Jewish Journal


October 27, 2010

More kvetching about the state of the Los Angeles Times


It’s been a quick but painful decline for the Los Angeles Times. Five or six excruciating years at this point. And the Godbeat has seen no mercy.

I write about this much more often than I would like to at GetReligion. It’s a sad, sad reality. Exhibit 1,328: “Finding the faith that links disparate Californians.”

My reaction at GetReligion:

There are puff pieces and then there are puff pieces. But this Saturday Beliefs article from the Los Angeles Times borders on well-disguised press release.

I hate to pick on the same religion reporter, but LA is my hometown, and this article was clearly written without any independent reporting or even thought.

The subject for the story was interesting: Photographer Rick Nahmias has published a new book of photos about what he sees as marginalized folks of faith. From the Website for “Golden States of Grace”:


The problem is that this story relies almost entirely on Nahmias’ perspective. ... And I’m not saying a reporter needs to criticize it. But they shouldn’t just parrot it.

Read the rest, and see the approval of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, here.

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