Advertising Age Article Abstract
They Tried to Make the L.A. Times Go to Rehab (No, No, No!)
'Magazine People,' Those Champions of Journalism, Arrive to Teach Ink-Stained Wretches a Thing or Two
Many daily newspapers are getting more than a little redundant right now in their eye-glazing desperation, but the Times has been extra special. (Let's cut the budget. Let's force out the editor who won't make further cuts. Repeat. Repeat again ...) On the business side, it's become the Amy Winehouse of newspapers -- stumbling over and over and over, and so publicly, that screwed-up-ness has become the key narrative thread. As with Winehouse, the intrinsic screwed-up-ness now pretty much overshadows all other factors, such as talent (and the Times, which has won more than a dozen Pulitzer Prizes since 2000, still has a lot of it, downsizing notwithstanding). ...