January 21, 2008

(correction to the title) More trouble at the LA Times:

The top editor of The Los Angeles Times has been forced out for resisting newsroom budget cuts, executives at the paper said Sunday, marking the fourth time in less than three years that the highest-ranking editor or the publisher has left for that reason.

The departure of Mr. O’Shea appears to contradict statements by Samuel Zell, the Chicago real estate magnate who took over the company last month and is now its chairman and chief executive. Mr. Zell has repeatedly criticized the previous regime of the financially troubled company for trying to improve the bottom line by cutting costs, and he has said that he thinks the path to profit lies in finding new revenue, not paring costs.

Here's the key point if it holds true:

Officials at The Times said Mr. Hiller had ordered a $4 million cut in the newsroom budget. Some said he specifically sought to cut expenses related to covering the heated presidential campaign, during a time when such expenses usually spike. Some editors and reporters said Mr. Hiller told them in a meeting in November that he wanted to reduce staff somewhat by the end of this year.

Now why would O'Shea quit over cuts in ELECTION coverage? Hmmmm....It's not like that's very important to our country at this point in time.<snark> I've said in the past that Hiller & The Chicago Tribune aren't trying to slant their reporting like FOX as much, but rather are cutting back reporting capabilities which allows for more opinion to seep into the news coverage instead of actual reporting. This leads to the inane debates on important issues we see instead of hard facts. The "fog" of news so to speak...More shall be revealed....

(correction to the title. The article says he was forced out. )

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