Michael Janeway, director of the National Arts Journalism Program and professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, is the author of Republic of Denial: Press, Politics and Public Life, recently published by Yale University Press. Janeway was formerly dean of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, editor of The Boston Globe, and executive editor of The Atlantic Monthly.
In the making of modern southern California in the mid-decades of the century, the Chandler family's Los Angeles Times called the shots. It made and unmade congressmen, senators, governors; it set a good deal of their policy agendas; it put Richard Nixon into the political big time. It professionalized itself, evolving from publisher's power tool to quality newspaper of national stature; its circulation flowed across state lines. As Times Mirror Corporation in the 1970s and 1980sbuying up major papers in Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, and Long Islandthe empire the Chandlers built dominated the fast-moving news business merger-and-acquisitions game.