After Steve Lopez's column today ragging on the New York Times for using La-La Land in a piece about Amy Wilentz — calling it a cliche favored by New Yorkers — an LA Observed reader with a lot of time on his hands checked Nexis. He came up with 347 hits for La-La Land in Lopez's own Los Angeles Times. "Granted, a good many were references to east coast stereotypes but it also revealed a lot of 'La-La Land' use in heds, captions (i.e. 'Christmas in La-La Land) and not self-deprecating copy," he writes. "Of course, those offenders must have been part of the east coast mafia in Times Mirror Square."
For the record, it hasn't been called Times Mirror Square since the Tribune company moved in to the Times in 2000.