LA Times did worse than not cover last weekend’s protest of a Hobby Lobby store in their area (a new one in Burbank, CA).
Instead of offering coverage of the protest, it published a blog post by a conservative. To be specific, a D-list conservative who got all her “facts” by skimming a facebook event, presumably from her home in Washington D.C.
The paper featured the work of Charlotte Allen of D.C. (who maintains the “Stupid Girl” blog) and called it good. Allen wrote “Hey liberals, there’s a logistical problem with your Hobby Lobby boycott”.
To be perfectly HIT YOU OVER THE HEAD clear, I am not really angry that LA Times hosted a post that mocks something I care about. I am angry that the newspaper sees her mocking post as a substitute for actual coverage of the protest.
Really and truly that blog post is supposed to suffice. There is no other coverage of the protest at LA Times
If the reader is wondering why the F. this Wisconsin blogger gives a rip about a California newspaper, I would suggest he or she review this 2013 ranking of newspapers in the United States. Los Angeles Times is ranked 4th with a circulation of 653,868 which includes normal print editions, branded print editions, and digital subscriptions. – source
According to Alexa website rankings, LA Times ranks #12 among all news sites**.
This isn’t just phone-it-in journalism. It’s contempt for the public and specifically for an issue that is rankling women across the USA.*
Is this poor performance just an extension of Tribune Company’s continuing slide into “bankrupt culture”?
(Tribune Co. owns LA Times, in case you’d forgotten)
Media journalist David Carr wrote a scathing (wonderful) piece in 2010 on the chaos and scuz that erupted at Tribune Company after Randy “Tits” Michaels was installed as the company’s top executive.
Mr. Michaels, a former radio executive and disc jockey, had been handpicked by Sam Zell, a billionaire who was the new controlling shareholder, to run much of the media company’s vast collection of properties, including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, WGN America and The Chicago Cubs.
After Mr. Michaels arrived, according to two people at the bar that night, he sat down and said, “watch this,” and offered the waitress $100 to show him her breasts. The group sat dumbfounded.
“Here was this guy, who was responsible for all these people, getting drunk in front of senior people and saying this to a waitress who many of us knew,” said one of the Tribune executives present, who declined to be identified because he had left the company and did not want to be quoted criticizing a former employer. “I have never seen anything like it.”
Go to “Journalism’s New Low: LA Times Uses Facebook Trolls for Protest Coverage” to read Lauren Steiner’s piece on the Burbank protest she organized and Los Angeles Times ignored.
*And atheists, and advocates for separation of church and state, and every person who’s aware of what RFRA is, etc. etc. In other words – a lot of people.
** Perhaps “all news sites in English” or “read by Americans”. Because I assume that we’re missing out on Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, etc news sites.