L.A. Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein's year-end memo says the Times is "committing resources to areas that we know are of key interest to our readers and advertisers." I wonder if this web feature falls into that category: The 50 Best Butts in Sports. All of the subjects are women. About local Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, featured columnist Bailey Brautigan writes: "Walsh is half of one of the most bootylicious duos in sports. You can't have one without the other!" The Times calls Bleacher Report a website partner. Its reader-written stories appeal to LATimes.com for obvious reasons: inflating the page view count. (Also at LAT.com from Bleacher Report: The 20 Most Boobtastic Athletes Of All Time.) Does this mean Chairman Sam did have some influence on the newspaper industry before bankrupting out? It was at the LAT (pre-bankruptcy) that Zell urged the paper to start selling strip club ads and offered his most famous scrap of wisdom: "It's un-American not to like pussy."
Maybe Sam Zell won: LAT's '50 best butts'
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