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The Los Angele Times’ Commitment to Timely, Fast-Paced, Robust Debate

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As the Tribune Compnay struggles to cut costs as its circulation and advertising numbers drop, its Los Angeles Times recommits to provocative, engaging and paper-selling tactics of debate and opinion collision by assigning online lefty manifesto by netrootians Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, “Crashing the Gate,” to be reviewed by Lee Drutman, the former Communications Director at Citizen Works, a Naderite group.

Drutman’s got his own manifesto out: “The People’s Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy,” so not surprisingly, he’s in favor of the latest manifesto. Yawn.

Oh, the book was available in, what, late February? The first online review is dated March 1 at Amazon.com. The Nation reviewed it on February 24.

This is pathetic. Why bother reviewing books if the review is sent to a like-minded tuba, and even then only appears months after publication? Where’s the service to the reader, and where’s the book editor, pushing the paper into people’s awareness by provoking book buyers into noticing the books that are making the weather?

Most days it seems like the Times really doesn’t mind if it dies off.

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