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A Closer Look at Dean Baquet

DeanBaquetPicWhen a huge media story like today’s New York Times shake-up breaks, the second place we turn – after Twitter – is the FishbowlNY archives.

It was Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Ellison who, in the fall of 2006, broke the story of Dean Baquet‘s ouster from the LA Times. When Jones appeared on a KCRW radio show with LAObserved’s Kevin Roderick to chat about it all, they deemed the replacement of Baquet as EIC by James O’Shea to be a victory of “Tribune culture over LAT culture.” Not exactly an auspicious quote all these Sam Zell-years later.

Los Angeles magazine subsequently rounded up five LA Times editors to talk about the state of the Spring Street union. Here’s a quote from Baquet:

“The 20 percent of my time that I spent dealing with a bad publisher — and I mean David Hiller, not Jeffrey Johnson — was not the dominant part of my day. I spent most of my time with a newsroom that really wanted to change and do great stuff. I brainstormed ideas with a staff that wanted leadership, and for a brief moment it seemed as if we could be the best paper in the country.”

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Forbes Blogger Causes International Incident

Just how big a deal in Ireland is the July 23 sexual orientation mix-up for which both Forbes magazine and item author David Monagan have solemnly apologized? Well, it’s not every day that a correction leads to a separate informational page in the recipient country’s leading newspaper, to educate readers about the culpable publication and journalist.

James O’Shea, a staff writer at New York-based website irishcentral.com, speculates that Monagan must have blanked while making incidental mention in his post of Irish president Michael D. Higgins, thinking instead of another since-defeated political candidate:

Forbes likely mixed up Higgins with another presidential candidate, David Norris, who is gay and has written and talked extensively about it.

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Could the Koch Brothers Be Good For the Tribune Co. Newspapers?

Four days ago, The New York Times reported the billionaire Koch brothers are interested in buying the Tribune Company’s stable of newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, igniting fears from some in the media that the duo would use the paper’s to thump for their libertarian causes.

On Friday morning, NPR’s David Folkenflik talked to some former Tribune newspapermen who said, basically, so what?

“I think with the Koch brothers, people will probably look at it and say, ‘well, O.K., here are people with a lot of money, and maybe they’ll actually invest in the place and maybe they’ll have some ideas about how we diversify our revenue base and get away from this heavy, heavy, heavy reliance on advertising,” said James O’Shea, the former Chicago Tribune managing editor and Los Angeles Times editor. “I don’t think anybody’s going to object too much if the Koch Brothers buy the Chicago Tribune and [the paper] has a libertarian, kind of right-wing editorial page.”

Matt Welch, the editor of the libertarian Reason magazine and a former assistant editorial page editor at the Times added that the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper’s editorial board once helped propel the Republicans like Richard Nixon to office.

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