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January 19, 2005
Re "How CBS' Big Story Fell Apart," Jan. 16: Your story on the CBS memo mess treads lightly on Dan Rather's role. Certainly he should have been fired for malfeasance. And for those letter writers (Jan. 16) who say what President Bush did, launching a preemptive attack against Iraq, is worse, let's remember one fact: The voters had their say on this issue and elected to renew his option. Paul Knopick Laguna Hills The real tragedy in the CBS News/Dan Rather failing is the more pervasive and destructive problem of pseudo-media pervading cable news, talk radio and Internet blogs.
November 7, 2006 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
As an editorial cartoonist, Paul Conrad's political commentary landed him on President Nixon's enemies list, won him three Pulitzer Prizes and fueled the 1960s renaissance that transformed the Los Angeles Times into a newspaper of national distinction.
February 25, 2007 | James Mann, JAMES MANN is author in residence at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the author of "The China Fantasy," published this month.
CHINA'S ANTI-SATELLITE missile test last month is merely the latest in a series of recent events that force us to question where the world's most populous country is heading. What will its political system look like in, say, 25 years? This question will grow in importance as members of the new Democratic congressional majority -- and some presidential candidates -- take up the themes of economic populism.
December 18, 2006 | Paul Watson, Times staff writer
IN the halls of justice here, almost everything is for sale. It can take one bribe to obtain a blank legal form and another to have a clerk stamp it. Lawyers openly haggle in corridors and parking lots over the size of payoffs. A new refrigerator delivered to the right official might help solve a long-running property dispute. Court dockets don't exist. The Koran, the basis of Islamic law and also the Afghan legal code, is often the only book on the shelves of poorly trained judges.
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