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Kinsley to step down

mkins.jpgZut, alors! Michael Kinsley has announced he will step down as editorial page editor at the LAT, though he says he will remain involved with the department in a not-yet-defined new role. I hope it’s not running the Xerox machine.

This comes about a week after the announcement which coincided with John Carroll’s retirement that the LAT editorial page would heretofore report not to the editor of the paper, but to the publisher, which nobody knew what to make of. It’s all so mysterious!

UPDATE: Well, that’s what I get for reading the New York Times in the morning before I look at L.A. Observed, where there’s a teaser for Nikki Finke’s soon-to-be posted column about Kinsley’s departure in which, she is expected to argue, the editorial-page-reporting-to-the-publisher thing has a central role. L.A. Observed also finds that the Boston Globe and the NYT editorial pages also report to the papers’ publishers, so maybe it’s not as weird as it sounds.

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