Roy Rivenburg's tongue-in-cheek Not the Los Angeles Times jumped right on the news that the real LAT publisher, Eddy Hartenstein, is warning employees that it's "treason" — treason I say! — to share information with LA Observed. Rivenburg, himself a former Times writer, put up a satirical piece that begins:
Determined to quash 'treasonous' leaks to a local journalism blog, L.A. Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein has grounded the entire newsroom for a month, revoking their TV privileges and forbidding them from attending the Homecoming dance next Friday.
The snowy-haired executive has also subpoenaed reporter diaries as part of an effort to root out disloyal thoughts and behavior among the paper's remaining 18 writers and editors.
Outside the newsroom, Hartenstein recruited a squad of former Green Berets to hunt down and kill the leader of TellZell.com, believed to be hiding in a cave near Encino.