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Doug Frantz Joins WaPo

Politico is reporting that Doug Frantz is joining The Washington Post as National Security Editor. Frantz comes to the paper from Kroll, a consulting firm. Frantz is a former Managing Editor for the Los Angeles Times and former Investigative Reporter and Investigations Editor at the New York Times. He also spent time as an Investigative Reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

Additionally, Frantz is a Pulitzer winner and has been a finalist twice.

Frantz’s first day is June 11.

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Obama’s Journalism Bailout? Come Work for Us!

s-OBAMA-PRESS-ACCESggS-large.jpgDoes six times make a trend? That’s how many journalists have jumped ship in recent months to take on jobs with the Obama administration — the most recent being Jill Zuckman who was a Washington-based correspondent at the Chicago Tribune. Zuckman joins a list that most recently includes Jay Carney, Doug Frantz, Scott Shepard, Warren Bass, and Peter Gosselin. Over at Politico Michael Calderone notes that all this movement is causing some consternation in certain circles.

“Obama bails out more media water-carriers,” conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote…Blogs at both the Weekly Standard and the National Review are pointing to a “revolving door” that spins between the media and the Obama administration. And while Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, acknowledges that financial troubles may be forcing reporters out of newsrooms, he thinks it’s worth noting where they’re going.

“When some leave journalism because of a reduction in staff, what’s the natural landing spot?” The Obama administration,” Bozell charged.

All of which might make for a stronger argument if, say, the entire journalism industry wasn’t crumbling around us daily (perhaps Bozell and Malkin should subscribe to our daily newsfeed to get a dose of just how dire things are these days!). One imagines that receiving a paycheck from the government instead of applying to it for unemployment is the more attractive option for many journalists facing buyouts and layoffs. So perhaps these decisions have less to do with personal politics than being able to pay to mortgage. What say you readers?

What does the Obama ‘journalist bailout’ signify?
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Armenian Group Takes Credit For Doug Frantz’s Resignation

frantz_pic.jpgWhile many at the LAT were sad to see managing editor Doug Frantz pack it up, the Armenian National Committee of America sent a chipper press release this afternoon, taking credit for Frantz’s departure and all but telling him not to let the door hit him on the ass on his way to Istanbul.

The committee says Frantz has a long history of Turkish bias, some of which has been addressed in various newspaper stories and blogs around town.

John M. Arthur Moves Up to Managing Editor, LA Times

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While Doug Frantz returns to Istanbul, where he’ll be the Mid east bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, John M. Arthur will be the new ME at the Los Angeles Times. He’d been the assistant managing editor, and has been with the paper since 1986.

First on FishbowlDC.

Doug Frantz Leaves LA Times: “Done As Much As I Could Do”

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Doug Frantz says farewell to the LA Times. Franz, who took the managing editor job at the behest of his friend Dean Baquet, was supposed to fall on his sword after Baquet’s ouster. John Montorio–also part of the Baquet boys–is still at the LAT–might he replace Frantz?

Jim O’Shea’s memo said:

He has been a huge help to me, convincing people to give me a chance at a time of uncertainty and turmoil. I can’t thank him enough. I will miss his wisdom, candor, professionalism and solid news judgment. The only comfort I find in his decision is that Doug leaves the newsroom his legacy of high standards and excellent, hard-hitting journalism. Doug’s last day will be July 6. I know you all join me in wishing him well in the future. I will begin the process of selecting a replacement for Doug soon.

Letter About The Editor: Mark Arax Vents

aremenianflag.jpgMark Arax, who got into a bit of trouble with the top brass at the LAT last week for appearing to be biased in coverage about the Armenian genocide, sent this memo to colleagues today, demanding a public apology from Doug Frantz:

[Update: We hear Arax is on the "short list" of reporters who will be "encouraged" to take the buyout. Sources say this memo -- and all the rest of the hubub -- is his way of protecting his job.]

Dear Colleagues,

I am not sure about the timing of writing you. In no way do I want my personal issue to add to the turmoil inside the Times. But as I’ve watched our newspaper respond to my issue over the past several days, I’ve come to conclude that it raises troubling questions that go right to the heart of what we do and how we do it. I know of no other way to explain the matter to you than to proceed straight with logic.

I have been accused by Doug Frantz of having an opinion on the Armenian genocide. “Are you now or have you ever been a believer in the Armenian Genocide?” Of the numerous accusations that Frantz has thrown my way over the past month, this one I am happy to plead guilty to. Yes, I have a stance on the Armenian genocide. I believe it happened. And I am gratified to know that my newspaper believes it happened, as well. So here is the dilemma at hand: What is our obligation when this same newspaper, in stories from Istanbul in 2004 and 2005, begins to contradict its policy on the genocide? What is a reporter to do when members of the Armenian community — judges, politicians, civic leaders — start calling and demanding to know why the newspaper is suddenly throwing qualifiers in front of the word “genocide?”

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