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The Los Angeles Times Suspended the Blog?

Thursday, April 20, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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The first ever “blog-suspension”

I am not making this up:

The Times has suspended Michael Hiltzik’s Golden State blog on latimes.com. Hiltzik admitted Thursday that he posted items on the paper’s website, and on other websites, under names other than his own. That is a violation of The Times ethics policy, which requires editors and reporters to identify themselves when dealing with the public. The policy applies to both the print and online editions of the newspaper. The Times is investigating the postings.

I have requested the ethics guidelines from the Los Angeles Times’ management, but have still not received them.

Perhaps Romenesko will mention this now –ten hours after the fact?

Note the very careful wording. Hiltzik’s offense is not the publication of false material, but failing to identify himself to the public. My guess is the latter is a far less serious offense than the knowing publication of false information and the creation –Janet Cooke style– of fake people and quotes.

REACTIONS:

Hugh – I think the reaction by the L.A. Times will ultimately be toClear the bog off it’s servers and send Michael Hiltzik to anotherpaper in it’s parent companies. – I call this the Mahoney Gambit. Paul

It seems Hiltzik and “rathergate” have become the new standard formainstream media support of the looney left. Lies, big lies, are’justfied’ is support of the cause. If Katie Couric does not work out at the CBS Evening News, maybe Hiltzik will get the nod. Certain old Germanand Russian propaganda ministers are smiling in their graves. Tom.

Guns Kill People and Blogs Are Liars: After your challenge, I could not have imagined that the LA Times would have suspended the blog. But when you stop and think about it, it makes perfect liberal sense: Michael Hiltzik is a victim of a vicious,dangerous blog, and that blog should be locked up. Paul

Suspending the blog is like:
– temporarily abandoning the use of numerals at Enron’s accounting department
– suing syringe manufacturers for the baseball steroid problem
– removing the “is” entry in Webster’s for President Clinton’s perjury case
– arresting the virus writer’s computer
– discontinuing gratis Strib copies for their reporters
– putting plastic shredders on trial in Baghdad

Hiltzik should just blame Michael Keaton, since he saw “Multiplicity”.
That would earn back some sympathy. Oh, and I guess the blog ought
to be put down as the beast gone wild it apparently is. Craig

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