Newspapers are fighting for their lives. The LA Times published an ad for the NBC television series "Southland," on page one yesterday. Although it was labeled "advertisement," the ad resembled a news story complete with a bold-type headline.
More than 100 staffers are up-in-arms, embarrassed and demoralized, according to their statement.
The ad was published over the objections of the newspaper's editor, Russ Stanton.
Publisher Eddy Hartenstein told the Times he had decided to run the ad despite protests from the newsroom because he was trying to ensure the newspaper's survival.
Who do you agree with -the staffers and their editor, or the Publisher- the guy who pays the bills (and their salaries)? What would you do to keep the lights on?
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