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June 23, 2002

Kaus Smacks Rutten Right Ba...

Kaus Smacks Rutten Right Back!: The Slate writer charges the L.A. Times Regarding Media columnist who slammed him with a "non-trivial inaccuracy," and then takes another shot at our hometown paper:

"Do It Once. Do It Right" is probably a good motto for an academic biograp

June 23, 2002

Kaus Smacks Rutten Right Ba...

Kaus Smacks Rutten Right Back!: The Slate writer charges the L.A. Times Regarding Media columnist who slammed him with a "non-trivial inaccuracy," and then takes another shot at our hometown paper:

"Do It Once. Do It Right" is probably a good motto for an academic biographer. It's a ridiculous motto for a newspaperman, which is why the LAT of the Thomas era never really seemed like a newspaper, and why the Times' new owners, Chicago's Tribune Company, are busy trying to dismantle the dead, "velvet coffin" culture Thomas helped build.
A final note about Rutten: He was the exact same guy who wrote the L.A. Times' first article about the proposed Richard Riordan newspaper. As I mentioned at the time, Rutten's story was
12 days after the Daily News' Rick Orlov broke the story, nine after the Associated Press beamed it to publications around the globe, six after the L.A. Business Journal weighed in with a chunky analysis, and two after the New Times added its two cents.

What did the Spring Street kids do with all that extra time? Uh, interview two other people -- former Times city editor Bill Boyarsky, who is paraphrased as saying he may contribute some articles; and longtime Riordan adviser (that's with an "e," copy desk!) Arnold Steinberg. Oh, and they also print a completely unsubstantiated rumor:

One name investment bankers have linked with Riordan's project is Rupert Murdoch, whose extensive local holdings include Fox Studios and Broadcasting as well as the Dodgers. Riordan declined to discuss Murdoch or any other potential investor by name.
Rutten's story, unlike the others listed, also did not so much as mention how Riordan was collaborating with a couple of local webloggers who publish a local media website.

Posted by at June 23, 2002 10:34 AM
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