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LA Times Says Wiretapping Claims Are Bogus

And despite what the recent crop of billboards say, the class action lawsuit being brought against a Los Angeles Times reporter makes no claims of wiretapping.

Instead, the suit alleges that business columnist Michael Hiltzik recorded telephone interviews with attorney Robert Silverman. LA Times spokesperson Nancy Sullivan says Hiltzik never recorded any such conversations, and that the case is without merit.

Silverman has a history of suing the paper without success, as the LAT noted in a post on L.A. Now:

The Times has published a series of articles and columns detailing the deaths of five patients after having Lap-Band surgery at centers affiliated with 1-800-GET-THIN.

Silverman has represented 1-800-GET-THIN and two of the people behind the campaign, Michael and Julian Omidi, in three lawsuits against The Times and its journalists. All three lawsuits were dismissed. The Omidis were ordered to pay The Times legal expenses in two of the cases.

Ed Padgett has the staff memo from LA Times CEO Kathy Thomson about the billboards.

UPDATED: The LA Times Sued For Wiretapping?

LA Times pressman Ed Padgett spotted this billboard a couple days ago, and it left us scratching our heads.

When we think of wiretapping, it’s usually in the context of nefarious governments and James Bond-type antics. Is it possible our own hometown newspaper was illicitly eavesdropping on the conversations of unsuspecting citizens?

Um, no.

What the lawsuit alleges is that business columnist Michael Hiltzik recorded phone interviews with an on-the-record source, attorney Robert Silverman. It should be noted that it’s standard practice for journalists to record interviews, since most of us can’t type that fast.

But according to state wiretap law, both parties have to give consent for a phone conversation to be legally taped. Silverman alleges that he was taped without his consent.

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Hackariffic Day for LA Times Twitter Feeds

Yesterday was an exciting day for followers of LA Times journos and their Twitter feeds. And by exciting we mean fairly chaotic. First, Pulitzer Prize winner Ruben Vives had his Twitter account hacked.

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Is the End of the LA Times at Hand?

Frying Pan editor Steven Mikulan just posted an important interview with LA Times pressman and labor blogger Ed Padgett. Padgett says that since the Times‘ press operators joined the Teamsters union in 2008, 103 out of 220 original members have been laid off. “Non-union employees [get] 20 to 25 weeks severance while union members get nothing,” he says.

Horrible. But the real news is that Padgett says the LA Times brass have told him the paper will go online only in the next three to five years.

They’re expecting a really bad fourth quarter. The senior vice president told us we’ve got three years more of printing the hard copy Times before they shut it down. Our plant manager says five years.

Only three years until the company voluntarily ends the LA Times!!!!?

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LA Times Calendar Section Defends Itself

Yesterday we listed all the people who are no longer at the Calendar Section of the LA Times. We noted it makes the section look pretty dysfunctional. We don’t hear of en masse exits from say the Sports Section. But it’s been pretty consistent at the Calendar section.

The newspaper has sent us a statement saying we forgot to mention they’ve hired people too. Hear that obit writers? You should also talk about how people are being born. Otherwise it’s only half the story.

From Nancy Sullivan:

LA Times Calendar section: The Mass Influx

NEW HIRES (in the same frame):
Joy Press, Randall Roberts, Melissa Maerz, Gerrick Kennedy, Yvonne Villarreal, Nardine Saad, Nate Jackson, Rebecca Keegan, Nicole Sperling, Ben Fritz, Joe Flint, Steve Zeitchik, Julie Makinen, Deb Vankin, Jori Finkel, Amy Kaufman, David Ng

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LAT Journos Went to the Oscars in a Limo

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The Tribune Company, the parent company of the LA Times is in bankruptcy (still). So former staffers (whom there are now many) were more than happy to tell us Sallie Hofmeister and Craig Turner attended the Oscars this year in a limousine on the company’s dime. The former staffers are understandably irritated they’re unemployed while those still on the payroll are rolling in style. According to our sources in previous years journalists and even a publisher attending the swanky gala took their own cars.

We asked Nancy Sullivan, LAT publicist if it was true. Did Hofmeister and Turner take a limo to the Academy Awards? “Don’t know if you’re aware,” Sullivan tells FBLA. “But security precautions make any entry other than via limo next to impossible.”

That confirms the story about the limo. Is a limo required to cover the Oscars? Doesn’t that sound like something you’d think if you were a 12 year old girl living in Ohio? We asked current staffers if the only way to be at the awards is to show up in a rented stretched vehicle. All of them told us usually everyone just takes their own car or gets dropped off.

Yeah, we need to cover a cocktail party but due to security reasons, we need new shoes.

The ‘Philistine’ Prophecy: LA Times Chops Up Book Reviews

latimesbook.jpgPublishers Weekly writes:

According to a former staffer, the Los Angeles Times is folding its standalone Sunday book review section, laying off two dedicated book editors. The last standalone section will be the July 27 one. Steve Wasserman, a former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review, sent out an e-mail Monday morning, protesting the changes at the embattled Tribune-owned daily.

Nancy Sullivan, executive director of corporate communications at the paper, would not comment on staff cuts at the paper or that the book review coverage will be placed in the Calendar section of the paper where it will share space with features. She did say that more definitive news would be issued next week and added that the paper “remains committed to book review coverage. What form that takes is what’s under evaluation.”

In his e-mail, co-signed by three other former Review editors, Wasserman said the elimination of the book review section will have an adverse effect on the paper, calling it a “philistine blunder that…will further wound the long-term fiscal health of the newspaper.”

We suggest changing the name of the paper from Los Angeles Times to LiLo and Britney Times. Supply and demand.

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