Jamie Court, president of the Santa Monica-based Foundation For Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and a founder of ArnoldWatch.org, posts somewhat bizarrely that today's ouster of Dean Baquet "pulled a page from Karl Rove's playbook." Court continues at the Huffington Post:
Baquet leaves a month after Tribune ousted the newspaper's publisher, Jeff Johnson, over his refusal to cut editorial staff. Baquet was seen as the last line of defense for the newspaper's editorial integrity. His removal is a sign that the hog butchers from Chicago will be slashing jobs in the newsroom of Los Angeles's only remaining major newspaper. Even as local suitors seek to purchase the newspaper from the company at a fair price.
It's time for subscribers of the Los Angeles Times to unite and take their newspaper back. Fax the Tribune company here. Demand that Baquet be reinstated with the planned editorial cuts rescinded or that the newspaper be sold to local owners before the end of the year. Warn you'll cancel your subscription.
It's now an official call for boycott at the group's website.