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Baquet: Vive La Difference!

In a long interview with the NY Observer, Dean Baquet discusses the state of the LAT. He says he intends to “[try] to get a firmer handle on what makes us different from the other three or four great American newspapers, or half a dozen, whatever the list is that we compete against.” Will be interesting to see what this means in practice– will the LAT be increasingly California-ized under Baquet? I hope so. The skeptics in town fear that Baquet is too recent an LA arrival and too steeped in NYT-ness from his time at the (other) Times to give the LAT a distinctive LA-ish stamp. But FishbowlLA says, give the man a chance, you nativists!

Baquet also weighs in on the LAT-NYT rivalry, penis jokes, and, of course, budget woes. Meanwhile, John Carroll vents a little to Newsweek:

Carroll told NEWSWEEK that “the ongoing debate over resources” with the Tribune Co. bosses was one of a variety of factors contributing to his decision to leave the paper. When asked if Chicago adequately appreciated the Times’s journalistic accomplishments during his tenure, he replied, “I want to be candid with you, but I’m going to have to duck on that one.”

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