Make That a Double!

Starting a paper's not for the faint of heart. Duh!bya's Justice Department kooks made ending one even more harrowing.

Now while I swelled with pride when Justice Department witnesses insisted that New Times L.A. was better than the competition, come on! The feds have no business involving themselves in editorial content; there's a little thing called the First Amendment at stake here. My belief is that New Times and the Voice could have prevailed in court for that reason. But a multi-year legal battle in the middle of a national recession might have crippled both companies Ė which still publish papers in 17 cities.

It was better to give in to the DOJ early than to risk the silencing of this many distinct editorial voices.

L.A. Cardinal Roger Mahony, who covered up for pedo-priests, was a frequent target of NTLA.
L.A. Cardinal Roger Mahony, who covered up for pedo-priests, was a frequent target of NTLA.

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