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not the right place to post this place but, the Los Angeles Times has announced a new op/ed lineup, and Robert Scheer has been dumped.

J. Michael Kennedy and Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writers, "Times Plans New Op-Ed Lineup", Los Angeles Times, November 11, 2005
Editorial Page Editor Andrés Martinez said that Robert Scheer, a Times reporter for 17 years before he began writing a column on the Op-Ed pages in 1993, will be dropped. Cartoonist Michael Ramirez, The Times' cartoonist since 1997, will leave the paper at the end of the year and will not be replaced.
As part of the revisions, columnists Michael McGough and David Gelernter will also be dropped. (see note)
"I think we've put together a smart, original and provocative team of writers who reflect a variety of interesting and thoughtful perspectives on local, national and foreign affairs," said Times Op-Ed Editor Nicholas Goldberg. "A good column involves a relationship developed with readers over time, and I invite our readers to develop their relationships with these engaging minds in the weeks and months to come.
"I don't think these changes are going to move the page to the left or the right."
"The new lineup includes new columnists and ones already appearing in the newspaper. They are:"
  • Max Boot, the Olin Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations;
  • Rosa Brooks, a University of Virginia Law School professor;
  • Jonathan Chait, a senior editor of the New Republic;
  • Meghan Daum, whose commentaries often appear on National Public Radio;
  • Niall Ferguson, a professor of history at Harvard University;
  • Jonah Goldberg, a contributing editor to the National Review and founding editor of the National Review Online;
  • Erin Aubry Kaplan, a writer for the L.A. Weekly;
  • Patt Morrison, a longtime columnist for The Times;
  • Gregory Rodriguez, a Los Angeles-based Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.;
  • Joel Stein, who has written a Hollywood-themed column since earlier this year.


to my knowledge, David Gelernter has never been officially identified as anything other than a "guest" commentator in the LA Times. I read a commentary of his today, and have done so several times in the past, and firmly believe that there was a bit of circlejerk citations between a column of his recently in the LA Times, and World Net Daily, in which WND referenced Commentary, without mentioning the tight relationships all three share together. (Gelernter is a commentator for Weekly Standard, has contributed to Commentary in the past, and puts this in some of his official bios. WND assuredly is aware of this, and yet cited him without mentioning the relationships.)

--Hugh Manatee 00:46, 12 Nov 2005 (EST)