ys accuse you of dumbing-down and "turning into USA Today." I believe even the NYT got some of this merely by beginning to run color photos. (A similar percentage will always accuse you of making the type smaller, even when you've enlarged it.)

Also, Ben sez: "A lot of newspapers, mine and the Los Angeles Times included, run these interminable stories that I'm absolutely convinced nobody reads."

Based on my experience at shamelessly writer-coddling newspapers, this is spot on. But if I hear any more powerful editors say this without explaining why they don't actually DO anything about it, I'm REALLY gonna get pig-biting mad!

Posted by: mark at September 6, 2002 04:30 PM

Mark -- Dan Rather is the absolute worst when it comes to saying "we've done such a terrible, terrible job," and not doing much of anything about it beyond picking up that $8 million paycheck. Which is why the Journalism Scolds just love that wascally Texan ...

Posted by: Matt Welch at September 6, 2002 04:46 PM

it's fashionable to say that USA Today is better now than it once was...but as far as I'm concerned, it's all been down hill ever since they cut Larry King loose. Of course, you knew a trailblazer like King would not stay down for long. He now writes the purely digital "King's Things" column for AOL -- my suspicion is that this makes him the world's highest-paid, most widely read blogger.

Posted by: greg at September 6, 2002 05:24 PM

Speaking of newspapers, what the heck's going on with the one you were working on with Ricardo Riordan? I see you still have "subscribe to the new L.A. paper" thing on the top of your blog here, saying it cain't be all but dead.

Posted by: bud at September 6, 2002 09:20 PM

Matt: How dare you insult Ed Anger by comparing him to Al Neuharth! I'm madder than a senile, irrelevant WaPo bigwig who has been forced to read USA Today in my hotel room's crapper!

Posted by: Media Minder at September 7, 2002 04:21 PM
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