The Times/Tribune goes private in a couple of weeks.
The most important thing to the readers of the Los Angeles Times is: Will Sam Zell keep it great?
Forget about all of the financial information--the debt rating, selling the Chicago Cubs, or perhaps, even KTLA--the station owned at one time by Cowboy Gene Autry.
Through all of the changes, in the last decade, the reporters and editors of this Los Angeles based newspaper have consistently performed with utmost professionalism.
I've been reading this newspaper since the early 1950s--since I used to hop on the "red car" with my Mom in West Hollywood.
There have been moments when I have been frustrated by its placement of stories, or a columnist, but as as lay student of its news dynamic--as a political press secretary and Vietnam Veteran, I have been generally enlightened by its coverage of national, state, and local events.
The recent political coverage has been way above par, with the analysis of the political blog, as well as the "street" reporters who cover the presidential campaigns.
But, will Sam Zell get it?
Does he understand the important impact the Times has on keeping government and our various political leaders on alert?
Mr. Zell, taking the Tribune Company private, has inherited an obligation left by the Chandlers, to keep this newspaper viable and moving.
While the new owner tinkers with a billion bucks here and a billion dollars there, I hope he makes a special visit to the newsroom of the Los Angeles times, and maybe, just maybe, gives the hard working reporters a raise...and perhaps even hires more journalists to cover the City of Los Angeles and its billions of moving parts.
He owes it to the rest of us.
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