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for May 2003

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Rutten: 'Blair Witch Hunt' at NYT

Tim Rutten's fifth straight Regarding Media column on the New York Times problems notes that, "it was a lousy week for the Times, whose self-inflicted wounds continue to bleed onto...

William Robinson Jr., TV news producer was 54

Robinson had been the managing editor at KCBS-TV Channel 2 in the early 1990s and had also worked at KTTV/FOX-TV Channel 11. He won eight Emmy awards during a 22-year...

Jess Marlow signs off

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Tonight is the final show of KCET's Life and Times with Jess Marlow as the co-anchor. Jess is retiring to Santa Fe, New Mexico after 37 years in Los Angeles...

Hewitt revisits LAT bias

Hugh Hewitt, once the designated voice of the right on KCET's Life & Times, goes a little deeper on the L.A. Times bias memo than he had earlier. He also...

Santa Monica website investigates Green Party

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The longest-established news outlet to focus on Santa Monica is not a newspaper but the website Surf Santa Monica, which opened as The Lookout in 1999, a year to the...

Scheer vs. Horowitz

Self-described conservative Republican L.A. blogger Luke Ford attends a panel discussion featuring warriors of the Left and Right -- Robert Scheer and David Horowitz -- and comes away charmed by...

K.C. Cole pops up in The New Yorker

LAT science writer K.C. Cole shows up in this week's New Yorker with a story on Janet Conrad, "the woman who hunts neutrinos." Also in the New Yorker is a...

BookExpo in town

Thousands of booksellers, publishers, editors, authors and other literary figures are attending the gathering at the L.A. Convention Center. Bill O'Reilly, Molly Ivins, Al Franken and Tucker Carlson are all...

Could Scheer be a right-wing plant?

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Los Angeles author/blogger Roger L. Simon asks the question, half facetiously we hope, after being underwhelmed by Bob Scheer's latest column on Jessica Lynch in the L.A. Times....

L.A. Times bias memo gets big reaction

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Interest in LAT Editor John Carroll's memo on liberal bias (originally posted here at L.A. Observed) has been heavy, especially at the conservative punditry sites. Opinion Journal's James Taranto led...

Will Riordan's Ex happen?

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Writing in the L.A. Independent, Beverly Hills author and journalist Tony Castro sounds skeptical that ex-mayor and current power broker Dick Riordan will actually produce a weekly newspaper in September...

Think Bob Hope and Nicholson together...

John Powers' appreciation of Bob Hope on this afternoon's Fresh Air includes this deliciously subversive wish -- to have seen Hope take on a more sinister-than-usual film role. Powers sees...

Estrich: Women missing from op-ed pages

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Susan Estrich, the USC law professor who ran the presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis, has an intriguing column out about newspaper op-ed pages. Nine out of 10 op-ed items are...

Men's Fitness leaving L.A.

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The magazine is relocating to New York from its offices in Woodland Hills, says Keith J. Kelly in the New York Post. Editor Jerry Kindela was let go yesterday. [For...

L.A.'s new million-dollar gas station

Greg Goldin in the LA Weekly considers the new Moorish-palace Exxon station at Beverly and Fairfax, which opened last weekend. The design alone -- incorporating century-old French roof tiles, a...

"Politically Blonde" doesn't make the cut

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The new liberal political magazine being planned from L.A. by Helen O'Donnell won't be a revival of George but it still will try for a little of the Kennedy association....

Scheer answers critics

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In his L.A. Times op-ed column today, Robert Scheer responds to bashers who say his previous column on the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch got it all wrong. "When our...

Former colleagues pile on Bragg

Best piece I've seen yet on the Rick Bragg affair (the most insight with the least anti-NYT distortion) is Seth Mnookin's report on the uproar about Bragg among other New...

Back to Malibu Point with the real Gidget

Fun read on the Southern California beach and teen culture of the 1950s: Deanne Stillman's encounters with the original Gidget, posted at California Authors.com. As Stillman, a Los Angeles author...

Ex-LAT publisher Downing on list to run Oakland schools

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Kathryn Downing, the CEO and publisher who presided at the L.A. Times during the Staples Center/Times magazine fiasco, is on the short list of candidates to be Oakland schools superintendent,...
L.A. Observed Exclusive: Memo from LAT editor John Carroll on the paper's "liberal bias."

Larry Gross to head Annenberg School

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Gross will become director of the USC Annenberg School of Communication on July 1. He has been a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for 35 years and...

Eli Broad is L.A.'s richest man, Biz Journal says

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Eli Broad, the subject of a long profile by Ed Leibowitz in the June issue of Los Angeles magazine, gave up $5.9 billion in net worth to the weak economy...

Daily News could re-use this headline some day...

Checking out the news rack headlines outside Starbucks this morning I did a double take at the colorful Daily News banner, thinking I'd missed a major obituary. Splashed large across...

Rosenberg only giving up TV column

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An LAT personnel memo today (posted at Romenseko's Media News) expands on the Sunday report here about television critic Howard Rosenberg retiring. He will give up the TV column in...

Angry Rick Bragg to quit the NYT

"Obviously, I'm taking a bullet here," the suspended New York Times Pulitzer winner tells Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post. "Anyone with half a brain can see that. I'm too...

Scheer knows how to rile them up

LA Examiner.com pulls together a bunch of the online and Administration bile being spewed over Bob Scheer's column buying into the BBC report that the PFC Jessica Lynch rescue was...

Party at Riordan's house takes in $140k

Rick Orlov in the Daily News reports that the state Republican Party get together at Dick Riordan's home last week took in $140,000, even without Schwarzenegger. (Here at L.A. Observed...

Bragg incident is no Blair II -- yet

Mickey Kaus is shocked that New York Times reporters use material from stringers and interns, but he shouldn't be. I don't mean that as a knock at the NYT (or...

Roundup of new L.A.-centric books

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David L. Ulin writes in the LAT about "Southland" by Nina Revoyr and "Fear Itself," Walter Mosley's second Fearless Jones novel. April Smith (North of Montana) is also back with...

Comments are enabled now

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It's an experiment, like the rest of this. We'll see how it goes. Once I figure out how to automate a Romenesko-style letters page that's probably where the public feedback...

Bratton too NY for L.A.?

Mariel Garza in the Daily News reports that the L.A. star of the moment, police chief Bill Bratton, may be too mouthy for mellow Angelenos....

Howard Rosenberg to retire?

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Buzz is sweeping the second floor at the LAT that the television critic will give up his longtime column this summer. If true, news execs (among others) won't miss him....

It's not the diversity, stupid

Macarena Hernandez, the San Antonio reporter whose story was lifted by Jayson Blair, gives her side of the debacle in the LAT Sunday Opinion section. She argues that blaming the...

"Hotel California:" more true than they know

The New York Times story today on "Sleeping with the Ambassador" carries the headline Welcome Back to the Hotel California. It's a nice play on a little-known fact, though probably...

Ripping "Black Dahlia Avenger"

Gary Indiana hates it: "meretricious, revolting twaddle." In the book retired LAPD homicide cop Steve Hodel fingers his father as the 1947 Black Dahlia killer, using reasoning I doubt the...

Rick Bragg suspended by NYT

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Rick Bragg, who worked at the LAT for about a month before jumping to the New York Times, has been suspended by the NYT in the Jayson Blair aftermath. There...

Eddie Little, "outlaw writer" was 48

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The ex-con author and sometime L.A. Weekly columnist died in a hotel room and not heroically. Howard Blume, his editor at the Weekly, does the honors. Howard also gets off...

Larry Mantle meets Eloise at the Ambassador

Memorial Day's "Airtalk with Larry Mantle" on KPCC-FM (89.3) will be a prerecorded show on historic preservation from the ghostly Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire, featuring charming stories about growing up...

How would publisher Riordan cover it?

The victory Tuesday of David Tokofsky means that ex-mayor Dick Riordan lost another bid to hold on to his (and Eli Broad's) influence on the L.A. school board. The mayor...

Maybe L.A. columnists do matter

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Miguel Contreras and the L.A. labor council won big in Tuesday's victory of Martin Ludlow in the 10th council district. They already helped elect Ludlow's former boss Antonio Villaraigosa on...

John Malmin, ex-LAT photog was 89

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He shot iconic photos of the Watts riots and the Dodgers' welcoming parade in 1958. Neither of those, unfortunately, are in the online gallery at LATimes.com....

10 shot to death not worth A1 OR B1?

You may have missed the headline in this morning's LAT -- buried on B4. Ten Angelenos murdered in an especially violent spate ("We haven't had a weekend like this in...

Vegas-to-L.A. drivers are the worst

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I've driven all over the rural West and love the road, but I loathe the return leg to L.A. from Vegas on I-15. Great scenery, idiotic drivers. Too many hog...

Riordan opens manor to state GOP

The ex-mayor and would-be publisher's Brentwood home is the site of a fundraiser tonight for the state Republican Party, Rick Orlov reports in the Daily News. Among the scheduled attendees...

Mal Florence, LAT sports scribe was 77

Mal Florence was at the Times forever and was best known for covering USC football and writing Morning Briefing. He was 77 and mostly retired, but I don't think he...

Marnye Oppenheim, New Times writer was 32

Friends and former colleagues are pouring in heartfelt memories over at LAExaminer.com. She wrote the "Bite Me" column for New Times L.A. before the weekly folded last year and was...

An honest man on the media...

From a Q-and-A on JournalismJobs.com with Matt Labash of the conservative Weekly Standard: JournalismJobs.com: Why have conservative media outlets like The Weekly Standard and Fox News Channel become more popular...

Jesse Walker knows the score

From a column at ReasonOnline : "'Media bias' is usually code for 'insufficient bias toward my views.'"...

Jayson Blair

This blog is coming to life in the midst of the scandal over disgraced New York Times reporter Jayson Blair. He made up stories, claimed to be in locales where...

Riding the bus with D.J. Waldie

Author D.J. Waldie writes with his usual evocative grace about the travails and occasional thrills of being a guest of the MTA, in the June issue of Los Angeles magazine....

A new L.A. blog

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My name is Kevin Roderick. I am an author, a journalist, an Angeleno and wear assorted other labels. I suppose I'm also now a blogger. This will be a place...
David Garth, political consultant
david-garth-bradley.jpgNew Yorker David Garth played a big role in the elections of Tom Bradley and John Tunney. Obit
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Campaign 2015 takes shape
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A tale of two Sugar Plum Fairies
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