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An LAT source with some likely knowledge of the situation says that subscription cancellations at the L.A. Times over the Schwarzenegger groping stories have cleared 2,000. The circulation department set up a "stop code" to record the drops from callers who cite political coverage, so the count is easy to make. Anybody know the actual number? The last official count released by the Times was 1,000.

From Sunday: John Carroll explains groping stories

In today's Editor and Publisher Online, academic Larry Sabato says he had no problem with the first investigative story the LAT ran on Thursday, but thought the follow-ups were too late in the election cycle and crossed a line: "They were not properly vetted -- that is where the sloppiness creeps in."

Roundup of other stories on the topic, some from today's Romenesko:

Dan Walters: LAT has covered Davis aggressively
David Shaw: Arnold controlled coverage
Bettinger: Obligation is to publish
Rocky Mountain News editor: Was right to publish
Hugh Hewitt: Not impressed by weak defense

Plus: Doyle McManus head to head with Jill Stewart on CNN's "Reliable Sources"

NYU j-professor Jay Rosen has a long thoughtful take today that gives Carroll mixed reviews.

Updated 12:55 a.m.

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