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Luke Thompson Reports on the LA Times Reporter Reporting On the LA Times

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In the LA Weekly, freelancer Luke Thompson takes a hard look at the LA Times’ Jim Rainey’s reporting on the Tribune Co. various woes with the LA Times. Thompson surveyed a number of local media watchers, most of whom didn’t envy Rainey’s position.

Ken Reich, permanent thorn in the paw of the Times, thinks Rainey is underplaying the drop in circulation. Rainey thinks he’s being picked on, more or less. But here’s our favorite part:

Rainey was equally feisty when the Weekly called to arrange a photograph, declaring, “Why don’t you ask Nikki Finke to draw my stick figure?” then refusing to be photographed.

Journalists writing about journalism. It’s a koan.
(And is “draw my stick figure” a euphemism for some sex act?)

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