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September 22, 2009
Re "Can you count the Capitol protesters?" Sept. 15 Your article's readiness to give validity to suspect sources for the high estimates is troubling. Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union and Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks, the sponsoring groups, have an incentive to inflate the numbers. The consensus among local officials and media outlets is that the crowd was well under 100,000. Do estimates vary wildly? Sure. But someone who doesn't read the entire article will have the impression that the various estimates are all equally legitimate.
September 26, 2012 | By Dan Turner
This is a corrected version of the original post; see the note below. It's a drag to be a cultural villain. Lawyers, politicians, unionized teachers -- all have felt the sting of public disdain for their careers, their ethics, themselves. And then there's the lowest of the low: journalists. Being one of that species, I know there's no way to defend the profession without appearing self-serving. But as I hear the unending criticisms of the media -- much of it coming from people who are media figures themselves, and part of it stemming from an intensive and purposeful campaign to discredit media outlets that don't slant the news toward a conservative viewpoint -- I can't help feeling that an awful lot of it reflects confusion and ignorance on the part of the critics.
August 10, 2008
KATE AURTHUR'S piece on Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan ["It's Bigger Than Both of Them," July 20] was fantastic. What a great look about what media outlets are saying and not saying. That only so many people would go on record for your article only emphasized the peculiar nature of their relationship and how it is being covered. It's refreshing that a writer will go there. Kelechi Ubozoh Tarrytown, N.Y.
November 28, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Zig Ziglar died Wednesday at age 86, a deep-voiced motivational speaker whose clever way with words inspired millions to stop looking for shortcuts to success -- and instead earn it the old-fashioned way by rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. "Zig Ziglar" was a trending term on Twitter, Yahoo and Google today, social media outlets that were unfathomable when a young Ziglar returned from World War II and landed a job in sales. It was on the job that Ziglar developed a curiosity about human nature -- What made a man tick?
June 27, 1998
While your articles on the new Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach were interesting (Calendar Weekend, June 18), I am very angry at the lack of public transportation information. The article by Douglas P. Shuit ("Riding a New Wave") mentions the driving directions and reports a recent traffic jam on the 710 Freeway. Have any of you thought about why the freeways and streets are so congested? Perhaps if The Times and other media outlets offered transit information, more people would ride, and traffic would decrease!
April 3, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
For weeks, the Spanish-language media and bloggers have been working themselves into a lather about the sexual orientation of Daddy Yankee, the reggaeton king known for his pumped-up macho stage presence and raunchy musical declarations like "Gasolina. " The blather reached a crescendo Wednesday after photos of a man resembling Daddy Yankee kissing another man surfaced on the 'net and were picked up and reprinted by other outlets. That set off another round of innuendo: according to some accounts, Daddy Yankee released a statement acknowledging that he is gay, and asking the media to respect his and his family's privacy.
May 18, 2012 | By James Rainey
The Los Angeles Times will use a $1-million grant from the Ford Foundation to expand its coverage of key beats, including immigration and ethnic communities in Southern California, the southwest U.S. border and the emerging economic powerhouse of Brazil. Times Editor Davan Maharaj announced the grant Thursday, calling it "great news" that will bolster coverage of subjects vitally important to readers. A Ford Foundation spokesman said that as media organizations face challenges in funding reporting through advertising and traditional revenue streams, "we and many other funders are experimenting with new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism.
September 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Colorado man has acknowledged that he called media outlets to report that a 7-foot alligator had been captured at a Los Angeles lake -- a report that turned out to be a hoax. Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong said Friday that James Solvig is under investigation on suspicion of criminal impersonation. No charges have been filed. The alligator, known as "Reggie," was dumped in a Harbor City lake several months ago.
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