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All they are proving is their ability to manipulate, to think superficially, and to exploit national security issues rather than deal with them.
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And new people come in, and it doesn't go along with their politics, and they fire me, end the column, silence a voice in Los Angeles. They can't silence it nationally, but they are able to do it there.
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And the big issue here, I think, is that the publisher took over the editorial pages, a guy named Jeff Johnson. He's an accountant from Chicago, doesn't know anything about what newspapers are supposed to be about, and he made a decision to get rid of the column.
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But I would also point out he is lying about that Senate report. The fact is the Senate never made - because of the Republican leadership, the Senate never did the phase two of the report, and phase one of the report did not go into the administration's distortion of the evidence.
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But in the main, there's no felt obligation to cover the economy, poverty, or foreign policy in any systematic way.
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Even with the best of intentions, even when they're very smart and knowledgeable - as opposed to George W., who is neither - it doesn't seem to matter.
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For example, I spent a lot of time with Reagan, both before he ran for governor and when he was running for president. As a print reporter without the cameras, I was able to really test the quality of their minds and their knowledge base.
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For instance, Clinton who was unquestionably the smartest of the bunch I talked to - both the ones who made it and didn't. He had a great interest in policy.
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I have broken a lot of stories.
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I talked to Reagan for about six hours all told. and Reagan was willing to go along with it. He didn't look at his watch, and he didn't allow his campaign aides to cut it off.
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I teach at USC, and it's obvious to anyone who teaches college students that they don't cover much modern history and certainly not the modern presidency.
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I was a finalist for the Pulitzer as a reporter.
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I was able to do something that people can't do these days, which is to have quality time with the guys who were trying to be president and a number of them who got the job.
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I've been with the paper for almost 30 years.
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It had run as a column - I had worked at the paper since 1976, but the column had been running for 13 years, and I think it was a strong column, criticizing the war when the paper was supporting it.
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Much of what candidates have to do is raise money and appeal to constituencies or interest groups that can provide that money.
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So this guy, Jeff Johnson, who is an accountant who cares nothing at all about a free press and cares nothing about journalism, he's a right winger who supported the war, you know, who two years ago told people he couldn't stand a word that I wrote.
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Sometimes Bill O'Reilly would sometimes go after me every day, and this went on for the last couple of years, and I'm still standing.
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That means presenting the issues in certain ways that will appeal to those people and then becoming a prisoner of your own language and thought process. That has always happened - it's just been intensified.
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The decision came from the publisher. It certainly was cleared by Chicago. And then they come out with these fine sounding words about relation to readers and their obligation. It has nothing to do with that.
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The issue I highlight in the book is welfare reform.
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The only other fact here that I would throw in, the paper is concerned about what the Bush administration thinks, because the Tribune Company bought the Times Mirror Corporation and now owns a television station, a very profitable one, in the same market in Los Angeles as the newspaper.
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The owner of this paper has taken direct control over the editorial page. Jeff Johnson is an accountant. He's not a journalist.
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The paper nominated me 12 or 13 times for the Pulitzer Prize.
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The publisher has told - you know, if these editors, Andres Martinez and Nick Goldberg, were the least bit honest about this, they would tell you the publisher has told them he wants the editorial page to be conservative.
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The woman who is now head of Germany, whether you like her or not, wasn't elected on her personality. In fact, she was quite often criticized for her personality, but the people in her party thought she had a coherent view of where she wanted the economy and foreign policy to go.
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They know I have a strong - not only that I have a strong relation to readers, but so did Ramirez, the cartoonist. You know, it's just gibberish.
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They know that the column resonates in the community. They know that people like it, and yet they don't have room for one column once week that consistently got it right.
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We talk about a free press. These people hide, they make a lot of money off the media. They hide behind the slogans of free press, and then they can come out with crap like that. It's just garbage. It's insulting to the readers.
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Well, what happened is that I had been the subject of vicious attacks by Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh.
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What Clinton severed with his welfare reform was the obligation of the federal government to step in when the states failed and to monitor these programs.
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What I was able to observe in these campaigns is it really didn't matter that Nixon had a lot of experience and a lot of ideas.
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What passes for investigative journalism is finding somebody with their pants down - literally or otherwise.
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What they are interested in at the L.A. Times is profits, and then when it's convenient to them, they wave the flag of free press.
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When Howard Dean started saying some honest things, they hung him.
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Whether I was writing for Playboy or for the L.A. Times, it was still basically one journalist with a tape recorder.
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