Saturday, February 06, 2010

The Skinny on the L.A. Times

I didn't intend to post two items in a row criticizing the Los Angeles Times, but . . . .

This past week, the Times's publishers apparently decided the paper had to get leaner and meaner to survive the drain that urban newspapers seem to be circling.

It got leaner -- literally -- by reducing its width by an inch. (As my wife commented, it now looks like a newspaper that's given away at a supermarket.)

And it got meaner by shrinking its already minisculely-printed comic strips; and plastering a huge banner ad in the middle of one of the comics pages.

That's the way to keep the paper going: alienate your readers.

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