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LA Times Sweeps the Times’ Editorial Awards

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Safe to say the LA Times won all their own awards. Cough. This year’s Pulitzers. Cough. Congratulations all!

Joel Rubin
won for beat reporting. Harriet Ryan, Andrew Blankstein, Geoff Boucher, Chris Lee and Ann Powers won for breaking news, the Michael Jackson story specifically.

And the Publisher’s Prize went to Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian for sticking with a Toyota crash story that ended up causing one of the largest auto recalls in history. There’s the real breaking story. Get it? Huh? Breaking.

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LAT Scribes Blankstein and Rubin on 24 Hours Mystery

Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein of the LA Times were consultants on a 24 Hours Mystery episode that aired over the weekend. The show was about LAPD’s Stephanie Lazarus who has been accused of murdering her ex-boyfriends wife 23 years ago.

How was it working on the show for a crime reporter? If you watch the episode the two journos, of course, are hanging out at the beach being interviewed. “It’s always nice to get that proverbial LA shot,” Blankstein told FBLA. He told us the show kind of made his job look cool. As if sitting at the courthouse all day when you’re not a lawyer or a criminal could possibly not seem cool. Pshaw!

Previously on FBLA:
LA Weekly Profiled LAPD Detective Turned Accused Murderer

Police Union Wants Union-Tribune Editorial Writers Sacked

uniontribune33.jpgJoel Rubin at LAT’s LA Now writes:

The union representing Los Angeles police officers is pressuring the owner of San Diego’s main newspaper to change the paper’s editorial stance on labor issues or to fire its editorial writers.

The feud is rooted in the recent purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune by Platinum Equity, a private Beverly Hills firm.

Platinum relies on a $30-million investment from the pension fund of Los Angeles police officers and fire fighters, along with large sums from other public-employee pension systems around the state, to help fund its acquisitions of companies. As League President Paul M. Weber views it, that makes the League part owner in the flagging Tribune and League officials are none to happy with the paper’s consistent position that San Diego lawmakers should cut back on salaries and benefits for public employees in order to help close gaping budget deficits.

“Since the very public employees they continually criticize are now their owners, we strongly believe that those who currently run the editorial pages should be replaced,” Weber wrote in a March 26 letter to Platinum CEO Tom Gores.

It just occurred to us how weird it is that the Union-Tribune is anti-union. Just as weird if Paste falls apart.

Previously on FBLA: SD Union-Tribune Bought by Investment Firm with Tom Jones Look-a-Like CEO, Union-Tribune, Co-Winner of Worst Person in the World, 192 Jobs Cut At San Diego Union-Tribune