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Donnelly: LA print media run by "carpetbaggers"


Long-time area residents.

Joe Donnelly gets off one observation in a recent interview that resonates:

This is one of the most exciting, dynamic and important cities in the world, and how it’s presented to the world –through the LA Times, LA Weekly, Los Angeles magazine — are all beneath it. They’re mostly run by, to be impolite, carpetbaggers.

It's probably not all that impolite or even wrong to own that. Or, you could just take a look at the signs on all those skyscrapers downtown, see how many names are local (almost none) and how many are from elsewhere (almost all), and conclude the LA media is just the same as nearly all other businesses here except fashion and entertainment: we're an absentee-landlord town nearly all around, and facing real unemployment of 20% on top of that, a reflection of how too many people seem not to know very much about anything except what they do for a living.

But also, and probably more importantly, I don't even think LA is presented to the world through any of those pubs anymore. I think it's presented to the world through the Internet and through wire service infotainment bureaus these days. It's been thus especially since the State Department closed its foreign press office here a few years back--a press office given to LA by the Reagan Administration in time for the '84 Olympics.

Undoubtedly, there's a lot of snicker-room all around here, as the quote appears in an article entitled "Reviving the corpse of the LA lit scene"--in Zzyzzva, a leaping corpse from the SF lit scene.