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Jeff Jarvis goes on a surprising attack — not against Sam Zell and the Tribune Co., but against the former and current LAT staffers who are suing the company.

A usual defender of Old Media, Jarvis says reporters and editors are not blameless for the rapid decline of newspapers. Groaners by nature, journalists didn’t embrace change fast enough — shorter stories, going online, feeding the need for local news that TV (and the Internet) now dominate.

The Times veterans should not be suing Zell. They should be suing themselves. Oh, I, too, am angry at the state of newspapers in America but I’m angry at the right people. The LA Times’ problems — like those of other papers — were caused by by decades of egotistical and willfully ignorant neglect by the owners, managers — and staff– at the paper.

Will anyone at the former Times Mirror take a look in the mirror and see themselves in these descriptions? We’d love to hear from you and learn what you think.

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