Editor John Carroll's column to readers after the groping stories, Dean Baquet's speech in New Orleans on the same subject, and now Rutten's column share in putting forward a tough guy tone in big city journalism. I suppose it's in reaction to what is seen as too much coddling of readers, and the threat of cave in to politically motivated critics. To me that is a bad read on the politics of being the press these days. But I do not pretend to understand internal politics at the Los Angeles Times.
Just a snippet. The original post on Rutten's column now includes comments (with a link) by Tim Porter and Matt Welch.