LATimes.com has posted ten minutes of video showing new editor Jim O'Shea's address to the newsroom yesterday. He says in it that he told his Tribune bosses that the Times was better off with Dean Baquet at the helm and he hoped that they would work out their differences. When they didn't, he took the job. [* Added: "I don't carry water for anybody...I didn't come here to dismantle the Los Angeles Times."] The video is balky on my computer, but I plan to keep trying. Today's Chicago Tribune also had a story on O'Shea's arrival in Los Angeles.
Also: Times staff writer Terry McDermott pens an appreciation of Baquet at Romenesko.
The newsroom in Los Angeles isn’t angry because we think we’re holier than thou, although we certainly think it. We understand newspapering is a business, not a sacred calling, although we certainly resent that. We’re angry because Dean Baquet is one of the best newsmen of his generation and any company fortunate enough to have hired him ought to be smart enough to know it and ambitious enough to embrace it, whatever complications that presents.