Spoof mocks LAT's struggles

Bunk Magazine pokes fun at the L.A. Times past and present with an April Fool's Day website The Los Wikiless Timespedia, billed as a last-ditch effort to save the newspaper by going 100% reader-written. The LWT was formed when "the Los Angeles Times consolidated with the Chicago Tribune and the New Stanton Occasional Telegraph to form ... a wiki-based newspaper entirely created by its readers. (Mike L. sucks sez NikiSosa84.)"

"We tried basically all the gimmicks we know," said new Editor-in-Chief Tony Cahter, recently promoted from the depleted typesetting staff. "Different fonts. Moving Marmaduke to the front page. Everything."

The wiki news system allows readers to enter and edit articles as they please.

"If you see an article you don't like or don't agree with, just change it. Then if the next person doesn't like that, they can change it back. We call it an editocracy."

When reached at his new office in the Pico and La Brea Starbucks, former Editor Ed LeBlanc said, "Perhaps you should look up the meaning of the word 'Pandering,' you might find a picture of the LA Times' owners."

However, when we consulted the Wikipedia entry on pandering, we found only pictures of panda bears and William Shatner.

Kinda funny. Check it out.

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