass criminals and would not be able collect enough taxes to afford their life styles.


2 posted on 10/04/2010 12:17:34 PM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about their misdirection!)
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To: SanFranDan

uh.. it clearly reads, in RED ink “ADVERTISEMENT”.


3 posted on 10/04/2010 12:19:23 PM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: SanFranDan

Certainly does the trick for me. I actually threw up the last time I watched Law and Order - I choked on the P.C. they were forcing down my throat.


4 posted on 10/04/2010 12:19:43 PM PDT by Hans
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To: SanFranDan

Wrapped fish will never know the difference.


5 posted on 10/04/2010 12:22:45 PM PDT by RingerSIX
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To: camle
uh.. it clearly reads, in RED ink “ADVERTISEMENT”.

Serious newspapers never, ever run ads on the front page. Certainly not "above the fold." This is a new low, even for them.

6 posted on 10/04/2010 12:23:11 PM PDT by fullchroma
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To: fullchroma

that may be true, but it does clearly read “ADVERTISEMENT” in an attention getting manner. anybody who reads what is clearly marked “ADVERTISEMENT” and thinks otherwise, should probably take theri fingers out of their noses every once in a while, to improve oxygen flow to the brain.


7 posted on 10/04/2010 12:26:06 PM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: SanFranDan

Alan Grayson is guest-editing the front page today?


8 posted on 10/04/2010 12:30:00 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: camle

those idiots actually vote though


9 posted on 10/04/2010 12:30:34 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: GeronL

that’s the sad truth.


10 posted on 10/04/2010 12:33:42 PM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: camle
that may be true, but it does clearly read “ADVERTISEMENT” in an attention getting manner. anybody who reads what is clearly marked “ADVERTISEMENT” and thinks otherwise, should probably take theri fingers out of their noses every once in a while, to improve oxygen flow to the brain.

Their fingers were in their noses to keep out the STINK.

11 posted on 10/04/2010 12:36:12 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: SanFranDan

Pretty pathetic. But newspapers lost their credibility with me a long, long time ago.

It began with repeating Democratic talking points as “hard news”, with disguising opinion as news, with favoring “liberal” opinions disguised on the comics page.

It was exacerbated by the articles referring to men who like to dress as women as “she” and “her” and women who like to dress like men as “he” or “him”, to illegal immigrants as undocumented workers, to unborn babies as fetuses.

It continued when it asserted the debate was over on such diverse issues as global warming, global cooling, the causes of poverty, the existence of unconscious racial discrimination. It further eroded when newspapers.

What was left of their credibility went down the tube when it constantly refers to natural results of economic tampering as “unexpected”, when bad news is always considered “unforeseen” and good news is always the result of wise liberal policies.

Disguising advertising as news is old hat, although this is the first I’ve seen on the front page. It reminded me of a silly advertisement surrounded by what appeared to be two news articles, both of which made the same logical mistake of considering a trend affecting one in four people as “rising” when it now affected one in five people. I have a B.A. in Communications, emphasis in Journalism, and I am embarrassed for my profession.


12 posted on 10/04/2010 12:45:07 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: SanFranDan

Disgusting. But that’s ok because they’re liberal and loving. That makes all the difference and why it’s ok for them to do this.


13 posted on 10/04/2010 12:49:22 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: camle

How many people in LA read English?


14 posted on 10/04/2010 12:53:29 PM PDT by donna (Synonyms: Feminism, Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Islam-ism)
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To: camle

Doesn’t matter, to me, whether or not the ad is marked as such.

The problem is that there is an ad on the front page, above the fold of a newspaper that purports to be a respectable news source. It’s just not done.

Some editor who did the same at grubby, little USAToday is now working elsewhere. Hey, maybe he got hired at the LATimes?


15 posted on 10/04/2010 12:55:42 PM PDT by fullchroma
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To: SanFranDan

Holy CR@P. The front page above the fold was an AD??? That is pathetic.

I wish I could get my parents to stop subscribing, but they love the sports page. SIGH.


16 posted on 10/04/2010 12:57:56 PM PDT by Yaelle ( I donated double. We need FR running smoothly this fall. Join me.)
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To: SanFranDan

“attack on NBC” why bother, they are destroying themselves quite nicely.


17 posted on 10/04/2010 1:00:02 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: SanFranDan

bttt


18 posted on 10/04/2010 1:14:52 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: SanFranDan

They’ve done this same thing before when the King Kong exhibit needed pushing at Universal Studios and a couple other things. This is the first time for terrorism. Since I subscribe to the LA Times when you first see it it looks real but quickly because of the word Advertisement in bright red letters below the masthead and other details is obvious to be a fake. If it was the first time you’d seen it you might have gotten roped in for a while.


19 posted on 10/04/2010 1:26:16 PM PDT by airedale
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To: fullchroma

It was a separate advertising supplement that looked like the front section of the paper. It was 4 pages (one sheet printed on all sides with fake stores, pictures and ads for the TV show. The fonts, and layout was standard LA Times.

The paper had a real front page and section A. This was totally separate from the ad section in question. My wife got the paper in the morning from the front lawn so I don’t know if the advertising supplement was on the outside or not so that’s what you saw first. My guess was that it was.


20 posted on 10/04/2010 1:31:07 PM PDT by airedale
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To: fullchroma
Serious newspapers never, ever run ads on the front page.

You're right. NEVER. How long 'til they sell 'right to prior review'? Or 'favorable treatment'? Or meet and greet parties between advertisers, news-makers and reporters? Well, other than the Washington Post...

21 posted on 10/04/2010 1:31:16 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2589165/posts)
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To: SanFranDan

The L.A. Times report on blow back from its desperate money-making stunt: (It’s not pretty.) http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/readers/2010/09/readers-respond-to-ads-fake-front-page.html


22 posted on 10/04/2010 1:35:51 PM PDT by fullchroma
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