The Los Angeles times hired an insider to be their new editor. I guess they have decided they want to continue to be a political propaganda machine, rather than the great world class newspaper which they could be, and which they have the resources to be. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050721/en_nm/media_latimes_dc In the past few years the LA times has been known for its firont page editorialism, as well as for losing circulation and advertising. I guess they are willing to continue to take the tradeoff. In one notable incident, the LA times blanketed conservative areas of Orange County with free newspapers in a special promotion, the Thursday before the recall election for governor. (I received a 'free promotional' newspaper that day.) 'Coincidentally', the front page included an unflattering picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and an accompanying story about his alleged groping of many women. Something which surely would upset the conservatives and influence the election. Based on that incident alone, thousands of customers cancelled their subscription. No word as to how many suscribers the LA times picked up from their 'special promotion'. As a political flyer it didn't quite work either, as the Austrian born celebrity survived the political low blow and was elected to Sacramento. Be as it may, it appears that the LA times wants to continue down the same path. It is unfortunate.