Someone was mighty unhappy with one of our LAT postings this morning.
In response to a critique of the ailing local paper, one anonymous reader wrote:
Nice of you to kick the LA Times while it’s down. Why is it that FishbowlDC is so over-the-top in love with the Washington Post (to the point of posting WP birth announcements and every two-bit award they win), while you’re constantly complaining that a newspaper for the 2nd largest city in the country has the audacity to have national ambitions? Do you not care about Iraq? The presidential campaign? You live in Los Angeles, not Des Moines, for crissakes. Can you imagine New Yorkers (or Washingtonians for that matter) complaining that their local paper spends too much time covering the world? Only in LA, I guess. And by the way, get your history right. The pre-Otis Chandler LAT was not a “popular local rag”. It was a red-baiting, bitterly partisan rag that help the Chanlder family earn millions on ethically questionable land deals and blindly praised any anti-Communist Republican in its news pages. Read any bio of Richard Nixon and you’ll find out which newspaper made him into a national figure.