An Ominous Show of LAT Staffer Hands

Remember those folks, like Robert Altman, who swore they would move away from the U.S. if George W. Bush was elected President in 2000? Well, thanks to a recent LA Times awards dinner, there’s now a local newspaper equivalent to that defiant promise.

According to a fun little report by Huffington Post LA associate editor Kathleen Miles, who just this past weekend was part of a panel discussing the future of the LAT, there’s a new “I love my *cough* job…” short-form at the paper. It’s spelled *Koch*:

Facing the elephant trunk-on, columnist Steve Lopez from the podium said, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by the Koch brothers.” About half the staff raised their hands.

By the way, Rupert Murdoch may want to note that when his name was brought up by Lopez, only a few people raised their hands. LA Times staffers are no dummies; they speak to their brethren at the WSJ and hear how well things are going on the balance sheet there. Read Miles’ full article here.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Jeff Bercovici Tries to Answer Billion-Dollar LAT Question
CJR Searches for Koch Brothers-LAT Clues

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
Publish date: April 30, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT