Comments on: L.A. Times staffers fume over front-page ad http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Bob http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357782 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 22:43:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357782 Wow. Next thing you know, they’ll be running ads in MAD Magazine. Most ‘straight’ newspaper stories are slightly edited PR pieces recieved from various advocates anyway – at least this PR piece has an impossible to miss disclaimer at the top of it.

Bob

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By: Phillip Barton http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357763 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 06:08:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357763 Management of the various mediums has crossed the line numerous times over the past several years. It takes only one unnecessary descriptive word to editorialize a news story. Whether print or electronic the news is almost never untainted. This from a journalist/news director/editor of 55 some years in radio, TV and newspapers. On-line seems to be the most fair and unbiased.

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By: Tracy http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357761 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 01:51:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357761 SEO professionals felt the same way when Google started “monetizing” search results.

It was an abomination to have “paid advertisements” displayed with legitimate and relevant search results that were served up based on quality. The paid ads had no place being presented on a search results page. That didn’t matter. Google wanted money. So much for integrity.

Sucks, doesn’t it?

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By: kyla http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357758 Sun, 12 Apr 2009 21:32:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357758 The only excuse I can possibly think of is the LAT needs the money. Wow what a bad way to go about it. Everyone looks forward to reading the front page to find the highlight stories and what is most important in news today. The reporters have a right to be mad because those who had front page stories did not see their stories on the front page. Is it possible the LAT management felt there weren’t any front page stories? Maybe the stories weren’t appealing enough? I don’t know I am just a young college student trying to make sense of this issue.

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By: Jon http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357756 Sun, 12 Apr 2009 19:18:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357756 Ads masquerading as news stories are nothing new. Front page ones though? Also, those who rant about the “left”, “liberal”, etc. biase of the news media need to look at their own biases more closely. ALL news reporting has some interpretive element. The honest (good) ones attempt to distinguish the news facts from the editorializing. Most of the older mainstream print media reporters are of this ilk (confession: I used to work with them). They came a long ways from the days of the Hearst papers’ propaganda sheets.

“Slant”, “spin”, and that sort of thing are more likely used intentionally by the so-called “right-leaning” publishers these days. The NY Times, among others, investigates, repudiates, and publicly apologizes when trangressions cross the line too far. Can that be said for the Murdoch media empire? Produce some public intellectuals and real news reporters of note and maybe they can publish respectable news as well instead of creating an alternate reality. Matt Drudge?? Please!! As for print media losing out, well.. the latest generation is simply not really literate so this comes as no surprise.

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By: Alex- Singaopre http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357743 Sun, 12 Apr 2009 05:15:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357743 I feel that obvious ads on the front page are okay.
BUT if they are disguised (no matter to what degree) as a news piece, it should never be allowed.
Whenever i see ads like that (no matter on which page of the paper) it ALWAYS annoy me.

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By: Jacob http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357736 Sat, 11 Apr 2009 19:03:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357736 What the editors don’t understand is that the first thing you do to get yourself out of a hole is _stop_ _digging_. The revenues are down because the newspapers do not do as good a job as Matt Drudge in providing valuable information. They like to pretend that the money is disappearing when in fact it is moving on to a much tougher market. The Times was a pioneer in the online newspaper business, but failed to keep up with the rising standards of the Internet for objectivity. I personally do not trust them to simply grab a good news story off the wire and print it; forget about creating a good news story.

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By: Brian http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357728 Sat, 11 Apr 2009 13:20:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357728 I can see publishing an ad on the front page of a small town weekly paper advertising the latest deals at a local shoe store and done tastefully it works! We are talking about a major daily newspaper here. Surely readers deserve better when they pick up such a newspaper. I don’t blame the LA Times management with “experimenting” with this vehicle for a major advertiser but you would have to deal with a new set of rules and go through approvals in all departments before you published the thing. Surely NBC can use their creative talents and not rely on tricks like this to garner attention.

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By: Paul Reagan http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357720 Sat, 11 Apr 2009 03:39:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357720 The Los Angeles Times is a series of contradictions – a Los Angeles paper with no Los Angeles section. A paper that professes to support environmental causes while at the same time expressing support for illegal immigration – completely ignoring the environmental devastation this immigration is causing in the state.

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By: Andrew http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/04/09/la-times-staffers-fume-over-front-page-ad/#comment-357719 Sat, 11 Apr 2009 03:16:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15941#comment-357719 Sadly, this advertisement probably contained more truth and fact than any other Liberal Times article has been in the last 10 years.

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