19.9.13

L.A. Times publisher hushed columnist's criticism of crony, baseball team owners

Eddy Hartenstein, L.A. Times Publisher & C.E.O.

Former LA Times Columnist: Management Said to ‘Tone Down’ Criticism of Dodgers Owner (Publisher’s Pal) Frank McCourt.  The Wrap 19 Sept '13

T.J. Simers says his former paper directed him to go easy on Dodger-owner, McCourt, because he was a personal friend of the publisher, Eddy Hartenstein
L.A. sports columnist T.J. Simers

That allegation — that a newspaper’s opinion and news coverage is influenced by advertiser whims and friends of LAT executives — is huge, if true. 

 “I worked at the Times a few days shy of 23 years – much too long as far as Frank McCourt and the editors were concerned,” Simers wrote. “A few years back the Times directed its columnists to tone down criticism of McCourt, the publisher’s pal.” And it wasn’t just McCourt that LAT brass was protecting, Simers says. “They asked me to tone down criticism of [L.A. Angels of Anaheim owner Arte] Moreno recently; I guess it didn’t look good with all the advertising the Angels were doing on the Times’ website,” he continued. “I have no idea who influences news coverage in the rest of the paper."  Read More

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