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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Rutten says LAT future at stake

By Kevin Roderick
LAObserved

Times columnist Tim Rutten adds his voice to those advising the Tribune Company — essentially his bosses — to consider selling the LAT. His Saturday column contrasts the Tribune's latest push to cut the budget of a highly profitable newspaper (20% margin, he says) with the decision by two top execs at the New York Times to forego $4 million in bonuses to create an incentive pool for lower-level employees. Tribune, he suggests, lacks the NYT's belief that quality journalism is what will win the day in the current media shakeout. Rutten builds his case through this week's remarkable story in the Times in which editor Dean Baquet and publisher Jeff Johnson all but announce that they have rejected Tribune demands for more staff cuts.

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