June 7, 1993
Hooray for Joseph Benti's Counterpunch, "Lippman's Got It Wrong--as Do the 'Elite' " (May 24). I too was astounded by John Lippman's positive assessment of "Action News" as a contribution to Los Angeles. The sad state of Los Angeles depresses me, not only because of the relentless erosion of the quality of life but because of its celebration by the news media. Each day I feel mugged twice, first by the civic deterioration and violence, then again by the reportage of it. Local news today does not illuminate; it glorifies and heralds.
May 8, 1993
I was appalled by Howard Rosenberg's column "Will KCBS Gain After Lippman?" (May 3). I can't believe that a respectable newspaper would allow such a personal attack to be made on someone. As a Jew, I am particularly offended by the reference to Josef Mengele. After reading John Lippman's side ("Lippman Says He Is a 'Scapegoat,' " May 3), I can see that the problem he had with his staff was that he had to cut bloated salaries. I like the "Action News" format and the live helicopter reports.
March 4, 1992 |
KCBS news director John Lippman supplied his own list of news employees whom he said might agree to be interviewed in conjunction with this story. The interviews were arranged by Channel 2 public relations director Carol Kinsey, and four of five people contacted spoke on the phone from her office. * Weatherman Steve Rambo: "There have been a lot of people upset by things. At the same time, I'm seeing a lot of people who are working together who have not been working together before."
February 13, 1993
Howard Rosenberg's column on the start of sweeps month among the local news shows ("When TV Looks for News in the Mirror," Feb. 5) along with the "tussle" between Michael Tuck and John Lippman in the Channel 2 newsroom ("Real Action News: Michael Tuck vs. Boss," Jan. 29) sparks this idea for a new KCBS show: First, "Geraldo" is dropped from the 4 p.m. slot. In its place would be a new show called "Newsbite!" The idea is to take cameras into the Channel 2 newsroom during the final hour before the first newscast at 5 p.m. The show would then lead into the actual newscast of the stories developed during the hour.
January 29, 1993 |
Two of KCBS-TV Channel 2's heavyweights squared off in what eyewitnesses characterized as a "volatile shoving match" in the middle of the station's newsroom Wednesday evening. Michael Tuck, KCBS' principal male anchor, confirmed Thursday that he was separated and pulled away from a confrontation with his boss, news director John Lippman, after shoving Lippman in the chest.
May 1, 1993 |
John Lippman, the controversial KCBS-TV Channel 2 news director whose confrontational style and tabloid-like "Action News" format ignited furors inside and outside the newsroom, was abruptly fired Friday. The move appeared to surprise and delight staffers at the beleaguered station. No official reason was given for the termination, which was announced by station managers tostaffers during the regular morning meeting in which the day's coverage is discussed.