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We’ve pasted the entire memo from Eddy Hartenstein below:
From: Hartenstein, Eddy
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 11:06 AM
Subject: Editorial Pages Announcement
I am pleased to announce the following changes in management responsibilities of our editorial pages.
Jim Newton, who has served as editor of the editorial pages for more than two years, is stepping down in order to finish up his biography of Dwight Eisenhower. Nick Goldberg, who has ably served as the section’s deputy editor, will now become editor, overseeing the editorial board, as well as Op-Ed, Sunday Opinion, letters and our opinion coverage online. He will assume his new responsibilities on Monday, Sept. 28 and report to me.
Starting next week, Jim will scale back his duties. He will relinquish his management of Opinion but remain part of it, becoming editor-at-large, a new masthead position. In that capacity, he will advise on editorial matters, remain a member of the editorial board and will keep writing and editing for the editorial pages, both as an editorial writer and an Op-Ed contributor.
Russ Stanton sent the following memo to staffers today, explaining some changes. Not mentioned in the following note is the fact that former Washington bureau chief Doyle McManus is officially an op-ed columnist in DC. We’re still not clear what Tom McCarthy, his #2, does. Stay tuned…
As you have seen, the company is making some changes to the operations of our Washington office, beginning with the naming of Cissy Baker to the new position of vice president of the Washington News Bureau of the Tribune Co.
More details will be unveiled in the coming days, but one thing that will not change is the mission of the bureau: to continue to break news and deliver unique and high quality enterprise, investigative and analytical stories to our readers — in print, online and over the airwaves.
Most of the staffing for the new operation will come from the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune and we will continue to give our readers the top-notch journalism that they have come to expect from us.
[UPDATE: LAT issues press release about McManus which follows:]
LAT Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial writer Bill Stall died Sunday of complications from pulmonary disease.
“Bill’s legacy is his work,” Jim Newton, the editorial page editor of The Times, said Sunday. “He was an incisive analyst of California government and politics whose writing on those subjects is as current today as it was when he wrote it — testament to his prescience as well as to the enormity of the subjects he tackled. We’d be a better state if more people had listened to him at the time.”
A distinguished journalist, her stories out of Israel rankled some, and we will be interested to hear what she really has to say about life, the universe and everything.
I’m pleased to announce that Jim Newton has agreed to return to The Times to resume his duties as editor of the editorial pages. You all know Jim, so no introduction is needed. I would like to note that his decision to rejoin our enterprise, despite the demands of his book-writing career, is a vote of confidence in what we are trying to accomplish.
He’ll start on Monday and report to me. In the meantime, Jim asked that I send along this note:
“As you all know, The Times has a special claim on my heart and I’m convinced that Eddy represents our best chance for sustaining and building great journalism. Given that, I’m delighted that he’s offered me the chance to return, and I’m thrilled to move back into my old office — the best in the building. See you all in a few days.”
Please join me in welcoming Jim back to the team.
As one staffer put it to us: “Wow.”
While we were busy trying to confirm the truth of this, Kevin Roderick got the goods. Gotta give it up to L.A. Observed for having the story. After two decades at the paper, Jim Newton is leaving to pursue book authoring. As our source put it, “With Jim Newton gone, you have to call it something else. Because it sure ain’t the L.A. Times.”
Anita Busch, the former L.A. Times reporter whose receiving of a dead fish and threatening note set off the Anthony Pellicano investigation says current L.A. Times employees remain too cozy with the investigator and should be the target of inquiry themselves. She specifically names Chuck Philips and Jim Newton, saying of Philips:
The Pellicano case coverage in the L.A. Times as reported by Chuck Philips (who told the NY Times that Pellicano was his longtime news source) should be examined. It’s a case study of how Pellicano worked his media relationships to try to destroy his adversaries.
Newton responded here.
Writing at Pajamas Media, Annie Jacobson takes a provocative statistic:
60 million Americans living on less than $7 a day
and tracks it back to the original source. She found the claim in, where else?, an LAT editorial written by Lisa Richardson and edited by Jim Newton.
Newton claims Richardson was responsible, and she didn’t call Jacobson back. The Times linked to a pretty dubious source, blogger William Shanley–it’s also at the ever reliable World Socialist Web Site. Through some actual research, Jacobson finds that the source wasn’t Census data, as reported along the way, but rather IRS data as interpreted by the NY Times and reported by David Cay Johnson. She gets an assist from a Back Talk blogger who explains why reported income data is unreliable.
Moral of the story: fact checking at major newspapers is slack, not all websites are equally reliable, and statistics lie to the unwary.
And check out the comments section.
Johnson’s article got some online attention when it first appeared, making one wonder why the LA Times didn’t dig a little deeper?
(Graph from Visualizing Economics)