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The Maharaja

Does it work for you? Colorless business schlub Russ Stanton, who thought journalism was measured by clicks and door-prizes, is out at the LA Times, and in ten day's time colorful news schlub Davan Maharaj is becoming the Times' fifteenth editor.

Maharaj is said not to be interested in much outside of world events at all--he's been a newspaper man too long.  His local roots are not too deep either--in fact, all of LA County is mostly something he skirts through.  Despite much coming blather about global coverage &c., both Stanton and Maharaj cultivated their journalistic souls in the business section, which is the present Times hothouse for getting ahead.

And therein the bed is made.  Maharaj, from Trinidad with the Indian roots, sees the world through a global and not much of a local lens, and is more intrigued by the bourgeoisie than the proles.  One of the 45 people he follows on Twitter is Wendy Fitzwilliam, Miss Universe 1998, of Trinidad.  He doesn't tweet himself--he appears not to know how with confidence.  On the other hand, he has been a cricketeer with a little more confidence.  One co-editor once complained that she "needs subtitles to understand him."  He retains fervent cultural ties to the polyglot Caribbean, but cuisine at home is often Indian.

Home? Like any real hardcore ed-in-chief at the former fishwrap of record--and like many non-Anglos of privilege in SoCal--Maharaj has commuted from the OC for years, especially from Orange.

This is all sad news for those hoping that the next editor might clean house in the editorial-opinion section, because, like Stanton, Maharaj does not likely know what to buy for those pages, or even recognize that something's presently wrong with them.  But he is a bit of a sports fan.