HARD TIMES AT THE LA TIMES. A couple weeks ago, Los Angeles Times publisher Jeffrey Johnson became a hero to journos and Angelenos alike when he stood firm with the paper's editor in resisting The Tribune Company's requests for further firings at the paper. This week, he himself was fired, replaced by a longtime Tribune employee with more fealty to business concerns. Meanwhile, the Tribune company is resisting pressure from LA civic leaders and entreaties from local billionaires to sell the Times to local owners who have more interest in its ability to remain a world class news institution and less in its profit margins. And so a great paper begins to die...

--Ezra Klein

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