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If this report is true, I will cancel my subscription to the L.A. Times



In November 2012, I wrote BIG problem: Former News Corp. exec expected to head Tribune Co., Rupert Murdoch eyes LA Times, Chicago Tribune.

Thankfully, that didn't happen, but something else did. Things just got worse.

Dear L.A. Times,

If you do what the report below says you may do, we will cancel our subscription, and we will suggest to everybody we know that they cancel theirs.



Via Think Progress:

Right-wing funders and business industrialists David and Charles Koch may purchase the Tribune Company newspapers, which include the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and the Los Angeles Times. The brothers are “interested in the clout they could gain through the Times’ editorial pages,” the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Because, you know, the Koch brothers just don't have enough clout.

Via daromano

As I said back in November, feel free to contact the L.A. Times with a letter to the editor or their “convenient comment form.” For questions about journalistic standards, practices and accuracy, contact the Readers’ Representative Office by e-mail, phone (877) 554-4000 or fax (213) 237-3535.



BIG problem: Former News Corp. exec expected to head Tribune Co., Rupert Murdoch eyes LA Times, Chicago Tribune



And he actually tweeted this, too:


I'm heartsick. I am watching the painful demise of my home paper, the L.A. Times, the paper I've subscribed to for decades, the paper I insist on holding in my hands the old fashioned way as I read it daily, blurry-eyed, as I emerge from my early-morning comatose state, the paper I rely on to bring you stories that I can't find anywhere else, the paper from which I share excellent letters to the editor to post on this blog, the paper that, for the most part, provides thorough and fairly even-handed news coverage.

And now, as my stomach sinks to the floor, as my mouth goes dry and tears start forming in my still-blurry eyes, I'm reading in my morning L.A. Times that Peter Liguori, a former top executive at News Corp. is expected to be named chief executive of Tribune Co... and that Tribune's new owners could very well sell the Times and the Chicago Tribune.

And who wants to buy them? None other than the media's sleaziest right wing hackmeister, Rupert Murdoch. He's been dying to buy both papers for some time now. And despite occasionally reading about his greedy, nasty little desire, I never thought it would really happen.

As for Liguori, he's an adviser to the private equity firm Carlyle Group (remember them?) and held senior programming positions at News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting, among other networks. Of course, News Corp. also has its conservative grip on the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

Welcome to my nightmare.

L.A. Times:

Liguori is in advanced conversations with incoming owners, according to people who requested anonymity. An official announcement is expected after Tribune emerges from bankruptcy and names a new board of directors, which could occur as early as next month. [...]

The FCC's staff issued the waivers of its so-called cross-ownership rules, which restrict newspapers from combining with television and radio stations in the same market.

The waivers cover Tribune newspaper and broadcasting units in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, South Florida and Hartford, Conn. [...]

Tribune, which has been in bankruptcy for almost four years, owns the Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles, along with the Chicago Tribune, WGN radio and television stations and other newspapers and television stations throughout the country. The 23 TV stations are considered the most valuable part of the company.

Needless to say, should this go through, I will no longer be a subscriber.

Feel free to contact the L.A. Times with a letter to the editor or their "convenient comment form." For questions about journalistic standards, practices and accuracy, contact the Readers' Representative Office by e-mail, phone (877) 554-4000 or fax (213) 237-3535.

To make matters worse, here's what John Dean tweeted earlier:

Hope we're not on a dying planet called Twitter:


Worst campaign ever? "Bad like Todd Akin at a NARAL benefit bad."


Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:


Its time to start worrying about Mitt Romney. Seriously. The guy may just be running the worst campaign ever. And yes, that includes the McDLT, print ads for organic hemp underwear and France in 39. Not to mention McCain/ Palin in 08. Which currently holds the gold standard for lousy campaigns. Sure to be a Hall of Fame inductee in a couple years.

Willard has taken bad to a whole new level. Bad like a dumpster behind a fish market during a garbage strike bad. Bad like a 3 dollar Dark Knight Rises DVD bought off a Times Square cardboard table with Albanian subtitles bad. Bad like Todd Akin at a NARAL benefit bad. Bad doubled down. Beyond breaking bad to the point of broken bad.

And every time the former Governor of Massachusetts opens his mouth, it gets worse. He’s tone deaf, tongue tied, logically challenged and as approachable as a near- sighted porcupine in heat. The Anti Ray Romano- Nobody Loves Mitt.

So uncomfortable around real people, you can practically hear him whisper “icky, icky, icky,” under his breath while shaking hands at rallies. You know there’s an aide with a bottle of Purell hand sanitizer waiting for him on the bus. Maybe even a 55- gallon drum connected to a shower head.

Got caught on a secret video calling 47% of those real people- moochers and malingerers. Shirking entitled victims dependent on the government for food. Food. Mmmm. That’s us. Just can’t get enough of that Government cheese. You know what this country needs? A good 5¢ Government cracker.

The impression is that, 1: he was pandering to his rich donor buddies or, 2: the poster child for the 1% really believes what he said. Either way- awkward! And that massive pounding sound you hear is a herd of stampeding elephants running away from what they fear might be contagious.

Said he wouldn’t concern himself with that 47%, which depresses his most ardent supporters, because “hell, that’s more than half!” One major problem with insulting 47% of the American public is that at least 58% of them worry that you think they’re part of that 47% and you know 112% of America believes that. They do. Bet you $10,000.

The video’s release obscured the Romney campaign’s much ballyhooed new design to sharpen its message. Would have been interesting to see how many truckloads of flint they were going to use to try and put an edge on that much smoke. Honing fog.

His own staffer warned us. The Etch- a- Sketch has been turned upside down. Prepare to be shaken. Problem is, you keep rebooting something as stiff as Mitt and it starts short- circuiting all over the place. Romney 8.0. Better than Romney 7.0. Now with Desperation.

Maybe it’s the extra large silver spoon in his mouth that keeps him from seeing the view from the middle class. Can’t understand why they don’t pull themselves up by the bootstraps like he did when his daddy loaned him his first million.

With the debates still to come, there’s time to turn this race around. But this far in, its like turning the Titanic. After hitting the iceberg. And the helm is underwater. Face it, if Bain Capital were running Mitt’s campaign right now, they’d close it down, fire him and hire some Chinese guy to do it better and cheaper.

5 time Emmy- nominee Will Durst has a new e- book: “Elect to Laugh!” published by Hyperink. Available at or amazon.


CNN president Jim Walton to step aside for "new thinking". How about ANY thinking?


L.A. Times:

Amid CNN's continuing ratings drop, President Jim Walton says he'll step down at the end of the year to make way for a new leader with a 'different perspective.' [...]

"CNN needs new thinking," Walton said in an email to the CNN staff. 

That Times article couldn't be better timed, because I was already planning on putting out another "What is CNN thinking?" rant today.

I remember a very long time ago, I read an article asking celebrities, "What's the first thing you do every morning?" Most of them said they tuned into CNN for their daily dose of news, because back in those days, CNN stood for quality and accuracy, for great coverage of breaking and continuing news stories, and for objective reporting.

That was then.

Today I see tweet after tweet (including my own) about how they've become Fox Lite or simply irrelevant.

Take this morning, for example. Since MSNBC was airing the Olympic Games, I needed a news fix from Anyone But ClusterFox, so I flipped over to "CNN Newsroom" [sic].

My bad.

I watched for a full half hour, and here's what I got:

  • About 10 minutes on Michael Jackson's family fighting over custody of his kids and wondering if Mama Jackson was abducted or nuts or just playing Uno.
  • Another several minutes on a child custody battle over a four-month-old whose biological father reneged on his contract with the adoptive parents, including every devastating and heart wrenching adjective and detail they could wring out of it.
  • A light-hearted few minutes on sharks who eat journalists' underwater TV cameras.

That took up 30 minutes of time I don't have. Those stories could have been done in half the time (or less) and CNN could have delivered something, you know, newsworthy.

I had already scoured my morning L.A. Times and needed updates. All I got was the above filler and what CNN provided in their news ticker at the bottom of the screen.

Come to think of it, the ticker imparted way more information than CNN has in the last 2 hours on air.

Jim Walton made a wise choice.