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Los Angeles Times Says It Isn’t Suppressing Anything

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We (and apparently everyone else on the planet) have gotten “anonymous tips” about the supposedly video the LAT is supposedly suppressing about Barack Obama‘s relationship with Rashid Khalidi.

Our sources told us it was a non-story, but it has clearly become enough of a story (a push has even been made to urge LAT advertisers to pressure the paper into releasing the video) that the paper of record felt the need to report on itself.

“The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it,” said the newspaper’s editor, Russ Stanton. “The Times keeps its promises to sources.”

Jamie Gold, the newspaper’s readers’ representative, said in a statement: “More than six months ago the Los Angeles Times published a detailed account of the events shown on the videotape. The Times is not suppressing anything. Just the opposite — the L.A. Times brought the matter to light.”

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Try to Comment at LA Times Site–We Dare Ya!

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LA Times hell-hound Patterico invites all interested parties, (as it’s a rainy Friday, that’s everyone) to submit comments at the LA Times Readers’ Representative blog.

And why should you do so? Because, Patterico is pretty sure that the blog comments are very carefully screened, so that only happy talk can appear. The site’s disclaimer states:

All comments will be read and forwarded to the appropriate Times staffers. Those that touch on topics of wide interest or raise new aspects of the conversation will be posted.

Thus, Jamie Gold can figure that comments asking why Tim Rutten is still employed or who’s at fault for a screw-up will be considered not new enough for publication. She might represent the readers, but she’s paid by the LA Times.

The San Francisco Chronicle has been roundly criticized for a tricky little software maneuver that deletes critical comments, but allows the commenter think otherwise. Clear your cookies!

Andres Martines Found Not Guilty of Anything

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Blogger Patterico has a long memory, especially for all things LA Dog Trainer Times. He’s been bugging Jamie Gold, the Reader’s Rep., about the Andres Martinez investigation.

Backstory: Martinez got grief about the Brian Glazer guest editor idea, especially after his relationship with PR Kelly Mullens came to light, and quit in a huff.

Turns out he didn’t do anything wrong, or so the non published report says.

The Readers’ Representative concluded her review of the issue involving a potential conflict of interest involving the former editorial pages editor. Based on the internal investigation, we have not found that anything was published in the Times–or that anything was withheld from publication – because of this relationship. The situation is a reminder that even the appearance of a conflict of interest can raise questions about the paper’s credibility, and all such situations should be disclosed and reviewed with one’s supervisor.

Since Martinez is part of this week’s Dust-Up fracas, Patterico wonders “how bad could things be?”

Earlier:
Andres Martinez Joins New America Foundation
Piranhas in the Fishbowl: Grazer-Gate Continues
Show Down on Spring Street: Andres Martinez Names News Room Meddlers at LA Times
Andres Martinez: Safety in Numbers at the LAT
Andres Martinez, Kelly Mullens, Brian Grazer: Three’s Company
Brian Grazer: Editor for a Day at LA Times

LA Times.com Adds More Blog-Bling

The LA Times is just growing by leaps and bounds. Coming soon, as announced by Meredith Artley:

* Small changes to the homepage including a dedicated area for sports, more visible blog and quote treatment.
* “Emerald City,” a blog on green living in LA.
* “Up to Speed,” a new auto blog.
* A Mideast blog from our foreign staff.
* New designs for The Envelope, Autos and Opinion.
* Readers’ Rep, a blog from Jamie Gold and her team.
* A columnist blog for Sandy Banks.
* Even more original videos and design changes to our video player.
* A new, singular email newsletter system, which will allow us to grow our email offering in areas like politics, breaking news and more.

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Jim O’Shea: The LAT To Become More Transparent

23127382.jpgLAT editor Jim O’Shea announces some changes at the paper that include keeping Janet Clayton on as a “consultant,” entrusting the ever-rising Russ Stanton with improving the paper’s Monday circulation and putting Marc Duvoisin in charge of all projects.

The changes are the result of the paper’s internal, Queer-Eye-sounding Reinvent committee, which came up with 48 recommendations for improving the paper — two-thirds of which, O’Shea said, he plans to implement.

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