Dept. of “Didn’t They just Do This A Year Ago?”

From the New York Times:

The top editor of The Los Angeles Times has been forced out for
resisting newsroom budget cuts, executives at the paper said Sunday,
marking the fourth time in less than three years that the
highest-ranking editor or the publisher has left for that reason.

It’s a real shame the Tribune Co., which now owns the L.A.T., has seemed committed to starving the paper of resources after a 2000 takeover.

The relationship between the Los Angeles and Chicago offices has been
troubled for much of the time since then. Chicago has demanded cost
savings and higher profit — officials at The Times say the paper still
makes a healthy profit, despite its troubles — and the view in Los
Angeles has been that the new owners are slowly killing an asset they
neither value nor understand.

The L.A.T. is/was a great paper, and it’d be a shame to see it decline because of staffing reductions and loss of morale and top talent.  Between this sad situation and Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of the Wall Street Journal, we could soon have only two great daily papers left in the country.