Friday, January 30, 2009

The Los Angeles Times Is Dead.

Long live the L.A. Times.  Today it was announced that the local news section was being discontinued and would be observed into the front section, making the front section more focused on local news rather than national and global.  Other than a few remaining columnists and photographers, the paper is dead to me.

Next time I get a subscription notice, I will not renew.  Well done, Tribune Company and Sam Zell. You killed an institutuion in less than a decade.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama Inauguration and the L.A. Times

As much as I detest what Sam Zell and the Tribune Company have done to hack away at the once really great Los Angeles Times, today's Times reaffirms my belief that the Times can still be a great newspaper and, in fact, today it is one, once least for the day.

The Times sent several of their remaining top-notch reporters and columnists to DC and is fairly bulging with exhaustive coverage -- from a personal perspective, a local perspective, a national perspective and an international perspective. It's the kind of coverage that really only a big metropolitan paper can deliver.

More than that, though, is the the photo on page A25 by the Times' Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Carolyn Cole -- it's black and white, expands across the width of the paper and is absolutely timeless.  There is no possible way this image can be conveyed any better than in a newspaper.

So, kudos to the Times and Ms. Cole and, maybe, we can say that there now is also some hope for the Times.  I encourage you to go out and buy it today.

* Corrected for grammar, etc.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Proud To Be An American

It's been almost 8 years and, now, finally, I am proud to be an American again. May Obama have the wind at his back, for he will need it.  Fingers crossed.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Middle East Horror

This poor palestinian doctor who worked both for Israelis and Palestinians came home to discover his daughters all killed by Israeli bombs.  Absolutely dreadful.   When will both sides have enough of this madness? Ever?

More here.

Friday, January 09, 2009